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Shedding Old Architectures and Compilers in the Kernel

The kernel development process tends to be focused on addition: each new release supports more drivers, more features, and often new processor architectures. As a result, almost every kernel release has been larger than its predecessor. But occasionally even the kernel needs to slim down a bit....
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Upstream Linux Support for New NXP i.MX 8

The i.MX 6 platform has for the past few years enjoyed a large effort to add upstream support to Linux and surrounding projects. Now it is at the point where nothing is really missing any more. Improvements are still being made, to the graphics driver for i.MX 6, but functionally it is complete....
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VPNFilter: New Router Malware with Destructive Capabilities

Unlike most other IoT threats, malware can survive reboot. A new threat which targets a range of routers and network-attached storage (NAS) devices is capable of knocking out infected devices by rendering them unusable. The malware, known as VPNFilter, is unlike most other IoT threats because it...
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Atari VCS
Atari has launched an Ubuntu-based Atari VCS gaming and media streaming console aimed at retro gamers. (Image courtesy: Atari VCS)

Atari Launches Linux Gaming Box Starting at $199

Attempts to establish Linux as a gaming platform have failed time and time again, with Valve’s SteamOS being the latest high-profile casualty. Yet, Linux has emerged as a significant platform in the much smaller niche of retro gaming, especially on the Raspberry Pi. Atari has now re-emerged from...
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Re-Creating the First Flip-Flop

The flip-flop is a crucial building block of digital circuits: It acts as an electronic toggle switch that can be set to stay on or off even after an initial electrical control signal has ceased. This allows circuits to remember and synchronize their states, and thus allows them to perform ...
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Best Linux Laptops of 2018

There was a time, not so long ago, when Linux was seen as an outcast operating system... times have now changed as the operating system - which launched in September 1991, has made some serious inroads in the server market, then in the cloud – not forgetting that it underpins the most popular...
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Develop your Linux Apps on This RISC-V Board

The “news” is that Microsemi and SiFive have collaborated on an expansion board that’s based on Microsemi’s RISC-V-based Polarfire FPGAs. The expansion board makes it easier for developers to write Linux-based applications targeting RISC-V using the Mi-V RISC-V ecosystem. RISC-V is a free and open...
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Open Mainframe Project
To learn more about open source and mainframe, join us May 15 at 1:00 pm ET for a webinar led by Open Mainframe Project members Steven Dickens of IBM, Len Santalucia of Vicom Infinity, and Mike Riggs of The Supreme Court of Virginia.

How Open Source Is Powering the Modern Mainframe

When I mention the word “mainframe” to someone, the natural response is colored by a view of an architecture of days gone by -- perhaps even invoking a memory of the Epcot Spaceship Earth ride. This is the heritage of mainframe, but it is certainly not its present state. From the days of the System...
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Azure Sphere
Microsoft has unveiled a mostly open source, embedded Arm SoC design with a custom Linux kernel; Eric Brown has the details. (Image: Microsoft)

Azure Sphere Makes Microsoft an Arm Linux Player for IoT

The punchline: Microsoft just unveiled a mostly open source, embedded Arm SoC design with a custom Linux kernel. The correct response? 1. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! You’re killing me! 2. Good one, dude, but April 1st was weeks ago. 3. Hallelujah! Linux and open source have finally beaten the evil empire. Can...
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Tiny, Rugged IoT Gateways Offer 10-Year Linux Support

Moxa announced a line of rugged, compact “UC 2100” IoT gateways that run 10-year available Moxa Industrial Linux and optional ThingsPro Gateway middleware on a Cortex-A8 SoC.Moxa announced the UC-2100 Series industrial IoT gateways along with its new UC 3100 and UC 5100 Series, but it offered...
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