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Linux-based hexacopter avoids obstacles using Intel RealSense

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Ascending Technologies demoed an enhanced “AscTec Firefly” hexacopter, running Ubuntu on Intel-based computers and featuring six Intel RealSense 3D cameras.

One of the coolest demos at CES 2015 was the AscTec Firefly drone demo at Intel’s big IoT extravaganza. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich joined several members of the Ascending Technologies team to play a drone version of Pong in which they paddled the hexacopter away by simply by moving toward it. The trick is enabled by the hexacopter’s six Intel Realsense 3D depth cameras combined with advanced inertial sensor and fusion algorithms running on an onboard Ubuntu Linux driven computer.

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AMD Radeon Graphics Performance With The Linux 3.19 Kernel

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With the Linux 3.19 kernel stabilizing nicely, here's a first look at the open-source AMD Radeon graphics performance using this new kernel that will be officially released in the weeks ahead. The Linux 3.18 kernel was compared to the latest Git code of Linux 3.19 for several different AMD Radeon HD series and Rx 200 series graphics cards.

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Ongoing developments – the kernel column

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Linus Torvalds announced Linux 3.18-rc5, noting that “Hmm. We had a very calm -rc4, and I wish I could say that things continued to calm down, but… Yeah, rc5 is clearly bigger than rc4 was. Oh well.” He proceeded to note that rc4 had been smaller than usual and that the content “[looks] fairly normal”. All in all, the level of churn is about what one would expect in the latter part of a kernel development cycle. We’ll have a full summary of 3.18 in our next issue.

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Why Linux Isn't Winning Over Mac Users

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Mac

Despite my affinity for the Linux desktop, I'm still part of the Mac world, thanks to my wife and her preference for OS X.

As such, this means helping out with TimeMachine backups, software updates and handling anything that might happen to come up when she needs a hand. Much like one might find with the Linux desktop, left alone, the Mac does a pretty good job of just "working" and allowing its users to get their daily duties completed without much hassle.

In the past, I've heard rumors about folks coming from OS X to Linux and sometimes, even switching from Linux over to OS X. After all, users of both platforms tend to rely on the web browser as their primary software application.

However, I want to dive into the idea that a multitude of Mac users are switching to Linux. In this article, I'll explain why multitudes of Mac users aren't switching to Linux, and I’ll provide some specific exceptions on the occasions when they are.

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Linux goes to CES

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Linux

CONSUMER electronic devices are the star of the yearly International CES but this year’s show saw Linux playing a strong supporting role.

Many people don’t know it, but they’re already using Linux in their day-to-day lives by way of one of the most ubiquitous devices—the smart phone. If you use an Android phone, then you’re already using a specialized version of Linux—along with about 1.1 billion other folk who bought an Android device in 2014. (That, says market research company Gartner, compares to 262,615 iPads and iPhones sold in the same year.)

A number of products and developments at this month’s CES, however, extended the reach of Linux even further.

In Las Vegas, Panasonic unveiled the first smart TV to use the Linux-based Firefox OS as a platform for smart TV apps that users will be able to download from Mozilla’s Firefox Marketplace. Firefox OS isn’t the only Linux kid on the TV block, however, going up against LG’s webOS, Samsung’s Tizen and Google’s Android TV platform, which will be used by Philips, Sharp and Sony.

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9 Linux distros to watch in 2015

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Linux

A list of the most interesting Linux distros to keep up with in 2015.

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3 ways to run 'normal' Linux on a Chromebook

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HowTos

I’ve had the good fortune of having a Chromebook Pixel to work on for the last few months. And, despite what my preconceived notions told me, I’ve actually quite enjoyed working and living in ChromeOS on a day-to-day basis.

But, I’m a nerd. And nerds need to tinker, which means that I needed to try every possible method of running “traditional” (i.e. “not ChromeOS”) Linux distributions on this laptop as humanly possible. Here are the three methods currently available and my experiences with them.

First and foremost: Installing Linux directly on a Chromebook and wiping out ChromeOS.

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Gen-2 SmartThings hub migrates to Linux

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Hardware

SmartThings debuted a 2nd generation home automation hub that moves to Linux, and adds new sensors, battery backup, optional cellular, and premium services.

Prior to Samsung’s acquisition of SmartThings last August, the company told us its next-generation home automation hub would likely move from an embedded RTOS (real-time operating system) to Linux. A SmartThings rep now tells us the newly announced second-generation SmartThings Hub does indeed run Linux. Not so surprisingly, consider the Samsung acquisition, the rep also said “We will be moving to Tizen over time.”

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Native WhatsApp Shown Running on Samsung's Z1 Tizen Smartphone

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Samsung first-ever Tizen smartphone, the Z1 has gained a mythical status. The handset has been announced, delayed, cancelled, brought back from the dead only to make itself scarce again.

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The 4 Best New Linux Distributions to Watch in 2015

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Linux

There was a time when new Linux distributions popped up on what seemed like a daily basis. They came and went so fast, you might have completely missed their short lives. That’s not so much the case these days. Linux distributions arrive a bit less frequently and, when they do finally arrive, tend to have a bit more staying power.

Why is that? My guess would be that the stable of standard distributions has become so strong, it’s hard for competition to stand up to the likes of Ubuntu, Arch, Mint, Fedora, SUSE, and Debian. That doesn’t mean, however, that new distributions don’t try to take down the mighty standard bearers. In fact, there are a few distributions that could give those kings and queens of Linux a run for their money this year. Which ones, you ask? Let’s take a look at what I believe will be the distributions to watch in 2015.

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    Yesterday marked GNOME turning 20 while today Debian developers and users have its 24th birthday of the project to celebrate.
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    By 1997, there had long been graphical Unix and Linux graphical user interface (GUI) desktops, but none of them had gathered much support. KDE, which was destined to become a major desktop, had started in 1996, but it was still facing opposition for its use of the Qt license. The GNOME Project, founded by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero on August 15, 1997, was created to build a GUI without the use of any non-General Public License (GPL) software. Thus, a struggle began between the two Linux desktops, which continues to this day.