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The Medison Laptop, A Mordacious Scam?

Making news on the Internet in the past 24 hours has been the "Medison Celebrity Laptop", which claims to be a $150 USD laptop that ships with an Intel Celeron 1.5GHz processor, a 14" LCD screen, 802.11g wireless, and uses Fedora Linux. For such a low price this looks like an incredible deal, but its validity can be questioned. Medison says that its phone lines are "temporarily closed", specific information on the Medison Celebrity laptop is limited, and there is a rather long turn-around time. Beyond these points that have already been brought up in the electronic world, there is a equal if not greater number of questions surrounding Valdi Ivancic, Medison's CEO and president, and his past business activities.

25 July 2007 - 4 Comments
Dell Wants Better ATI Linux Drivers

Dell knows it won't happen overnight, but along side wanting to ship audio/video codecs, Intel Wireless 80.211N support for Linux, Broadcom Wireless for Linux, and being able to ship notebooks and desktops with Compiz Fusion enabled, Dell would like to see improved ATI Linux drivers. At Ubuntu Live 2007, Amit Bhutani had a session on Ubuntu Linux for Dell Consumer Systems, where he had shared a slide with Dell's "area of investigation", which Amit had said is essentially their Linux road-map. Amit had also stated that the NVIDIA 2D and 3D video drivers were "challenges in platform enablement". Dell wants to offer ATI Linux systems, but first the driver must be improved for the Linux platform (not necessarily open-source, but improved). Dell currently ships desktop Linux systems with Intel using their open-source drivers as well as NVIDIA graphics processors under Linux. Amit had went on to add that new Dell product offerings and availability in other countries will come later this summer.

23 July 2007 - 11 Comments
LM_Sensors 2.10.4 Released

LM_Sensors 2.10.4 has been released, which adds Linux 2.4 kernel support for the Winbond W83627EHG, user-space support for the SMSC DME1737, and support for a variety of other ASICs. The complete set of changes for 2.10.4 can be read from their change log and you can download this latest hardware monitoring package from the LM_Sensors Wiki.

19 July 2007 - Add A Comment
Logitech Harmony 880 With Linux

Many Linux users are after lobbying hardware manufacturers for open-source graphics drivers or specifications for complex pieces of hardware, but an effort is underway to get hardware specifications for something very simple, a remote control. The Logitech Harmony 880 is a universal remote that contains a color LCD display and has proved to be a very popular peripheral and can interface with everything from a TiVO to a computer and other home appliances. For the past few months Phil Dibowitz has been working on writing a Linux driver for this $250 USD remote control.

7 July 2007 - Add A Comment
LM_Sensors 2.10.4 Coming Soon

An announcement has been made on the LM_Sensors home-page that version 2.10.4 of this hardware monitoring program will be available in mid-July. This maintenance release will add support for a few new chips and fix some outstanding bugs. The specific changes that will be found in LM_Sensors 2.10.4 can be found in the trunk CHANGES. The final release is currently planned for July 16.

30 June 2007 - 1 Comment
Dell Expanding Linux PC Selection

Dell had started shipping two desktops and one notebook last month that was loaded with Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn", but based upon the sales and success so far with these Linux-loaded PCs in the United States, they are in the process of expanding their Ubuntu selection. Now being offered at Dell is Ubuntu on the Inspiron 1420N notebook with a number of customization options. Expect more Dell Ubuntu desktops and notebooks in the near future. Hewlett-Packard may also be joining the US Linux consumer PC party as well.

27 June 2007 - Add A Comment
Open Sound System Goes Open-Source

Announced on the OpenSolaris forums by 4Front Technologies is that they will be open-sourcing the Open Sound System (OSS) on June 14th. 4Front's Open Sound will be licensed under the CDDL for Solaris and GPLv2 for Linux, BSD, and other platforms. This is great news and you can share your thoughts on it in the Phoronix Foruns. Additional information will come a week from today, June 14, when the announcement is officially made.

7 June 2007 - 3 Comments
Dell Names Three Ubuntu Linux Systems

After months of waiting, Dell has finally announced on their Direct2Dell blog that they will be offering their US customers the option of Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn on the Dell XPS 410n, Dimension E520n, and the Inspiron E1505n laptop. These Dell Ubuntu systems all will be available for less than $1000 USD. Dell has also pledged to continue to work forward on working with vendors to improve Linux drivers.

24 May 2007 - Add A Comment
Dell's Linux Push Sheds More Light

John Hull, the manager of Linux OS Technologies at Dell, has shed some more light on the Linux push happening at Dell. In the Direct2Dell Blog, Hull reiterates that the default Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn" media will be installed on select Ubuntu desktops and notebooks. He goes on to mention that some restricted closed source drivers will be used (circa Wireless and modems) and that Dell is establishing a Linux Wiki. What Dell will not be offering under Linux are any extra proprietary audio or video codecs and some hardware options. More information on Dell's Linux systems should come out into the spotlight shortly.

21 May 2007 - 1 Comment
Vista Makes Creative Labs Dupe Linux

If you were hoping to use a Creative X-Fi series sound card under Linux in the near future, think again. Last June we told you that Creative was planning on Q2'2007 for delivering a binary blob to support the X-Fi series along with delivering full support for ALSA and OpenAL v1.1 with EAX effects. Creative has now updated their open-source page saying that their closed-source X-Fi Linux driver will not even be in a public beta until the end of third quarter or fourth quarter this year. With the beta not even being available until the end of the year, we would be very surprised if Creative Labs will even deliver a stable X-Fi driver this year at all. What's the reason for this delay? It's due to Microsoft's Vista: "It has taken more resources than expect[ed] to redesign our software and drivers for Vista." Keep in mind that the driver they will be delivering to Linux X-Fi owners isn't even open-source.

17 May 2007 - Add A Comment
Dell Loves Ubuntu, It's Official

In March we told you that Dell would start shipping Linux PCs, but all of the details were yet to be determined. However, it's now official that Dell has chosen Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn as the Linux distribution that will begin shipping on select Dell notebook and desktop computers. Ubuntu availability on select products should begin this month with Dell now fully supporting Mark Shuttleworth's creation. This announcement became official when Dell and Canonical issued a joint statement today on the matter. Additional information is available at Tech Target.

1 May 2007 - 4 Comments
Dell To Ship Linux PCs

Last month with Dell's launch of their IdeaStorm website it made Linux a top priority for not only Dell servers but also notebook and desktops. As a result of the overwhelming feedback, Dell will shortly be introducing notebooks and desktops in the United States that ship with Linux pre-installed! This is a great accomplishment of having Linux being a factory installed option. No Linux distribution(s) have yet been named for what will be supported. More information is available from Dell. There is also a discussion in the Phoronix Forums: Dell Confirms plans to use Linux.

29 March 2007 - 3 Comments
SilverStone Sugo SG03 Presented

The SilverStone Sugo SG03, the successor to the Sugo SG01, is now officially launched! The SG03 Evolution product page is available showing off several product photographs, reversible PSU support, light and compact design, dual GPU support, and greater expansion possibilities. The design of the SG03 is completely radical compared to the original Sugo. As mentioned in our recent review of the SG01B-W Evolution, the SilverStone SG03 will likely ship in April (but could be delayed to May). The SG03 is also being shown off by SilverStone at CeBit.

17 March 2007 - Add A Comment

When combining the LinuxBIOS with the Linux kernel, BusyBox, a petite X11 server, Matchbox window manager, and rxvt, the LinuxBIOS is capable of possessing a graphical user interface. Uwe Hermann has covered this LinuxBIOS interface as well as linking to a YouTube video that shows off the GUI. There are also screenshots on the LinuxBIOS Wiki.

10 March 2007 - Add A Comment
LinuxBIOS Desktop Motherboard

The GIGABYTE M57SLI-S4 is the first desktop motherboard to officially support the LinuxBIOS. This NVIDIA-based AM2 motherboard features SLI support and a whole lot more while being supported by the LinuxBIOS. More information on this GIGABYTE motherboard is available here. We'll work on a Linux review of this motherboard shortly.

25 February 2007 - Add A Comment
Dell Customers Want Linux

According to newly revealed information, Dell customers are wanting Linux pre-installed on their notebooks and desktop PCs. In fact, it is one of the most requested features from this leading PC manufacturer; having the ability to multi-boot into Windows XP or Windows Vista or no Microsoft partition at all are among the options. More information is available at Dell Idea Storm.

21 February 2007 - Add A Comment

Over the weekend we had conducted an interesting overclocking experiment in the middle of a Michigan blizzard. While the Pentium 4 530 and Abit AW9D had not made it as far as we had hoped, it certainly was an interesting and enjoyable experiment. If you enjoyed our Overclocking, The Natural Way article, please be sure to Digg the article.

4 February 2007 - Add A Comment
TyanPSC Typhoon 600

Along side Intel's Xeon 5300 series launch, Tyan is today introducing the TyanPSC Typhoon 600 series of personal supercomputers. The Typhoon 600 series use the Clovertown quad-core processor, well, many quad-core processors. The TyanPSC T-650QX offers a total of 40 cores for a total amount of 256 GFLOPS of power while the T-630DX provides 128 GFLOPS of power. More on the TyanPSC Typhoon 600 series can be found here.

14 November 2006 - Add A Comment
SilverStone Sugo SG03

For months now we have been passing along bits of information on the Sugo SG02, and while this SFF chassis has still not been released, SilverStone is already hard at work designing the Sugo SG03. We have heard from a credible source that the SilverStone Sugo SG03 is indeed under development. While the Sugo SG02 remains nearly the same as the Sugo SG01 Evolution with a few exceptions, the SilverStone Sugo SG03 will introduce a completely different design concept. Initially the Sugo SG03 was slated for release later this year, but with the delays faced by the SG02, the Sugo SG03 will likely not make its public appearance until the middle of next year -- perhaps at Computex Taipei 2007. The details are few at time, but we will continue to work on acquiring additional information on this SFF chassis. In the mean time, feel free to share your thoughts on the SilverStone Sugo series at the Phoronix Forums, where we also have additional details on the Sugo SG02.

16 October 2006 - Add A Comment
ALSA 1.0.13RC2 Released

Sneaking out yesterday was the second release candidate for ALSA version 1.0.13. There are quite a few extensive changes in this development release compared to the first 1.0.13 release candidate. The complete set of changes for Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) v1.0.13RC2 can be found here.

16 September 2006 - Add A Comment
Razer Mice + Linux Update

As it has been almost a month since any Razer updates have been passed along, here are a few additional notes. Phoronix still has yet to hear back from Razer Inc on whether they plan to port their drivers to Linux, release specifications, or do anything else to help the Linux community. Phoronix still plans on assisting Linux-Gamers and their Lomoco project. While the project is focused on Logitech mice, Andreas Schneider had mentioned Razer mice support could be appended into the next major version (v2.0). Meanwhile, we are also working on getting support for the Razer Diamondback and Krait into the SourceForge RazerTool project -- at this point it only supports the Copperhead. After updating one of our Copperhead's to firmware version 6.17i, RazerTool had worked flawlessly under Fedora Core 5. Previously, there were problems due to firmware version 6.13. Once we have any additional Razer + Linux details to pass along, we will do so.

11 June 2006 - Add A Comment
Creative X-Fi on Linux

Creative Lab's open-source website has been updated with word that they are working on Linux drivers for their X-Fi lineup of high-end sound cards, which have been quite popular with Windows gamers. However, these closed-source Creative drivers will not be available for Linux until second quarter of 2007. These proprietary drivers will have full support for ALSA and OpenAL v1.1. EAX will also be supported by these closed Creative drivers. This announcement can be found here. No word yet when the open-source Advanced Linux Sound Architecture will support the Creative Labs X-Fi series.

2 June 2006 - Add A Comment
RazerTool - Razer *NIX

As Phoronix has been doing for a while now, we have been lobbying to hopefully have Razer Inc release the specifications to their mice, open-source their drivers, or create viable Linux drivers -- or practically anything to support the Linux community. While we have been tempted to start a community-driven project for this *NIX Razer support in GPL fashion, it seems that a SourceForge project has spawned that attempts to do just that. This project is dubbed RazerTool. Its initial release appears to have just occurred two days ago, and at this time it is only known to work with the Razer Copperhead with both a command-line interface and GTK client. Some of the features include the ability to switch profiles, alter DPI/Hz/buttons, and upgrade firmware -- among other things. In our shot with RazerTool v0.0.6 and GNU/Linux, the software had failed to communicate with the Copperhead device. Phoronix has been discussing with the leader behind lomoco (Logitech Mouse Control) project at Linux-Gamers, and support for the Razer mice may be integrated with lomoco v2.0. Still no word yet on the official outlook for Linux from Razer.

18 May 2006 - Add A Comment
Razer Linux Support Information

In the midst of our Razer Krait review, we had posed the question to Razer in regards to open-source drivers or mouse specifications. Whether or not Razer decides to open up their Windows display driver and software, or release any product specifications to allow for third party drivers and software to be built -- which would allow greater Linux support -- it will be interesting to see what occurs. To this point we have yet to hear an official response other than "internal discussion between departments". We can only hope that Razer will see Linux gamers as another viable market. As we had mentioned in the Razer Copperhead and Krait reviews, their gaming mice do work under Linux using the generic USB mouse drivers -- and they do truly perform great -- but they do lack the Razer-specific features that are available from the Windows drivers. The Razer hardware themselves have proved to be phenomenal time and time again from our various reviews of their product with using their products extensively. While official access to their specifications or driver source would be ideal, there is the option of developing an independent GPL project to allow these vendor-specific options -- similar to Linux-Gamers work with lomoco (Logitech Mouse Control) and based off of lmctl. If no official support is granted, Phoronix may be starting and supporting such a Razer Linux project in the coming months. In fact, we have already began to purchase additional Razer mice for development purposes. We have already posted a tidbit of information on the Copperhead and Krait. If anyone would be interested in working on a Razer project for Linux, feel free to contact Phoronix. Otherwise if you are a Linux Razer user or simply would like seeing this official support, feel free to voice your thoughts with Razer. Below are a few pieces of information in regards to the Razer Diamondback with Linux. cat /proc/bus/input/devices I: Bus=0003 Vendor=1532 Product=0002 Version=0100 N: Name="Razer Razer Diamondback Optical Mouse" P: Phys=usb-0000:00:03.0-1/input0 S: Sysfs=/class/input/input1 H: Handlers=mouse0 event1 B: EV=7 B: KEY=7f0000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B: REL=103 lsusb -vv Bus 002 Device 002: ID 1532:0002 Device Descriptor: bLength 18 bDescriptorType 1 bcdUSB 2.00 bDeviceClass 0 (Defined at Interface level) bDeviceSubClass 0 bDeviceProtocol 0 bMaxPacketSize0 8 idVendor 0x1532 idProduct 0x0002 bcdDevice 1.00 iManufacturer 1 Razer iProduct 2 Razer Diamondback Optical Mouse iSerial 0 bNumConfigurations 1 Configuration Descriptor: bLength 9 bDescriptorType 2 wTotalLength 34 bNumInterfaces 1 bConfigurationValue 1 iConfiguration 0 bmAttributes 0xa0 Remote Wakeup MaxPower 100mA Interface Descriptor: bLength 9 bDescriptorType 4 bInterfaceNumber 0 bAlternateSetting 0 bNumEndpoints 1 bInterfaceClass 3 Human Interface Devices bInterfaceSubClass 1 Boot Interface Subclass bInterfaceProtocol 2 Mouse iInterface 0 HID Device Descriptor: bLength 9 bDescriptorType 33 bcdHID 1.10 bCountryCode 0 Not supported bNumDescriptors 1 bDescriptorType 34 Report wDescriptorLength 79 Report Descriptors: ** UNAVAILABLE ** Endpoint Descriptor: bLength 7 bDescriptorType 5 bEndpointAddress 0x81 EP 1 IN bmAttributes 3 Transfer Type Interrupt Synch Type None Usage Type Data wMaxPacketSize 0x0008 1x 8 bytes bInterval 10

12 May 2006 - Add A Comment
Razer Krait Linux Information

Of the products we have been tampering with for some time now in preparation for their Linux reviews has been the Razer Krait. Some of the features for the Razer Krait include optimizations for Real Time Strategy (RTS) and Massively Multiplayer Online Gaming (MMOG). Its engine is based upon the Razer Precision Infrared technology, and various other technologies that we will be discussing in its review soon. For any developers out there working on projects like lomoco for Linux mouse control with vendor specific options, we have a few pieces of information to share today. For our Razer Copperhead information, it is posted here. If any developers are interested in working on a Linux Razer mouse project, feel free to contact Phoronix. With normal usage, we have yet to experience any Linux compatibility problems thus far. cat /proc/bus/input/devices I: Bus=0003 Vendor=1532 Product=0003 Version=2310 N: Name="Razer Razer 1600dpi 3 button optical mouse" P: Phys=usb-0000:00:03.2-1/input0 S: Sysfs=/class/input/input1 H: Handlers=mouse0 event1 B: EV=7 B: KEY=7f0000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 B: REL=103 lsusb -vv Bus 003 Device 002: ID 1532:0003 Device Descriptor: bLength 18 bDescriptorType 1 bcdUSB 2.00 bDeviceClass 0 (Defined at Interface level) bDeviceSubClass 0 bDeviceProtocol 0 bMaxPacketSize0 8 idVendor 0x1532 idProduct 0x0003 bcdDevice 23.10 iManufacturer 1 Razer iProduct 2 Razer 1600dpi 3 button optical mouse iSerial 0 bNumConfigurations 1 Configuration Descriptor: bLength 9 bDescriptorType 2 wTotalLength 34 bNumInterfaces 1 bConfigurationValue 1 iConfiguration 3 HID-compliant mouse bmAttributes 0xa0 Remote Wakeup MaxPower 100mA Interface Descriptor: bLength 9 bDescriptorType 4 bInterfaceNumber 0 bAlternateSetting 0 bNumEndpoints 1 bInterfaceClass 3 Human Interface Devices bInterfaceSubClass 1 Boot Interface Subclass bInterfaceProtocol 2 Mouse iInterface 0 HID Device Descriptor: bLength 9 bDescriptorType 33 bcdHID 1.10 bCountryCode 0 Not supported bNumDescriptors 1 bDescriptorType 34 Report wDescriptorLength 79 Report Descriptors: ** UNAVAILABLE ** Endpoint Descriptor: bLength 7 bDescriptorType 5 bEndpointAddress 0x81 EP 1 IN bmAttributes 3 Transfer Type Interrupt Synch Type None Usage Type Data wMaxPacketSize 0x0008 1x 8 bytes bInterval 10

8 May 2006 - Add A Comment
When Computers Smoke

Last weekend Phoronix had covered The BoxHeads April 2006 LAN event, which had proved to be a success with the number of gaming participants, prizes, and overall atmosphere throughout the entire day. In the morning, however, there was a minor power situation. The power inside of the building managed to fluctuate quite a bit, which caused the demise of almost ten systems. The power supplies in the affected machines had largely blown capacitors and burnt PCBs. While The BoxHeads had proudly replaced all damaged components, today we have a few photos to share (which turned out surprisingly well). The two photographs below show the smoke that was simply pumping out of a single machine immediately after the problem had occurred. Additional images from the LAN are available inside the Phoronix article.

26 April 2006 - Add A Comment
OCZ GameXStream PSUs

OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components, today announced the launch of the extremely powerful GameXStream Power Supplies—a new line of PSUs for performance-minded gamers. After their first power supply release in June 2004, OCZ has become known as a pioneer in high-performance PSUs for overclockers and gamers. With the release of the 600 and 700 watt GameXStreams, OCZ offers affordable power solutions that are among the most powerful power supply units on the market today. More on the GameXStream Power Supply LineHigh Efficiency is available at OCZ Technology.

26 April 2006 - Add A Comment
Compro VideoMate S350

Compro Technology, an innovative leading developer and manufacturer of PC multimedia products launched VideoMate S350, a powerful digital satellite TV tuner card with analog video/audio capture. It accompanies Philips 9-bit ADC chip, the state-of-the-art silicon digital TV tuner, Compro Picture Purifying Technology, and Power Up Technology to provide superior HDTV video quality reception on your PC. Not only watching free-to-air high quality DVB-S TV shows on your PC as a regular DVB-S card, accompanied by Compro’s exclusive Power Up Technology - it can automatically boot up your system from the Windows Shut Down (ACPI S5), Stand by (ACPI S3), or Hibernation (ACPI S4) mode and record your favorite shows, then ComproDTV 2 will automatically shutdown your system when recording is completed. Friendly Remote controlled power on/off - to enhance the home entertainment PC experience, users can power up and shutdown their PC with the bundled ergonomic design remote control. More information on the Compro Technology VideoMate S350.

25 April 2006 - Add A Comment
Broadcom BCM4306 + FC5

Back during COMDEX Las Vegas in 2002, Broadcom had shipped the industry's first 54Mb/s 2.4GHz wireless LAN solution, which was named the BCM4306. This 802.11g/b BCM4306 solution was accompanied by the BCM4309 dual-band, BCM2050, and BCM4702. While we haven't had much in the way of problems with some Linux distributions -- specifically Debian-based distros -- some others haven't faired quite as well with out-of-the-box support. The Broadcom BCM4306 solution that we have been using is PCI based and came from Minitar with a model number of MN54GPC. With a bit of tweaking, we have had no troubles getting the Minitar MN54GPC (BCM4306) working with Fedora Core 5 and the 2.6.16-1.2080_FC5 kernel. lspci -v 03:04.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller Subsystem: Micro-Star International Co., Ltd. Unknown device 6825 Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 32, IRQ 19 Memory at fb028000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K] Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2 While the Broadcom BCM4306 Linux support isn't comparable to the magnificent open-source capabilities with the Atheros 802.11g Chipsets and the use of MadWifi, the BCM4306 does have some Linux drivers available. The open-source Broadcom 43xx Linux driver is quite experimental as Broadcom has yet to publicly release the specifications for their WiFi chips. We had attempted to use these BC43XX drivers with the Minitar MN54GPC, however, the module would fail to work in our tests. We had used the bcm43xx-fwcutter RPM from the official Fedora 5 Extras repository, and had extracted the card's firmware out of the Windows wireless drivers. In fact, we had tried cutting multiple Windows drivers to attain the firmware but in all instances in combination with the Linux BCM43XX drivers, the card had failed to work. Below is an example of the bcm43xx-fwcutter at work. bcm43xx-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware ~/Desktop/bcmwl5a/bcmwl5.sys bcm43xx-fwcutter can cut the firmware out of /root/Desktop/bcmwl5a/bcmwl5.sys filename : bcmwl5.sys version : MD5 : 5e58a3148b98c9f356cde6049435cb21 extracting bcm43xx_microcode2.fw ... extracting bcm43xx_microcode4.fw ... extracting bcm43xx_microcode5.fw ... *****: Sorry, it's not posible to extract "bcm43xx_microcode11.fw". *****: Extracting firmware from an old driver is bad. Choose a more recent one. *****: Luckily bcm43xx driver doesn't include microcode11 uploads at the moment.*****: But this can be added in the future... extracting bcm43xx_pcm4.fw ... extracting bcm43xx_pcm5.fw ... extracting bcm43xx_initval01.fw ... extracting bcm43xx_initval02.fw ... extracting bcm43xx_initval03.fw ... extracting bcm43xx_initval04.fw ... extracting bcm43xx_initval05.fw ... extracting bcm43xx_initval06.fw ... extracting bcm43xx_initval07.fw ... extracting bcm43xx_initval08.fw ... extracting bcm43xx_initval09.fw ... extracting bcm43xx_initval10.fw ... The alternate option (which ultimately worked) was using ndiswrapper. After building ndiswrapper on Fedora Core 5, we simply had installed the Windows Broadcom display drivers (bcmwl5/bcmwl5a) following by creating a network-script entry for wlan0, and then loading the ndiswrapper module. With those steps (among a few other tweaks) accomplished, the Minitar MN54GPC (BCM4306) had no problems running under Fedora Core 5 with the 2.6.16 kernel. One little issue that we had faced though, was while running NetworkManager, we had experienced some connection issues with one of our wireless networks. ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf ndiswrapper -l Installed drivers: bcmwl5 driver installed bcmwl5a driver installed, hardware present ndiswrapper -v utils version: 1.8 driver version: 1.13 vermagic: 2.6.16-1.2080_FC5 686 REGPARM 4KSTACKS gcc-4.1 cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-wlan0 DEVICE=wlan0 BOOTPROTO=dhcp ONBOOT=yes TYPE=Wireless NETMASK= DHCP_HOSTNAME= IPADDR= DOMAIN= HWADDR= ESSID=phoronix CHANNEL=1 MODE=Auto RATE=Auto USERCTL=no IPV6INIT=no PEERDNS=yes With a bit of tweaking, it certainly wasn't difficult to get the Broadcom BCM4306 802.11g device working with Fedora Core 5 using ndiswrapper. ifconfig wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0C:76:71:4D:89 inet addr: Bcast: Mask: inet6 addr: fe80::20c:76ff:fe71:4d89/64 Scope:Link UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:3490 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:4691 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 RX bytes:271196 (264.8 KiB) TX bytes:4223349 (4.0 MiB) Interrupt:19 Memory:fb028000-fb02a000 iwconfig wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"phoronix" Nickname:"phortest" Mode:Auto Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point: 00:11:95:BC:10:CF Bit Rate=24 Mb/s Tx-Power:25 dBm RTS thr=2347 B Fragment thr=2346 B Encryption key:off Power Management:off Link Quality:100/100 Signal level:-73 dBm Noise level:-256 dBm Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0 Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

16 April 2006 - Add A Comment
HP Deskjet 5940xi + Linux

While this product will not be featured in a Phoronix review, we simply wanted to pass along a few additional details about Hewlett-Packard's Deskjet 5940xi printer under Linux. Some of the features for the HP Deskjet 5940xi include borderless 8.4 x 11-inch printing, optional six-ink printing, ink-backup mode, picture bridge support, and auto-off power savings. When it came time to install the 5940xi printer, we had attached it to a Fedora Core 5 system with the 2.6.16-1.2080_FC5 kernel and GNOME v2.14. Turning the system on, Linux had detected an attached printer and we simply selected the appropriate printer and driver from the list. After that, the system was set to go with all of its printing needs. Printing everything from photographs to documents, the print quality was satisfactory and in all of the testing we had ran across no problems when it came to the Linux setup. If any Linux users happen to come across any Hewlett-Packard Deskjet 5940xi issues, feel free to contact us.

15 April 2006 - Add A Comment

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