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Turn That Old Tablet Into A Sub-$100 Linux Laptop

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Tiny laptops have always been devices that promise so much, yet fail somehow to deliver. From the Atari Portfolio palmtops through to the recent crop of netbooks they have been either eye-wateringly expensive if they are any good, or so compromised by their size constraints as to be next-to-useless. We’ve seen DOS, EPOC, Windows, WinCE, Palm OS, Linux distros and more in tiny form factors over the years, yet few have made a significant mark.

The prospect of a “proper” computer in your hand isn’t something to abandon just yet though. We are now reaching the point at which the previous generation of higher-end Android tablets are both acceptably powerful and sufficiently numerous as to be available at a very reasonable price. Perhaps these can provide the tiny laptop seeker with a basis for something useful. [NODE] certainly thinks so, because he’s produced a nice little Ubuntu laptop using a second-hand Nexus 7 tablet and a Bluetooth keyboard case. Android is replaced with an Ubuntu image, and a cardboard cut-out display bezel is held in place with magnetic strips. A step-by-step guide has been put up to help others interested in following the same path.

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Android Leftovers

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  • Android device updates: Nvidia Shield Tablet and K1 version get several key bug fixes

    There’s no Nougat to be had this week for your Android device, but Shield Tablet users are getting some important patches that should improve their overall use and gaming experience.

    There’s also a strange case of missing Android dashboard numbers and hints the Galaxy S7 Edge may be on track for Nougat.

    Each week, we round up all the major software updates to hit the Android ecosystem, including phones and tablets on U.S. carriers, unlocked phones, smartwatches, and Android TV devices. Making sure your device is running the latest available software is a good housekeeping practice, ensuring you have the latest features with fewer bugs and security holes.

  • Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9 hands on: the dream machine

    What happens when a luxury car manufacturer teams up with a Chinese smartphone maker? You get a phone that’s both very sexy and awfully familiar. Huawei and Porsche Design teamed up to produce a phone that is as desirable as it is expensive. The result is the Porsche Design Mate 9 and if its looks don’t knock your socks off, its price will. Join us for a quick unboxing and first impressions of the Porsche Design Huawei Mate 9.

  • Indus, the startup building an Android OS for India, targets deals with Chinese OEMs

    Indus OS, the startup developing a localized version of Android for India, is now going after international OEMs after it clinched a deal that will local giant Intex sell smartphones powered by its operating system.

    Intex has around 10 percent of sales in India, according to data from Counterpoint Research, so landing the firm as a partner will boost Indus’ coverage of India’s mobile landscape. The partnership also means that Indus has now struck deals with nearly all of India’s top phone brands — including Micromax, Karbonn, Celkon and Swipe but not Lava — meaning it can now focus its attention to the many overseas firms vying for marketshare in India, one of the few regions to buck the global trend of slowing phone sales.

  • Android has captured a record-high share of the smartphone market
  • Google Ends Support for Eclipse Android Developer Tools
  • Sprint will support next-gen texting on Android next year
  • Daily Briefing: Going out in a blaze of glory

Linux/Android module offers embedded version of Snapdragon 410

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The Inforce 6301 COM expands upon the Snapdragon 410 and new 410E, and offers 1GB RAM, 8GB eMMC, WiFi, BT, and GPS for $85, plus $100 for the carrier.

Inforce Computing announced its most affordable “Micro SOM” computer-on-module yet with an $85 Inforce 6301 that runs Android or Linaro’s version of Ubuntu Linux on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 or recently launched 410E embedded version. The industrial temperature resistant module can be bought as part of a $185 starter kit (see farther below).

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Linux Devices

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  • Mentor Graphics Expands Mentor Embedded Linux Support for the latest AMD Embedded G-series Family of Processors
  • First Apollo Lake Nano-ITX SBC emerges

    Portwell unveiled a Nano-ITX SBC and COM Express Compact module with dual or quad-core Atom E3900 SoCs, -40 to 85°C support, and up to 32GB on the COM.

    Portwell has announced both a Nano-6062 Nano-ITX single board computer and a PCOM-B641VG COM Express Compact Type 6 module built around Intel’s new Atom E3900 “Apollo Lake” SoCs. Both products offer standard -40 to 85°C industrial temperature support. No OS is listed, but other Apollo Lake based products have all supported Linux, Windows, and usually VxWorks.

  • VoCore2: Another Tiny, Inexpensive Linux Device Debuts

    While the Raspberry Pi has grabbed the most headlines as a tiny, ultra-inexpensive, pocketable computer running an open source operating system, it's actually only one of many tiny LInux computers being heralded as part of a new "Linux punk ethic." As we've noted, there are various pocket-size Android devices selling online for under $100 (see the photo).

    Now, one of the most interesting entries in this space has debuted. VoCore2 is an open source Linux computer and wireless router that is actually smaller than a coin. You can use it as a VPN gateway, or as a private cloud platform. Here are more details.

  • Meet Remix IO+, a More Powerful Remix IO That Doubles as an Android or Gaming PC

    We reported a couple of weeks ago about an upcoming device from the developers of the Android-x86-based Remix OS operating system for PCs and embedded devices, dubbed Remix IO.

    Remix IO launched its Kickstarter campaign on October 20, 2016, with a pledged goal of $250,000 USD, which now strides towards $500,000 USD with 15 days to go, at the moment of writing this article, thanks to over 4,100 backers. And now, Jide Technology is proud to announce a new product tier, Remix IO+.

MaruOS 0.3 released (Android 6.0 smartphone ROM which also includes Debian Linux desktop OS)

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Maru OS is an operating system that lets you run Android software on your phone… and connect the same phone to an external display to run desktop Linux software.

An early build was unveiled in February. This summer the developer open sourced the project. And now there’s an updated version that makes the move from Android 5.1 to Android 6.0.

Maru OS 0.3 is ready to go… assuming you have a Google Nexus 5.

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Also: Debian Fun in October 2016

Android Leftovers

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IoT-oriented $7 Orange Pi Zero has both WiFi and Ethernet

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The 48 x 46mm Orange Pi Zero runs Linux or Android on a quad-core Allwinner H2, and offers WiFi, 10/100, microSD, USB host and OTG, and a 26-pin RPi header.

Shenzhen Xunlong has added a Raspberry Pi Zero competitor to its Orange Pi lineup of open source hacker boards. The new Orange Pi Zero is selling for just $7 plus shipping, for a total price of $10.30 when shipped to the U.S.

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Arduino-Compatible RISC-V and More

  • HiFive1 Is an Open-Source, Arduino-Compatible RISC-V Dev Kit
    Bay Area startup SiFive has announced the Freedom Everywhere 310 (FE310) system-on-chip — the industry’s first commercially-available SoC based on the free, open-source RISC-V architecture, along with the corresponding low-cost, Arduino-compatible HiFive1 development kit.
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    First introduced in Intel’s 965 Express Chipset Family, the Intel Management Engine (ME) is a separate computing environment physically located in the (G)MCH chip (for Core 2 family CPUs which is separate from the northbridge), or PCH chip replacing ICH(for Core i3/i5/i7 which is integrated with northbridge).

Moving From Microsoft to GNU/Linux

  • Is Linux the Right Choice for My Business?
    In these hard-economic times, cutting expense is among the keys to the success of a business. Licensing costs can be a huge drain on the wallet of any service. Of course, Microsoft Windows servers are still the standard in a lot of offices, however, there is an unsung hero out there simply waiting to be discovered by more business-owners. This article is obviously describing Linux. While it does have some appeal in both the general public and economic sectors, it is widely used for servers and still not a really popular operating system for workstations but among geeks. Why? You might ask. Microsoft has the marketplace cornered and remains the norm simply by being the standard. This is not to state that Microsoft does not produce quality software application; this post indicates absolutely nothing of the sort. Microsoft got where they are today by their sweat and devoted developers, in no way is this article lessening the quality of Microsoft or their line of products.
  • Moving with SQL Server to Linux? Move from SQL Server to MySQL as well! [Ed: SQL Server DOES NOT (!) run on Linux]
    Over the recent years, there has been a large number of individuals as well as organizations who are ditching the Windows platform for Linux platform, and this number will continue to grow as more developments in Linux are experienced. Linux has for long been the leader in Web servers as most of the web servers run on Linux, and this could be one of the reasons why the high migration is being experienced.
  • Does Linux community trust Microsoft?
    Does actually Linux community like Microsoft? Does actually Linux community trust Microsoft? I cannot answer the first question for sure, but I have a sure answer for the second question.

Mozilla Reports 2015 Revenue of $421.3M

For its fiscal 2015 year, Mozilla reported revenue of $421.3 million, up from $329.6 million that it reported Mozilla's revenue's have grown significantly over the last decade. The first year that Mozilla ever publicly disclosed its financial status was for its 2005 fiscal year, when the open-source organization generated $52.9 million in revenue. Read more Finance/ial issues: Open source wearable Angel shuts down

Fedora 25 Review: A Stable Release, But Slightly Slow to Boot (on rotational disks)

If you have a rotational disk, then Fedora 25 will be a little slow to boot and there is nothing you or I can do to fix it. But if you have an SSD, then you shall have no issues here. Other than that, I’m quite pleased with this release actually. Sure the responsiveness sucked the first time on, but as mentioned, it can be fixed, permanently. And the stability is also excellent. While I’m not a huge fan of the GNOMEShell (I think it’s stupid!), the ‘Classic’ session is also available, nonetheless. If you fancy giving it a go, then get it from here, but first make sure to read the release notes. Read more