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Creative SoundBlaster AE-7 Sound Card To Be Supported By Linux 5.10

Creative Labs last year released the high-end SoundBlaster AE-7 sound card. Sadly the company is back in their state where they do not provide official Linux support, but coming up for Linux 5.10 is the support for this sound card thanks to Connor McAdams who has worked on supporting prior SoundBlaster hardware under Linux.

1 September 2020 - SoundBlaster AE-7 - 49 Comments
Many Linux Developers Are Ecstatic Over Fedora On Lenovo Systems

As noted this weekend, Lenovo has begun offering Fedora pre-loaded on their systems beginning with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 laptop. Red Hat's Christian Schaller who serves as the senior manager for desktop chimed in with some additional thoughts and details on this achievement.

31 August 2020 - Red Hat + Lenovo - 61 Comments
Lenovo Starts Offering Up Fedora Linux Pre-Loaded Systems From Their Web Store

As a follow up from the news earlier this summer of Lenovo planning to certify their ThinkPad and ThinkStation lines for Linux from Ubuntu and Red Hat while also offering distribution choices like Fedora, that work is proceeding with Lenovo now offering up their first system from their web store that comes pre-loaded with Fedora.

29 August 2020 - Lenovo + Fedora - 44 Comments
Micron's HSE Open-Source Storage Engine 1.8 Released

Back in April the folks at Micron announced the "HSE" open-source storage engine optimized for SSDs and persistent memory. Version 1.8 of HSE was released on Friday as the first major update since going public earlier this year.

23 August 2020 - HSE 1.8 - 1 Comment
Libre/Open-Source POWER10 Hardware Systems Unlikely Until At Least 2022

While Raptor Computing Systems has been making fabulous 100% open-source/libre hardware systems based around POWER9 with the likes of their Talos II and Blackbird systems, don't hold your breath on quickly seeing fully-open POWER10 systems even with "OpenPOWER" being trumpeted in recent years and similar for being more open-source friendly than the likes of Intel and AMD.

17 August 2020 - Open POWER10 Systems - 24 Comments
IBM Details 7nm POWER10 CPUs But Not Shipping Until H2'2021

After covering the Linux/open-source POWER10 bring-up for a number of months already, IBM has finally announced firm information on their forthcoming POWER10 processors. POWER10 looks promising but these 7nm CPUs will not begin shipping until the second half of next year.

17 August 2020 - POWER10 - 13 Comments
OpenRISC Sees Sane TLB Flushing With Linux 5.9

While RISC-V is flourishing when it comes to this open-source CPU architecture, the related OpenRISC architecture is still advancing but not seeing as much hardware efforts around it. In any case, the Linux kernel support continues improving for OpenRISC and with Linux 5.9 are more improvements.

15 August 2020 - OpenRISC + Linux 5.9 - Add A Comment
NUVIA Published New Details On Their Phoenix CPU, Talks Up Big Performance/Perf-Per-Watt

Since leaving stealth last year and hiring some prominent Linux/open-source veterans to complement their ARM processor design experts, we have been quite eager to hear more about this latest start-up aiming to deliver compelling ARM server products. Today they shared some early details on their initial "Phoenix" processor that is coming within their "Orion" SoC.

11 August 2020 - NUVIA Phoenix - 21 Comments
A "Large Hardware Vendor" Wants A EULA Displayed For Firmware Updates On Linux

The open-source Fwupd firmware updating utility paired with LVFS as the Linux Vendor Firmware Service has seen explosive growth for vastly improving the BIOS/firmware updating experience on Linux. Many major hardware vendors distribute their firmware updates on LVFS for consumption by Fwupd and more than 17 million firmware files have been served. Now though there is a new "large hardware vendor" willing to distribute their firmware updates this way but they want a end-user license agreement (EULA) added.

10 August 2020 - Fwupd Firmware Updates - 111 Comments

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