Draft Licence for Open Source Hardware published

A number of well known developers from the open source hardware scene have published a draft of a new licence under the name of Open Source Hardware (OSHW) for free hardware projects. The group of signatories include Wired Magazine’s Chris Anderson, Phillip Torrone of Make magazine, Adafruit’s Limor Fried, Ayah Bdeir from the Eyebeam art […]

Tablets: The Next Big Open Source Opportunity?

All of a sudden, tablet computers are all the rage, with Apple’s iPad stoking the fire. But Apple is hardly going to compete unchallenged in the tablet space. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer claims that his company is “hardcore” about tablets, and is working with Asus, Dell, Samsung, Toshiba and Sony before the end of the […]

10 ways to dodge Linux hardware issues

Sometimes, you just have to accept the fact that a piece of hardware won’t work on Linux. But if you approach things the right way–and you have some good troubleshooting techniques–you can often sidestep problems and get your hardware working. 1: Don’t use very old or cutting-edge hardware It should be obvious why very old […]

Top 10 USB Thumb Drive Tricks

What can you do with a few gigabytes and a USB port? Quite a lot, with the right software. Learn how to encrypt your work, run whole systems, rescue Windows, and customize your thumb drive with these USB-geared tricks. Note: Gina previously rounded up 10 thumb drive tricks in April 2007, and we’ve borrowed a […]

5 Little Linux Computers

This month we take a look at a number of small form factor PCs that either come with Linux or would make a perfect fit for your favorite Linux distro. Each of the computers mentioned takes up very little space, but all deliver plenty of computing performance to handle everything from basic web browsing to […]

NVIDIA Promotes 256.35 Driver To Official Release

A few days back NVIDIA released the 256.35 Linux display driver as a release candidate for their 256.xx driver series that brings OpenGL changes, VDPAU improvements, and other enhancements. Today, NVIDIA has promoted the 256.35 driver as being an official, stable release. Read more at Phoronix

AMD Catalyst 10.6 For Linux Brings Changes

Apologizes that the monthly Catalyst release news is not near-instantaneous as usual as I had been getting back from Germany for LinuxTag and other business, but Catalyst 10.6 was released today. This June update actually brings some notable changes unlike releases found in the past few months. Catalyst 10.6 for Linux offers up RHEL 5.5 […]

Open source hardware worth $1billion by 2015

The market for open source hardware is hotting up, with the top 13 companies in the space turning over nearly $50million last year – according to Phil Torrone, designer at Adafruit industries. Speaking with Adafruit’s founder Limor Fried at the O’Reilly Foo Camp East in the beginning of May, Torrone also claimed that there are […]

Linux-powered iPad-like tablets can’t come quickly enough

Apple has long had a history of being arrogant. But, more often than not, they’ve been able to back it up by the quality of their products. But now, with Apple locking out Adobe Flash and Google Ads, not to mention their cute trick of setting up an HTML 5 demo site that only works […]

NVIDIA Issues 256.29 Linux Beta Driver

Last week NVIDIA had released their first 256.xx series Linux driver in the form of the 256.25 Beta release, but as we discovered, it boasted some major performance regressions for a NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250M and other mobile ASICs. This issue has now been resolved thanks to a new beta release. Read more at Phoronix

Catalyst 10.5 For Linux Is Out: Nothing Exciting

AMD has just put out their Catalyst 10.5 Linux driver update. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything too exciting in this release. Officially, the only new feature in Catalyst 10.5 for Linux is “early look” support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop / SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 1. There are, however, resolved issues pertaining to […]

NVIDIA 256 Beta Linux Driver Released

NVIDIA has rolled out its first beta in the expected 256.xx driver series for Linux, Windows, and other supported platforms. Last month we asked what you wanted from the NVIDIA 256.xx driver and while many of the respondents didn’t get their greatest wishes answered, the 256.25 beta driver does offer quite a bit of changes […]

AMD Catalyst 10.4 For Linux Officially Released

While early adopters of Ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid Lynx” have had access to the Catalyst 10.4 Linux driver for more than a month (in fact, two pre-releases) this afternoon AMD has officially released their April Linux driver. The Catalyst 10.4 Linux package provides “early look” support for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and finally it now supports the […]

NVIDIA 195.36.24 Linux Driver Released

While NVIDIA’s official 195.36.18 driver has been around for about one month, the Santa Clara engineers are getting ready to pump out a new official update. In fact, before the week ended, NVIDIA put out the 195.36.24 pre-release, which may be marked as their official stable release this week. Read more at Phoronix

First Android-based TV unveiled

A Swedish firm called People of Lava has announced what appears to be the world’s first Android-powered TV. The Scandinavia Window to the World TV runs Android 1.5 on a Cortex-A8 processor, and offers HD with 1920 x 1080 resolution, available in 42-, 47-, and 55-inch models, says the company. People of Lava isn’t alone […]

OSHUG, new UK user group for open source hardware

Osmosoft will be hosting the first meeting of OSHUG, the Open Source Hardware User Group on April 29th. OSHUG’s first meeting will include presentations by Professor David May and Alan Wood. May, currently CTO of XMOS Semicoductor, architect of the transputer and author of occam, the concurrent programming language, will be introducing the XCore XS1 […]

Five open source alternatives to the iPad

Interest in iPad app development is waning, and the device just got here. Maybe that means it’s time to explore more open options. Here are five. Neofonie WePad A bit bigger than the iPad with an 11.6″, 1366×768 display, the WePad runs the Android OS. You can get apps from the Android Market or the […]

NVIDIA Drops Their Open-Source Driver, Refers Users To VESA Driver

NVIDIA’s open-source Linux efforts as it concerns their GPU support have historically been minimal. The xf86-video-nv driver has been around that provides very basic 2D acceleration and a crippled set of features besides that (no proper RandR 1.2/1.3, KMS, power management, etc) while the code has also been obfuscated to try to protect their intellectual […]

AMD Catalyst 10.3 For Linux Released

AMD has just put out their monthly update of the Catalyst Linux driver. Though as we already know based upon AMD giving Ubuntu a new driver, the support for X Server 1.7 is not coming until next month, which also offers official Eyefinity support and other changes. As such, Catalyst 10.3 isn’t too interesting… Read […]

NVIDIA Pre-Releases Its 195.xx Linux Driver

While NVIDIA has been working on the 195.xx Linux driver since before last November, they have yet to officially release a stable driver in this series as of yet. Betas have been available and they even had to recall their recent drivers over a fan speed issue that could damage the system, but now they […]