The ninth annual Imagine RIT, the Rochester Institute of Technology's annual innovation and creativity festival, was held on campus May 7. Each year, about 30,000 people arrive on campus to view student, faculty, and staff demonstrations. Visitors experience everything RIT has to offer through interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations, exhibitions, and research projects set up throughout campus.
The Elastic stack is a versatile collection of open source software tools that make gathering insights from data easier. Formerly referred to as the ELK stack (in reference to Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana), the growing list of tools that integrate with the platform (such as Beats) have outgrown the acronym but provide ever-growing capability for users and developers alike.
At the upcoming Southeast Linuxfest 2016, I'll be covering some of the steps to get started using each of these parts of the stack. In this article, we'll look at each in turn to summarize the capabilities, requirements, and interesting use cases that apply to each.
Regardless of the operating system being used, we’re used to the idea that our current OS will become obsolete every few years, and a newer version will be released to replace the current one.
However, some Linux distributions have adopted a different release model. Instead of releasing a new version every year, they use a model called the “Rolling Release Model” to continuously update your operating system. This means that you only have to install your OS once and will always be running the latest version.
To be fair, setting up your own router from a generic server distro isn't a project for everyone. It certainly isn't user-friendly, both during the build process and once it's finished. While it's not terribly complex, it's definitely arcane, with absolutely no hand holding along the way. If you aren't already very experienced with Linux, you'll likely do a lot of puzzled head scratching (and maybe a little cursing). You won't get a super feature-rich build once you're done, either—unless you go on to do a lot more for your build than I have with mine, you won't have fancy quality of service features, usage graphs, or much of anything else besides a bare-bones (although extremely high performance) router that hands out IP addresses, resolves DNS records, connects to the Internet, and makes packets go where they're supposed to.
eInfochips and Arrow are prepping an open-spec 96Boards CE Extended form-factor SBC with a Snapdragon 600, plus WiFi-ac, BT, GbE, GPS, SATA, and MIPI-CSI.
An “SD 600eval” single board computer, which appears to be a follow-on to the similarly 96Boards compatible DragonBoard 410c from Qualcomm and Arrow, appears to be nearing launch. eInfochips has posted a product page and a $279 price for the Snapdragon 600-based hacker board, which will be sold by Arrow Electronics. eInfochips refers to the board as the SD 600eval, but product images include “db600c” in their names, suggesting it could be announced as the rumored DragonBoard 600c. Considering the high price, it’s also possible a cheaper, somewhat more limited SBC based on the design
could eventually appear under the DragonBoard brand.
X-ES launched an XMC/PrPMC mezzanine module, and will soon ship a VPX SBC using quad- and octa-core 64-bit ARM QorIQ SoCs.
Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) announced two Linux ready, XPedite branded boards for high-end embedded computing and networking applications. Unlike the most recent XPedite boards we’ve covered — the Intel Atom-based XPedite8150 and Xpedite8152 — the now shipping XPedite6401 XMC/PrPMC mezzanine module and upcoming XPedite6370 3U VPX-REDI Single Board Computer (SBC) use NXP’s 64-bit ARM QorIQ SoCs.
Coming one week after the launch of the first RC build, the second Mesa 12.0.0 3D Graphics Library Release Candidate snapshot is now ready for public testing, as announced today, June 7, 2016, by Collabora's Emil Velikov.
Ahead of the official Mesa 12.0 debut later this month, Mesa release manager Emil Velikov of Collabora has announced 12.0 Release Candidate 2.
Mesa 12.0 brings massive new features but now in the release candidate phase all of the work is about bug fixing.
Mesa 12.0 RC2 has many i965 driver fixes as among the heavy changes over the past week, some Radeon/RadeonSI fixes, core Mesa fixes, and an assortment of other random work.
Qt 5.7 is right around the corner and it's coming with many new graphics features, including support for NVIDIA's DRIVE CX platform.
DRIVE CX is what NVIDIA announced at CES at the start of the year and is the company's "complete automotive cockpit platform." DRIVE CX is Tegra based while on the toolkit side it's seeing good support in Qt 5.7.
The Mir back-end inside SDL2 now has support for the relative mouse mode as is important for some games.
Not to be outdone by other Raspberry Pi operating systems, an update was pushed for Raspbian in the middle of May. I don’t use Raspbian that much anymore since Ubuntu MATE appeared, in large part because I’m not too wild about its “incompleteness.” That has changed with the latest update. After using it for a couple of weeks, I’ve been extremely happy and have informed other Raspberry Pi users, who like me aren’t too wild about using Raspbian, that they should give the OS another chance.
One of the main themes of this year’s Embedded Linux Conference and OpenIoT Summit was the challenge of bridging the growing number of Internet of Things (IoT) standards. Many speakers were hopeful about the potential for achieving functional interoperability, if not a unifying standard, and there were even calls for a possible merger between two of the largest open source efforts: AllSeen and IoTivity.
Hacker Boards has compiled a fantastic list of 81 Linux single board computers that are priced under $200 the makes for a great reference guide when finding the perfect mini PC for your next project.
To be included in the list the boards must have at least some community and technical support and need to offer open source Linux or Android distributions for download.
As promised, the Linux Mint team pushed the Beta release of the upcoming and highly anticipated Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" operating system to the official testing channels for public beta testers.
Manjaro Linux is based onArch Linux and one of the easiest Linux distributions available. Manjaro Linux provides the distro in most major flavors including, XFCE, KDE, Gnome, LXDE, MATE, Cinnamon and more. The team has recently released its stable release Manjaro 16.06 with all the packages updated to their latest versions.
We won the battle for Linux, but we're losing the battle for freedom.
Linux turns 25 in August 2016. Linux Journal turned 21 in April 2016. (Issue #1 was April 1994, the month Linux hit version 1.0.) We're a generation into the history of our cause, but the fight isn't there anymore, because we won. Our cause has achieved its effects.
It helps to remember that Linux was a fight, and so were free software and open source. If they weren't fights, they wouldn't have won what they did. They also wouldn't have been interesting, meaning there wouldn't have been any Linux stories, or a Linux Journal.