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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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The Ars Guide to Building a Linux Router from Scratch

After finally reaching the tipping point with off-the-shelf solutions that can't match increasing speeds available, we recently took the plunge. Building a homebrew router turned out to be a better proposition than we could've ever imagined. With nearly any speed metric we analyzed, our little DIY...
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5 Raspberry Pi Operating Systems That Aren’t Linux

Looking for a way to get the most out of your Raspberry Pi? Running a project that just needs something more? Odd as it may seem, Linux might be the problem, so why not consider a non-Linux operating system? Several have been released, or adapted, for use on the Raspberry Pi. 1. Plan 9 Released as...
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Using Open Source Designs to Create More Specialized Chips

Collaborating on freely available code enables companies and programmers to pool resources to solve common problems and avoid reinventing the wheel. Companies build competing products and services from these open source foundations that they might never have been able to build otherwise. But the...
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