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Linux and Linux Foundation

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  • The Linux Foundation Launches its 2016 Guide to the Open Cloud

    The Linux Foundation has announced the release of its 2016 report "Guide to the Open Cloud: Current Trends and Open Source Projects." This third annual report provides a comprehensive look at the state of open cloud computing. The foundation originally created the guide in response to market and industry confusion about which projects really stand out.

    According to Libby Clark, writing on "The report aggregates and analyzes industry research to provide insights on how trends in containers, microservices, and more shape cloud computing today. It also defines the open source cloud and cloud native computing and discusses why the open cloud is important to just about every industry."

  • Linux Foundation Appoints Jeff Garzik to Board of Directors

    Garzik, formerly a 10-year employee at Red Hat, brings a wealth of Bitcoin Core development experience back to the leading open-source software development foundation. The Linux Foundation is spearheading a conglomerate of organizations involved with the Hyperledger Project, of which Bloq is a member. Garzik’s presence on the Linux Foundation’s board should hopefully help to bridge ongoing efforts in the open source, Linux world with advancements in the cryptocurrency space.

  • Move over Bitcoin, the blockchain is only just getting started

    It's easy to think we've reached peak Bitcoin, but the blockchain at the heart of cryptocurrencies contains the seeds of something revolutionary.

    The blockchain is a decentralised electronic ledger with duplicate copies on thousands of computers around the world. It cannot be altered retrospectively, allowing asset ownership and transfer to be recorded without external verification.

    Investors have now realised the blockchain is bigger than Bitcoin. In the first quarter of 2016, venture-capital investment in blockchain startups overtook that in pure-play Bitcoin companies for the first time, according to industry researcher CoinDesk, which has tallied $1.1 billion (£840m) in deals to date.

    Even governments have taken an interest. Sir Mark Walport, the UK government's chief scientific adviser, published a report on the blockchain in January this year, outlining how the massively distributed shared ledger is "a database that tracks who owns a financial, physical or electronic asset". But it could also, say, monitor driverless cars.

  • Linux Foundation Fumbles

    FLASH? LF webinars depend on FLASH!? This is the 21st century. Folks are using HTML5 and lots of other popular standards. Why is LF trying to hold the world back to a deprecated technology, one that only awkwardly works with their kernel?

  • Linux Foundation ‘Fails’ Linux Mint: Suggests Upgrade to Windows or Mac

    Excuse me if I have a little fun at the Linux Foundation’s expense.

    Linux Foundation failed textThis morning while perusing the day’s tech news, I ran across an article on about a free webinar, “Open Source Automotive: How Shared Development Will Drive the Industry Forward,” being hosted on Wednesday by the Linux Foundation. This sounded like something I wouldn’t mind spending an hour watching, so I registered. Afterwards, I clicked a “Test Your System” link, just to make sure that I’d have no problems using the good ol’ FOSS Force machine.

    The results were a big surprise, and hearkened back to the bad ol’ days when open source and the rest of the world usually didn’t work and play well together. Browser, cookies, bandwidth and “Flash Test Video” all passed with flying colors. What didn’t pass? Our Linux Mint operating system.

    “We have detected that your operating system does not meet the optimal webinar specifications for listening to and/or viewing webinars,” the test automation said. “We recommend the following operating systems: Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, and the latest Mac OS X.”

    For an online event being hosted by the Linux Foundation? Really? I understand that the foundation isn’t very interested in desktop Linux, but…

Linux Devices

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  • Raspberry Pi VC4 Works On ETC1 Support, Power Management Tweaks

    Eric Anholt at Broadcom continues to be busy hacking on the open-source VC4 DRM+Gallium3D stack for providing fully open-source Raspberry Pi graphics stack support.

  • Nintendo makes its NES emulator the same way everyone else does

    Nintendo’s NES Classic is, at its core essence, a Nintendo-approved NES emulator that comes with 30 ROMs. It feels very similar to the sort of thing people have been building for ages by running Linux on a Raspberry Pi — with the main difference from a conceptual standpoint being that the NES Classic is considerably less legally questionable.

  • The NES Classic Mini Is Actually a Tiny Linux PC

    There’s a very good chance that if you’re reading you were already excited about the launch of the NES Classic Mini. Here’s some more exciting news: it’s actually a Linux PC, and it may also be hackable.

    Gamespot’s Peter Brown took apart the Classic Mini to see what made it tick. He was a more than a little disappointed by what he found — that the Mini’s flash memory was soldered directly to the mainboard. That seemed like bad news since it meant that unless you had a fairly light touch with a soldering iron that you wouldn’t be augmenting the Mini’s default stash of 30 games.

  • Man transforms rare talking fish into Amazon Echo rival to see if it's wet

    He was a late nineties phenomenon, a mounted animatronic latex fish that sang songs while jiggling itself about and turning to face you. The early ones were motion activated, so when you walked past you’d be frightened so much you’d need a heart sturgeon. It was only later that you could trigger Bobby McFerrin and Al Green covers by pressing a button.


    We already knew that Amazon’s AI assistant was open source, and was available as a Raspberry Pi project long before Echo reached this country. So what’s the next logical step? Apparently this.

  • Orange Pi PC2 Is a $20 Quad-Core Computer for Android, Linux

    Orange Pi might not be a big name in the computer industry but the company seems to be doing all things right to get noticed. The computer manufacturer has come up with a 64-bit quad-core computer that can easily find its utility in several projects. However, the most lucrative aspect about this compact-sized computer is its price, as it costs just $20 (roughly Rs. 1,300).

  • Samsung Pay is Samsung’s vision of money for millennials – and it’s gaining traction

    One year, three months and 100 million transactions later the service is about to make a quantum leap in user experience as it’s becoming available in three new countries at once and is about to start supporting online and in-app purchase as well as location-based deals and stuff. You wouldn’t expect this from a company who’s coming off such “burning” issues, yet we are.

  • Android 7.0 CDD says Google may soon require OEMs to stop screwing with USB-C charging standards
  • Google Releases Android’s Distribution Numbers for November

    Google just released the November security update and around that time we also see the platform’s official distribution numbers as well. This data was recorded during the 7-day period between November 1st and November 7th, and Google reminds us that any version of Android that doesn’t make up at least 0.1% of the platform is not represented here in this graph. Yet, we’re still seeing Android 2.2 Froyo being used by 0.1% of the people who are accessing the Play Store.

Linux Foundation Certified Engineer: Alexandre Krispin

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Back in 2005, when I was 18, I met someone from Germany who used SUSE. In 2007 I bought my first computer from Apple, with Mac OS X. When I had to change my computer—maybe 2 years later—I did not have a lot of money and heard that those using Linux had to pay less to get the same quality offered by Unix systems like Mac OS X. I say "quality" because I read at the time that it was hassle-free because there were no viruses, etc. That’s what initially hooked me on Linux (that and Apple products were too expensive). When I finally started using Linux, I experienced the joy of being free to do whatever I wanted with my own computer—the desktop was completely customizable.

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SparkyLinux 4.5 Enters Development with Linux Kernel 4.7, Debian Testing Goodies

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The development team of the Debian-based SparkyLinux distribution announced the other day that a new development ISO image of the upcoming OS is available for public testing.

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Cinnamon 3.2 Desktop Environment Now Available with Support for Vertical Panels

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Today, November 7, 2016, Linux Mint leader Clement Lefebvre tagged the final release of the Cinnamon 3.2.0 desktop environment on the GitHub page of the project, from where users can download the source archive if they want an early taste.

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Linux Devices and Tizen

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  • The New Mini NES' Guts Are Just a Tiny Linux Computer
  • Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition runs Linux
  • Nintendo’s $60 NES Classic Runs Linux

    Chances are you’ve seen (and cooed over) the Nintendo NES Classic, a $60 re-version of the 1980s gaming console legend. It’s cute, cheap and comes with 30 NES games pre-loaded. You also get everything you need right in the box, including a control pad and a HDMI cable.

  • Orange Pi PC 2 Is a $20 Quad-Core Ubuntu PC

    If I told you that you could buy a 64-bit quad-core PC that runs Ubuntu for just $20 you’d presumably ask me what the reward tiers are, cos it sounds like a crowd-funding pitch. But it’s not. Meet the Orange Pi PC 2, a 64-bit quad-core single-board computer from Shenzhen Xunlong. And it only costs $20.

  • First 64-bit Orange Pi slips in under $20

    The open spec Orange Pi PC 2 runs Linux or Android on a quad-core -A53 Allwinner H5 SoC, and offers GbE, a 40-pin RPi interface, and three USB host ports.

    Shenzhen Xunlong is keeping up its prolific pace in spinning off new Allwinner SoCs into open source SBCs, and now it has released its first 64-bit ARM model, and one of the cheapest quad-core -A53 boards around. The Orange Pi PC 2 runs Linux or Android on a new Allwinner H5 SoC featuring four Cortex-A53 cores and a more powerful Mali-450 GPU.

  • VoCore2 Lite: A $4 Open Source Coin-sized Linux Computer

    The creators of VoCore coin-sized computer are back with VoCore2 which is an advanced version of the tiny Linux computer. It also comes in a VoCore2 Lite variant which is low on hardware and priced at $4. The VoCore is accompanied by a bunch of docks to enhance its capabilities.

  • App: Line Messenger for Samsung Z2 Now Available in India

    The Line messenger app for Tizen smartphones was first launched on the Samsung Z2 in Indonesia as it came pre-installed as part of the Operating System (OS) in version Z200FDDU0API2. The good news now is that it has been released in the Tizen Store for Z2 users based in India.

  • ARTIK wants you in the comfort zone, over the clouds

    When you think about development boards they’re all about enabling creators to invent new, amazing stuff. But who are these creators? According to the Hackster Maker Survey 2016, 45.05% of hardware creators are startups. And when you look at startups, those who are more prone to actually build such new, amazing stuff, few platforms can tell to support them as SAMSUNG ARTIK does.

Talks and FOSS Events

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ARM-based IoT gateway kit includes PLC and demo board

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Eurotech’s Linux-based EDCK 4001 dev kit is built around its ReliaGate 10-11 IoT gateway and middleware, adding a PLC and demo board to mimic sensor I/O.

The EDCK 4001 Everyware Device Cloud Development Kit simulates typical IoT sensor data sources and receivers on a demo board panel controlled by a PLC. This setup is in turn controlled by Eurotech’s ReliaGate 10-11 industrial computer running Yocto Linux and Eurotech’s Everyware Software Framework (ESF) IoT device middleware.

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The Linux Foundation Issues 2016 Guide to Open Source Cloud Projects

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The Linux Foundation today released its third annual “Guide to the Open Cloud” report on current trends and open source projects in cloud computing.

The report aggregates and analyzes industry research to provide insights on how trends in containers, microservices, and more shape cloud computing today. It also defines the open source cloud and cloud native computing and discusses why the open cloud is important to just about every industry.

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NES Classic Is a Quad-Core Linux Computer

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On Nov. 11 Nintendo is set to launch the NES Classic Edition. This tiny console ships with 30 NES games preloaded, an NES controller just like the original, and the ability to output at 1080p complete with a number of screen filters.

On the outside there's nothing too surprising—it's just a tiny NES. However, on the inside is a surprisingly powerful single-board computer that's running Linux.

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Networking and Servers

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Desktop GNU/Linux

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    PINE, the rival company of Raspberry Pi and maker of the $20 Pine A64, has just announced its two below $100-priced Linux laptops, known as PINEBOOK. The affordable Linux laptop is powered by Quad-Core ARM Cortex A53 64-bit processor and comes with an 11.6" or 14" monitor.
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Google and Mozilla

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    Google has launched a new project for continuously testing open source software for security vulnerabilities. The company's new OSS-Fuzz service is available in beta starting this week, but at least initially it will only be available for open source projects that have a very large user base or are critical to global IT infrastructure.
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