Purism seeks funding for 15-inch free software Linux laptop

In today's open source roundup: Purism wants to sell a Linux laptop that runs only free software. Plus: The Jolla Linux tablet easily surpasses its $380,000 funding goal, and how well does Nvidia's open source driver perform while running Linux games?

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Jolla Linux tablet surpasses $380,000 funding goal

Speaking of crowd-sourced funding, the Jolla Linux tablet achieved its funding goal after only a few hours. Linux users are clearly interested in buying this tablet.

Joey-Elijah Sneddon reports on the amazing fundraising success of the Jolla Linux tablet:

In barely a few hours Jolla has already surpassed its $380,000 target. And while that goal may sound cheap when compared to the $32 million Canonical sought to raise, the hardware the Fins are offering is anything but...

Aside from out-classing its rivals in screen, power and price, the device is also being custom made and designed; this isn’t some off-the-shelf Android tablet from China with Sailfish OS slapped on, but a couture fit of hardware and software.

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Here's a video preview of the Jolla Linux tablet:

The open source Nvidia driver and Linux gaming

Linux gaming has been growing by leaps and bounds lately, but how well does Nvidia's open source Nouveau driver stack up for gaming on Steam? Phoronix ran some tests to find out just what Nvidia's driver is capable of while running Linux games.

Michael Larabel reports on the Nouveau driver's performance for Phoronix:

...here's a look at the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 performance when testing the games on the latest open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) Linux graphics driver code.

The graphics cards tested for this article included the GeForce GTX 460, GTX 550 Ti, GTX 650, GTX 680, GTX 760, GTX 770, and GTX 780 Ti. The tests happened from an Ubuntu 14.10 x86_64 system with the Xfce desktop while upgrading to the Linux 3.18 Git kernel and also xf86-video-nouveau 1.0.11 Git and Mesa 10.4-devel Git from this week.

More at Phoronix

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