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Rockchip Publishes A DRM Driver For Their SoCs

Friday 8th of August 2014 07:48:02 AM
Separate from the new DRM driver to be found in Linux 3.17 that was written about earlier, there's another new DRM driver published this week that has yet to hit the mainline Linux kernel...

Linux 3.17 DRM Pull Brings New Graphics Driver

Friday 8th of August 2014 05:39:49 AM
David Airlie of Red Hat has sent in his major feature pull request for the Linux 3.17 merge window. This DRM subsystem update does introduce a new DRM driver, but there isn't any changes for Nouveau as part of this change set...

LowRISC: Trying To Bring Fully Open Hardware In A High Risk World

Friday 8th of August 2014 04:31:36 AM
LowRISC is a new venture that's "open to the core" with a goal of producing fully open hardware systems...

Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS Released

Friday 8th of August 2014 01:02:59 AM
The fifth point release to the two year old Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is now available...

Out-Of-Tree "BLD" Kernel Scheduler Updated

Thursday 7th of August 2014 08:21:13 PM
The Barbershop Load Distribution scheduler was announced back in 2012 while being announced today is a rare update to BLD...

Many Intel DRM Changes Abound For Linux 3.17

Thursday 7th of August 2014 08:11:54 PM
The Intel DRM graphics driver will feature its usual large amount of changes with the in-development Linux 3.17 kernel...

Fedora 21 Will Likely Ship With The Linux 3.16 Kernel

Thursday 7th of August 2014 05:52:54 PM
Josh Boyer of the Fedora kernel team spoke today at the Flock conference in Prague...

ACPI 5.1, ACPI On ARM Are Among The Power Management Updates For Linux 3.17

Thursday 7th of August 2014 03:10:06 PM
The generally interesting ACPI and power management pull request was sent in for the Linux 3.17 merge window...

Linux 3.17 To Drop Old POWER Processor Support

Thursday 7th of August 2014 03:02:42 PM
Should you be still running any PowerPC hardware older than 2001, the support is being dropped with the Linux 3.17 kernel merge window...

Broadcom VC4 Gallium3D Driver Soon To Merge Into Mesa

Thursday 7th of August 2014 01:17:15 PM
The Broadcom VC4 Gallium3D driver, which provides the open-source user-space component to an OpenGL driver for the Raspberry Pi, will soon likely be added to mainline Mesa...

KDE Ships First Update To Frameworks 5

Thursday 7th of August 2014 01:03:15 PM
KDE has shipped their first update to KDE Frameworks 5...

Facebook Is Hiring To Make Linux Networking Better Than FreeBSD

Thursday 7th of August 2014 12:38:30 PM
Facebook is hiring another Linux kernel engineer to join its growing kernel team. The goal for the new employee will be to make "the Linux kernel network stack to rival or exceed that of FreeBSD" and carry out other improvements to the Linux network stack...

NVIDIA 343 Linux Driver Improves EGL Support, Fixes Many Bugs

Wednesday 6th of August 2014 07:36:49 PM
NVIDIA today has announced their first beta Linux/Solaris/FreeBSD driver release in the 343.xx driver series. As expected, this release drops pre-Fermi hardware support from the Linux mainline driver code-base...

The State Of Wayland For Fedora 21

Wednesday 6th of August 2014 05:17:13 PM
Matthias Clasen of Red Hat shared a status update about Wayland on Fedora 21 today, the first day of this year's Flock conference...

Perf-Per-Watt: Catalyst vs. Radeon Gallium3D

Wednesday 6th of August 2014 03:29:58 PM
In continuing of yesterday's tests of comparing the OpenGL performance of the latest Radeon Gallium3D and Catalyst drivers with an array of AMD Radeon HD/Rx graphics cards, here's some complementary data including the performance-per-Watt and overall system power consumption for a few of the different AMD GPUs of recent generations...

Input Drivers Get Renewed For Linux 3.17

Wednesday 6th of August 2014 02:16:39 PM
The HID (Human Interface Device) pull request was sent in this morning for the Linux 3.17 merge window...

Linux 3.17 Adds Support For Intel "Braswell" HD Audio

Wednesday 6th of August 2014 01:54:02 PM
Takashi Iwai of SUSE has sent in his set of sound/ALSA changes that are queued up for the Linux 3.17 kernel...

More Details On GCC & LLVM Collaboration

Wednesday 6th of August 2014 01:43:57 PM
Last month in Cambridge was the 2014 GNU Tools Cauldron where GCC as a JIT compiler and other interesting topics were discussed by developers. One of the topics discussed was surrounding better collaboration between GCC and LLVM developers...

Digia To Spin Off Qt Business Into Its Own Company

Wednesday 6th of August 2014 01:14:30 PM
Digia has officially announced today they will be spinning off their Qt division into its own company (still wholly-owned by Digia) that will focus exclusively upon Qt development...

AMD Radeon Graphics Get Many Changes For Linux 3.17

Tuesday 5th of August 2014 05:16:53 PM
The Radeon DRM driver changes have been published for queuing into drm-next before hitting the mainline Linux 3.17 kernel tree...

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