ATI Linux Users Get Excited For Catalyst 10.10

In what has become an unfortunate tradition for the past few releases, prior to the release of Ubuntu 10.10, AMD provided Canonical with a pre-release of their latest proprietary Catalyst driver at the time. They have done this to fix some major bugs, but primarily to provide a working ATI/AMD proprietary graphics driver that will […]

LM_Sensors 3.2.0 Has Been Released

It’s been quite a while since having anything to report on with the LM_Sensors project, which is the free software project to provide user-space utilities and kernel drivers for various hardware sensors to be supported under Linux. LM_Sensors makes it possible to monitor the CPU/system temperatures, fan speeds, voltages, and other metrics for many systems […]

A Gaming Mouse Vendor That Has Linux Drivers

While Razer and Logitech manufacturer some terrific mice for computer gamers along with other gaming peripherals, they unfortunately do not provide any official Linux support. There have been community projects like Lomoco for supporting Logitech’s extra mouse features under Linux and RazerTool for supporting some Razer mice, but without any full-featured support from the vendor. […]

Know your hardware

On linux there are some simple commands that allow you to see what the OS is seeing (that does not always correspond with the hardware in the machine). Today we will see some of these useful commands that allow you to check the proper recognition of all our devices. lspci – lsusb – lshw lspci […]

A New ATI X.Org Driver Has Been Released

While most of the exciting action for open-source graphics now occurs within the Linux kernel for the DRM and KMS and there is all the work being poured into the 3D side via classic Mesa and Gallium3D drivers, the DDX drivers continue to play a role for 2D acceleration and other X.Org features. AMD’s Alex […]

nVidia – There is No Optimus Support for Linux

It is about the time of year when I start looking at new laptops. I am looking for something small, but powerful. I have been an nVidia faithful since I made the switch to Linux almost four years ago, as such I used to not even look at a system if it didn’t have an […]

Home energy gateway platform runs mystery SoC

Freescale Semiconductor announced a Home Energy Gateway (HEG) “smart grid” reference platform that can be based on three existing ARM processors or a yet-to-be-announced mystery SoC (system-on-chip). Supported with Linux and Windows BSPs by Adeneo Embedded, the HEG offers features for collecting power consumption data over ZigBee networks from Home Area Network (HAN) appliances, controlling […]

AMD Catalyst 10.9 For Linux Released

AMD has just released their monthly proprietary Linux driver update, which this month puts it at Catalyst 10.9. The only new “feature” of AMD Catalyst 10.9 for Linux is early support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 (RHEL6), but there are some bug-fixes. The only official issues that have been resolved by this driver update […]

Linux distributions need fresher drivers

Some Linux users want to have a stable system without constant updates, while others always want to have the latest versions so they can get drivers for new hardware. A multistage approach with two “current” distributions might be a solution. In software development, it has become common practice to improve program code, stabilise it in […]

A First Look At The 2010 Linux Graphics Survey Results

Earlier this month we started once again our annual Linux Graphics Survey in which we poll our readers about their choices and opinions concerning graphics cards, display drivers, and other graphics / X.Org related features of the Linux desktop. While this survey is still going on through the end of September — so you still […]

Broadcom releases open source wireless driver for Linux

Broadcom has released its brcm80211 wireless driver for Linux, suitable for the BCM4313, BCM43224 and BCM43225 802.11n wireless chips, under a GPL2-compatible license. Kernel hacker Greg Kroah-Hartman has already merged it into the staging tree, the area reserved for drivers which are not of normal Linux kernel quality, and announced that the driver will be […]

Samsung Announces Galaxy Tab

Samsung hinted at the device in a teaser video last week, but now the company has officially announced its Galaxy Tab, an Android 2.2-powered tablet/smartphone hybrid. The device made its official debut at IFA 2010. Similar to the Dell Streak, the Galaxy tab splits the difference between tablet and smartphone by featuring 3G HSUPA connectivity, […]

7 Providers of Pre Installed Linux Laptops/PC’s

Not many mainstream PC manufacturers have a Linux preinstalled version of their products. But some do have and the there are many other not-so-mainstream providers of Linux preinstalled laptops, netbooks and PC’s. Here are a few of them you should know. Dell Dell is obviously the most famous among Laptops/PC manufacturers in Linux circles primarily […]

2010 Linux Graphics Survey

For the past three years we have hosted an annual Linux Graphics Survey in which we ask tens of thousands of users each time their video card preferences, driver information, and other questions about their view of the Linux graphics stack. This year we are hosting the survey once again to allow the development community […]

NVIDIA 256.53 Stable Linux Driver Release

Over the weekend there was a new Linux binary driver release from NVIDIA that was the 256.52 driver in a pre-release state. It didn’t deliver on OpenCL 1.1, Fermi Linux overclocking support, or any other radical features, but it did bring a handful of bug-fixes. Today this driver has been released as stable after being […]

AMD says goodbye to the ATI brand

Advanced Micro Devices on Monday said it will remove the ATI name from its products by the end of the year, killing a brand name synonymous with graphics enthusiasts for 25 years. AMD offers a range of graphics products under the ATI brand, including the Radeon, FirePro and Eyefinity offerings. The chip designer will instead […]

NVIDIA 256.52 Linux Driver Brings Fixes

Just shy of a month ago was when NVIDIA last released a proprietary Linux driver, at which point they also released a second driver that was their OpenGL 4.1 preview driver . This Saturday though NVIDIA has provided a new driver release, which is tagged as the 256.52 pre-release. This new Linux driver release isn’t […]

Design & build your own open source device

Gadgets are awesome. We buy them, use them and program them. But do we build them? Most of us will say no. This is largely because it’s a project too big for an individual to do. It’s highly complex and needs a lot of investment in terms of hardware and software licences. But let’s say […]

NVIDIA’s Dead Open-Source Driver Gets Updated

Back in March an announcement came out of NVIDIA as they were getting ready to launch the GeForce GTX 400 “Fermi” graphics cards that they would be dropping support for the xf86-video-nv driver. The xf86-video-nv driver really didn’t provide much of a feature set and was far behind the Nouveau KMS and Gallium3D drivers even […]

India develops world’s cheapest “laptop” at $35

India has come up with the world’s cheapest “laptop,” a touch-screen computing device that costs $35. India’s Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal this week unveiled the low-cost computing device that is designed for students, saying his department had started talks with global manufacturers to start mass production. “We have reached a (developmental) stage that […]