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Linux module controls micro-helicopters

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Gumstix announced an “AeroCore” MAV (micro air vehicle) controller board that runs NuttX on a Cortex-M4 MCU, plus Linux on a Cortex-A9-based DuoVero COM.

The AeroCore MAV control board is principally run by a separately available Yocto Linux-based DuoVero Zephyr or DuoVero Crystal computer-on-module (COM) that plugs into the board. The AeroCore itself includes an ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller unit (MCU), which is said to be directly interfaced with the DuoVero. The device is intended for developers of micro air vehicles such as tiny helicopters or quadrocopter drones.

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Source: Steam Controller will be available in "October or November"

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Gaming

Our source added that the completion of Valve’s Steam Controller was the final piece that would precede the availability of most Steam Machines, which indicates that Steam Machines will also begin to release at the end of the year. The source also told PC Gamer that they expect “about 500” games to be natively playable on SteamOS by the end of this year, up from the current count of 382.

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The Results Of Optimizing Radeon's VRAM Behavior

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Hardware

For those wishing to test out the new Radeon code, Lauri's repositories for this work are this kernel repository and this Mesa repository. He said in an email this morning to me, "The code won't be changing beyond cleanups, there might be small edits to the thesis draft. As the main target was VRAM pressure, it will be pointless to test ioq3 games on 2 GB VRAM, for example - they will show no difference, as they fit completely into VRAM. You can use the radeon.vramlimit=256 kernel parameter to limit VRAM for testing different amounts. The kernel is fully backwards compatible with old mesa, so you should be able to compare just by changing mesa and the vram limit. I should note that there's a big ioq3 regression currently in mesa git[3], so if your comparison mesa is too far back, it could seem like it was caused by my work, when it's in reality in master too."

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ACPI & Power Management Get More Updates In Linux 3.15

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Software

A second Git pull request has been made for the ACPI and power management code within the kernel for Linux 3.15.

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NVIDIA 331.67 Stable Linux Driver Officially Released

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Hardware

This latest driver update arrives only a day after the previous Beta release, which caused quite a stir because it featured the option to overclock the video card. It may not seem like much but, in fact, this is actually great progress for the NVIDIA drivers.

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ARM moves to open-source compiler

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OSS

UK microprocessor-design company ARM has decided to move to an open-source compiler for the latest release of its software development tools, moving away from its own technology.

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Coreboot Adds Support For The Lenovo ThinkPad T530

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GNU
Hardware

The ThinkPad T530 laptop features support for a third-generation Intel Core processor, QM77 chipset, and Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA Quadro NVS 5400M Graphics with Optimus Technology. The ThinkPad T530 support for Coreboot is based in large part on the Coreboot support for the ThinkPad X230 ultrabook that was added at the beginning of the year.

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AMD Brings Back Semprons & Athlons With The 2014 AM1 Platform

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After much information being made public in March concerning AMD's AM1 platform that delivers socketed APUs for low-cost desktop systems, the first of these new socketed APUs are shipping today under the restored Athlon and Sempron branding. We've been fortunate enough to have one of the new Athlon AM1 APUs at Phoronix for a few days of testing.

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AMD Releases The Radeon R9 295X

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As expected AMD unveiled the Radeon R9 295X graphics card this morning as the "world's fastest" for those with $1500 USD to spare.

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Raspberry Pi to Deliver a Modular Device for Businesses

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Hardware

As we've reported many times, the diminutive $25/$35 Linux computer dubbed Raspberry Pi has emerged as one of the biggest open source stories anywhere over the past couple of years. It's attracted all kinds of developers and tinkerers, is now running many different flavors of Linux, and there is even now a supercomputer consisting of many Pi devices lashed together with Lego pieces. In some of the more exotic new applications for Raspberry Pi, it's being used in music, robotics and security scenarios.

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F2FS File-System Gains Large Directory Support, More Tuning

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Changes for the F2FS file-system with Linux 3.15 include the introduction of support for large directories, performance improvements for some server workloads, new sysfs entries for better tuning F2FS configurations, and several bug-fixes.

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Steam Hardware Survey for March Shows Small Decline for Linux

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Hardware

Every month Valve publishes a comprehensive hardware and software survey that reflects what is being used to run the Steam client. It’s been pretty accurate until now, but a couple of months ago Valve made a few small modification and eliminated most of the inconsequential entries for various other distros.

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New Media/V4L2 Drivers For Linux 3.15

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Hardware

There's numerous new hardware drivers for the Linux 3.15 kernel when it comes to the media subsystem.

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Intel Releases $99 “Minnowboard Max,” An Open-Source Single-Board Computer

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Android
Linux
Hardware

Not to be outflanked by rivals, Intel has released the $99 Minnowboard Max, a tiny single-board computer that runs Linux and Android. It is completely open source – you can check out the firmware and software here – and runs a 1.91GHz Atom E3845 processor.

The board’s schematics are also available for download and the Intel graphics chipset has open-source drivers so hackers can have their way with the board. While it doesn’t compete directly with the Raspberry Pi – the Pi is more an educational tool and already has a robust ecosystem – it is a way for DIYers to mess around in x86 architected systems as well as save a bit of cash. The system uses break-out boards called Lures to expand functionality.

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NVIDIA's Tegra K1 Jetson Will Be A Late April Debut

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The Jetson board was announced with a $192 MSRP and a pledge to ship in April. Now that it's April, some Phoronix readers who also jumped on this bandwagon may be wondering about more details... Through more sources, I've found out that it's planned for a late April debut. Those who pre-ordered the Jetson will find their boards shipped in about three weeks if they ordered via NewEgg or NVIDIA.com. Everything I've heard from my sources about this Tegra K1 board remain very positive and that it's performing very well. Stay tuned and in three weeks we'll have up some very interesting new ARM benchmarks on Phoronix.

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Libata Improvements Enhance AHCI On Linux 3.15

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Improvements to the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) code within the Linux kernel allow for more code to be shared amongst drivers for this SATA disk interface. In particular, a lot of embedded platforms were implementing AHCI controller support and were doing so in a variety of different ways. With Linux 3.15, libahci and the AHCI platform code have been improved so that these platform drivers can share more common code. There's also been the introduction of some new drivers to replace older drivers.

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Intel Adds Initial Cherryview Support To Their Linux 3D Driver

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Cherryview Atom SoCs aren't being released for several months but the first bits of hardware enablement have landed within the open-source Mesa 3D Linux graphics driver. Cherryview with the Cherry Trail platform is the next-generation successor to the wonderful Bay Trail hardware.

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Xen Automotive: Bringing Virtualization To Cars

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Linux within cars was a big topic at this week's Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Napa Valley. Besides Intel talking up Tizen IVI, Xen Automotive is the work being done for using Xen virtualization on ARM hardware within automobiles.

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Another Reason to Boycott Dell: Support for Microsoft’s Racketeering

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GNU
Linux
Google
Hardware
Microsoft

The dying computer assembly company is joining a notorious attack on GNU/Linux as if it is trying to appease Microsoft rather than today’s generation, which increasingly embraces GNU- and Linux-based platforms

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Nvidia Shield's next OTA update will bring GameStream enhancement, Gamepad Mapper updated and more

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Hardware

Nvidia's next OTA update for their Nvidia Shield portable gaming system will feature a host of new enhancements and improvements to existing features such as their GameStream technology and the Gamepad Mapper. All of this will be arriving next month for Nvidia Shield owners.

This update will bring improvements to Nvidia's GameStream Technology, which allows for streaming of PC games to the Nvidia Shield whether it be locally or via the cloud. Improvements include Notebook support and remote GameStream BETA, which is the cloud streaming portion of GameStream.

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