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Assess USB Performance While Exploring Storage Caching

The team here at the Dragon Propulsion Laboratory has kept busy building multiple Linux clusters as of late [1]. Some of the designs rely on spinning disks or SSD drives, whereas others use low-cost USB storage or even SD cards as boot media. In the process, I was hastily reminded of the limits of...
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Linux hacker board vendor Pine64 plans to launch an extensive lineup of open source hardware in 2019; get details here.

Pine64 to Launch Open Source Phone, Laptop, Tablet, and Camera

At FOSDEM last weekend, California-based Linux hacker board vendor Pine64 previewed an extensive lineup of open source hardware it intends to release in 2019. Surprisingly, only two of the products are single board computers. The Linux-driven products will include a PinePhone development kit based...
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Mirza Krak
Mirza Krak, an embedded developer at Mender.io, surveys the many options for prepping and deploying software on devices.

Strategies for Deploying Embedded Software

While many Embedded Linux Conference talks cover emerging technologies, some of the most useful are those that survey the embedded development tools and techniques that are already available. These summaries are not only useful for newcomers but can be a helpful reality check and a source for best...
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Laurent Pinchart
V4L2 co-creator and Linux kernel contributor Laurent Pinchart outlined the early-stage libcamera project at the Embedded Linux Conference in October.

Libcamera Aims to Make Embedded Cameras Easier

The V4L2 (Video for Linux 2) API has long offered an open source alternative to proprietary camera/computer interfaces, but it’s beginning to show its age. At the Embedded Linux Conference Europe in October, the V4L2 project unveiled a successor called libcamera. V4L2 co-creator and prolific Linux...
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Paulus Schoutsen originally created Python-based Home Assistant as a simple script to turn on the lights. Learn how it has grown in this presentation from the 2016 Embedded Linux Conference.

Home Assistant: The Python Approach to Home Automation

A number of home automation platforms support Python as an extension, but if you’re a real Python fiend, you’ll probably want Home Assistant, which places the programming language front and center. Paulus Schoutsen created Home Assistant in 2013 “as a simple script to turn on the lights when the...
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New IoT Security Regulations

It falls upon lawmakers to create laws that protect consumers. While the US government is largely absent in this area of consumer protection, the state of California has recently stepped in and started regulating the Internet of Things, or "IoT" devices sold in the state­ -- and the effects will...
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Airtame 2 is a Linux-based content streaming device that features improved performance and a totally rewritten code base. (Image courtesy: Airtame)

Linux-Based Airtame 2 Offers an Enterprise Alternative to Chromecast

One category that often gets overlooked in the discussion of Linux computers is the market for HDMI dongle devices that plug into your TV to stream, mirror, or cast content from your laptop or mobile device. Yesterday, Google announced an extensively leaked third-gen version of its market-leading,...
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Arm announced a new Cortex-A76 architecture said to boost the processing of AI and ML algorithms on edge computing devices by a factor of four.

AI Is Coming to Edge Computing Devices

Very few non-server systems run software that could be called machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI). Yet, server-class “AI on the Edge” applications are coming to embedded devices, and Arm intends to fight with Intel and AMD over every last one of them. Arm recently announced a...
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Eric Brown looks at six Raspberry Pi based touch panel computers, including the Acme CM3-Panel shown here. (Image courtesy Acme Systems)

6 Industrial Touch-Panel Computers Based on the Raspberry Pi

In the smart home, voice agents are increasingly replacing the smartphone touchscreen interface as the primary human-machine interface (HMI). Yet, in noisier industrial and retail IoT environments, touchscreens are usually the only choice. The industrial touch-panel computer market has been in full...
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Linux-Friendly Arduino Simplifies IoT Development

Arduino’s support for Linux IoT devices and single-board computers (SBCs) announced at the Embedded Linux Conference+Open IoT Summit NA in March cemented Arduino’s focus on cloud-connected IoT development, extending its reach into edge computing. This move was likely driven by multiple factors —...
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