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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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How to Minimize the Meltdown Patch Performance Penalty

The saga of the cross-industry side-channel attack (Meltdown and Spectre) is not yet over. Turmoil continues as CPU vendors release new microcode and recall previous ones. To understand the extent of the work that still needs to be done, consider the language Linus Torvalds usesabout the patches...
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Security with the Trusted Platform Module

The Trusted Platform Module on your computer's motherboard could lead to better security for your Linux system. The security of any operating system (OS) layer depends on the security of every layer below it. If the CPU can't be trusted to execute code correctly, there's no way to run secure...
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What You Need to Know About the Meltdown and Spectre CPU Flaws

The computer industry is racing to deal with several new vulnerabilities that affect the majority of processors in modern computers and mobile devices. The flaws enable new attacks that break the critical memory defenses in operating systems and bypass fundamental isolation layers, including those...
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Set Up a Raspberry Pi Wireless Access Point

Set up a wireless access point with a Raspberry Pi 3, Ubuntu Core, and snaps. Router coverage gaps often have different causes, which repeaters and access points (APs) can remedy. A repeater usually connects to the router over WiFi and amplifies the signal into areas where the router alone is not...
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AT&T Wants White Box Routers with an Open Operating System

AT&T says it’s not enough to deploy white box hardware and to orchestrate its networks with the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) software. “Each individual machine also needs its own operating system,” writes Chris Rice, senior vice president of AT&T Labs, Domain 2.0 Architecture, in...
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5 New & Powerful Dell Linux Machines You Can Buy Right Now

The land of powerful PCs and workstations isn’t barren anymore when we talk about Linux-powered machines; even all of the world’s top 500 supercomputers now run Linux. Dell has joined hands with Canonical Inc. to give Linux-powered machines a push in the market. They have launched five new...
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How AMD Wants to Provide ‘Supercomputing for All’

At the SC17 supercomputing conference in Denver Nov. 13, AMD and some of its ecosystem partners announced the availability of a suite of new, high-performance systems powered by AMD EPYC CPUs (central processing units) and AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs (graphics processing units) to accelerate the use...
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