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Researchers Find 29 Types of USB attacks, Recommend Never Plugging into a USB You Don't Own

It's long been known that you should never insert an unknown USB drive to your computer because it could be loaded with malware. However, new research from Ben-Gurion University has exposed 29 types of USB attacks, and extends to your smartphone. It shows that you should never use a USB charger you...
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Postage-Stamp Linux

We’ve come a long way from the early days of big iron, and few things demonstrate that better than Microchip’s new SAMA5D27. What’s a SAMA5D27, you ask? It’s a postage stamp that runs Linux. Well, not literally a postage stamp, but a fully realized microcontroller that measures about 1½ inches (...
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AMD Ryzen
Eric Brown rounds up some recently announced processors along with news from this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and Embedded World in Nuremberg. (Image courtesy AMD)

Hot Chips Face Off at MWC and Embedded World

This week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and Embedded World in Nuremberg are primarily designed to showcase smartphones and embedded systems, respectively. Yet, increasingly the shows are focused on the processors that drive them. The only major chip announced in conjunction with this week’s...
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​Purism Adds Open-Source Security Firmware to its Linux Laptop Line

In its latest news, Purism announced that it has successfully integrated Trammel Hudson's Heads security firmware into its Trusted Platform Module (TPM)-equipped Librem laptops. Heads is an open-source computer firmware and configuration tool that aims to provide better physical security and data...
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Can Open Source Hardware Be Like Open Source Software?

Hardware and software are certainly different beasts. Software is really just information, and the storing, modification, duplication, and transmission of information is essentially free. Hardware is expensive, or so we think, because it’s made out of physical stuff which is costly to ship or copy...
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The Next Generation of TinyFPGAs

Field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have come of age. Once viewed as exotic and scary there are a number of FPGA boards targeting the maker market and among them is a new range of open source TinyFPGA boards. The latest TinyFPGA board is the TinyFPGA BX board, an updated version of their B2 ...
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GPUs on Google’s Kubernetes Engine Are Now Available in Open Beta

The Google Kubernetes Engine (previously known as the Google Container Engine and GKE) now allows all developers to attach Nvidia GPUs to their containers. GPUs on GKE (an acronym Google used to be quite fond of, but seems to be deemphasizing now) have been available in closed alpha for more than...
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FOSS Project Spotlight: LinuxBoot

Linux as firmware. The more things change, the more they stay the same. That may sound cliché, but it's still as true for the firmware that boots your operating system as it was in 2001 when Linux Journal first published Eric Biederman's "About LinuxBIOS". LinuxBoot is the latest incarnation of an...
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What is Software Defined Storage?

The concept of "software defined storage" (SDS) seems to be everywhere, if you read about the data storage industry or explore storage products.  However, the software defined storage definition remains a little vague – or perhaps more than a little vague. Most people seem to agree that at first,...
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SiFive has launched the HiFive Unleashed SBC, a Linux-driven RISC-V processor SoC. (Image courtesy: SiFive)

First Linux-Based RISC-V Board Prepares for Take-Off

It’s been two years since the open source RISC-V architecture emerged from computer labs at UC Berkeley and elsewhere and began appearing in soft-core implementations designed for FPGAs, and over a year since the first commercial silicon arrived. So far, the focus has primarily been on MCU-like...
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