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Ubuntu 15.04 Gets Linux Kernel 3.18

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Ubuntu 15.04 (Vidid Vervet) is now under development and this is a time when new features and components are added to the distribution. The same is true for the Linux kernel, which has been updated to version 3.18.

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Linux Distros: What’s in a Name?

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Yesterday, the Fedora Project released Fedora 21, and with it the tech media got on its proverbial horse and started reports and reviews of the latest release. While it’s a good release and we won’t be reviewing it here — I already gave it a shakedown during the alpha and found it to be fantastic and completely worth the wait — there’s one thing that’s missing from Fedora 21 that I find rather disheartening.

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Intel extends its Internet-of-Things ecosystem

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Intel introduced a new IoT “end-to-end reference model” that includes a Linux-ready edge management platform, security, services, and ecosystem partners.

The new reference platform, called the “Intel IoT Platform,” helps fill in the gaps in Intel’s growing ecosystem of Internet of Things gateways, cloud-based services, and endpoint devices like the Linux-based Intel Galileo SBC and Intel Edison module.

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[Video] Tizen OS For Smart Life, Carsten Heitzler, Samsung #Slush2014

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Carsten Heitzler, who is the Principal Engineer at Samsung was onstage at Slush 2014 presenting Tizen OS for Smart Life. Slush is one of the biggest startup events of the year with over 13,000 attendees. Carsten discusses what is an Operating System and how Tizen is similar to other Linux distributions that are typically designed for server or the desktop environment, but in the case of Tizen it is much much more, with having the flexibility of being able to be used in things like Smart watches, Smart Cameras, TVs, Mobile Phones, Cars, IoT and anything that you can or want to fit an Operating System into, we have Tizen.

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The Linux Setup - Jack Germain, Journalist

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Interviews

Jack’s a writer who uses a software development environment to write. He’s a big Geany fan and he reminds us that tools aren’t about what they’re supposed to do so much as they’re about how we choose to use them. Jack is also a big Cinnamon desktop fan. Cinnamon doesn’t come up a lot around here, so it’s always nice to see it getting some attention (even though I can’t tell the difference between Cinnamon and Mate!).

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Top 10 Semi-Autonomous Robots That Run Linux (With Slideshow)

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You still can't buy many Linux-based robots for under $1,000, except for a handful of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), but we're definitely heading in that direction. Like last year's robot slide show, this year's top 10 list is not a definitive compendium or a shopping guide. However, it may help show how Linux is enabling new capabilities in terrestrial robots, as well UAVs and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), which are essentially robots that fly or swim. (Click on Gallery to see the robot slide show.)

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Video: Security Features in systemd

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Security

Lennart Poettering gave a presentation for NLUUG on Nov. 20th, 2014 entitled, "Security Features in systemd".

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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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