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$35 quad-core hacker SBC offers Raspberry Pi-like size and I/O

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Hardkernel’s $35 “Odroid-C1″ SBC runs Android or Ubuntu on a 1.5GHz quad-core Amlogic SoC, and boasts 1GB RAM plus quasi-RPi-compatible 40-pin expansion.

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Rugged, fanless box-PC runs Linux on Haswell

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Aaeon’s “AEC-6638″ rugged box-PC offers 4th Gen Intel Core i5 or i3 CPUs, and features three display outputs, dual GbE, and fanless -10 to 60°C operation.

Aaeon’s AEC-6638 fanless embedded PC is a Boxer series variation of its AEC industrial computers, which include this year’s Atom N2600 based AEC-6523. The AEC-6638 is a simpler, and presumably more affordable, affair than some other box PCs that run Intel’s fourth “Haswell” generation of Core processors, such as Adlink’s Matrix MXE-5400. There’s no quad-core option here, only the dual-core i5-4400E or i3-4100E, both of which offer 37W TDPs, 3MB cache, Intel HD Graphics 4600, and 2.7GHz or 2.4GHz clock rates, respectively.

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Linux 3.18: 4 Reasons to Love a 'Diseased Newt'

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Almost exactly two months after the release of Linux 3.17 Linus Torvalds on Sunday unleashed version 3.18 of the Linux kernel complete with a catchy new nickname: "Diseased Newt.

"It's been a quiet week, and the patch from rc7 is tiny, so 3.18 is out," Torvalds wrote in the official announcement email on Sunday evening.

The merge window for Linux 3.19 is now open, but in the meantime developers are still struggling to understand an occasional lockup problem that has been afflicting some users of Linux 3.17.

"I'd love to say that we've figured out the problem that plagues 3.17 for a couple of people, but we haven't," Torvalds explained. "At the same time, there's absolutely no point in having everybody else twiddling their thumbs when a couple of people are actively trying to bisect an older issue, so holding up the release just didn't make sense. Especially since that would just have then held things up entirely over the holiday break."

Even as the bisection proceeds on that thorny issue, then, Linux 3.18 is here in all its glory. Here are a few of the new release's more interesting features.

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Xojo: A Linux development suite that doesn't really support Linux

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Development
GNU
Linux

If a company is going to support Linux... it needs to actually freaking support Linux.

In one of my past lives, I was a software developer. And even though I no longer code for a living, I still find tinkering with various languages, IDEs, and frameworks more fun than I probably should. Truth be told, I consider playing with a new development environment to be a bit of a hoot. (Yes. I just wrote “bit of a hoot.” That's how confident I am in my own masculinity.)

I'm also not the kind of guy to be prejudiced for – or against – any particular language. Python? Awesome. C++? Tons of fun (in an “I-like-to-hurt-myself” kind of way). Pascal, BASIC, Smalltalk and JavaScript? All delightful. I like 'em all... for the most part.

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AMD Catalyst 14.12 Linux Driver Released -- Huge Update!

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

Today's Catalyst 14.12 for Linux delivers OpenCL 2.0 support, VA-API video decoding with H.264/VC-1/MPEG-2/MPEG-4 format support, and distribution-specific packages offered at AMD.com for Ubuntu and Red Hat. There's also many bug fixes, support for modern kernel versions / xorg-server, potential performance improvements, and a range of other work.

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Significant ACPI & Power Management Changes In Linux 3.19

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Rafael Wysocki of Intel mailed in the ACPI and power management changes for the Linux 3.19 merge window. As said by the ACPI/PM subsystem maintainer, "This time we have some more new material than we used to have during the last couple of development cycles."

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To Leak or Not to Leak? That is the Question ….. Samsung Z1 Tizen SM-Z130H

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Gadgets

The reasoning of no reveal is that Samsung’s launch strategy is secret, like many companies, but it looks like they will do a “soft launch” ie a press event and a URL to where you can buy this product in India, and I don’t know how the Samsung marketing machine will position the Tizen phone and how they will convey some of the Information in our possession, so in an effort to not damage the Samsung marketing strategy for Tizen we have chosen NOT to reveal anything. It is hoped that Samsung appreciate this move.

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New data center OS allows single-source command for Linux servers

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Linux
Server

Mesosphere, a startup that provides commercial support for the Apache Mesos cluster management system, has debuted a "data center operating system."

Mesosphere DCOS uses the Mesos project to gang together machines running Linux, whether hosted in any number of clouds (Amazon, Google, Microsoft) or running on nearly any kind of infrastructure (bare metal, OpenStack, VMware).

Widely deployed at scale by companies like Twitter and Airbnb, Mesos has a proven track record. However, Mesosphere DCOS is designed to manage not only the applications but also the systems they run on.

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Also: Mesosphere Raises $36M for Application Data Center OS

Cloud Foundry Foundation Matures--Becomes A Linux Foundation Collaborative Project

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The way the deal is structured sees the Linux Foundation become the contracting service provider to the Cloud Foundry Foundation and offer all the services that it requires – Cloud Foundry Foundation employees will technically be Linux Foundation hires and Cloud Foundry Foundation events and the like will be managed by the Linux Foundation.

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Linux Mint 17.1 review—less change is good change

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Linux
Reviews

While most of what's new in Mint 17.1 will be seen in the updated desktops, there are some common components to both Cinnamon and MATE. While accessing some of these new tools varies slightly by desktop, the results are the same in both. Right away, you'll notice the login screen is among these new and improved elements.

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Sdparm & ddpt Linux Disk Utilities Updated

For those out of the loop, sdparm allows for setting and getting SCSI device parameters. The ddpt utility is yet another spin-off of dd but with extra features regarding storage control. Both ddpt and sdparm work on not only Linux but also BSDs, Solaris, and even Windows. Read more