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Wacom Tablet Support Might Be Axed From Qt 5

While Wacom tablets command most of the graphics tablet market-share, within the open-source Qt world it seems not many people actually care about these input devices. Wacom support -- after being pressed by many long-standing open bugs -- is being talked about for removal from Qt 5.0.

8 September 2012 - No One Likes It - 31 Comments
PowerVR KMS/GBM Driver Is Hoped For Release Soon

There should be a PowerVR driver update soon-to-be-released that can handle kernel mode-setting (KMS) along with Mesa's Graphics Buffer Manager (GBM). With this support will also come the ability to run Wayland.

4 September 2012 - PowerVR - 4 Comments
Another ARM Video Decoder Being Reverse-Engineered

While the binary wall has yet to fall with ARM SoC vendors in terms of providing open-source drivers -- namely when it comes to the graphics / multimedia blocks -- there's many active community projects for reverse-engineering these ARM blocks to provide open-source support. Here's another project that's being done for cracking the video decoder on a popular Chinese ARM SoC.

4 September 2012 - Allwinner A10 - 6 Comments
Quad-Core ODROID-X Tested Against PlayStation 3

Here are some more benchmarks of the ODROID-X, a $129 ARMv7 development board that packs four Cortex-A9 cores along with Mali-400 graphics to provide a fairly impressive punch. There's even some comparative numbers to a Sony PlayStation 3 running Linux.

24 August 2012 - Quad-Core ARM - 31 Comments
MacBook Pro - Ubuntu Linux: 21 Watts, OS X: 9 Watts

Earlier today I published the long-awaited benchmarks of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion vs. Ubuntu 12.04/12.10. The benchmarks showed strengths and weaknesses of both operating systems, resulting in the the usual spectrum of comments from Phoronix readers. Here now are the power consumption results when comparing OS X and Ubuntu Linux on Apple hardware.

23 August 2012 - Benchmarks - 37 Comments
PowerTOP Can Still Extend Battery Life On Linux

Following the recent release of PowerTOP 2.1 I did some testing from a modern Intel notebook to see what kind of power-savings one can expect from running the open-source PowerTOP software on a modern notebook running Ubuntu.

23 August 2012 - PowerTOP 2.1 Testing - 12 Comments
ARM Calxeda Highbank Ubuntu Linux Benchmarks

Back in June there were Calxeda's ARM Highbank performance claims of delivering 15x performance-per-Watt superior performance to Intel's Xeon x86 processor. At long last, independent benchmarks of a quad-core Calxeda Highbank board are beginning to surface.

15 August 2012 - Calxeda Highbank - 1 Comment
Qualcomm Atheros Publishes New Network Driver

While Atheros network adapters were once notorious under Linux, their wired and wireless network adapters in recent years have been backed by permissively-licensed open-source drivers from the company. This work continues with Qualcomm Atheros announcing this week the release of a new ALX network driver.

12 August 2012 - Qualcomm Atheros - 4 Comments
2012 MacBook Air Isn't Trouble-Free On Linux

While lately I've been busy with trying out the Retina MacBook Pro under Linux, which has been a big problem and I'm not recommending the rMBP for Linux users at this time (more details soon), it looks like the new MacBook Air might also have some Linux woes. Outside of Apple, the Sony Vaio Z Ivy Bridge laptop also has some Linux problems of its own.

11 August 2012 - 2012 MacBook Air - 20 Comments
Reverse-Engineering USB Keyboards For Linux Support

For those interested in reverse-engineering USB keyboards (or other input devices), there's a short yet effective guide by Julien Danjou for reverse-engineering a Logitech keyboard in order to provide Linux support.

12 July 2012 - USB Keyboard - 16 Comments
Imagination Releases New PowerVR GPUs

While Imagination Technologies has yet to change their stance on allowing open-source Linux graphics drivers or improving the quality of their closed-source Linux driver IP, they released two new GPUs today in the PowerVR line-up.

9 July 2012 - PowerVR Series6 - 15 Comments
HTC Desire HD, Xoom Linaro Benchmarked

For those curious about the Linux performance on some modern ARM hardware like the Motorola Xoom or HTC Desire HD, here are some benchmarks comparing the performance of some ARM hardware compared to an Intel Atom, Intel Pentium, and AMD Athlon processors.

3 July 2012 - Benchmarks - 7 Comments
Old X Drivers Get Updated, GPU Hot-Plug Refreshed

David Airlie has started out the week by putting out new releases for several of the vintage X.Org graphics drivers as well as publishing his very latest GPU hot-plug / PRIME stack, which is now 36 patches against the X.Org Server.

2 July 2012 - New Work - 1 Comment
PanoVRama: Open Multi-Projector Image Rendering

If you happen to have about six projectors laying around, there's a new open-source project available that comes out of academia for panoramic multi-projector image rendering to have a panoramic visualization system for things like flight simulators and Google Earth.

29 June 2012 - Six Projectors - 3 Comments
Apple iPad Tethering Now Works With Linux

If you've been wanting to share your iPad's Internet connection with your Linux system without resorting to jail-breaking your tablet or going through other lengthy steps, it should now be possible to setup.

26 June 2012 - Kernel Driver Update - 6 Comments
Showing The 96-Core Ubuntu ARM Cluster In Action

As a follow-up to the Building A 96-Core Ubuntu ARM Solar-Powered Cluster, here's some videos and other information on this ~200 Watt ARM cluster that was running Ubuntu 12.04 and assembled out of 48 PandaBoards.

21 June 2012 - Videos - 2 Comments
Linux Driver Support Still Leaves A Lot To Desire

A few days ago when I shared the biggest problems with Linux as judged by the Phoronix community, at least a few people took issue with the fact that some of the ugly issues with Linux were pointed out.

21 June 2012 - It's Not Better Than Windows - 98 Comments
Linux On The 2012 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro?

Since yesterday's keynote at the beginning of Apple's WWDC event where they announced several new MacBook products, I've received a number of emails asking about the Linux support for these 2012 MacBook Air models and the next-generation MacBook Pro.

12 June 2012 - Apple MacBooks - 55 Comments

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