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Linux in Devices: Date Bugs, Robot Operating System (ROS), Splashtop, Citrix

  • Y2K quick-fix crick? 1920s come roaring back after mystery blip at UK's vehicle licensing agency

    Caused by a decision to start Unix time on 1 January 1970 at 00:00 UTC and store the counter as a signed 32-bit integer, the problem could see all manner of legacy devices falling over in the early hours of 19 January 2038 with a numeric overflow.

    While modern applications and operating systems have been patched as the date looms, with 64-bit time used in the likes of Linux (on 64-bit architectures), work is ongoing in dealing with systems that will get uppity about compatibility. Embedded hardware (such as medical devices with lifetimes measured in decades) could well present a particularly thorny problem to resolve.

  • The hottest thing in robotics is an open source project you've never heard of

    According to recent LinkedIn data, artificial intelligence (AI) jobs are up 74% while data science jobs are up 37% since 2015. Perhaps less visible, but emerging quickly in importance, are the robots increasingly powered by that data science. Small wonder, then, that the second-hottest job in LinkedIn's analysis is the robotics engineer, experiencing growth of 40% since 2015.

    While the open source projects behind the rise of data science are reasonably well known (e.g., TensorFlow and Keras, among others), most people aren't aware that robotics is also heavily influenced by open source and, in particular, by the Robot Operating System (ROS). Given the importance of ROS to the swelling open source robotics community, it's worth learning a bit more about it.

  • Splashtop Announces Support for Remote Access to Linux Computers from Any Other Device

    Splashtop Inc., the worldwide leader in remote access, collaboration, and remote support solutions, now officially supports remote access to Linux computers through Splashtop’s award-winning remote desktop solutions.

    Subscribers of Splashtop’s core business products can now remotely access and control their Linux computers from any other Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Chromebook device. Through the Splashtop Business App, users can initiate a remote session to their desired Linux computer with just a few clicks.

  • 10ZiG to Demo BCR via Experimental CER Feature in Citrix Workspace App on Linux-Based Thin Client at Citrix Summit

    10ZiG Technology® is conducting live demonstrations of the Citrix Workspace App’s Browser Content Redirection (BCR) using Chromium Embedded Framework (CEF), displaying its performance improvements, on 10ZiG Linux-Based Thin Clients at Citrix Summit booth #502. In the recent release of Citrix Workspace App for Linux Version 1912, Citrix added support to BCR utilizing the experimental CEF-based engine. This enriches the experience on Thin Clients, as it helps to offload network usage, client-side processing, and graphics rendering directly to the endpoint.

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