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Tiny COM runs Linux on Atmel Cortex-A5 SoC

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Acme Systems unveiled a Debian-ready, 53 x 53mm COM using Atmel’s SAMA5D3 SoC, with microSD, optional NAND flash, and extended temperature support.

Acme Systems, which earlier this year released an Arietta G25 computer-on-module built around Atmel’s 400MHz ARM9 SAM9G25 SoC, has now spun an “Acqua A5″ COM using the SAMA5D3. Atmel’s 536MHz, Cortex-A5 based system-on-chip has also appeared in ShiraTech’s SODIMM-style AT-501 COM, which similarly ships with Debian Linux.

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Qt Embedded GUI moves to Qt 5.3

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KDE

Digia has upgraded its bootable, Linux and Android ready Qt Enterprise Embedded GUI with Qt 5.3, Qt Cloud support, Qt WebEngine, and Qt Quick Compiler.

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GCC 4.8.3 Released

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GNU

The GNU Compiler Collection version 4.8.3 has been released.

GCC 4.8.3 is the third bug-fix release containing important fixes for
regressions and serious bugs in GCC 4.8.2 with over 141 bugs fixed since
the previous release.

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Qt Creator 3.1.1 Lands Alongside Qt 5.3

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KDE

Qt Creator 3.1.1 has arrived along with Qt 5.3, as it usually happens, and it shares most of the features that have been implemented by the Digia developers. This is actually just a maintenance release for the more important 3.1.0 version that was made available just a month ago.

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Quick Look: Unity for Arch

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Ubuntu
HowTos

A precursory glance at the above screenshot might give the impression that this is yet another Ubuntu Linux review. However, a closer look at the logo in the bottom left corner reveals that nothing could be farther from the truth. Today we’ll be taking a quick look at the Unity desktop environment on Arch Linux.

Qt 5.3 Released

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KDE

I’m happy to announce that Qt 5.3 has been released. The main focus for this release was performance, stability and usability. Nevertheless, Qt 5.3 has also gotten a fair amount of new features that help make developers’ lives easier.

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Qt 5.3 Will Hopefully Be Released Early Next Week

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KDE

If all goes according to plan, we will see the official Qt 5.3 unveiling next Tuesday, 20 May. A new snapshot was released today to encourage last minute testing. If nothing serious is found, today's snapshot will be the final packages otherwise Digia will need to spin new packages and this will push back Tuesday's release.

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Raspberry Pi in schools

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Linux

The education conference in Manchester worked well for the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the dedicated team it has assembled with the aim of supporting teachers. Last year, the Raspberry Pi Jamboree staged by Alan O’Donohoe was sectioned off in its own series of rooms in the vast space of Manchester Central. This year, with O’Donohoe still at the helm, all things Pi were thrown into the main conference arena. Teachers walking around the venue would spot a classroom of the future on one corner, be able to buy a Pi on another and listen to talks in one of two areas set aside for such purpose. The Pi sat centre stage and could not be ignored.

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INTRODUCING GTKINSPECTOR

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GNOME

If you need to solve a tricky GTK+ problem in your application, gtkparasite is a very useful tool to have around. It lets you explore the widget hierarchy, change properties, tweak theme settings, and so on.

Unfortunately, gtkparasite is a tool for people ‘in the know’ - it is not part of GTK+, not advertised on our website, and not available out of the box on your average GTK+ installation.

At the Developer Experience hackfest in Berlin a few weeks ago, the assembled GTK+ developers discussed fixing this situation by making an interactive debugger like gtkparasite part of GTK+ itself. This way, it will be available whenever you run a GTK+ application, and we can develop and improve the debugging tools alongside the toolkit.

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Linux platform can be Bluetooth/Wi-Fi router

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Linux

ConnectBlue has a wireless Linux platform based on a multi-radio module supporting Classic Bluetooth, Bluetooth low energy and WLAN with full dual-band support for the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio bands.

According to the supplier, customer developed applications can be embedded directly on to the Linux software stack.

“With our new Multiradio System-on-Module it will be possible to easily develop new and innovative wireless products for the most demanding applications,” said Rolf Nilsson, CEO of connectBlue.

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