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The Linux Kernel & GNOME Desktop Preparing For Privacy Screen Support

Over the past year there has been an uptick in Linux developers from different vendors working on laptop privacy screen support under Linux. When it comes to the support with newer Lenovo ThinkPad laptops, it looks like that kernel support could soon land and the GNOME desktop is already preparing to support this feature.

14 April 2021 - Linux + GNOME - 14 Comments
Linux 5.13 To Allow For OpenBMC Development With A Lower-Cost ASRock Rack Motherboard

The Linux Foundation's OpenBMC project to provide an open-source BMC firmware stack is quite exciting for freeing this low-level aspect of servers, but finding a supported motherboard that works well with OpenBMC can be a challenge at this stage. Fortunately, Linux 5.13 is set to support a lower-cost motherboard option in hopes of boosting OpenBMC development/usage.

14 April 2021 - Low-Cost Board Option - Add A Comment
Initial Apple M1 SoC Support Aims For Linux 5.13 Kernel

While the independent effort to get the Apple M1 ARM-based SoC working under Linux has just been happening for a few months, with the upcoming Linux 5.13 cycle the very preliminary support for Apple's M1 and initial M1-powered devices looks to land.

8 April 2021 - Apple M1 For Linux 5.13 - 40 Comments
Loongson 2K1000 Support Queued Ahead Of Linux 5.13

Earlier this month I mentioned Loongson 2K1000 Linux patches were published with an effort now to upstream them some four years after these 40nm dual-core MIPS-based hardware launched. That Loongson-2K1000 support is now queued in MIPS-next ahead of the Linux 5.13 cycle.

27 March 2021 - Loongson-2K1000 - 10 Comments
NZXT Kraken Driver Queued For Introduction In Linux 5.13

Last week we noted how a kernel driver for NZXT's Kraken AIO liquid cooling devices was under review for the mainline kernel. Shortly after that point the driver did get successfully picked up for hwmon-next and thus should be appearing in the upcoming Linux 5.13 cycle.

26 March 2021 - NZXT Kraken - 3 Comments
Linux 5.13 To Fix Its Handling Of Unused ACPI Power Resources

Two fixes were queued this week into the Linux kernel's power management "linux-next" branch that could help improve the power management behavior for some devices as up to now the Linux kernel was not properly following the ACPI specification.

26 March 2021 - Unused Power Resources - 14 Comments
Generic USB Display Driver "GUD" Slated For Linux 5.13

The Generic USB Display Driver "GUD" has just been sent in as part of the latest DRM-Misc-Next material to DRM-Next which in turn will land for Linux 5.13. The Generic USB Display Driver is nifty and allows for opening up possibilities like turning a Raspberry Pi Zero into a USB to HDMI display adapter among other fun use-cases.

25 March 2021 - GUD For Linux 5.13 - 9 Comments
OpenPOWER Microwatt To See Chip Fabrication Thanks To Google + Skywater

Announced back in 2019 was the OpenPOWER Microwatt FPGA Soft CPU Core. OpenPOWER's Microwatt is a VHDL-based design for an open-source POWER ISA processor. core. The Microwatt is a basic 64-bit POWER core that can be run for software simulations or on FPGA hardware. But now Microwatt will actually see chip fabrication thanks to a program sponsored by Google.

22 March 2021 - OpenPOWER Microwatt - 7 Comments
OpenRazer 3.0 Released For Supporting Many More Razer Peripherals Under Linux

While Razer has talked up Linux support in the past, so far they have not officially offered Linux support for their range of wares popular with gamers. However, thanks to the open-source community there has been the likes of OpenRazer offering up support for the company's keyboards, mice, and other peripherals under Linux thanks to reverse engineering. Today marks the release of OpenRazer 3.0 for furthering this effort.

21 March 2021 - OpenRazer 3.0 - 12 Comments
NZXT Kraken Liquid Cooler Driver Under Review For The Linux Kernel

While NZXT does not provide any official Linux software support for their products like their all-in-one liquid coolers, the open-source community for years has worked to fill that void thanks to reverse-engineering. The latest work when it comes to the NZXT Kraken AIO liquid coolers is a proposed HWMON driver for the mainline kernel.

19 March 2021 - NZXT-Kraken2 - 5 Comments
Lenovo Continues Improving Their Linux Support Down To The Hardware Sensors

One of the great Linux hardware milestones of 2020 was Lenovo beginning to offer Linux pre-loads on their desktops/laptops with the likes of Fedora and Ubuntu. But it's been great just not for having another major OEM offering Linux pre-loads but because they have also been engaging directly on Linux support improvements both through their engineers and at partners like Red Hat. That upstream support work has continued nicely.

15 March 2021 - Lenovo - 40 Comments
The Reverse-Engineered Corsair PSU Linux Driver Continues To Be Improved Upon

Added for Linux 5.11 was an independently-developed, reverse-engineered Corsair power supply driver for the company's desktop PSUs supporting their USB-based "LINK" interface for exposing voltage, temperature, current, and Wattage under Linux. This open-source "corsair-psu" driver has continued maturing as well since being mainlined.

15 March 2021 - Corsair Power Supply - 19 Comments
LLVM Clang Mainlines Support For The Motorola 68000 Series (m68k)

If it wasn't odd enough during these pandemic times seeing Nintendo 64 support upstreamed into the Linux 5.12 kernel a few weeks back, the latest vintage hardware seeing open-source support still going on is the Motorola 68000 series 32-bit processors. LLVM/Clang today merged the "m68k" target for these three decade old processors.

8 March 2021 - m68k - 23 Comments
Linux 5.13 To Support HDMI CEC With The Raspberry Pi 4

While the 5.12 merge window hasn't even been closed for a full week yet, there is already the first DRM-Misc-Next pull request heading into DRM-Next with the first batch of feature material aiming for the Linux 5.13 kernel cycle.

4 March 2021 - DRM-Misc-Next - 5 Comments
Xilinx Volleys Latest Open-Source Alveo Accelerator Driver Code

Back in March 2019 Xilinx announced they were looking to upstream their Alveo FPGA accelerator drivers into the mainline kernel code. They followed through with posting the initial kernel patches and then fast forward to the end of 2020 they posted a new iteration of the patches. This month the company, which is in the process of being acquired by AMD, posted the third iteration of their open-source Linux kernel driver patches.

28 February 2021 - XRT Alveo Driver v3 - Add A Comment
Apple Touch Bar Linux Driver Hopes For Upstream In 2021

For more than four years Apple's MacBook Pro has featured the Touch Bar as a display / control bar input device above the keyboard on these laptops. While there have been reports of Apple potentially phasing out the Touch Bar in future models, an open-source Linux driver for the component is still working its way toward the mainline kernel.

28 February 2021 - Touch Bar - 12 Comments

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