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Intel Ultrabook: Fedora 18 vs. Ubuntu 13.04 Tests

Our latest benchmarks from the ASUS S56CA-WH31 Intel Ultrabook is comparing the performance of this Ivy Bridge laptop between Fedora 18 and a recent Ubuntu 13.04 development snapshot under various workloads.

4 April 2013 - Ultrabook On Linux - 14 Comments
Atheros Publishes Open-Source WiFi Firmware

Atheros has been more friendly towards Linux customers in recent years with open-source WiFi/network Linux drivers. Atheros has even been kind towards BSD users. The latest Atheros open-source contribution is the opening up of their firmware for two wireless chipsets.

12 March 2013 - Atheros - 30 Comments
ARM Ports Linux KVM To AArch64/ARM64

Last year ARM Holdings published ARM KVM virtualization support. This support was for ARMv7 hardware using the ARM Cortex-A15 since it's the first 32-bit ARM processor to support hardware virtualization. Ahead of the debut of any 64-bit ARM (AArch64) hardware, KVM has now been ported to ARM64.

5 March 2013 - ARM64 - Add A Comment
Running Modern Linux On The CompuLab Trim-Slice

At the beginning of last year I tested the CompuLab Trim-Slice, which was a great ARM-based Linux desktop for the time. While the hardware now shows its signs of aging in the fast-paced ARM world, modern Linux distributions can still be loaded up on the platform.

5 March 2013 - CompuLab Trin-Slice - 1 Comment
IBM Continues Work On POWER8 In Linux 3.9 Kernel

The PowerPC architecture update for the Linux 3.9 kernel is made up mostly of bug-fixes and minor updates, but there are a few highlights. Most of the major work revolves around the yet-to-be-released POWER8 hardware.

24 February 2013 - PowerPC - Add A Comment
Linux Kernel Support Coming For Billions Of Chips

The Linux 3.9 kernel will likely be introducing support for the line of Synopsys ARC700 processors. More than one billion ARC-based chips are shipped annually by Synopsys licensees and now the mainline Linux kernel can finally begin tapping this hardware.

22 February 2013 - Synopsys - Add A Comment
ARM: This Open-Source Stack Will Only Grow Louder

Luc Verhaegen has warned ARM that his Lima graphics driver project will only "grow louder and louder" as its performance becomes more competitive with their closed-source Mali graphics driver and eventually may reach (or surpass) feature parity.

13 February 2013 - Luc Verhaegen - 14 Comments
Linux Foundation Releases Secure Boot System

The Linux Foundation has finally released its UEFI Secure Boot system that's intended for independent Linux distributions and software developers to more easily have access to a signed boot shim.

8 February 2013 - Linux Foundation - 10 Comments
UEFI Mode On Linux Still Bricking Samsung Laptops

It turns out the Samsung laptop issue whereby the hardware would become bricked when booting Linux in UEFI mode is not fixed. There were patches recently applied against the kernel that were supposed to address the problem, but it turns out that there are still problems ahead.

7 February 2013 - Not Fixed - 7 Comments
Freedreno Gallium3D Shows Much Promise

In continuation of the article noting Freedreno Gallium3D might be merged soon, here's the video showing off the progress of this open-source Gallium3D graphics driver that was made to support the Qualcomm Adreno hardware.

6 February 2013 - Freedreno - 4 Comments
Lima Graphics Driver Can Beat ARM's Binary Blob

The open-source Lima graphics driver that's a reverse-engineered user-space software driver for ARM's Mali graphics core, is now faster than the official ARM binary graphics driver in certain cases, such as when running Quake 3.

6 February 2013 - Lima Performance - 2 Comments
Freedreno Gallium3D Driver Might Be Merged Soon

The open-source "Freedreno" Gallium3D driver that provides reverse-engineered 3D support for Qualcomm's Adreno/Snapdragon graphics processor is turning out to be in quite good shape. Freedreno is one of the first good ARM Gallium3D drivers and it might soon be merged into Mesa.

3 February 2013 - Freedreno Gallium3D - 7 Comments
Gummiboot Is Still Simply Booting EFI Systems

It's been over six months since last writing about Gummiboot, a simple EFI boot-loader. While there hasn't been any major news since than on this EFI boot-loader that's less than one year old, it continues to be actively developed.

22 January 2013 - Gummiboot - 2 Comments
Qualcomm Announces The Snapdragon 800

Another hardware announcement from the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas is Qualcomm announcing the Snapdragon 600 and 800 series processors.

8 January 2013 - Snapdragon 800 - 4 Comments
David Airlie Announces "Reverse Optimus" Multi-GPU

David Airlie has announced work on "Reverse Optimus", which is a new approach he's taking for poking laptops with multiple GPUs, namely the NVIDIA Optimus laptops with a discrete NVIDIA GPU and integrated Intel graphics.

7 January 2013 - Reverse Optimus - Add A Comment
Ubuntu Linux For Mobile Phones Announced

Canonical officially announced Ubuntu Phone OS today, it's attempt at pushing the popular desktop Linux distribution onto mobile devices. However, for the moment, if you're just an end-user don't get too excited.

2 January 2013 - Ubuntu Phone OS - 49 Comments

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