News Category: Embedded/Mobile

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Michael Opdenacker
Free Electrons’ Michael Opdenacker summed up the latest kernel shrinkage schemes as well as future possibilities at the Embedded Linux Conference.

Shrinking the Linux Kernel and File System for IoT

At last year’s Embedded Linux Conference Europe, Sony’s Tim Bird warned that the stalled progress in reducing Linux kernel size meant that Linux was ceding the huge market in IoT edge nodes to real-time operating systems (RTOSes). At this February’s ELC North America event, another figure who has...
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Android Apps on Linux PCs: Now Anbox Tool Runs Smartphone Software Natively

A new open-source project, Anbox, from a Canonical engineer lets you run Android apps natively on Ubuntu and other Linux-powered desktops. It differs from several existing projects that allow Android apps to run on PCs. Instead of using emulators, Anbox employs Linux namespaces to run Android in a...
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Google Patches Android Security Vulnerabilities in April Update

Google is out with its April 2017 Android security update, patching 102 different vulnerabilities in the mobile operating system. Of the vulnerabilities patched by Google this month, only 15 are rated as having critical impact. Not surprisingly, the mediasever component is once again being patched...
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Daniele Alessandrelli
Intel software engineer Daniele Alessandrelli detailed the inner workings of the Intel Quark Microcontroller Bootloader and described some added security extensions at the Embedded Linux Conference.

Building a Secure Bootloader for the Intel Quark Microcontrollers D2000 and SE C1000

Years after Intel released the low-power, Linux-compatible Quark X1000 processor, which runs on the Intel Galileo and numerous IoT gateways, the chipmaker last year launched three microcontroller-like Quarks that do not run Linux. Like the original Quarks, the Quark D1000 is limited to Pentium ISA...
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Manasi Navare
Manasi Navare describes her journey of creating a patch to fix DisplayPort issues and offers some general tips for the Linux kernel upstreaming process.

Fixing the Linux Graphics Kernel for True DisplayPort Compliance, Or: How to Upstream a Patch

If you’ve ever hooked up a Linux computer to a DisplayPort monitor and encountered only a flickering or blank screen, we’ve got good news for you. A graphics kernel developer at Intel's Open Source Technology Center has solved the problem with a patch that will go into Linux 4.12. Manasi Navare’s...
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BeagleBone Blue
The BeagleBone Blue is a robotics-focused collaboration with the University of California San Diego Robotics Lab, which is using the board for robotics education.

Latest Linux Maker Boards Gamble on Diversity

As usual, last week’s Embedded World show in Nuremberg, Germany was primarily focused on commercial embedded single board computers (SBCs), computer-on-modules, and rugged industrial systems for the OEM market. Yet, we also saw a growing number of community-backed maker boards, which, like most of...
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Google Releases Early Developers Preview of Android O

Google this week released a developer preview of Android O, the next version of its mobile operating system the includes several mostly incremental feature upgrades over the currently available version Android N also known as Nougat.  Key among the upgrades are those that are designed to improve...
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6 Hot Internet of Things (IoT) Security Technologies

 Last October, Internet service provider Dyn came under an attack that disrupted access to popular websites. The cybercriminals who initiated the attack managed to commandeer a large number of internet-connected devices (mostly DVRs and cameras) to serve as their helpers. As a result, cybersecurity...
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How to Deploy Kubernetes on the Raspberry Pi

When I became interested in ARM devices, and in the Raspberry Pi in particular, my first project was an OpenVPN server. By having the Raspberry Pi as a secure gateway to my home network, I could use my phone to control my desktop and remotely play Spotify, open documents, and a bunch of other fun...
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The Physical Computing Capabilities of the Raspberry Pi

While the Raspberry Pi is an excellent and affordable mini Linux computer with a stylish and functional desktop user interface, it has plenty of scope beyond that of a regular PC. Here's an overview of the physical computing capabilities of the Pi. GPIO pins Since 2014, with the release of the...
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