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From Clouds to Cars to Kitchens, Linux Making an Impact Everywhere

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There's no operating system more ubiquitous than Linux. It's everywhere. It's even running in devices and computers you may not suspect—our cars, our cell phones, even our refrigerators. Linux supports businesses and organizations everywhere, and because it underpins open-source innovation, it is the platform of choice for new applications. Companies such as IBM and their work with organizations like the OpenPOWER Foundation are creating such new innovations as Big Blue's new scale-out servers running Linux and putting them in places all around us. In fact, eWEEK recently ran a slide show depicting how prevalent the operating system is in the supercomputing space. Linux has quickly become the operating system of choice in the high performance computing (HPC) market, growing from relative obscurity 15 years ago to powering 97 percent of the fastest computers in the world. But its appeal is found in more than cost or choice. This list, compiled with assistance from IBM, provides some examples of where Linux is making an impact.

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CoreOS Stabilizes Cloud Container Linux Operating System

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Linux

The open-source CoreOS Linux operating system hit a major milestone on July 25, issuing its first stable release. CoreOS is an Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup that offers the promise of a highly available operating system platform that is fully integrated with the Docker container virtualization technology.

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The Shocking Truth About Torvalds' Home Office

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"I am really incredibly surprised that my work space is very similar to Linus' and also the working hours are almost identical," said Google+ blogger Rodolfo Saenz. In Saenz's setup, though, "the treadmill stands alone. I use it religiously every day, but I don't like to mix work with exercise. I climb on the treadmill to clean my mind, listen to music and think about many things."

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Tiny Linux SBC web-enables DIY IoT modules

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Gadgets

LittleBits launched a tiny $59 ARM9-based “CloudBit” SBC that adds Internet access to the company’s collection of 60+ electronics modules for DIY projects.

The tiny, 15 x 10 x 5mm CloudBit single board computer adds Internet connectivity and a modest ARM9 brain to LittleBits Electronics’s popular, Lego-like platform, which is billed as an easier, plug-and-play alternative to Arduino for electronics prototyping. The LittleBits modules are available in $99 (10 modules), $149 (14 modules), and $199 (18 modules) kits, and include actuators, sensors, buzzers, dimmers, LEDs, DC motors, and other gizmos. The devices connect to each other in serial-bus fashion via magnets, enabling rapid project brainstorming without the need for soldering, wiring, or programming.

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Intel Graphics Stack 2014Q2 Release Is Now Out

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Intel doesn't make a big fuss about their drivers, at least not like AMD and NVIDIA. The developers usually make the release and let people and other devs find out on their own. This is just the case with the latest 2014Q2 Intel Graphics Stack Release, which totally went under the radar.

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4MLinux Multiboot Edition 9.1 Beta Lets Users Install Debian 7.6, Fedora 20, and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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4MLinux Multiboot Edition, a mini Linux distribution that is focused on the 4Ms of computing, Maintenance (system rescue Live CD), Multimedia (e.g., playing video DVDs), Miniserver (using the inetd daemon), and Mystery (Linux games), is now at version 9.1.

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PiFace control & display review

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Designed by a team led by University of Manchester honorary research fellow Dr Andrew Robinson, the PiFace Control & Display does exactly what the name implies: it provides users a means of controlling the Raspberry Pi away from a keyboard and mouse, while also providing a means of displaying its output.

The PiFace C&D takes the form of a piggy-back board, connecting to the general-purpose input-output (GPIO) header at the top-left of the Pi and straddling the USB and Ethernet ports. The fit is a little loose on a Model A, which lacks the tall Ethernet port of the Model B, but is usable – although building a ‘leg’ out of firm non-conductive foam would be advisable to prevent strain on the GPIO connector.

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Even With Re-Clocking, Nouveau Remains Behind NVIDIA's Proprietary Linux Driver

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Linux

Starting out the last week of July's Linux benchmarking on Phoronix is a fresh comparison of several NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards when comparing the performance of the latest open-source Nouveau driver against the latest NVIDIA proprietary Linux graphics driver. While the Kepler cards now support GPU re-clocking, the results aren't quite ideal yet.

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Linux Foundation, edX Offering 'Intro to Linux' MOOC

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HowTos

In just a few days, anyone will be able to take the Linux Foundation's "Introduction to Linux" course—which previously cost $2,400—for free over the Internet. The MOOC version of the class on the open source operating system, hosted on edX, opens Aug. 1.

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Salix Openbox 14.1

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Linux

Salix Openbox 14.1 brings the Openbox window manager, teamed with fbpanel and SpaceFM to create a fast and flexible desktop environment. This is the most lightweight edition we have so far among our 14.1 releases and everything has been tweaked to provide a desktop experience comparable to other Salix editions. The development of this edition involved a long and rigorous period of testing and the final release has evolved a lot since the first beta.

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