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Rugged Versalogic board expands upon Intel Apollo Lake

Thursday 5th of December 2019 05:26:25 PM
Versalogic’s rugged, Linux-ready “Owl” SBC has an Intel Apollo Lake SoC with up to 8GB soldered ECC RAM, 8GB to 32GB eMMC, 2x GbE, 5x USB, 4x serial, and 2x mini-PCIe, plus SATA, LVDS, and mini-DP++. Versalogic announced a Linux-friendly SBC due in 1Q 2020 that continues its line of rugged, double-board Embedded Processing Unit […]

SBCs and compact embedded PCs run Linux on Ryzen Embedded

Thursday 5th of December 2019 12:09:13 AM
EEPD’s Linux-ready “ProFive NUCR” SBC and “Box-NUCR” embedded PC based on it are built around AMD’s Ryzen Embedded R1000 SoC. The products follow the similar, but V1000-based ready “ProFive NUCV” and “Box-NUCV” released earlier this year. In mid-November, EEPD (or E.E.P.D.) announced an AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 based Box-NUCR embedded computer built in Germany that […]

Rock Pi N10 SBC delivers AI-enhanced RK3399Pro starting at $99

Wednesday 4th of December 2019 06:03:12 PM
Radxa’s “Rock Pi N10” SBC runs Debian or Android 8.1 on an RK3399Pro for $99 (4GB RAM/16GB eMMC), $129 (6GB/32GB), or $169 (8GB/64GB), with the RAM split between the 6x CPU cores and the up to 3-TOPS NPU. The SBC is built around a Vamrs VMARC RK3399Pro SoM. Radxa has gone to Seeed to launch […]

SMARC module runs Linux on power-sipping i.MX8M Nano

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019 10:40:50 PM
Congatec’s SMARC form-factor “Conga-SMX8-Nano” module runs Linux or Android on NXP’s under 2W TDP, quad -A53 i.MX8M Nano. Features include 2GB RAM, up to 128GB eMMC, a GbE controller, MIPI-CSI, LVDS, anbd optional -40 to 85°C support. Congatec added to its line of SMARC 2.0 modules running NXP i.MX8 processors with a Conga-SMX8-Nano module featuring […]

AMD unveils Ryzen Embedded mini-PC ecosystem, including new OnLogic systems

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019 07:50:13 PM
[Updated: Dec. 5] — AMD has launched an “open ecosystem” for mini-PCs running on its Ryzen Embedded V1000 and R1000 CPUs including new Linux-ready models such as OnLogic’s ML100G-40 and MC510-40, EEPD’s BoxPC-NUCV and -NUCR, and the previously announced Simply NUC Sequoia. Here we take a closer look at the OnLogic systems. AMD has announced […]

Orange Pi 4 launches at $50 with 4GB RAM (Update)

Friday 29th of November 2019 05:49:49 PM
[Updated: Dec. 3] —The Orange Pi 4 is now available in a $49.90 model without eMMC along with the 16GB eMMC $59.90 model and a $69.90 Orange Pi 4B model with a 2.8-TOPS NPU. They all run on an RK3399 with 4GB LPDDR4, WiFi/BT, Type-C with DP, 40-pin, PCIe, and more. Earlier this month, Shenzhen […]

PinePhone goes on sale for $150 and Ubuntu Touch ports to the Pi

Wednesday 27th of November 2019 06:42:54 PM
Pine64’s open source PinePhone has launched at $150 for a developer’s edition. The smartphone is supported by UBports’ Ubuntu Touch, which also now works on a Raspberry Pi 3 with touchscreen as well as an AOSP-based “Volla Phone,” now on Kickstarter. Linux-based phones that don’t use Google’s Android have had a rough go of it […]

Compact, Jetson Nano based embedded computer has five GbE ports

Tuesday 26th of November 2019 07:14:41 PM
Aaeon’s compact “Boxer-8220AI” runs Linux on a Jetson Nano module and offers 5x GbE ports for IP cameras plus 4x USB 3.0, 2x COM, and an HDMI port. Aaeon has unveiled its first compact Boxer computer with Nvidia’s Jetson Nano instead of the higher powered Jetson TX2 found on the other AI models. The fanless, […]

Lenovo goes open source with RK3399 and AM5708 SBCs

Tuesday 26th of November 2019 04:48:27 PM
Lenovo’s open-spec, $141 “Leez P710” SBC runs Ubuntu or Android 9.0 on an RK3399 with 4GB LPDDR4, 16GB eMMC, 40-pin GPIO, M.2, HDMI 2.0, and 4x USB ports. Up next is a Leez P515 board with a TI AM5708. Lenovo has followed fellow PC vendor Asus into the community-backed SBC market and is similarly debuting […]

Linux-powered handheld is like a PocketChip on steroids

Monday 25th of November 2019 10:37:06 PM
[Updated: Nov. 27] — Source Parts has opened $199 pre-orders for a Linux-driven “Pocket P.C.” handheld with an Allwinner A64, 2GB DDR3, 32GB eMMC, 4x USB Type-C, keyboard, 5-inch HD touchscreen, WiFi/BT, and optional LoRa and GNSS. In June, Source Parts went to Kickstarter to resurrect the design of the now defunct Next Thing’s open-spec […]

Specs teased for camera-focused S3-OLinuXino SBC

Monday 25th of November 2019 09:03:41 PM
Olimex has asked for public comment on preliminary specs for an Allwinner S3-based “S3-OLinuXino” IP camera board with PoE support, onboard WiFi, and dual MIPI-CSI interfaces, one of which supports Raspberry Pi cams. Olimex has published basic specs and a request for public comment on WordPress — and has posted schematics on GitHub — for […]

All-in-one 23.8-inch thin client integrates SDM-L computer

Friday 22nd of November 2019 10:46:10 PM
Clientron’s “TC-238 AIO Thin Client” has a 23.8-inch display and an Atom x5-E38000 SoC implemented via Intel’s SDM-Large form factor. Triple simultaneous displays are available thanks to DVI-D and 4K-ready DP ports. Thin client vendor Clientron, which last year released an S-Cube Pi 3 B+ Thin Client built around the Raspberry Pi 3 B+, has […]

Yocto-based Torizon distro adds OTA updater

Thursday 21st of November 2019 10:01:02 PM
Toradex has released an experimental version of an OTA updater for its new Torizon embedded Linux distribution. Torizon OTA offers fault-tolerant features and supports web-based remote management including grouping of devices into fleets. In May, Toradex announced an industrial grade Torizon Linux distribution aimed mostly at Windows developers looking for an easy entry into embedded […]

Rugged Kaby Lake vehicle PC does it all on the road or rail

Thursday 21st of November 2019 04:25:21 PM
Vecow’s Linux-friendly “IVH-9024MX ICY” in-vehicle PC runs on a 7th or 6th Gen Core or Xeon CPUs and offers triple displays, 6x SATA bays, 4x PoE+ ports, 2x mini-PCIe, and EN50155: 2017 and EN45545-2 railway compliance. Vecow unveiled the rugged IVH-9024MX ICY back in June as an all-purpose in-vehicle and rolling-stock computer and this week […]

AiO touch-panel systems tap Intel’s Whiskey Lake

Wednesday 20th of November 2019 11:14:16 PM
Taicenn’s IP65-protected “TPC-PCM” industrial all-in-one touch-panel computers feature 15- to 24-inch touchscreens, 8th Gen Whiskey Lake processors, up to 64GB DDR4L, HDMI and DP ports, and optional wireless. Taicenn announced a new line of industrial touch-panel computers that improve upon the similar TPC-DCM line of touch-panel systems announced in June. The TPC-PCM systems advance to […]

Thin clients run Linux-based eLux on Gemini Lake Refresh chips

Wednesday 20th of November 2019 05:31:42 PM
Fujitsu’s three new “Futro” thin clients feature the Linux-based eLux RP stack running on Intel’s Gemini Lake Refresh SoCs. The quad-core Futro S9010 and S7010 and the dual-core S5010 offer GbE, 2x DP, and 7x USB ports. Fujitsu has expanded its line of Futro thin clients with three models that feature Intel’s recently announced Gemini […]

Orange Pi 4 has an RK3399 and an optional NPU

Tuesday 19th of November 2019 05:02:26 PM
Shenzhen Xunlong has posted preliminary specs for a Rockchip RK3399 based “Orange Pi 4” SBC that is smaller and more affordable than the Orange Pi RK3399 and faster and more feature rich than the Orange Pi 3. A 4B variant adds a Lightspeeur 2801S AI chip. New Orange Pi boards usually just show up unannounced […]

Gemini Lake based Lattepanda Delta SBC relaunches for $188

Monday 18th of November 2019 08:55:56 PM
DFRobot’s previously Kickstartered, Ubuntu-ready LattePanda Delta SBC has relaunched for $188 with a quad-core Gemini Lake SoC. The Intel Core-based Lattepanda Alpha is already available starting at $379 for a model that recently switched from a 7th Gen to an 8th Gen Amber Lake-Y CPU. Back in Dec. 2017, DFRobot’s LattePanda project went to Kickstarter […]

Mini Type 10 dev board supports extended mini-PCIe I/O modules

Monday 18th of November 2019 05:16:49 PM
Acromag’s rugged “ACEX4041” Mini-ITX carrier is equipped with a Linux-friendly, Apollo Lake based COM Express Mini Type 10 module plus 4x mini-PCIe based “AcroPack” slots that support 25+ I/O modules. Acromag announced a Mini-ITX form-factor carrier board for COM Express Mini Type 10 modules sold in three configurations: barebones (ACEX4041); equipped with an Intel Apollo […]

Compact Ryzen V1000 system starts at $689 with pre-loaded Ubuntu

Sunday 17th of November 2019 05:24:44 PM
Simply NUC’s compact “Sequoia” computer features a quad-core Ryzen Embedded V1000, 0 to 60°C support, and an 8-32V input. It starts at $689 with 4GB DDR4, a 128GB SSD, 2x mini-DP++, 3x USB, 2x GbE, 2x COM, and pre-installed Ubuntu. Simply NUC, which distributes Intel NUC systems such as the recent, Apollo Lake based NUC […]

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Linux Candy: xcowsay – displays a cow on your desktop with message

Who loves eye candy? Don’t be shy — you can raise both hands!! Linux Candy is a series of articles covering interesting eye candy software. We’re only featuring open-source software in this series. If you spend all day embroiled in data science, learning a new programming language, sit in countless meetings wishing you were anywhere else, you’ll need some light relief at the end of the day. And what better way by making your desktop environment a bit more fun. You might have heard of cowsay, software that generates ASCII pictures of a cow with a message. cowsay isn’t limited to cow depictions, it also shows other animals, including Tux the Penguin. For this article, we’re looking at a different take on cowsay. It goes by the name xcowsay. This program displays a cute graphical cow and speech bubble. The program was first started over 12 years ago, but it’s still under active development, with a new release published only last week. Read more

OSS Leftovers

  • Open Source DevOps Vendor Chef Launches Its First Channel Program
  • Intel Compute Runtime 20.06.15619 Enables E2E Compression

    Version 20.06.15619 of the open-source Intel Compute Runtime was released on Friday as powering the company's modern Linux graphics hardware compute stack. Notable with this latest Intel Compute Runtime snapshot is E2E compression being enabled for Linux, or engine-to-engine compression. The E2E compression provides a means of lossless compression between hardware engines/blocks for helping to save bandwidth and supplementary to the other compression means for graphics/compute. This Intel compute E2E support is enabled with this release for Tigerlake Gen12/Xe graphics hardware.

  • OPNFV Taps CNTT to Power Its Evolution

    The most recent OPNFV platform release could be the last that adheres to the organization’s legacy mindset with future releases more tied into work around the burgeoning Common NFVi Telco Taskforce (CNTT). Heather Kirksey, VP of community and ecosystem development at the Linux Foundation, explained in a phone interview with SDxCentral that a lot of the updates in the OPNFV Iruya release were targeted at CNTT. She added that targeting will spill into upcoming releases from both CNTT and OPNFV. Kirksey cited a recent LF Networking (LFN) forum in Prague, Czech Republic, that tied together developers from the OPNFV, CNTT, and the ONAP community. That forum resulted in OPNFV taking feedback from CNTT.

  • Adoption of Open Source Technologies is Increasing in Financial Data Management – But what are the Challenges?

    Moreover, adopting open source typically means deploying cloud native apps and migrating workloads to public or private cloud built on open source infrastructure. Open source often provides foundational technology, including languages, libraries and database technologies that can provide a rich foundation to quickly develop applications. That, coupled with an increase in the uptake of managed services options, is making open source still more attractive to financial services businesses – and is further driving innovation within these organizations.

  • NearForm launches Open Source Software R&D hub in Tramore

    NearForm, the premier software development and world-leading Open Source Technology company, headquartered in Tramore Ireland, has officially launched its R&D hub, NearForm Research, to further build on its existing commitment and contributions to the growth in Open Source Software. The move follows the company’s long-standing active involvement in the creation of advanced Open Source software and its importance to the global enterprise market and associated economic growth.

  • NearForm launches software R&D hub in Tramore

    “We are thrilled to be able to make this an official program within NearForm. We can now combine our experience in developing software solutions for some of the world’s leading brands with our in-depth knowledge and understanding of the languages and tools,” said head of NearForm Research, James Snell.

  • How Open-Source is the LoRaWAN IoT Community?

    One of the more positive movements in society has been the growth of organizations serving their industry of interest by creating an open-source development environment. From sports to science, grass-roots groups, clubs, and societies have sprung up to serve their target application spaces. In the embedded electronic design industry, one of those areas of interest is the LoRaWAN community, presented as an open-source development environment serving an unlicensed band of the RF spectrum. Members of this community range from hobbyists to tier-one manufacturers. Members of the group share LoRaWAN network technologies and protocols to advance development while ensuring security, interoperability, and compatibility. The LoRaWAN community and its flagship organizations like the LoRa Alliance are helping make LoRaWAN one of the core infrastructures in the next generation of the Internet of Things (IoT).

  • The Open Source for All Initiative: Investing in Underrepresented Minorities in Tech

    This Dot Labs, a development consultancy known for its work in providing opportunities to underrepresented minorities in tech, and StackBlitz is an online IDE used by millions of developers every month & adopted by open source projects such as Angular (Google), RxJS (Microsoft), and many others, have teamed up this February in the Open Source for All Initiative to provide $20,000 of opportunities to those who need their first foot in the door.

  • Open-source URL shortener ‘YOURLS’ gets updated with Bitly-like random keyword plugin

    YOURLS, which is short for Your Own URL Shortener, is open-source software that allows anyone to host their own URL shortener. It’s similar to Bitly, except you control everything. It works with any hosting provider that supports PHP and MySQL, and is easy to set up and use. For example, Coywolf uses YOURLS on a cheap shared hosting plan at Pair Networks and uses the domain coywolf.io.

Programming: Gitea, NBD, Eclipse, Electron, Perl and Spyder (Python)

  • Gitea 1.11.0: Open source self-hosting Git solution gets a new update

    Gitea helps you set up your own self-hosted Git service with the use of lightweight Go code. The latest version, 1.11.0, includes a long list of updates, bug fixes, and improvements, including changing the markdown rendering to goldmark, and a new contrib command. Is self-hosting the right solution for you? See how Gitea compares to other Git hosting solutions.

  • NBD: A popular HTTP-fetching npm code library used by 48,000 other modules retires, no more updates coming

    After eleven months of planning, the npm-distributed request module has been deprecated, meaning the popular JavaScript code library for making HTTP requests is no longer supported and won't receive further updates. The almost 48,000 other npm modules that include request as a dependency won't see any immediate effect, other than a deprecation warning from the npm command line client. But the maintainers of those modules should consider revising their code so it uses an alternative library for handling HTTP interactions. Request, now at version 2.88.2 and still downloaded almost 17m times a week, was created in 2009 by Mikeal Rogers, who presently handles community operations at open source biz Protocol Labs.

  • Still Increasing the Power of Hybrid IT Through Open Source

    Broadcom (perhaps still better known as CA) used this year’s Arcati Mainframe Yearbook to highlight the mainframe development revolution and the growth in open source tools. They said that tools, like the green screens of ISPF and the Eclipse desktop IDE, enhanced with proprietary plugins have served mainframe application developers well over the years. However, there are changes in the larger world of development that are creating the conditions for a revolution in mainframe tooling.

  • Tangle EE project joins Eclipse Foundation to bring distributed ledger apps to enterprise

    As the number of IoT devices proliferate, and machines conduct transactions with machines without humans involved, it becomes increasingly necessary to have a permissionless system that facilitates this kind of communication in a secure way. Enter the IOTA Foundation, a Berlin-based open-source distributed ledger technology (DLT) project, which has hooked up with the Eclipse Foundation to bring IOTA DLT to the enterprise via the Tangle EE project. For starters, this involves forming a working group.

  • Eclipse Partners with IOTA on Open Source Distributed Ledger Tech
  • What to know about software development security — why it’s still so hard and how to tackle it

    The right software security practices can prevent many future security problems, and there is an increasingly realisation that software development security needs a cradle-to-grave approach, not just focusing on solving problems once they become apparent. There is still a long way to go and no-one can claim this is easy to address: the increasing complexity of modern software development environments, not to mention the sheer volume of code and other digital assets being created, often in continuous, fast-paced environments, exacerbates the challenge. [...] Coding standards are particularly relevant for some of the more complex programming languages — C++ in particular — which while introducing unprecedented scope for innovation and flexibility, also allow for more interpretation, which can lead even the most skilled developer to inadvertently introduce an error. Again, automation is key, especially for huge codebases and complicated embedded software projects, so static code analysis is increasingly introduced to reduce manual effort and associated risks.

  • Electron 8 - First Release As OpenJS Foundation Incubator

    At the end of last year Electron joined the OpenJS Foundation as an incubator project. The release of Electron 8, less than two months later, is an indication that it is thriving in its new home. Initially developed for GitHub's Atom editor, Electron is a cross-platform desktop application development tool based on Node.js and Chromium enabling apps to be packaged for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Both Atom and Electron were open sourced in 2014. News that Electron was joining the OpenJS Foundation was announced in December 2019 at the Node+JS Interactive conference held in Montreal.

  • Modularity for Maintenance

    One of the best things about maintaining open source in the modern era is that there are so many wonderful, free tools to let machines take care of the busy-work associated with collaboration, code-hosting, continuous integration, code quality maintenance, and so on. [...] But... let’s say you1 maintain a few dozen Python projects. Being a good maintainer, you’ve started splitting up your big monolithic packages into smaller ones, so your utility modules can be commonly shared as widely as possible rather than re-implemented once for each big frameworks. This is great! However, every one of those numbered list items above is now a task per project that you have to repeat from scratch. So imagine a matrix with all of those down one side and dozens of projects across the top - the full Cartesian product of these little administrative tasks is a tedious and exhausting pile of work. If you’re lucky enough to start every project close to perfect already, you can skip some of this work, but that partially just front-loads the tedium; plus, projects tend to start quite simple, then gradually escalate in complexity, so it’s helpful to be able to apply these incremental improvements one at a time, as your project gets bigger.

  • Perl Weekly Challenge 47: Roman Calculator and Gapful Numbers

    These are some answers to the Week 47 of the Perl Weekly Challenge organized by Mohammad S. Anwar. Spoiler Alert: This weekly challenge deadline is due in a couple of days (February 9, 2020). This blog post offers some solutions to this challenge, please don’t read on if you intend to complete the challenge on your own. I have really very little time to complete this blog post in time for the deadline. My explanations will be minimal, sorry about that.

  • The Spyder Development Community and Quansight Labs Announce the Release of Spyder 4

    The Spyder Project and Quansight Labs announced the release of Spyder 4, the latest version of the most popular open source Scientific Python development environment. Spyder 4 boasts new features that users have been eagerly awaiting. Spyder 4 provides users an enhanced coding experience like general purpose editors and IDEs, while strengthening its specialized focus on scientific programming in Python. 

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