Crikey, folks: it’s December, and that means Christmas is shortly to be thrust upon us, whether we’re ready or not!
It can be tricky to come up with gift ideas for Linux users in your life. And since you’ve probably got more than enough turkey on your plate this holiday season — ho, ho, ho — we thought we’d be swell and save you from getting snowed under trying to find something to buy.
Or to put it in a less breathy sentence: we’ve got some top Linux gift ideas to help make festive shopping a little easier this season.
E-Con’s Linux-ready “eSOMiMX6-micro” COM offers an i.MX6 SoC, optional WiFi/BT and GbE, and a 54 x 20mm footprint. Its “Meissa-I” carrier is only 80 x 40mm.
In 2014, we called the E-Con Systems eSOMiMX6 computer-on-module “tiny” because it used the 70 x 45mm “μQseven” form-factor to expand upon the i.MX6 SoC. Now E-Con has bested that with a eSOMiMX6-micro model that similarly supports NXP’s 800MHz, dual or quad-core i.MX6, but with an even smaller 54 x 20mm (1,080 sq. mm) footprint. This doesn’t quite match Variscite’s 50 x 20mm (1,000 sq. mm) DART-MX6, but it beats out others including Mistral’s 44 x 26mm (1,144 sq. mm) Nano SOM.
Feeling fatigued by Windows 10 and its constant updates and privacy concerns? Can't afford one of those beautiful new MacBook Pro laptops? Don't forget, Linux-based desktop operating systems are just a free download away, folks!
If you do decide to jump on the open source bandwagon, a good place to start is Linux Mint. Both the Mate and Cinnamon desktop environments should prove familiar to Windows converts, and since it is based on Ubuntu, there is a ton of compatible packages. Today, the first beta of Linux Mint 18.1 'Serena' becomes available for download.
It appears that the developers behind the Debian-based Devuan GNU/Linux operating system continue to pursue their vision of providing a libre Debian fork without the systemd init system.
Portwell’s 3.5-inch “PEB-2773” SBC features dual- or quad-core Atom E3900 SoCs, wide-range power, industrial temperature support, and six USB 3.0 ports.
Portwell’s PEB-2773 extends the 14nm-fabricated Atom E3900 (“Apollo Lake”) system-on-chips in the 3.5-inch SBC form factor. Other 3.5-inch Apollo Lake SBCs include Advantech’s MIO-5350 and PCM-9366, as well as Aaeon’s GENE-APL5 and Avalue’s ECM-APL and Litemax’s AECX-APL0.
A new DRM driver is being baked for supporting the video processing unit for Amlogic Meson SoCs.
Mesa release manager Emil Velikov has laid out his draft of a release schedule for the next major Mesa release.
Emil has proposed that Mesa 13.1 be officially released around 3 February, but for that to happen the feature freeze and RC1 would be on 13 January followed by weekly release candidates until declaring it ready. This proposed Mesa 13.1 release schedule was laid out today on Mesa-dev.
Ever since our school switched to Fedora on the desktop, I’ve either used the onboard Intel graphics or AMD Radeon cards, since both are supported out of the box in Fedora. With our multiseat systems, we now need three external video cards on top of the onboard graphics on each system, so we’ve bought a large number of Radeon cards over the last few years.
Last weekend I attended the GNOME Core Apps hackfest that I helped organize here in Berlin.
It was the first time I participated in a Core Apps hackfest and I must say I am really glad with how it all went. I felt like there was a perfect balance of planning, working, and just hanging out together. If you want to know more about the planned items, check out this very complete post by Carlos Soriano.
Last weekend I attended the Core Apps hackfest in Berlin. This was a reboot of the Content Apps hackfest we held last year around the same time of year, with a slightly broader focus. One motivation behind these events was to try and make sure that GNOME has a UX focused event in Europe at the beginning of the Autumn/Spring development cycle, since this is a really good time to come together and plan what we want to work on for the next GNOME version.
Another two weeks have passed and I'm blogging about another 2 conferences. This year both Innovations in Software Technologies and Automation and Google Test Automation Conference happened on the same day. I was attending ISTA in Sofia during the day and watching the live stream of GTAC during the evenings. Here are some of the things that reflected on me:
Before I became a Fedora Project contributor, I went to an event in the central west region of Brazil called FGSL ( “Fórum Goiano de Software Livre”), which had its 12th edition in 2015. It was a great event, and now ( 2016) that I have joined the Fedora Community as a contribuitor I thought about being there again, this time representing the Fedora Project.
On Tuesday was the MSM-Next submission by Red Hat developer Rob Clark of these Freedreno MSM changes to be sent to mainline for the Linux 4.10 kernel.
Notable with this MSM-Next pull request is the addition of Qualcomm Adreno A5xx support. Adreno A500 series support coming to this open-source driver stack was covered earlier this week in Qualcomm Adreno A5xx Open-Source Driver Bringup For Freedreno.
Amazon Web Services today revealed more information about their EC2 Elastic GPUs support they are working to implement in the cloud.
Amazon's Elastic GPUs will be offered in four different tiers and range in GPU memory capacity from 1GB to 8GB. They also revealed their work on an Amazon-optimized OpenGL library for Elastic GPUs. They shared that initially there is just Windows support for OpenGL but they are working to support Amazon Linux AMI with their OpenGL implementation. They are also looking at Vulkan support (and DirectX too, sadly).
Fresh from the libdrm 2.4.74 release that had some Etnaviv API changes, the Etnaviv Gallium3D driver has been proposed for mainline Mesa as the open-source, reverse-engineered 3D effort for Vivante graphics cores.