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Story Expandable, outdoor IoT gateway runs Android on i.MX6 Rianne Schestowitz 28/09/2016 - 9:54pm
Story Mercedes and Kia add new Android Auto models Rianne Schestowitz 28/09/2016 - 9:52pm
Story Linux Kernel News Roy Schestowitz 28/09/2016 - 9:49pm
Story Server Administration Roy Schestowitz 28/09/2016 - 9:46pm
Story Security News Roy Schestowitz 28/09/2016 - 9:45pm
Story OSS Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 28/09/2016 - 9:44pm
Story Apache Spot Roy Schestowitz 28/09/2016 - 9:21pm
Story Linaro and FOSS Roy Schestowitz 28/09/2016 - 9:19pm
Story Ubuntu Leftovers Roy Schestowitz 28/09/2016 - 9:05pm
Story macOS 10.12 Sierra vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Linux Benchmarks Roy Schestowitz 28/09/2016 - 8:31pm

Expandable, outdoor IoT gateway runs Android on i.MX6

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Linux

VIA’s “Artigo A830” IoT gateway runs Android on an i.MX6 DualLite SoC and offers HDMI, GbE, microSD, numerous serial and USB ports, plus -20 to 60° operation.

As the name suggests, the VIA Technologies Artigo A830 Streetwise IoT Platform is designed for outdoor Internet of Things gateway applications. These are said to include smart lockers, vending machines, information kiosks, and signage devices that run “intensive multimedia shopping, entertainment, and navigation applications.” The outdoors focus is supported with an extended -20 to 60°C operating range, as well as surge and ESD protection for surviving challenges such as a nearby lightning strike.

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Mercedes and Kia add new Android Auto models

Buying a new car comes with myriad of considerations. Is it fuel efficient? Is it safe? Will it play nicely with my phone? People sometimes neglect the last one, but you're going to be carrying the phone literally every time you get in the car, so why not make sure? Mercedes and Kia seem to get that. They've added support for Android Auto to a ton of new cars today.

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Linux Kernel News

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Server Administration

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Security News

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Security
  • Security advisories for Wednesday
  • Facebook, Uber, Slack, and Pandora Pros Praise Free Security Tools

    Proponents of open source software argue that by letting passionate developers get involved and tweak underlying code, the tools they create are stronger and more reliable. Plus, for companies looking to bolster their digital defenses, the software has the added benefit of being free.

  • LibreSSL 2.5
  • LibreSSL 2.5 Released With New Features, iOS Support

    LibreSSL 2.5.0 is available today as the newest version of this growing fork of OpenSSL led by the OpenBSD project.

    LibreSSL 2.5's libtls implementation now supports ALPN and SNI while handling four cipher suite groups, there is tightened error handling in some areas, support for OCSP intermediate certificates, initial support for Apple's iOS platform, and a variety of other fixes and functionality improvements.

OSS Leftovers

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OSS
  • Open source storage hits the mainstream

    Open source storage has gained mainstream acceptance in high performance computing, analytics, object storage, cloud (OpenStack) and NAS use, but can it crack the enterprise?

  • Rogue Wave Improves Support for Open Source Software with IBM
  • Rogue Wave Software to improve open-source software support with IBM

    Rogue Wave Software announces it is working with IBM to help make open source software (OSS) support more available. This will help provide comprehensive, enterprise-grade technical support for OSS packages.

  • Vendors and Customers Gettin' Open Sourcey With It

    Basically, “open source enablement" seems to be about teaching customers how to embrace open source principles, both in terms of internal processes as well as external communities and ecosystems. As I've worked with many engineering and product teams over the years, I've seen many open source initiatives fail to reach their potential because of ingrained cultural obstacles that usually manifest in the form of corporate inertia that blocks forward progress.

  • Digium Announces Asterisk 14 Open Source Communications Software

    Digium®, Inc., the Asterisk® Company, today at its annual AstriCon users and developers conference, announced Asterisk 14, the next major release of the world's most popular open source communications platform. Asterisk 14 continues the track of previous major releases, such as Asterisk 12 and Asterisk 13, by offering developer- and administrator-focused features and capabilities to simplify the scaling and deployment of Asterisk within large, service-based ecosystems.

  • Announcing the open source release of MORI, from Chalkbeat

    In 2014, Chalkbeat developed and started using a WordPress plugin for tracking impact. We called it MORI — Measures of Our Reporting’s Influence. As we wrote then, MORI grew out of one of our key beliefs: Journalists can make a difference, but the ability to measure the difference we make can multiply our impact over time. If we can document how, why, when, and where we made a difference, we are more likely to repeat our success.

    The quantitative data we track in MORI lets us see the big picture of how our work affects the world, beyond raw readership analytics; the qualitative narrative we record helps us tell the story. Our editorial teams can put important impacts in the hands of our fundraising team and others to turn around and share with the broader education community.

  • ODL: Open Source Hastens Software Usability

    Open Daylight Summit -- Open source is connecting users and developers more intimately, and that's a good thing, OpenDaylight Executive Director Neela Jacques said here today.

    In kicking off the OpenDaylight Summit, Jacques said the ability of users and developers to work side-by-side is evolving, and helping drive the faster pace at which open source can bring solutions to the industry.

    "Users can sit next to the developers of the code they use, and the interaction doesn't go one way," he said. "The real difference is the way users interact with developers. This is why we are able to get production-grade solutions so much faster than you ever would in proprietary world."

  • General Electric and Bosch announce IIoT collaboration
  • GE and Bosch to create open-source industrial IoT platform

Apache Spot

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Linaro and FOSS

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Linux
Hardware
OSS
  • Linaro organisation, with ARM, aims for end-end open source IoT code
  • Linaro start open-source development for IoT on ARM Cortex-M
  • ARM open source group address IoT software confusion

    Linaro has worked with ARM, Canonical, Huawei, NXP, RDA, Red Hat, Spreadtrum, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and ZTE on the new IoT software, as part of what it calls the Linaro IoT and Embedded (LITE) Segment Group.

    Group says it wants to address the design problems created by the proliferation of choices for IoT device operating systems, security infrastructure, identification, communication, device management and cloud interfaces.

    It hopes to be able to reduce fragmentation in operating systems, middleware and cloud connectivity software, through the creation of open source device reference platforms.

    Initial technical work will be focused on delivering an end to end, cross­vendor solution for secure IoT devices using the ARM Cortex-­M architecture.

Ubuntu Leftovers

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Ubuntu

macOS 10.12 Sierra vs. Ubuntu 16.04 Linux Benchmarks

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Mac
Ubuntu

Apple released macOS 10.12 "Sierra" last week as the successor to OS X El Capitan. Given this annual update to macOS / OS X, here are benchmarks of macOS Sierra compared to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on a MacBook Air and Mac Mini computers.

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Games for GNU/Linux

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Linux Graphics

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Alpine Linux 3.4.4 released

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GNU
Linux

The Alpine Linux project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of version 3.4.4 of its Alpine Linux operating system.

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Firefox Changes

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Moz/FF
  • Mozilla has “stopped all commercial development of Firefox OS”

    Remember when Mozilla said it was ceasing development of Firefox OS for smartphones, but that it wasn’t giving up on the browser-based operating system altogether? Yeah, now the organization has pretty much thrown in the towel.

    After shifting the focus from phones to smart TVs and other Internet of Things products for a while, Mozilla senior engineering program manager Julie McCracken says development of the operating system was “gradually wound down” and that as of the end of July Mozilla has “stopped all commercial development of Firefox OS.

  • Firefox’s Test Pilot Program Launches Three New Experimental Features

    Earlier this year we launched our first set of experiments for Test Pilot, a program designed to give you access to experimental Firefox features that are in the early stages of development. We’ve been delighted to see so many of you participating in the experiments and providing feedback, which ultimately, will help us determine which features end up in Firefox for all to enjoy.

    Since our launch, we’ve been hard at work on new innovations, and today we’re excited to announce the release of three new Test Pilot experiments. These features will help you share and manage screenshots; keep streaming video front and center; and protect your online privacy.

Red Hat News

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  • Why Red Hat calls India a ‘bright spot’ in Open source

    Application of Open source technology has come a long way, from once being used only for cost benefits to now being very critical to businesses. Along with the steady rise in its usage, businesses and organizations across verticals today are more certain to run mission-critical applications on open source platform than in the past.

    In fact, Indian Railways, IRCTC and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) are among long list of government organizations that are leveraging open source technology. Besides, other large private companies like Essar, TataSky and Mahindra Finance too are running business critical applications and functions on open source.

  • Red Hat sets stock ownership requirements for top management, board

    Red Hat Inc. shareholders have approved a change in stock ownership requirements for its executives, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Monday.

    The CEO, who is currently James Whitehurst, must hold at least 81,000 shares while executive vice president must own at least15,000 shares.

    At Monday’s price of stock, the CEO’s minimum holdings equal $6.37 million and the executive vice presidents shares each equal $1.18 million.

    Whitehurst currently holds more than 440,000 Red Hat shares, and the current executive vice presidents all hold more than 50,000 shares, according to the company’s most recent proxy statement.

    Senior vice presidents must hold 9,000 shares, and non-employee directors must hold 4,000 shares. Only one director currently holds fewer than 4,000 shares, according to the proxy, which can be found here.

    The board’s compensation committee administers and interprets the stock ownership policy. The levels are based on the person’s salary or retainer, depending on the position.

  • Red Hat Inc. (RHT) Upgraded to Buy at Zacks Investment Research
  • Red Hat Inc. (NYSE:RHT) Given Average Rating of “Buy” by Analysts
  • Red Hat Inc (NYSE:RHT) Upside Stock Technicals at Extreme Strength

Android Leftovers

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  • New Images Of Android-Powered BlackBerry Passport Emerge

    The original BlackBerry Passport running BlackBerry OS 10.3 probably isn’t a device that you’d consider using, but how about one with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop? Before the Ontario-based firm officially unveiled the BlackBerry Priv last year, there were reports that its 2014 smartphone is getting an Android update and a video confirming as much even emerged online. While all of that verifies BlackBerry was indeed working on an Android version of Passport, nothing came out of it and the recent release of the Alcatel-made BlackBerry DTEK50 suggests that the Canadian firm is moving away from manufacturing its own phones. Well, that doesn’t mean a few prototypes don’t exist out in the wild and one lucky poster over at CrackBerry forums actually managed to get its hands on it.

  • Android's Nougat Update Isn't Flashy, but Still Pretty Handy

    Nougat, Google's latest update of its Android smartphone software, isn't particularly flashy; you might not even notice what's different about it at first. But it offers a number of practical time-saving features, plus a few that could save money — and perhaps even your life.

    You'll be able to switch between apps more easily and do more without opening apps at all. New settings also let you block apps from eating up cellular data in the background.

    Nougat is starting to appear on phones, including new ones expected from Google next week.

    Some of these features may seem familiar because individual manufacturers such as Samsung and LG have built them on their own. But now they are officially part of Android, which means they should work with a greater range of apps and phones.

  • 5 upcoming Android phones that are worth waiting for

    It’s an interesting time to be an Android acolyte. The iPhone 7 is perhaps the most divisive iPhone ever, thanks to its infuriating decision to remove the headphone jack, causing more people to consider the alternative operating system. However, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, one of the flagship Android phones, is literally bursting into flames. Seems like a no-win situation.

    However, while the glut of different Android phones has its drawbacks (fragmentation mostly) the upside is you’re not limited to one questionable piece of hardware if you want a phone powered by that little green robot. So, with Android Nougat out and the holidays closer than you think, here are five upcoming Android phones worth waiting for.

  • Europol warns of Android tap-and-go thefts

    Law authorities have warned they believe criminals are using Android phones to trigger fraudulent tap-and-go payments.

    The alert comes in Europol's annual Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment report.

    Experts had previously said that the rollout of smart wallet systems could raise such a threat.

    However, the police are unsure exactly how the attacks are being carried out and how common they are.

    "The possibility of compromising NFC [near field communication] transactions was explored by academia years ago, and it appears that fraudsters have finally made progress in the area," the report says.

  • [Finally] Google Play Music now appears to be available in India
  • Shazam adds "Auto Shazam" custom tile for Android 7.0 Nougat's Quick Settings
  • When will my phone get Android N? Android Nougat new features: Android N is more productive, more secure and more battery-friendly, but when will you get it?
  • How to create a secure and hidden folder on your Android phone

Kubuntu 16.10 Finally Gets a Public Release, Beta 2 Uses KDE Plasma 5.7 Desktop

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KDE
Ubuntu

Earlier today, September 28, 2016, Canonical announced the release of Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Final Beta, which is also the Beta 2 snapshot for some of the opt-in flavors, including Kubuntu.

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Black Panther OS Is No Cool Cat

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OS
Reviews

Installation requires at least 10 GB of hard drive space and 1.5 GB memory. Normally, those requirements are not an issue. It becomes one, however, when installing to a virtual machine.

Avoid two annoyances with installing Black Panther OS. The cancel/next buttons on the bottom of the screen did not show until I narrowed the height of the panel bar.

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Tiny, open, $18 quad-core SBC has WiFi, BT, eMMC, microSD

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Ubuntu

FriendlyARM’s 40 x 40mm “NanoPi Neo Air” hacker SBC runs Ubuntu Core on an Allwinner H3 with 8GB eMMC, WiFi, BT, a DVP cam connector, and a microSD slot.

The NanoPi Neo Air is a respin of the astonishingly affordable, $8 NanoPi Neo that shipped in July, and has the same 40 x 40mm dimensions as the Neo, making the two boards the smallest quad-core SBCs around. The Neo Air adds WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 8GB eMMC, and a DVP camera connector while sacrificing the Ethernet and USB host ports. It debuts at $18, but will eventually move to $20.

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Lubuntu 16.10 Beta 2 Comes with LXDE as LXQt Got Postponed Until Lubuntu 17.04

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As part of today's Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Final Beta release, Simon Quigley and hard working folks from the Lubuntu team had the great pleasure of announcing the release of Lubuntu 16.10 Beta 2.

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