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[News] Linux Keeps Gaining More Hardware Support, Other Power Features

  • Subject: [News] Linux Keeps Gaining More Hardware Support, Other Power Features
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 08 Sep 2009 23:25:25 +0100
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Good News for Logitech Audio Hub Owners

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| I have come across some very good news to those who, like me, own a Logitech 
| Audio Hub USB speaker system. Until now it did not work properly on Linux 
| systems, there was always a constant clicking in the sound. I have been 
| dragging it back out and trying it again from time to time, as new Linux 
| releases come out... and I am pleased to report that it works beautifully with 
| three of the current test distributions I just tried - Ubuntu 9.10, openSuSE 
| 11.2 and Fedora 12! Hooray!


Kernel Log â Extra round for 2.6.31, X.org 7.5 on the horizon, staging area to be cleaned up

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| Linus Torvalds will release 2.6.31 a few days later than previously announced 
| and has scheduled another release candidate, RC9. After some delay, the 
| development of X.org 7.5 is now going ahead at full steam, and the developers 
| plan to have the final version ready by the end of this month. Greg Kroah-
| Hartman wants to clean up the staging area â this could also affect 
| Microsoftâs Hyper-V drivers. Con Kolivas has released BFS, a process scheduler 
| specifically tailored for desktop systems.


Intel P55 Chipset Preview On Linux

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| This morning Intel has introduced their new mainstream desktop chipset, the 
| Intel P55, and has brought forth the Core i5 processor family along with new 
| Core i7 processors for use with this new chipset and socket. Intel sent us out 
| a review kit of this new hardware so we are already able to comment on its 
| Linux compatibility. In this article we are talking specifically about the 
| Intel P55 and its Linux compatibility with regard to the Intel DP55KG 
| motherboard while in the next article we have Ubuntu Linux benchmarks using an 
| Intel Core i5 750 and Core i7 870.



Five Best Linux HTPC Motherboards

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| Our selection criteria were the following:
|     * micro-ATX or mini-ITX form factor
|       Size usually matters with a HTPC, few people would want a big tower
|       case in their living room, not to mention the WAF (wife acceptance
|       factor). Also most HTPC specific cases are designed for these form
|       factors.
|     * Nvidia GeForce 8200/8300 or 9300/9400 series on-board GPU
|       Nvidia's closed-source Linux drivers are currently the best choice for
|       video play-back in the Linux world, as they support hardware assisted
|       video play-back, which is at it's best with the 8x (for AMD) or 9x (for
|       Intel) series cards, using the VDPAU API.
|     * an on-board HDMI and/or DVI video out port
|       The best choice for connecting to your HD-TV, projector or AV receiver.
|     [...]


VME bus support for Linux

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| Today another nice thing for the Linux kernel happened, we got working VME
| bus drivers and infrastructure submitted to the kernel tree. Now, I don't
| expect it to generate as much press as the Microsoft kernel driver thing did,
| but it should, as I feel it's more important in a way.


Can Linux run everything windows does?

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| To put it quite simply. If you wish to uses a particular operating system
| then only choose hardware for that operating system. Don't use the hardware
| as an excuse for not using that operating system. Because that is all it is,
| an excuse, not a reason.


Linux Desktop Hardware Myths Explored

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| For instance I own a Wii guitar for Rock Band that I use to play Frets On
| Fire during my off time. Works out of the box, all I had to do is setup the
| button configuration from within the game itself.
| I also have two external hard drives using various Linux file systems on
| multiple partitions. Each partition mounts immediately once the external hard
| drive is plugged in. And saving the best for last, I tested things out by
| purchasing a random external DVD Burner (Sony brand) that I picked up at
| random from Best Buy simply because it was cheap.


Fighting the "legacy" reputations of GNU/Linux, seventeen years later

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| So there it was, a reasonably seasoned GNU/Linux user who had experienced
| great success with it, fell back to the old, old reputation that itâs harder
| to get peripherals working with GNU/Linux than Windows. If you read back
| through my description above youâll note he had successfully installed both
| printers and then un-installed and reinstalled them later. Those procedures
| had âjust workedâ â but the printers hadnât â yet he still thought that
| perhaps using them from Windows would fix it. As it happened just installing
| the second one in Windows had been a pain â he had no driver CD you see.
| I donât blame him for his assumption. Iâve had plenty of cases where printer
| manufacturers were doing special â undocumented â things with the Windows
| drivers. Itâs also fairly unfortunate to have two printers experience very
| similar problems one after the other so his assumption that it might be the
| PC was a pretty good guess. But what bothers me is that someone who has had
| so much success with GNU/Linux can still believe that Windows would
| automatically succeed where GNU/Linux hadnât.



Position Statement on Linux Kernel Modules

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| We, the undersigned Linux kernel developers, consider any closed-source Linux
| kernel module or driver to be harmful and undesirable. We have repeatedly
| found them to be detrimental to Linux users, businesses, and the greater
| Linux ecosystem. Such modules negate the openness, stability, flexibility,
| and maintainability of the Linux development model and shut their users off
| from the expertise of the Linux community. Vendors that provide closed-source
| kernel modules force their customers to give up key Linux advantages or
| choose new vendors. Therefore, in order to take full advantage of the cost
| savings and shared support benefits open source has to offer, we urge vendors
| to adopt a policy of supporting their customers on Linux with open-source
| kernel code.
| We speak only for ourselves, and not for any company we might work for today,
| have in the past, or will in the future.


Apple now less reliable than cheap Chinese computers

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| cheap and cheerful machines made by Asus and Lenovo.


Linux device driver project needs more unsupported devices to work on!

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| The problem is that even though Kroah-Hartman and his developers are willing
| to sign NDAs (nondisclosure agreements) for companies that are reluctant to
| open up their devices to open source, businesses are still hanging
| back. "What we need now is more companies participating in the project,"
| Kroah-Hartman said.
| [...]
| He also wondered if the problem of Linux device drivers has been
| overstated...


A Vista vs. Linux Matchup

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| Putting aside Apple hardware, where all the software works with
| all the hardware so long as it's all up to the minute, I found
| that MEPIS actually has better hardware support for this PC
| than Vista.
| [...]
| Adding insult to injury, since DRM protection schemes must
| evolve constantly, to stay ahead of hackers tearing them down,
| I have little doubt that one day you'll come home to find that
| a Vista update to DRM-protection has just locked you out of your
| media collection. You know, the same collection, which had
| worked just fine the day before. Repeat after me: DRM does
| not belong in operating systems.

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