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.
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.
The ARM Linux benchmarks continue. This time around we're looking at how the GCC LTO (Link-Time Optimization) performance fairs when running from a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 Cortex-A9 tablet.
Version 1.4 of the Linux efitools package is now available and it supports reading and manipulating the UEFI signatures database.
LG Electronics announced today that they are acquiring webOS from Hewlett-Packard. The game-plan for this mobile Linux operating system that originally came from Palm is to use it on LG Smart TVs.
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.
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.
The Linux 3.9 kernel will be another exciting update not only for common x86 users but the ARM hardware support continues to advance too.
Dell has released an updated XPS 13 laptop that now has an 1920 x 1080 FHD display while shipping Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For those of you curious about the state of hardware-assisted video playback acceleration on the Linux graphics drivers, here's a brief overview.
Ubuntu 13.04 will feature better support for the Samsung Chromebook that's powered by the Samsung Exynos 5 Dual ARM SoC.
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.
Matthew Garrett has written a new article summarizing the state of UEFI/SecureBoot on Linux. Overall, the situation isn't good if you're using hardware from one of three major vendors.
There's a number of ACPI updates that are being shown off and will likely make their debut in the Linux 3.9 kernel for improving the power management support.
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.
Another hardware announcement from the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas is Qualcomm announcing the Snapdragon 600 and 800 series processors.
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.
Support for AArch64, the 64-bit ARM architecture, is being prepped for the X.Org Server.
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.
The developers behind the Open webOS project have brought the mobile operating system to Google's Nexus 7 tablet.
Here's a look at some of the most popular PC components for Linux users this year.
The REAPER digital audio workstation software may be coming to Linux per a statement by its developers.
A CoreSight framework and CoreSight trace component drivers for Linux have been introduced. ARM's CoreSight provides on-chip debug and trace capabilities.
Andy Gross of Texas Instruments has published initial support for graphics handling on the OMAP5 SoC. This support is for their open-source DRM kernel graphics driver.
The PulseAudio 3.0 sound server was released last night and does offer several new audio-related features.
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