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Eben Upton: Google’s Eric Schmidt helped inspire Raspberry Pi Model A+ price cut

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Linux
Hardware

While the Raspberry Pi has always been cheap, the Foundation didn’t rest on their laurels with the Model A+ price. In fact, Google’s Eric Schmidt had a hand in making it cheaper…
While it would have been the easiest thing in the world to continue selling the Raspberry Pi at the same price, the charitable foundation behind the credit card-sized PC made it even cheaper with the recent release of the Model A+. Why did they abandon their already impressive $25 price? Eben Upton explains:

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Automotive Grade Linux Adds Industry Partners for Open Source Cars

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Linux
OSS

Cars may still not be the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Linux and open source, but the Linux Foundation's Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) project continues to expand. This week, it announced three new members, bringing the total number of industry partners and academic collaborators to 46.

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Security considerations for Enterprise Linux

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GNU
Linux
Security

To maintain an application infrastructure that meets continually expanding business demands, organizations need more than a maintenance and support contract. Organizations need a proven, scalable, reliable, and secure enterprise platform.

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Run Linux on Android – part 2

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Android
Linux

If you want to make full use of Linux on your Android device, the best solutions require rooting it and unlocking its bootloader (see ‘Rooting questions’ section below). Whichever way you do it, this a major step as it will void your warranty and also runs a risk of ‘soft-bricking’ the device – although it can be made to work again if that happens. Another drawback is that unlocking the bootloader will factory-reset your phone and erase all its apps and data, so ensure that you make a backup beforehand.

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More Radeon Driver Changes Queued For Linux 3.19

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Linux

Just one week after the bulk of the Radeon DRM changes for Linux 3.19, another round of updates were submitted for DRM-Next.

This time around there's AMD CI dynamic power management fixes, DPM fan control support for SI/CI to reduce fan noise, GPUVM multi-ring efficiency improvements, and cursor bug fixes.

This new Radeon DRM Linux 3.19 pull request can be found via the dri-devel list.

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Six Clicks: The six fastest computers in the world

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GNU
Linux
Server

In November 2014, the top six supercomputers all run Linux, but that's about the only thing they have in common.

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Can the Linux-based Jolla Tablet take on Android and iOS?

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GNU
Linux

The Jolla Tablet runs Sailfish OS. Oddly enough, Sailfish OS can apparently run Android applications too, which might make it more appealing to current Android tablet owners who want to switch to a different mobile operating system without entering the Apple ecosystem.

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Linux Mint Debian to Include Systemd and GTK+ 3.14 Support

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Linux
Debian

The Linux Mint team is working on a Debian-based version of their distribution and it looks like things are coming along. The devs have made some progress with the Cinnamon integration and users might soon get a real choice.

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New Manjaro Xfce 0.8.11 RC Is Simply Beautiful – Screenshot Tour

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The first Release Candidate for Manjaro Xfce 0.8.11, a Linux distribution based on well-tested snapshots of the Arch Linux repositories and 100% compatible with Arch, has been made available and is now ready for testing.

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More details Leak on the Tizen based Samsung SM-Z130H, code named KIRAN

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Linux

Over the last few months there has been a steady leak of information regarding Samsung’s upcoming Tizen based budget Smartphone SM-Z130H, and now courtesy of a system dump our friends at Sammobile have been able to extract some information and screenshots.

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Graphics: Intel and Mesa 18.1 RC1 Released

  • Intel 2018Q1 Graphics Stack Recipe
    Last week Intel's Open-Source Technology Center released their latest quarterly "graphics stack recipe" for the Linux desktop. The Intel Graphics Stack Recipe is the company's recommended configuration for an optimal and supported open-source graphics driver experience for their Intel HD/UHD/Iris Graphics found on Intel processors.
  • Mesa 18.1-RC1 Released With The Latest Open-Source 3D Driver Features
    Seemingly flying under our radar is that Mesa 18.1 has already been branched and the first release candidate issued. While the Mesa website hasn't yet been updated for the 18.1 details, Dylan Baker appears to be the release manager for the 18.1 series -- the second quarter of 2018 release stream.