Yet Another VIA Linux Driver Has Arrived

VIA’s small Linux development community is badly fragmented; there is yet another group of developers creating their own VIA driver. I wish it was a joke, seeing as there are already a number of drivers for the same VIA chipsets and none of them are feature complete or in really great condition, but a new […]

A Major Open-Source ATI Linux Driver Update

If you use the open-source ATI Linux graphics driver, there’s a major stable update available. At long last, xf86-video-ati 6.14.0 has been released. This open-source X.Org driver brings official support for the Radeon HD 5000 series, Radeon HD 6000 series, and AMD Fusion Ontario hardware. This release also has a plethora of bug-fixes and flips […]

AMD Puts Out A Beta Catalyst Linux Driver For The Public

While NVIDIA puts out beta Linux graphics drivers quite often as a means of soliciting testing prior to declaring a new stable GPU driver update, AMD does not but rather they rely upon their NDA-covered select beta testers to put each Catalyst release through its paces before declaring a stable update in their timed monthly […]

NVIDIA 260.19.36 Driver Released; 270.xx Coming Soon

On Friday the NVIDIA engineers working on their proprietary Linux driver put out a new driver update. This new driver update is marked NVIDIA 260.19.36 Certified, but it brings just three official changes. The NVIDIA 260.19.36 driver updates the NVIDIA kernel module to now ensure that all system memory allocated by it for either the […]

How to Get the Most Out of Your Laptop with Linux

You got a new laptop over the holiday, or want to spruce up your old one with Linux? Ready to take the plunge, but a bit hesitant? Despite the horror stories, migrating to Linux on a laptop can be easy. With a few tools and guidance, you can have Linux installed and running in no […]

Linux Geeks and Tablet Temptation

If “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” summed up all that was wrong in Jan’s world on “The Brady Bunch” all those many decades ago, an equivalent for today’s computing world might be, “tablets, tablets, tablets!” After all, the widely hyped new devices pretty well dominated the news coming out of CES, and they continue to do so […]

Simple Scan Brings Much-Needed Sanity to SANE

One key area of frustration for newcomers to the Linux OS is using document scanners. Most hardware makers do not provide Linux drivers on discs that accompany their scanner models. So Linux users have to struggle to find solutions on distro-specific help forums. Linux does not support the TWAIN-compatible drivers popular in the Windows world. […]

Some Good & Bad News For The Nouveau Driver

With our big AMD Linux GPU / driver comparison we found its open-source Gallium3D driver to be noticeably faster than the classic Mesa DRI driver across an array of Radeon hardware from multiple generations. However, the official Catalyst driver was multiple times faster (roughly 5.18x faster) than the Gallium3D driver, not to mention its lack […]

Broadcom joins the Linux Foundation

Broadcom has become the newest member of the Linux Foundation. In September 2010, Broadcom released its brcm80211 wireless driver for Linux, suitable for the BCM4313, BCM43224 and BCM43225 802.11n wireless chips, under a GPL2-compatible license. Broadcom also says that it plans to continue working with the Linux Driver Project, which is aimed at creating and […]

VIA’s Open Linux Graphics Driver Has Been Defenestrated

For those that were hoping that VIA Technologies would pull through in providing their open-source graphics driver support like they had promised with kernel mode-setting, a Gallium3D driver, and being Linux friendly, kiss those thoughts goodbye as they’ve been basically thrown out the window. Sadly, it’s not happening. I had a very productive conversation with […]

How to choose the best Linux distro for laptops

The smart mobile user shouldn’t overlook Linux. The question is, which distro should you pick? You’ll get a different answer depending who you ask. You’ll probably be pointed in the direction of Arch for performance, Debian for stability and Ubuntu if you want easy access to the biggest collection of apps. If that’s not enough […]

VIA Launches A Graphics Card. Will It Work With Linux?

Not only has Intel’s Sandy Bridge met the world today, but VIA Technologies launched the VIA eH1. The VIA eH1 is a discrete graphics card for PCI Express systems, but will it work with Linux? From the press release: The VIA eH1 comes with a three year product longevity guarantee and is the most power-efficient […]

A New Open-Source AMD OverDrive Utility For Linux

AMD has allowed their Radeon GPUs to be overclocked on Linux since 2008 when using their Catalyst driver with OverDrive support. Previous to that there was Rovclock for overclocking select ATI Radeon ASICs using an open-source program along with support for tuning the video memory timings and other options, which was a program written via […]

NVIDIA 260.19.26 Linux Driver Released

Two weeks after NVIDIA had put out their unannounced 260.19.21 Linux driver, they have returned to the web and have officially released the NVIDIA 260.19.26 graphics driver for Linux x86/x86_64 along with Solaris and FreeBSD operating systems. The NVIDIA 260.19.29 driver adds support for new NVIDIA GPUs, fixes a bug that causes some OpenGL applications […]

SuperComputing 2010: Faster and Denser Storage Technologies

The Supercomputing Conference 2010, commonly called SC10, is the conference/show for everything surrounding HPC (High Performance Computing). There are over 10,000 attendees of the conference while the expo floor is very large making it difficult to see and learn everything, but your intrepid author did his best to explore the expo floor in search of […]

Nouveau Now Supports Overclocking Your GPU

While the Nouveau driver may not yet have a stable Gallium3D or DDX driver release nor does it have capabilities like stabilized power management or OpenGL 3.x, if you want to overclock your NVIDIA graphics card with this open-source driver, you can now do so today. Martin Peres who has been working on Nouveau power […]

AMD Catalyst 10.11 Linux Driver Released

As was pointed out in our forums, the AMD Catalyst 10.11 Linux driver has tipped up today. This driver, with its installer package approaching 120MB in size, is now available for download at AMD’s web-site. The release notes on the Catalyst 10.11 Radeon/FirePro graphics driver for Linux is not available at this time. However, if […]

Wayland Becomes A FreeDesktop.org Project

Just earlier today we reported that Wayland is becoming compatible with Nouveau so that users of this open-source NVIDIA driver can begin using this alternative, lightweight display server that leverages the latest Linux graphics technologies. About the only caveat right now is the needed Nouveau page-flipping support, which is here for some hardware but not […]

AMD Catalyst 10.10 For Linux Officially Released

While users of Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat” have had access to an early release of the Catalyst 10.10 Linux driver that AMD had sent over to Canonical in advance in order to provide X.Org Server 1.9 support, the rest of the Linux-using public now finally has access to the official Catalyst 10.10 build. Those that […]

2010 Linux Graphics Survey Results

Last month we carried out our fourth annual Linux Graphics Survey in which we sought feedback from the Linux community about the most common graphics drivers and hardware in use, what display/GPU-related features desktop users are most interested in, and collect other metrics to aide developers. Here are the results from this year’s survey. Read […]