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11.30.13

Links 30/11/2013: KDE and GNOME News

Posted in News Roundup at 1:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

11.28.13

Links 28/11/2013: Devices/Embedded News

Posted in News Roundup at 7:23 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Linux-enabled kit targets custom SoC developers

    Faraday Technology has begun shipping a system-on-chip dev kit aimed at developers of custom SoCs. The “SoCreative! IV” kit’s baseboard is built around Faraday’s A380 SoC, which boasts a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, a Faraday-developed RISC core, and a high speed expansion bus for interfacing with FPGA daughtercards, and comes with Linux 3.3 and Android 4.x BSPs.

  • Improv Modular Linux Mer Development Platform Unveiled

    If you enjoy creating your own electronic projects you might be interested in a new modular development platform called the Improv which is a modular engineering kit that comes with a CPU card and a separate feature card to connect it to.

  • Stir Kinetic Desk: Linux-Powered Furniture That’s Good For You

    The Stir Kinetic Desk promises to be a piece of office equipment for the modern age of sensors, the quantified self, and lots of trans fat. On the other hand, its sticker price may shock you into rigor mortis before obesity will. Check out our hands-on.

  • Linux-fueled networked DVR adds second tuner

    Really Simple Software has begun accepting pre-orders for the second generation of its Linux-powered networked DVR. The new model, known as “Simple.TV by SiliconDust” and priced at $250, adds a second TV tuner and is expected to ship by the end of the year, by which time Android and iOS apps for both generations of the product will be available for free download.

  • Windows/Linux Embedded Computer Integrates Kintex-7
  • The Rise of Linux in Embedded Systems

    Whereas Raspberry Pi was the pioneer of very small Linux systems, the Arduino is the 800-pound gorilla in the micro-controller arena.

  • Tiny hackable $40 SBC runs Linux on Allwinner A10

    Olimex’s OLinuXino project announced a tiny, Android- and Linux-ready single board computer based on Allwinner’s 1GHz, Cortex-A8 based A10 processor, and the first one to be offered with a mini-PC enclosure. The open source A10-OLinuXino-Lime offers 512MB of DDR3 RAM, an optional 4GB of NAND flash, plus HDMI, SATA, USB, and Ethernet, starting at only $40.

  • Pico – ITX hacker board runs Linux on Allwinner A20
  • Tiny open source board runs Linux on i.MX6

    Slovakia-based Fedevel and its Voipac manufacturing partner are prepping an open source computer-on-module and baseboard built around Freescale’s dual-core i.MX6 system-on-chip. The credit-card sized i.MX6 Rex module is equipped with up to 4GB of soldered DDR3 RAM, as well as I/O including gigabit Ethernet, SATA, HDMI, USB, and PCI Express.

  • Linux to be top IVI platform by 2020, says study

    An IHS Automotive market study projects that by 2020, Linux will push past QNX and Microsoft to lead a 130 million unit in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) market with a 41.3 percent share. The report follows last week’s revelation that Toyota and Jaguar/Land Rover are working on IVI systems that run the Linux-based Tizen OS.

  • “Linux Making Rapid Inroads into Infotainment Systems,“ Said IHS
  • Automotive Linux Leaves Microsoft and Blackberry QNX in the Dust
  • Linux to surpass Microsoft, BlackBerry in car industry

    Despite a slow start, Linux is all set to lead the automotive infotainment operating system (OS) market in 2020 surpassing Microsoft and BlackBerry. As the auto industry seeks an OS platform in which it can control direction and features, it is attracted by the advantages offered by Linux for some obvious reasons. Also, proprietary OS platforms don’t allow the auto industry to control and set its own system architecture.

  • Analyst: Linux to lead car infotainment OS market
  • Linux is the platform for robotics

    Linux is increasingly being used for cutting-edge robotics – opening up the field to anyone interested in learning more

  • Linux to lead in automotive infotainment OS market
  • RS offers Arduino Yún with Linux OS

    RS Components is stocking Arduino Yún, the first in a family of wireless products that integrate the open-source Arduino architecture with Linux.

    Arduino Yún combines the existing Arduino Leonardo, based on Atmel’s ATmega32u4 8-bit microcontroller, with an embedded Atheros AR9331 Wi-Fi system-on-chip (SoC) running Linino, a MIPS GNU/Linux variant of OpenWRT.

  • Sitara Linux board porting series: Module 5

    The Sitara Linux Board Porting online series is comprised of one introduction and nine, 10-minute modules (3 Lecture and 6 Lab) that provide an introduction to porting U-boot and the Linux Kernel to custom hardware platforms.

  • HDMI dongle turns TVs into giant Android tablets

    A startup called BiggiFi is approaching its Indiegogo funding goal for a $79 HDMI dongle that essentially turns HDTVs into supersized Android tablets. The BiggiFi device is claimed to let users run unmodified Android apps on their TVs using their phone or tablet as the TV’s touchscreen — including motion input for games — without screen-mirroring overhead latency.

  • Open SBC runs Linux and Android on Allwinner A20

    Mouser has begun distributing Olimex’s open source A20-OLinuXino-Micro single board computer, which is based on Allwinner’s dual-core, Cortex-A7 system-on-chip. The community backed, Linux and Android compatible board is equipped with 1GB of DDR3 RAM, is supported with optional touchscreen and UETX expansion I/O modules, and is available for $75.

    Olimex’s OLinuXino products are some of the most “open” SBCs in the growing community of community backed hacker boards. All CAD files and sources and are available, and with their Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license, there are no restrictions on manufacturing and sales, says the Olimex-sponsored OLinuXino project.

  • Dev kit runs Linux on 1.2GHz quad-core ARM SoC

    MSC announced a Linux-ready development kit for a new Qseven format computer-on-module (COM) featuring single-, dual-, or quad-core Freescale i.MX6 Cortex-A9 based system-on-chips clocked at up to 1.2GHz. The kit includes a 3.5-inch SBC form factor baseboard with real-world I/O connectors, Yocto-built embedded Linux on a bootable SD card, and a DC power supply, and is available with optional LCD panels.

  • Media rendering box supports WiDi and Miracast
  • Compact box-PCs take Linux to extremes

    Axiomtek released two rugged, Linux-ready box computers with IP40 compliance, anti-vibration support, and extended temperature ranges. The tiny rBOX610 is a din-rail computer built around a Freescale ARM9-based i.MX287 processor, featuring CAN buses and isolated Fast Ethernet ports, while the eBOX660-872-FL offers 3rd generation Intel Core processors, four gig-Ethernet ports, and dual display support.

  • FPGA-programmable instrumentation device runs Linux

    Innovative Integration announced a turnkey 3mentation computer for signal processing and data acquisition. The Mini-K7 combines a Linux-ready COM Express Type 6 computer-on-module based on an AMD G-Series processor, a user-programmable Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA, a Spartan 6 FPGA, and dual VITA 57 FMC expansion slots for the addition of application-specific I/O.

  • Arduino compatible $39 SBC runs Linux on x86

Links 28/11/2013: Today’s Instructionals

Posted in News Roundup at 6:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Links 28/11/2013: Free/Libre CMS News

Posted in News Roundup at 9:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

11.27.13

Links 27/11/2013: Programming News

Posted in News Roundup at 11:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Python catches up by leaps and bounds in the enterprise

    Python, the programming language, is an open source, volunteer-driven project. Historically viewed as a scripting language (think: slow), the Python of today has developed into a robust and responsive language for the enterprise and other open initiatives around the world—with a Foundation to boot that reinvests money into the community and works to attract newcomers.

  • Introducing GPU Accelerator Programming to Popular Linux GCC Compiler

    There is no doubt that the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility’s (OLCF’s) Titan, the nation’s most powerful supercomputer, gets its kick from its 18,688 GPU accelerators. On Titan, GPUs operate in tandem with CPUs to simulate groundbreaking scientific research at breakneck speeds. Now, the OLCF is working with Mentor Graphics, a leading electronic design automation company, to bring accelerated computing to a broader audience.

  • Google opens Mirror API: Now ANYONE can develop for gizmohead specs

    The API originally came as a limited developer preview, which was only open to Glass-owners, Google said, because “to develop great experiences and effectively test them, you need to have Glass”.

  • Google encourages teens to contribute to open source projects

    For the fourth year in a row, Google has organized its Code-in contest for pre-university students to contribute to open source projects.

  • Google hosts ‘code-in’ to get teens contributing to open-source projects

    Most devs end up using a huge amount of open-source code in their projects, so giving back to these projects only makes sense.

  • ARM Cortex-A7 Support Appears In LLVM & Clang
  • LLVM 3.4 Branched, Christmas Compiler Present Planned
  • The Role of Open Source in Orchestration
  • How civic hackers can build apps that last

    I leave out .NET on my own philosophical grounds where I believe you should not be tied to an operating system, particularly one of a monopolist. If you can get past that objection then I would add it to the list since a lot of civic governments IT departments are currently Windows shops. Look I understand you know and love {insert favorite tech here} but if your goal is to really help civic governments, then make life easy for them, not for you.

    I put PHP first because it is everywhere and easy for people to pick up and use. There are a bazillion books on it, there are tutorials all over the web, there are plenty of hosting providers, and it is easy to find people who know it outside of the tech hubs in the US. Java is next because most Computer Science departments teach their students Java, it is stable, there are tutorials for it all over the web, it is used by large enterprises and small shops so it may be in the government IT shop already, and there are libraries for almost anything you want to do. Finally, I put Python in the list because it meets the needs of those who like dynamic languages, it is mature and stable, it is the programming language to extend quite a few desktop applications, it is relatively easy to read and learn, plus there are tons of books and tutorials, and it also has a lot of libraries to carry out almost any function you want.

  • Clang’s C++ Modernizer Is Becoming More Useful

    Last year Intel proposed a tool to auto-convert C++ code into C++11 compliant code. The last time I wrote about this automatic code migrator it was called the C++11 Migrator and was still making steady progress, but that was months ago. Today we have an update on this useful utility now known as the C++ Modernizer and can auto-convert large amounts of code.

  • Will we code our own future or just wait for jobs to disappear?

    Coders are the new rock stars! And next week, 25-30 November, is Europe Code Week. Today a guest blog from Alja Isaković, one of my young advisors from Slovenia – plus my video message welcoming all those taking part.

    “I have this great business idea, but no technical skills to build it.” This is exactly what I kept hearing all over again when reading hundreds of applications from women, age 14 to 64, who signed up for Rails Girls in Ljubljana and were eager to learn more about how the internet works. Can you imagine what would happen if we gave even a small percentage of those ideas a chance to see the light of the day?

  • The Gambas Project: It’s Like Visual Basic On Linux

    Gambas is an open-source development environment based on a Basic interpreter and with support for object extensions. It’s been compared to Visual Basic, but Gambas supports Linux and is GPLv2 software.

Links 27/11/2013: Screenshots

Posted in News Roundup at 10:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

11.26.13

Links 26/11/2013: Games

Posted in News Roundup at 4:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

11.25.13

Links 25/11/2013: Applications and Instructionals

Posted in News Roundup at 8:46 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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