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Grant Likely
Linux kernel engineer Grant Likely explained the basics of Embedded Base Boot Requirements (EBBR) at the recent Embedded Linux Conference in Edinburgh.

EBBR Aims to Standardize Embedded Boot Process

Arm’s open source EBBR (Embedded Base Boot Requirements) specification is heading for its v1.0 release in December. Within a year or two, the loosely defined EBBR standard should make it easier for Linux distros to support standardized bootup on major embedded hardware platforms. At the recent...
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Dell XPS 13: The Best Linux Laptop of 2018

There's this persistent fake news story that you can't buy a computer with Linux pre-installed on it. It's nonsense. Dell has been selling Ubuntu-Linux powered computers since 2007. What's also true is that, Dell, like Linux-specific desktop companies such as System76, sells high-end systems like...
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New Raspberry Pi A+ Board Shrinks RPi 3B+ Features to HAT Dimensions

A HAT-sized, $25, Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ will soon arrive with the same 1.4GHz quad-A53 SoC, dual-band WiFi, and 40-pin GPIO of the RPi 3B+, but with only 512MB RAM, one USB, and no LAN.As promised, Raspberry Pi Trading has revived its old mini-size, four-year old Raspberry Pi Model A+ SBC with a...
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Khem Raj
"This is a good time to port Linux applications to RISC-V,” said Comcast’s Khem Raj at an Embedded Linux Conference Europe presentation last month.

RISC-V Linux Development in Full Swing

Most Linux users have heard about the open source RISC-V ISA and its potential to challenge proprietary Arm and Intel architectures. Most are probably aware that some RISC-V based CPUs, such as SiFive’s 64-bit Freedom U540 found on its HiFive Unleashed board, are designed to run Linux. What may...
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New Intel CPU Flaw Exploits Hyper-Threading to Steal Encrypted Data

A team of security researchers has discovered another serious side-channel vulnerability in Intel CPUs that could allow an attacker to sniff out sensitive protected data, like passwords and cryptographic keys, from other processes running in the same CPU core with simultaneous multi-threading...
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System76 Debuts Thelio, A Gorgeous 'Open Hardware' Linux PC

Never heard of Colorado-based System76? Think of the company as the Linux alternative to boutique PC builders like Digital Storm, Maingear or Falcon Northwest. System76 specializes in preloading laptops, desktops and mini PCs with a Linux operating system, either Ubuntu or its own Pop!_OS...
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Linux Apps on Chrome OS: An Easy-to-Follow Guide

Linux apps can expand your Chromebook's capabilities and open up all sorts of interesting options — but first, you have to know where to begin. If you think you'd stand to benefit from using a Linux app on your Chrome OS device — or if you just want to explore and see what's out there — the first...
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What Comes after Moore's Law?

The literal meaning of Moore’s Law is that CMOS transistor densities double every 18 to 24 months. While not a statement about processor performance per se, in practice performance and density have tracked each other fairly well. Historically, additional transistors were mostly put in service of...
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The recent port of TensorFlow to the Raspberry Pi is the latest in a series of chess moves from Google and its chief AI rival Nvidia to win the hearts and keyboards of embedded Linux developers.

TensorFlow Pi Port Is Strategic Move in Edge Analytics Game

Google’s recent announcement that it had ported its open source TensorFlow machine intelligence (ML) library for neural networking to the Raspberry Pi was the latest in a series of chess moves from Google and its chief AI rival Nvidia to win the hearts and keyboards of embedded Linux developers....
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POSH
The POSH project aims to create a Linux-based platform and ecosystem for designing and verifying open source IP hardware blocks for next-gen system-on-chips. (Image: Intelligent Design of Electronic Assets (IDEA) & Posh Open Source Hardware (POSH); Andreas Olofsson, Program Manager, DARPA/MTO)

DARPA Drops $35 Million on “Posh Open Source Hardware” Project

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the first grants for its Electronic Resurgence Initiative (ERI). The initial round, which will expand to $1.5 billion over five years, covers topics ranging from automating EDA to optimizing chips for SDR to improving NVM...
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