Purism Librem Laptops Remain Blobbed Up, Less Than Interesting

While it’s been several months since the Purism Librem crowd-funding campaing got underway for producing “the first high-end laptop in the world that ships without mystery software in the kernel, operating system, or any software applications,” the Librem 15 still relies upon a proprietary BIOS and there’s still no easy fix…

From: Phoronix

The New AMD GPU Open-Source Driver On Linux 4.2 Works, But Still A Lot Of Work Ahead

With the Linux 4.2 kernel settling down nicely and AMD developers having already sent in a few round of fixes for their new AMDGPU kernel DRM driver, I’ve started testing out this new kernel driver — plus the new xf86-video-amdgpu DDX and the associated new Mesa/LibDRM code — that is providing the open-source accelerated graphics support for Tonga and all new/future GPUs like Carrizo and Fiji.

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A New MIPS Creator CI20 Is Running Much Better

Last month I wrote about trying to benchmark the MIPS Creator CI20, a low-cost MIPS development board from Imagination Technologies, but sadly those plans were thwarted by stability issues. Fortunately, it was just a faulty board and the replacement board has been running without any faults.

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