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Multiwireless IoT home gateway has Linux and Android BSPs

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Via unveiled three new Linux- and Android-based IoT devices, including a multiwireless home gateway, a telestrator, and a wireless display system.

Via Technologies announced a Via IoT Studio series of products for smart home control, building automation, educational applications. The Via IoT Studio line is headlined by a “Via Alegro 100” multiprotocol home gateway router with support for WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Ethernet, and KNX communications. The customizable gateway is supported with Android 4.0 and Linux 3.0.8 BSPs (board support packages).

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Oracle Releases VirtualBox 5.1.6 with Initial Linux Kernel 4.8 Support, More

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The monthly maintenance update of the popular, open-source, and cross-platform VirtualBox virtualization software from Oracle is here, VirtualBox 5.1.6, available now for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows platforms.

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Debian Linux Bug Squashing Party to Take Place September 23-25, 2016 in Salzburg

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GNU
Linux
Debian

Now that the final release of the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system is getting closer and closer, the Debian developers are gathering together later this month in Salzburg, Austria, for a bug squashing party.

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KaOS 2016.09 Is Here as the First Linux Distro to Offer KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS Beta

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KDE
Linux

Today, September 13, 2016, the KaOS development team had the great pleasure of announcing the availability of a new, updated installation medium of their KaOS Linux computer operating system.

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Classic Unix/Linux editor Vim gets first update in years

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Development
GNU
Linux

Today, most of us use graphical text editors, but many developers still use vi, or its modern clone Vim, or Emacs, and they're as passionate about their choice of editors as ever. I'm not sure why since vi is clearly the better choice.

After almost 40 years of development, there's not a lot left to be improved in Vim. But, after a decade, some things needed changing. So it is that Vim 8 has just been released.

This release is not just obscure bug fixes. It also includes significant improvements. These are:

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Elegant and Effective Deepin 15.3 Linux OS Launches with Interface Improvements

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Development
Linux

Today, September 13, 2016, the development team behind the Deepin Linux operating system were happy to announce the availability of the third maintenance update to the Deepin 15 series.

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Linux Foundation and Linux

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  • Tridgell: ArduPilot and DroneCode
  • ArduPilot and DroneCode

    For the attention of the users, supporters, fans and corporate users of ArduPilot:

    The ArduPilot project is going through a transition. We will no longer be associated with DroneCode and instead will be focused directly on the needs of our users, contributors and partners.

    We had high hopes for DroneCode as a collaborative project. DroneCode was born out of the ArduPilot project and we led the technical collaboration since its inception nearly two years ago. As part of that collaboration we welcomed and nurtured close ties with the PX4 project and worked closely with a number of corporate partners.

    Unfortunately DroneCode has a built-in flaw. The structure and bylaws of DroneCode are built around exceptional power for the Platinum members, giving them extraordinary control over the future of DroneCode. This is a fundamental flaw in a project meant to promote free and open source software as it means that the business interests of a very small number of members can override the interests of the rest of the members and the community.

  • Raspberry Pi VC4 DRM To Get Lower Memory/CPU Overhead On Linux 4.9

    The latest Raspberry Pi VC4 DRM driver changes have now landed in DRM-Next for in turn landing in the mainline kernel when the Linux 4.9 merge window opens in a few weeks.

    The two main feature additions for the VC4 DRM driver are interlaced vblank timing and a memory/CPU overhead reduction when 3D rendering is taking place. The overhead reduction is from not forcing the new binner overflow allocation per-draw. Aside from the VC4 DRM driver work, with Linux 4.9 is where there finally might be mainline support for the Raspberry Pi Zero.

  • OpenDayLight Boron Set to Stabilize Open-Source SDN

    The open-source OpenDayLight Software Defined Networking (SDN) project is set to debut its fifth release this week, codenamed Boron. The Boron release follows the Beryllium update, which debuted in February.

  • Improvements, New Extension Hit Mesa

    There has already been more improvements hitting Mesa Git this week.

    Among the noteworthy recent additions in Mesa Git include:

    - A RadeonSI change not to preload constants at the beginning of shaders. By doing so, very simple tests are seeing improvements -- a big decrease in SGPR spilling for shader-db tests by up to 68%.

Missiles to Legos: 10 reasons to run Linux instead of Windows

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Microsoft

Over the years, I've had my fair share of disagreements with both Linux and Linux users. But as Linux has entered its second quarter century, I've found myself thinking about all the fabulous things that run Linux.

Two years ago, I wrote an article about the five reasons I'd rather run Windows 8 than Linux. While Windows 8 didn't work out all that well, Windows 10 is clearly a barn-burner. Today, in fact, you can find Windows 10 running inside a Raspberry Pi (and it's free for individuals) as well as inside of very inexpensive PCs.

But ever since I threw OctoPrint on a $35 Raspberry Pi and created a 3D printing server, I've felt I've come to terms with Linux. I think we can be friends again.

So I thought, if I can use Linux to build 3D objects, what else would I use Linux for? Here are 10 places where the phrase "I'd rather run Linux than Windows" applies quite nicely.

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​Linus Torvalds reveals his favorite programming laptop

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Linux

I recently talked with some Linux developers about what the best laptop is for serious programmers. As a result I checked out several laptops from a programmer's viewpoint. The winner in my book? The 2016 Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition. I'm in good company. Linus Torvalds, Linux's creator, agrees. The Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, for him, is the best laptop around.

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96Boards.org goes Cortex-M4 with IoT Edition and Carbon SBC

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Fedora 25 Goes Into Beta Freeze Today, New Features Need To Be Completed

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