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).
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:
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.