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MK80 Linux Edition is an octa-core Ubuntu mini PC

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The MK80LE runs Ubuntu 14.04 Linux and supports hardware-accelerated video when using the VLC media player. As far as I’m aware this doesn’t mean that all Ubuntu apps can take advantage of the computers PowerVR G6230 graphics, but it does at least mean that you shouldn’t have problems playing HD video.

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Can We Really Trust Linux?

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GNU
Linux

Whether you’re a Windows XP refugee, looking for a way to keep a faithful computer running securely, or just someone who’s naturally curious, I highly recommend you check out our list of the best Linux distros and jump right in. You can trust the people who make Linux, and even join them if you want to.

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Raspberry Pi 2 review - the Pi you didn't know you wanted

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The Raspberry Pi has been a tremendous success story, ever since the low-cost development board first appeared in 2012. Among enthusiasts and educators it’s sparked an interest in "real" computing, unseen since the halcyon days of the 1980s, and it's also inspired an army of copycat devices. Now, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is building on that success with the long-awaited successor - the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. See also: The eight best uses for your Raspberry Pi

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Also: Raspberry Pi celebrates hugely successful 3 years

Happy 3rd birthday Raspberry Pi!

Linux Kernel 3.18.9 Is Now an LTS (Long-Term Support) Release

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Today we have some good news for all users of the Linux 3.18 kernel, as its status has been changed to LTS (Long-Term Support) on March 11, which means that it will be supported with patches for at least two more years from today.

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Raspberry Pi 2: Raspbian (ARMv6) v Linaro (ARMv7) - Benchmarking

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux

The Raspberry Pi Foundation make it pretty clear that Raspbian is the recommended operating system for the Raspberry Pi series of computers. Most of the Foundation's documentation and support directs users to Raspbian. The downloads section of their website does list other operating system images. But there are many more images available, and one really piqued my curiosity; a Ubuntu 14.10 / Linaro 15.01 "developer" image. Unlike Raspbian, this image is compiled for ARMv7/armhf.

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Rugged NUC mini-PCs run Linux on Broadwell and Bay Trail

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Logic Supply unveiled two rugged, Intel NUC “ML100″ mini-PCs: one with two GbE ports based on a Bay Trail Celeron, and one with Intel’s 5th-Gen Core CPU.

In recent years, Intel has released Linux-friendly mini-PCs based on its Intel (Next Unit of Computing) reference design optimized for home theater applications (the Intel NUC Kit DN2820FYKH) and thin client duty (Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE). Now Logic Supply has announced two new NUC designs aimed at rugged industrial applications: a Bay Trail Celeron-based ML100G-10 and a 5th Gen Core equipped ML100G-30.

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Allwinner’s octa-core A80 SoC tightens its SBC grip

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Android
Linux

The CubieTech octa-core Allwinner A80 based “Cubieboard4″ SBC goes for $125, competing with LinkSprite’s $129 Beta Arches and Merrii’s $300 H88 Hummingbird.

In early February, while covering Merrii’s H88 Hummingbird SBC, based on the octa-core Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 based Allwinner A80 system-on-chip, we found we had missed the release of the A80-based Cubieboard4 SBC. The board had originally been announced in April 2014 as the Cubieboard 8. According to an October post by CNXSoft, the board had just begun shipping in China for $100. At the time (Feb. 9, 2015) we found the Cubieboard4 selling for 699 RMB (now $111) at Taobao.com in China, and £110.79 (now $164) at NewIT in the U.K., where today the prices remain the same.

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5 best Linux distros for beginners and newbies

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Linux has always been the outsider's operating system. Even more hipster than Apple's iOS and completely off the radar of most Microsoft Windows users, the open source OS umbrella covers an ever increasing collection of mutations and flavours, known to its users as distros (short for distributions).

For the beginner such choice can appear overwhelming, and so CBR has pared it down to the five most accessible.

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Arietta G25 – The latest Embedded Linux Board

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GNU
Linux

If you have “broken the ice” with GNU / Linux through Raspberry Pi already, here is a board that allows you to jump into the real professional world, with all the needed support and with totally “Open” instruments and, why not, in an enjoyable way. Arietta G25 is the “mascot” of a series of professional boards designed and made in Italy by Acme Systems. That also provides support to its boards for the next 5 years.

Arietta G25 condenses into a few low-cost square inches many years of experience in embedded GNU / Linux, concretized in the manufacturing of professional systems currently distributed over thousands of units.

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7 Android and Linux Smartwatches to Take on the Apple Watch

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Linux

Much to the delight of Apple fanbots everywhere, Apple has now fully unveiled the Apple Watch. The watch, which was previewed in September, will go on sale April 10 and ship on the 24th. Based on its brand name, styling, accessories, and battery life claims, it will likely be a big hit -- at least as far as smartwatches go.

According to Canalys, only 720,000 Android Wear smartwatches shipped in 2014 from about a half dozen manufacturers, out of a total of 4.6 million "smart wearable bands." Yet, the first models shipped in the summer, and several second-generation models didn't make it until later in the year or 2015. There are also a few new contenders. Our slide show of seven compelling Android- and Linux-based smartwatches features five Android Wear models, plus Tizen and WebOS-based watches.

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  • AMDGPU DC Code Lands For Linux 4.15 Kernel
    Linus Torvalds has accepted the AMDGPU DC display code pull request for the Linux 4.15 kernel. AMD Linux users can now rejoice! Overnight David Airlie sent in the AMDGPU DC pull request for Linux 4.15 and since then Linus Torvalds was active on the kernel mailing list ranting about AMD header files and other unrelated to DC code. He was also pulling in other PRs... It was getting a bit worrisome, given the DC code not being in pristine shape, but it was exciting as heck to see this evening that he did go ahead and pull in the 132 thousand lines of new kernel code to land this AMDGPU DC. Linus hasn't provided any commentary about DC on the kernel mailing list as of writing.
  • Radeon VCN Encode Support Lands In Mesa 17.4 Git
    It's an exciting day for open-source Radeon Linux users today as besides the AMDGPU DC pull request (albeit still unmerged as of writing), Radeon VCN encoding support has landed in Mesa Git.
  • The - Hopefully - Final Stab At Intel Fastboot Support
    Intel's Maarten Lankhorst has sent out what could be the final patches for enabling "fastboot" support by default within their DRM graphics driver.

Raspberry Digital Signage 10

It shows web pages from Internet, LAN or internal sources (a WordPress installation comes already installed by default on the SD card); there is no way to escape this view but rebooting the machine. Marco Buratto has released Raspberry Digital Signage 10.0 today, which comes with the latest and greatest Chromium build (featuring advanced HTML5 capabilities, Adobe Flash support and H264/AVC video acceleration), so you can display more attractive resources, more easily. Read more

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