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Lots Of New ARM Hardware To Be Supported By Linux 3.17

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Hardware

Several new ARM devices will be supported by the in-development Linux 3.17 kernel while some less-than-optimally-supported ARM hardware is also getting stripped from the mainline kernel tree.

Olof Johansson emailed in the large batch of ARM changes today for the Linux 3.17 merge window. Some highlights for the pull request consisting of around 750 patches include.

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Raspberry Pi add-on board controls entire buildings

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Hardware

UniPi is seeking Indiegogo funding for a Raspberry Pi add-on for building automation with analog and digital I/O, changeover relays, and 1-Wire interfaces.

The Raspberry Pi has found its way into many a home automation project, from lighting controls to automatic sprinkler systems, and is often used as a prototype for commercial systems. But is the modest RPi up for managing an entire building? No problem, says Czech startup UniPi, which is offering Indiegogo funding packages of 99 Euros ($133) and 109 Euros ($146) for its UniPi building automation add-on board.

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GNU Linux-libre 3.16-gnu is now available

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GNU
Linux

I managed to complete updating the deblobbing scripts for 3.16 this
morning, and now I'm ready to announce that GNU Linux-libre 3.16-gnu is
available for general use at http://linux-libre.fsfla.org/ and mirrors.

It was a particularly difficult release, not just because of the very
many blobs and blob requests and false positives that had to be dealt
with, but because I had to deal with them at the very end of the release
cycle and while tracking down disk corruption on my primary home server,
caused by a memory upgrade that brought a faulty memory module with it.

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Ubuntu Used on the International Space Station to Control Rover Back on Earth

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GNU
Linux

Ubuntu has been spotted aboard the International Space Station and it seems that it was used to control a rover back on Earth.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst has published a photo that he took on board the ISS (International Space Station), bragging with the fact that he controlled a rover back on Earth and with his brand new “Rover driving licence.”

Alexander Gerst is an ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut and he is currently onboard the ISS. He's also a geophysicist and volcanologist, and now he seems to be a certified Rover driver. The image that he published on Twitter and Google+ got a lot of people interested, including Linux users...

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Russian Ministry of Health to Replace Microsoft and Oracle Products with Linux and PostgreSQL

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GNU
Linux

The Russian government is considering the replacement of Microsoft and Oracle products with Linux and open source counterparts, at least for the Ministry of Health.

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ACPI 5.1, ACPI On ARM Are Among The Power Management Updates For Linux 3.17

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The generally interesting ACPI and power management pull request was sent in for the Linux 3.17 merge window.

The changes corralled by Intel's Rafael Wysocki for the ACPI+PM area of Linux 3.17 include an ACPICA update to bring ACPI 5.1 support, potentially faster hibernation, and basic work towards ACPI on ARM support. The faster hibernation is via using radix trees for storing memory bitmaps.

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Back Up Your PC with Clonezilla Live 2.2.3-30

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GNU
Linux

Clonezilla Live 2.2.3-30, a Linux distribution based on DRBL, Partclone, and udpcast that allows users to do bare metal backup and recovery, is available for download and testing.

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Many Intel DRM Changes Abound For Linux 3.17

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
OSS

The Intel DRM graphics driver will feature its usual large amount of changes with the in-development Linux 3.17 kernel.

Daniel Vetter of Intel's Open-Source Technology Center has done his usual per-kernel-cycle blog post about the changes collected for the i915 driver that are being pulled for Linux 3.17. Among the new additions to the open-source Intel kernel graphics driver include.

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BLD-3.16 release

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Linux

It's been quite a long time since the announcement of the Barbershop Load
Distribution (BLD) Algorithm. Quite a few changes have been made, since then.
Now it more reflects what it really should be Wink. It's a simplistic approach
towards load balancing, typical x86 SMP boxes should run okay (tested personally)
, but, yes it can break your boxes too. I'm looking forward to get some feedback,
to keep further development up and going.

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Linux 3.17 To Drop Old POWER Processor Support

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The PowerPC pull request for the Linux 3.17 merge window reveals that support for pre-POWER4 hardware is being eliminated. Among the affected hardware is POWER3 and IBM RS64 processors, which are from the late 90's. POWER3 was used in IBM RS/6000 servers at the time and clocked at only a few hundred megahertz. Support for the old POWER hardware is being dropped since its Linux usage is minimal these days and the support was already regressed for some kernel releases.

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