Since July we have been talking about Imagination Tech looking for an open-source developer to improve their open-source PowerVR graphics support. Even after relaying the request last month, they're still having a hard time finding qualified open-source graphics driver developers.
Eben Upton has announced today the latest Raspberry Pi board: the Pi Zero. This board will set you back a mere $5 USD.
Earlier today I wrote about how reusing the heat from the 60+ system Linux benchmarking server room can heat a home in the winter. The free heat is nice, but it came with a bit of noise; however, thanks to purchasing one product for less than $100 USD the noise level has been significantly reduced.
For the past month Imagination has been sharing details on their Creator CI40 development board. Today this "IoT-In-A-Box" has officially launched in the form of a Kickstarter campaign.
One of the most interesting presentations from this year's Embedded Linux Conference Europe was how-to boot Linux in under one second!
Months after Jolla announced its split and intent to focus on Sailfish OS licensing, its financial situation has not improved. Jolla's latest financing round has been delayed and so they've had to file for debt restructuring in Finland. As part of that, they are temporarily laying off "a big part" of its personnel.
After months of continually trying out different methods of cheap yet effective cooling for the 60+ systems running daily Linux benchmarks, I'm finally happy with now having been one week of the room maintaining an ambient temperature of 68~72F (20~22C).
While the level of performance out of the Raspberry Pi devices have had me less than interested, I decided to finally pick up a Raspberry Pi 2 anyways for some benchmarking and testing of the VC4 DRM+Gallium3D driver stack.
Last month Qualcomm announced they made big advancements with its server ecosystem by showing off a Server Development Platform with a 24-core ARMv8 SoC. This work is now being followed close behind with open-source enablement patches.
Olof Johansson sent in all of the ARM SoC/platform updates today for the Linux 4.4 kernel merge window.
With Sunday's DRM graphics subsystem pull request for the Linux 4.4 kernel was an interesting extra comment by DRM maintainer David Airlie at Red Hat.
It's been the better part of the year since the last ALSA update while out today is version 1.1 of the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture.
David Airlie sent in the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) subsystem update today for the Linux 4.4 merge window.
The networking subsystem update landed earlier this week in the Linux 4.4 Git code and it comes with several new features.
Takashi Iwai has lined up the sound driver updates for the Linux 4.4 kernel merge window.
Dmitry Torokhov sent in the input driver updates today for the Linux 4.4 merge window.
Intel's Darren Hart has sent in the x86 platform driver updates for the Linux 4.4 kernel merge window.
Many 64-bit ARM (ARM64) changes are inbound for the Linux 4.4 kernel.
Besides landing the LightNVM / Open-Channel SSD supprot, another pull request by Jens Axboe is adding another new feature for Linux 4.4.
Jens Axboe sent in the patches today for landing support for LightNVM and Open-Channel SSDs within the mainline Linux kernel!
Rafael Wysocki notes that with the power management and ACPI updates for Linux 4.4 there are "quite a [few] features are included this time" for improving Linux power use.
Trusted Platform Module 2.0 support has been around for a few kernel cycles now and with the forthcoming Linux 4.4 kernel it will be in much better shape.
One of the many pull requests sent in today by Ingo Molnar for the Linux 4.4 merge window was the EFI subsystem update.
Within hours of the Linux 4.3 release, Neil Brown sent in the MD updates for the Linux 4.4 kernel.
One month after the release of PulseAudio 7.0, PulseAudio 7.1 is now available.
Following the 4K AMD/NVIDIA High-End GPU Comparison On SteamOS Linux and 22-Way Comparison Of NVIDIA/AMD Graphics Cards On SteamOS For Steam Linux Gaming articles, a few Phoronix readers were inquiring about the CPU and GPU utilization metrics during testing.
While there's just one week left to the month, there are a lot of exciting Linux hardware/software benchmarks coming up on Phoronix over the next week. Here's a preview.
Rob Clark with Freedreno's MSM DRM driver is the latest to be updated in DRM-Next ahead of the Linux 4.4 merge window.
Yesterday I wrote about the Raspberry Pi KMS driver being prepared for DRM-Next and since then that code has in fact landed, making it a new driver for the upcoming Linux 4.4 kernel cycle.
Eric Anholt at Broadcom has sent in his Git pull request to land the Raspberry Pi KMS/DRM driver into DRM-Next for in turn entering the mainline Linux 4.4 kernel.
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