NVIDIA 285.05.09 Linux Driver Pre-Release

As was pointed out in the forums, new binary NVIDIA Linux drivers were pushed out today. The new version is the 285.05.09 pre-release. Among the changes in this new NVIDIA proprietary driver for x86/x86_64 Linux is GeForce GT 520MX support, support for X.Org Server ABI 11, and various bug fixes. Among the bug-fixes are ones […]

ZaReason CEO Sounds Off on Linux, Hardware ‘Compatibility’

Canonical’s “Ubuntu Friendly” hardware-validation program, which officially debuts next month along with Ubuntu 11.10, should make life a little easier for people with computers that don’t get along so well with Linux. But what if your computer is designed from the ground up to run Linux flawlessly? I recently got a chance to speak with […]

ZaReason Working to Release First True Open Source Tablet

There’s no denying the open source world lags far behind the proprietary universe when it comes to tablets and touch-enabled devices. But as ZaReason CEO Cathy Malmrose explained recently, that may soon change, as she and her employees are working hard to release a Linux-friendly tablet. Here are the details. It’s true that open source […]

AMD Catalyst 11.9 Driver Is Now Available

There’s a new AMD Linux driver blob available for those that haven’t yet fetched it, but it’s not particularly exciting, unless you’re using GNOME3. The new AMD Catalyst 11.9 for Linux driver should fix up some of the GNOME 3.x issues that have long been experienced for months. But don’t expect a perfect experience yet […]

Intel Has Buggy HiZ Support Published

Chad Versace of Intel has published a set of nineteen patches to the Mesa mailing list that implement HiZ and depth resolve support for the Intel Linux graphics driver. Unfortunately, it’s not without some regressions. While the patches are there for hierarchical Z (HiZ) support on Intel hardware, the feature isn’t enabled by default as […]

‘Ubuntu Friendly’ Hardware Certification Program Maturing

If Canonical had its way, OEMs would make sure Ubuntu ran well on their hardware before shipping it. But most OEMs don’t, so Ubuntu developers have resorted to the next best thing: crowd-sourcing hardware validation to users via the Ubuntu Friendly program, which is almost ready for prime time. Here’s the scoop. We first covered [...]

Linux-based home automation system adds tablet controller, Android app

Control4 announced a seven-inch tablet, meant for portable control of its Linux-based Control4 home automation, surveillance, and music-server system. In addition to the Control4 7″ Portable Touch Screen, the company also announced a “Control4 MyHome — Android” app. We last checked in on Control4′s Linux-based Control4 Home Automation system in 2009, when the company announced […]

The Most Comprehensive AMD Radeon Linux Graphics Comparison

Last month I alluded to a 40-way graphics card comparison being worked on at Phoronix. This comparison is to extensively compare the performance of the open and closed-source drivers for each graphics card and to comprehensively comment on other areas of the Linux graphics driver support. Not only is the OpenGL performance being evaluated, but […]

NVIDIA Has A New “Long-Lived” Linux Driver

NVIDIA has created a new branch of their proprietary Linux graphics driver. This new driver is for the “long-lived” series. The purpose of this series is to provide just bug-fixes and other minor updates for non-legacy hardware. In other words, like their legacy drivers where they just receive minor updates, but for those just wanting […]

This Is What Started AMD’s Open-Source Strategy

While AMD’s open-source strategy was announced on Phoronix on 7 September 2007, it was on 17 September of the same year that the Novell/SUSE developers did their first public release of their xf86-video-radeonhd driver. This was the X.Org driver created by the Novell Linux engineers in months prior for R500 and R600 GPUs. Here is […]

NVIDIA 280 Linux Driver Series Becomes Official

Following the 280.04 beta and 280.11 beta, NVIDIA has just made the 280 Linux driver series official with the certified release of the 280.13 build. The NVIDIA 280.13 build doesn’t offer up too much for x86/x86_64 Linux beyond what was already found in the 280.11 beta build. However, there are some changes compared to the […]

AMD Catalyst 11.7 Driver For Linux Brings…

As has been pointed out in the forums, the AMD Catalyst 11.7 Linux driver for Radeon and FirePro graphics hardware has been released this morning. What new features does this proprietary driver bring? Well, it does bring support for the Linux 2.6.39/3.0 kernels. The Linux 2.6.39 kernel is at least being reported to work with […]

Linux all-in-one phone and computer so near, so far

For six months I longed for the Motorola Atrix Android smartphone first announced in January. That was, until I got one and reality fell short of my utopian vision. Now I must beseech Motorola, telcos and Linux hackers alike to bring my dream to fruition. Motorola hit headlines as the year kicked off by announcing […]

NVIDIA 275.19 Linux Driver Published

While NVIDIA is already in the middle of working on the 280 driver series and there’s been a public beta of that, this Friday morning NVIDIA has released a new 275.xx stable release. While this release is still tagged in the 275 series, it does contain a few worthwhile fixes and new hardware enablement. The […]

AMD’s New Open-Source Employees

Joining John Bridgman and Alex Deucher in working on the open-source driver stack at AMD are two new, but familiar, names: Michel Dänzer and Christian König. These two Linux graphics driver developers are now officially AMD employees. These two hires are concerning AMD’s recent open-source hiring efforts. Some developers and I have known who these […]

Supercomputing Freakonomics – Finding Meaning Beyond the Headlines

Twice a year, the Top500 Project publishes its list of the fastest supercomputers in the world. In the last announcement, we continue to see Linux dominating the list. This is nothing new since Linux has been dominating since the mid-2000s. In fact, Linux share in supercomputing looks a lot like Microsoft’s historical share of the […]

AMD Catalyst 11.6 Linux Driver Released

AMD has this afternoon released the Catalyst 11.6 Linux driver. The Catalyst 11.6 for Linux build isn’t particularly exciting. Release notes for the 11.6 driver haven’t been made publicly available yet, but if they do emerge, they’ll basically say there’s installer/uninstaller improvements, support for reading the highest available memory clock from AMDCCCLE, and some other […]

NVIDIA Pre-Releases A New Linux Driver

The NVIDIA crew working on their proprietary Linux driver have just pre-released a new build, NVIDIA 270.41.03. This Linux driver update mainly adds support for a number of new GeForce / Quadro GPUs. The list of newly supported hardware is huge: GeForce GT 520, GeForce GT 525M, GeForce GT 520M, GeForce GT 445M, GeForce GT […]

Intel Graphics On Linux Still Behind Windows, With Sandy Bridge

Now that I finally have Sandy Bridge graphics working under Linux, thanks to another H67 motherboard and Core i5 2500K processor from Intel that don’t exhibit the earlier problems, there’s many Linux benchmarks available. Overall the Core i5 2500K graphics under Linux with the latest kernel / DDX / Mesa are fast, for being Intel […]

AMD Catalyst 11.2 Linux Driver Released

AMD has just issued their Catalyst 11.2 Linux driver update. It’s now available from AMD.com but their release notes as usual are of little use, so here’s the Phoronix scoop on this month’s update. Within Catalyst 11.2 you should find: – A much smaller driver package. The unified x86/x86_64 driver package available from AMD’s web-site […]