Minifree Ltd.—doing business as "Ministry of Freedom"—exists mainly for reasons Linuxers will like: to make it easier for people to get computers that respect their freedom and privacy, and to provide funding for a meaningful project, called Libreboot.
Minifree describes Libreboot as a free (libre) and open-source BIOS/UEFI replacement that offers faster boot speeds, better security and many advanced features compared to most proprietary boot firmware.
Arrow is prepping a 96Boards CE “Chamelon96” SBC that runs Linux on an Intel Cyclone V ARM/FPGA SoC, and offers WiFi, BT, and quantum-resistant security.
After Arrow revealed plans to follow up on its Qualcomm-backed DragonBoard 410C SBC with three more Linux ready, open spec 96Boards SBCs, one of the boards — the Chameleon96 — has been detailed on RocketBoards.org. The Cyclone V based, 85 x 54mm Chameleon96, which is the first 96Boards form factor SBC to include an FPGA, was also announced by SecureRF, which is offering its quantum-resistant cryptography technology on the board (see farther below).
CentOS 7 is a free enterprise-class community supported Linux OS derived from RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) sources and designed to provide compatibility with RHEL. That is, CentOS aims to provide a free community-supported alternative to paid subscription service of RHEL. Let us take a look at the latest iteration to this very popular Linux distro, CentOS 7.
As usual, the week after rc1 tends to be fairly quiet when people are
still looking for bugs and taking a breather after the merge window.
But we've got a healthy number of fixes in, and there's some
cleanup/prep patches for the upcoming 5-level page table support that
I took after the merge window just to make the next merge window
Single board computers are an interesting class of electronic devices that have seen an increasing popularity in the recent days. Today, I’m going to tell you about Lichee Pi Zero, a new Linux module which is currently running its Indiegogo campaign.
... it’s also compatible with several Linux flavors including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, and OpenSUSE.
I'm announcing the release of the 4.10.2 kernel.
All users of the 4.10 kernel series must upgrade.
The updated 4.10.y git tree can be found at:
and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:
Also: Linux 4.9.14
There’s a new release of TinkerOS available to download on Asus’s website. TinkerOS is a Linux distribution for the Asus Tinker Board based on Debian. Not heard of the Asus Tinker Board? Read our two page review.
Asus don’t appear to have published any information on their website about the new release. So what’s changed in TinkerOS 1.4? It’s a fairly minor maintenance update. However, the boot time has been impressively reduced. Version 1.3 took 24 seconds to get to the desktop whereas version 1.4 now only takes a mere 13 seconds.
Collabora has announced an update to their Online Development Edition 2.0 platform.
Collabora Online Development Edition 2.0 is part of the consulting firm's effort around improving LibreOffice Online. CODE 2.0 can be deployed via Docker for easily hosting your own online office suite. Those unfamiliar with CODE and its relation to LibreOffice Online can learn more via the project page.
This beta of LXLE 16.04.2 is all about fixing crap that wasn't right or was broken in the previous version. What a rough release 16.04.1 came to be, from unforeseen errors to in house developer screw ups, it simply wasn't pretty.
Last week I missed the time to prepare a write up of what had happened. For this reason, this time I am covering 2 weeks worth of snapshots. And there were quite a few of them. In fact, I counted 10 (decimal value). I’ll try to inform you about the interesting updates that were delivered in the snapshots 0225, 0226, 0227, 0228, 0302, 0303, 0304, 0305, 0308 and 0309 (only very few days were without a snapshot again)
Linaro hosted their annual Connect conference this past week in Budapest, Hungary. For those not able to make this embedded/mobile-focused Linux developers' conference, many of the slides and videos are now available.
Retired information technology specialist Ron Enos is offering a Free and Open Source Software Seminar at Oneida Public Library on Thursday, March 23, at 6:00 p.m. for PC users who want to upgrade their software at the lowest cost possible.
Enos will discuss and demonstrate several open source operating systems that can be downloaded into existing PCs at no cost, including Linux.
In my last blog post, I have spoken of the completion of the Purism coreboot port for the Librem 13 v1 and mentioned that I had some good news about the Intel Management Engine disablement efforts (to go further than our existing quarantine) and to “stay tuned” for more information. Since then I got a little side-tracked with some more work on coreboot (more below), but now it’s time to share with you the good news!
Windows vs Linux: what's the best operating system? [Ed: Vista 10 ad disguised as a comparison to GNU/Linux? Very shallow, repeats old stigma.]
Windows, however, remains the winner in terms of pure convenience. It’s simple, familiar, and guaranteed to be compatible with virtually all software; for busy companies, that could well be more valuable in the long run.
With all the major breeds of computers, whether laptops, desktops, and mini PCs, being Windows-centric, it’s hard to find good hardware that has an eternal love for Linux distributions. But we have seen some good machines like the Mint Box Pro.
The minds behind the Linux-based Endless OS have also created a bunch of box computers, that come pre-installed with Endless OS. And I am sure, even if you don’t buy these machines, they’ll change your view about Linux machines regarding visual appearance. One of them, the Endless Mission One, has a wooden-finished body that makes it soothing AF in the first look itself.
Thankfully, the SATA drive and CMOS battery have survived with apparently no ill effects, since the box has been moved around through a couple of house changes with no special storage arrangements – it’s basically been “unpowered” sitting in a corner.
OS TinkerOS (Debian)