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Cutting Linux down to size

Friday 14th of April 2017 03:55:44 PM
New tools like musl, toybox, and Clang are offering new techniques for shrinking the Linux kernel, file-system, and user space for IoT. At last year’s Embedded Linux Conference Europe, Sony’s Tim Bird warned that the stalled progress in reducing Linux kernel size meant that Linux was ceding the huge market in IoT edge nodes to […]

Video-focused hacker SBC mimics RPi 3 and Odroid-C2

Friday 14th of April 2017 03:18:49 PM
The $40, open-spec NanoPi K2 is like an Odroid-C2 with WiFi and BT 4.0. It offers a 1.5GHz quad Cortex-A53 Amlogic S905 SoC, 4x USB, GbE, and a 40-pin bus. Rampant imitation is making it easier to write up these new hacker board releases. Just cut and paste an existing feature table, add and subtract […]

Nano-iTX carrier for Jetson TX2 offers mini-PCIe add-ons

Thursday 13th of April 2017 09:39:25 PM
Aetina’s Nano-ITX “ACE-N620” carrier board for Nvidia’s Linux-driven Jetson TX2 and TX1 modules offers optional mini-PCIe expansion cards from Innodisk. Aetina’s Nano-ITX form-factor ACE-N620 carrier board offers some more development options for Nvidia’s Jetson TX2 COM, as well as its earlier, pin-compatible Jetson TX1. Already, Connect Tech has released three carrier boards for the Jetson […]

Pico-ITX SBC duo spins Kaby Lake with different expansion paths

Wednesday 12th of April 2017 08:13:13 PM
Axiomtek’s “PICO512” SBC offers 7th Gen Core CPUs plus mini-PCIe and homegrown expansion. A “PICO511” model skips the HDMI port but adds a second mini-PCIe. The PICO512 and PICO511 boards are slight tweaks of last year’s PICO500 PICO-ITX SBC, but with one arguably major difference: a switch from Intel’s 6th Gen “Skylake” Core and Celeron […]

SBC offers choice of i.MX6 UL or ULL, starting at $25

Wednesday 12th of April 2017 04:54:02 PM
MYIR’s 70 x 55mm MYS-6ULX SBC runs Linux 4.1.15 on the i.MX6 UL or new i.MX6 ULL, offering -40 to 85°C support or WiFi, respectively. MYIR, which has built SBCs based on the TI AM437x (Rico Board) and Zynq-7000 (Z-turn Board), among others, has announced what appears to be the first SBC to offer both […]

Open hacker board takes aim at Raspberry Pi 3

Tuesday 11th of April 2017 03:59:01 PM
The $30 Orange Pi Prime combines a quad Cortex-A53 Allwinner H5 SoC with 2GB RAM, wireless, MIPI-CSI, GbE, and a 40-pin expansion header. Another Orange Pi has shaken loose from Shenzhen Xunlong’s highly productive Orange Pi tree in the form of an Orange Pi Prime that matches up nicely with the Raspberry Pi 3. There […]

ESP32 dev board ships with multiple IoT kit options

Monday 10th of April 2017 09:11:37 PM
The $12, open source “Hornbill” dev board runs FreeRTOS on an ESP32 wireless module, and is available in several Hornbill kits. A Bangalore, India based startup has successfully funded its ESP32-based, IoT-oriented “Hornbill” boards and dev kits on Crowd Supply. The Hornbill boards are built around Espressif’s open source ESP-WROOM32 reference module, which is based […]

Skylake takes flight on industrial Mini-ITX and EBX SBCs

Friday 7th of April 2017 08:04:51 PM
Perfectron announced a rugged, Linux-ready EBX SBC with Skylake-H Xeon and Core CPUs, plus an industrial Skylake-S Mini-ITX board. Perfectron, which recently announced a rugged, 3.5-inch OXY5361A single board comptuter with Intel 6th Gen Core Skylake-U CPUs, has unveiled EBX and Mini-ITX boards with 6th Gen Skylake-H and Skylake-S chips, respectively. The rugged, EBX form-factor […]

Latest Orange Pi offers quad -A53 cores and 2GB of RAM

Friday 7th of April 2017 05:10:22 PM
Shenzhen Xunlong’s Linux-ready “Orange Pi Win Plus” SBC offers a quad -A53 Allwinner A64, 2GB DDR3, GbE and wireless, and a 40-Pin RPi connector. The $30 Orange Pi Win Plus adds to a flood of Orange Pi boards in recent months. Like the $20 Orange Pi PC 2 and recent, $20 Orange Pi Plus 2 […]

SODIMM-style COM sharpens IoT focus with i.MX6 ULL SoC

Thursday 6th of April 2017 08:17:06 PM
iWave has replaced an earlier i.MX6 UL module with an almost identical “iW-RainboW-G18M-SM” COM equipped with the more power efficient i.MX6 ULL. iWave has re-released its two-year old iW-RainboW-G18M computer-on-module as a new iW-RainboW-G18M-SM COM that cashes in the old i.MX6 UltraLite (UL) SoC for NXP’s even more energy efficient i.MX6 ULL. The original COM […]

Ubuntu convergence implodes

Thursday 6th of April 2017 06:17:19 PM
With Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Canonical will replace Ubuntu’s touch-enabled Unity8 “convergence” desktop with GNOME, thereby abandoning its mobile ambitions. Ubuntu’s Unity desktop and its related Ubuntu Phone project were always long-shots, so it was not unexpected that Canonical would eventually call a retreat. That is exactly what Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth did in an April […]

Building a secure bootloader for the Quark D2000 and SE

Wednesday 5th of April 2017 08:56:06 PM
At ELC 2017, Intel’s Daniele Alessandrelli related how his team built a QM-Bootloader for Intel’s MCU-like Quark D2000 and SE with secure firmware upgrades. Years after Intel released the low-power, Linux-compatible Quark X1000 processor, which runs on the Intel Galileo and numerous IoT gateways, the chipmaker last year launched three microcontroller-like Quarks that do not […]

RPi HAT add-on does 192kHz 24-bit audio and MIDI too

Wednesday 5th of April 2017 08:27:11 PM
The Pisound is a sound card HAT add-on for the Raspberry Pi with 192kHz 24-bit stereo I/O, classic MIDI In and Out ports, onboard knobs, and a user button. A Lithuania-based Pisound project has tripled its funding goal on Indiegogo, with 23 days left. You can buy the Pisound audio and MIDI card for $89 […]

Tiny IoT-oriented COM gains faster clock and i.MX6 ULL option

Tuesday 4th of April 2017 08:17:06 PM
Variscite launched a faster, 696MHz v1.2 spin of its 50 x 25mm DART-6UL COM, and an option for the power-efficient i.MX6 ULL in addition to the UL SoC. Variscite has added an option for NXP’s new, more power-efficient i.MX6 ULL SoC to a newly revised, v1.2 version of its i.MX6 UL (UltraLite) based DART-6UL computer-on-module. […]

Rugged, 3.5-inch SBC expands upon Skylake

Monday 3rd of April 2017 08:11:23 PM
Perfectron’s Linux-friendly, 3.5-inch “OXY5361A” SBC supplies 6th Gen CPUs with industrial temp support, and a pair each of mini-PCIe, GbE, and DP links. The OXY5361A follows earlier x86-based 3.5-inch SBCs from Perfectron such as the 5th Gen “Broadwell” based OXY5338A. The new OXY5361A runs on dual-core, 15W TDP 6th Gen Core “Skylake” U-Series processors. Other […]

USB3 Vision computer can do assisted surgery

Monday 3rd of April 2017 04:59:00 PM
Active Silicon’s Linux-ready, Haswell-based “USB3 Vision Processing Unit” acquires and processes image data from up to 4x USB3 Vision cameras. Active Silicon’s USB3 Vision Processing Unit (USB3 VPU) is designed for a variety of high-end industrial and medical computer vision applications, including its primary application of computer assisted surgery. The USB3 VPU has four inputs […]

Tiny, temp-resistant SBC runs Android 6.0 on Snapdragon 820

Monday 3rd of April 2017 03:33:52 PM
iWave has launched a rugged, 56 x 50mm “iW-RainboW-G25S” SBC with a Snapdragon 820 SoC, up to 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, up to 128GB eMMC, HDMI, WiFi, BT, and GPS. The iW-RainboW-G25S single board computer, which iWave also calls the APQ8096 SBC and Snapdragon 820 SBC, runs Android Marshamallow on Qualcomm’s quad-core APQ8096 SoC, better […]

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: OSS

  • Anonymous Open Source Projects
    He made it clear he is not advocating for this view, just a thought experiment. I had, well, a few thoughts on this. I tend to think of open source projects in three broad buckets. Firstly, we have the overall workflow in which the community works together to build things. This is your code review processes, issue management, translations workflow, event strategy, governance, and other pieces. Secondly, there are the individual contributions. This is how we assess what we want to build, what quality looks like, how we build modularity, and other elements. Thirdly, there is identity which covers the identity of the project and the individuals who contribute to it. Solomon taps into this third component.
  • Ostatic and Archphile Are Dead
    I’ve been meaning to write about the demise of Ostatic for a month or so now, but it’s not easy to put together an article when you have absolutely no facts. I first noticed the site was gone a month or so back, when an attempt to reach it turned up one of those “this site can’t be reached” error messages. With a little checking, I was able to verify that the site has indeed gone dark, with writers for the site evidently losing access to their content without notice. Other than that, I’ve been able to find out nothing. Even the site’s ownership is shrouded in mystery. The domain name is registered to OStatic Inc, but with absolutely no information about who’s behind the corporation, which has a listed address of 500 Beale Street in San Francisco. I made an attempt to reach someone using the telephone number included in the results of a “whois” search, but have never received a reply from the voicemail message I left. Back in the days when FOSS Force was first getting cranked up, Ostatic was something of a goto site for news and commentary on Linux and open source. This hasn’t been so true lately, although Susan Linton — the original publisher of Tux Machines — continued to post her informative and entertaining news roundup column on the site until early February — presumably until the end. I’ve reached out to Ms. Linton, hoping to find out more about the demise of Ostatic, but haven’t received a reply. Her column will certainly be missed.
  • This Week In Creative Commons History
    Since I'm here at the Creative Commons 2017 Global Summit this weekend, I want to take a break from our usual Techdirt history posts and highlight the new State Of The Commons report that has been released. These annual reports are a key part of the CC community — here at Techdirt, most of our readers already understand the importance of the free culture licensing options that CC provides to creators, but it's important to step back and look at just how much content is being created and shared thanks to this system. It also provides some good insight into exactly how people are using CC licenses, through both data and (moreso than in previous years) close-up case studies. In the coming week we'll be taking a deeper dive into some of the specifics of the report and this year's summit, but for now I want to highlight a few key points — and encourage you to check out the full report for yourself.
  • ASU’s open-source 'library of the stars' to be enhanced by NSF grant
  • ASU wins record 14 NSF career awards
    Arizona State University has earned 14 National Science Foundation early career faculty awards, ranking second among all university recipients for 2017 and setting an ASU record. The awards total $7 million in funding for the ASU researchers over five years.

R1Soft's Backup Backport, TrustZone CryptoCell in Linux

  • CloudLinux 6 Gets New Beta Kernel to Backport a Fix for R1Soft's Backup Solution
    After announcing earlier this week the availability of a new Beta kernel for CloudLinux 7 and CloudLinux 6 Hybrid users, CloudLinux's Mykola Naugolnyi is now informing us about the release of a Beta kernel for CloudLinux 6 users. The updated CloudLinux 6 Beta kernel is tagged as build 2.6.32-673.26.1.lve1.4.26 and it's here to replace kernel 2.6.32-673.26.1.lve1.4.25. It is available right now for download from CloudLinux's updates-testing repository and backports a fix (CKSIX-109) for R1Soft's backup solution from CloudLinux 7's kernel.
  • Linux 4.12 To Begin Supporting TrustZone CryptoCell
    The upcoming Linux 4.12 kernel cycle plans to introduce support for CryptoCell hardware within ARM's TrustZone.

Lakka 2.0 stable release!

After 6 months of community testing, we are proud to announce Lakka 2.0! This new version of Lakka is based on LibreELEC instead of OpenELEC. Almost every package has been updated! We are now using RetroArch 1.5.0, which includes so many changes that listing everything in a single blogpost is rather difficult. Read more Also: LibreELEC-Based Lakka 2.0 Officially Released with Raspberry Pi Zero W Support

Leftovers: Gaming