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Steam Hardware Survey for March Shows Small Decline for Linux

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Every month Valve publishes a comprehensive hardware and software survey that reflects what is being used to run the Steam client. It’s been pretty accurate until now, but a couple of months ago Valve made a few small modification and eliminated most of the inconsequential entries for various other distros.

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New Media/V4L2 Drivers For Linux 3.15

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Linux
Hardware

There's numerous new hardware drivers for the Linux 3.15 kernel when it comes to the media subsystem.

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Intel Releases $99 “Minnowboard Max,” An Open-Source Single-Board Computer

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Android
Linux
Hardware

Not to be outflanked by rivals, Intel has released the $99 Minnowboard Max, a tiny single-board computer that runs Linux and Android. It is completely open source – you can check out the firmware and software here – and runs a 1.91GHz Atom E3845 processor.

The board’s schematics are also available for download and the Intel graphics chipset has open-source drivers so hackers can have their way with the board. While it doesn’t compete directly with the Raspberry Pi – the Pi is more an educational tool and already has a robust ecosystem – it is a way for DIYers to mess around in x86 architected systems as well as save a bit of cash. The system uses break-out boards called Lures to expand functionality.

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NVIDIA's Tegra K1 Jetson Will Be A Late April Debut

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Hardware

The Jetson board was announced with a $192 MSRP and a pledge to ship in April. Now that it's April, some Phoronix readers who also jumped on this bandwagon may be wondering about more details... Through more sources, I've found out that it's planned for a late April debut. Those who pre-ordered the Jetson will find their boards shipped in about three weeks if they ordered via NewEgg or NVIDIA.com. Everything I've heard from my sources about this Tegra K1 board remain very positive and that it's performing very well. Stay tuned and in three weeks we'll have up some very interesting new ARM benchmarks on Phoronix.

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Libata Improvements Enhance AHCI On Linux 3.15

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Hardware

Improvements to the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) code within the Linux kernel allow for more code to be shared amongst drivers for this SATA disk interface. In particular, a lot of embedded platforms were implementing AHCI controller support and were doing so in a variety of different ways. With Linux 3.15, libahci and the AHCI platform code have been improved so that these platform drivers can share more common code. There's also been the introduction of some new drivers to replace older drivers.

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Intel Adds Initial Cherryview Support To Their Linux 3D Driver

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Hardware

Cherryview Atom SoCs aren't being released for several months but the first bits of hardware enablement have landed within the open-source Mesa 3D Linux graphics driver. Cherryview with the Cherry Trail platform is the next-generation successor to the wonderful Bay Trail hardware.

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Xen Automotive: Bringing Virtualization To Cars

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Linux within cars was a big topic at this week's Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Napa Valley. Besides Intel talking up Tizen IVI, Xen Automotive is the work being done for using Xen virtualization on ARM hardware within automobiles.

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Another Reason to Boycott Dell: Support for Microsoft’s Racketeering

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GNU
Linux
Google
Hardware
Microsoft

The dying computer assembly company is joining a notorious attack on GNU/Linux as if it is trying to appease Microsoft rather than today’s generation, which increasingly embraces GNU- and Linux-based platforms

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Nvidia Shield's next OTA update will bring GameStream enhancement, Gamepad Mapper updated and more

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Nvidia's next OTA update for their Nvidia Shield portable gaming system will feature a host of new enhancements and improvements to existing features such as their GameStream technology and the Gamepad Mapper. All of this will be arriving next month for Nvidia Shield owners.

This update will bring improvements to Nvidia's GameStream Technology, which allows for streaming of PC games to the Nvidia Shield whether it be locally or via the cloud. Improvements include Notebook support and remote GameStream BETA, which is the cloud streaming portion of GameStream.

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IoT dev kit includes Linux-based multiprocol router

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Hardware
Web

Echelon introduced its IzoT Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) framework for peer-to-peer networking of embedded controllers last October. At that time, the building automation and smart grid networking vendor released the IzoT multi-protocol stack in an ARM-ready beta version and reference implementation optimized for the Linux-based Raspberry Pi SBC. Since then, support has extended to the BeagleBone Black.

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Google announces Drive for Linux

Google just announced a slew of Chrome OS powered devices, including a Flip Chromebook from ASUS and a Chromebit device which is a complete Chrome OS device on a stick. Buried under these announcements where the arrival of Google Drive for Linux. For some reason Google doesn’t have Linux on their priority list anymore this Drive for Linux didn’t even get their own press release. Katie Roberts-Hoffman, Engineer and ARM Wrestler at Google wrote in a blog post announcing the new Chrome OS devices, “Google Drive for Linux brings the much requested service to those enterprise customers who run their businesses on Linux.” Read more

First distro tests on Lenovo G50 - Ubuntu and Netrunner

We may deride Ubuntu for being modern and newb-friendly and not pure Linux or whatever. But that's nonsense. This splendid distribution, especially in its LTS form, eats hardware platforms for breakfast. I have not yet found a single machine that it didn't support, and didn't support almost 100%. Nigh perfect. This last case is yet another example. I guess the path for future testing has been laid out. I may have to play a bit with setting UEFI on and off, and definitely use Ubuntu bootloader to get things going, but from now, other distributions ought to be able to install. Or not. Either way, I shall copiously rant about it to your uttermost delight. Summing up what we saw today, Netrunner works fine, with numerous limitations and heavy memory consumption. Trusty is a perky little beast with no faults or problems, it's lithe and lean and cool, and purrs like a happy kitten no matter where placed or tested. Draw your own conclusions, dear readers. More distro testing coming soon. Mint, Kubuntu, for sure. Some others, too. Read more

Debian 8.0 Release Date & New Gentoo Website

Niels Thykier today posted that Debian 8.0 now has a "target release date." This isn't written in stone, but it would take something "really critical" to postpone the release. Elsewhere, the Gentoo Linux project today announced the launch of their "totally revamped and more inclusive website." The announcement stated that the old site wasn't "as inclusive as we would have liked." Read more