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What Is Virtualization?

No advance in information technology in the past six decades has offered a greater range of quantifiable benefits than has virtualization. Many IT professionals think of virtualization in terms of virtual machines (VM) and their associated hypervisors and operating-system implementations, but that...
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GPU Computing: The Key to Unleashing the Mysteries of All That Data

To effectively handle all the data being created in the world today, we need GPU computing. To harness this goldmine of data, artificial intelligence and machine learning has emerged, which uses algorithms to train data to find patterns. The problem is, traditional CPUs (central processing units)...
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Top 5 Linux Pain Points in 2017

As I discussed in my 2016 Open Source Yearbook article on troubleshooting tips for the 5 most common Linux issues, Linux installs and operates as expected for most users, but some inevitably run into problems. How have things changed over the past year in this regard? Once again, I posted the...
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Why and How You Should Switch to Linux

When you start comparing computers, you probably pit Windows against macOS—but Linux rarely gets a mention. Still, this lesser-known operating system has a strong and loyal following. That's because it offers a number of advantages over its competitors. Whether you're completely new to Linux or...
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Turtle Rover
The Turtle Rover bot was designed to mimic Martian rovers. Check out our full list of open source Linux robots to watch.

Top 10 Open Source Linux Robots

Back in 2014, we struggled to fill out our top 10 roundup of Linux-based robots and padded the list with conceptually similar autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In addition, many of those robots were proprietary or open source only on the software side. Today...
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island network
Without routers and bridges, we would be lonely little islands; learn more in this networking tutorial.

Linux Networking Hardware for Beginners: Think Software

Last week, we learned about LAN (local area network) hardware. This week, we'll learn about connecting networks to each other, and some cool hacks for mobile broadband. Routers Network routers are everything in computer networking, because routers connect networks. Without routers we would be...
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software integration
Xen virtualization enables innovative applications to be economically integrated with measured, interoperable software components on general-purpose hardware.

In Device We Trust: Measure Twice, Compute Once with Xen, Linux, TPM 2.0 and TXT

Is it a small tablet or large phone? Is it a phone or broadcast sensor? Is it a server or virtual desktop cluster? Is x86 emulating ARM, or vice-versa? Is Linux inspiring Windows, or the other way around? Is it microcode or hardware? Is it firmware or software? Is it microkernel or hypervisor? Is...
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Puppy Linux
Puppy Linux is one of the best distributions for making older hardware feel new again. Check out Jack Wallen's other picks.

4 Best Linux Distros for Older Hardware

One of the many great aspects of the Linux operating system is its ability to bring new life to old hardware. This is not only a boon for your bottom line but also an environmentally sound philosophy. Instead of sending that older (still functioning) hardware to the trash heap, give it a second...
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Network hardware
This two-part tutorial looks at networking hardware, from traditional switches and routers to smartphones and wireless hotspots.

Linux Networking Hardware for Beginners: LAN Hardware

Software is always changing, but hardware not so much. This two-part tour introduces networking hardware, from traditional switches and routers to smartphones and wireless hotspots. Local Area Network The traditional local area network is connected with an Ethernet switch and Cat cables. The basic...
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Temperature monitoring
These graphical front ends can help you get more out of lm-sensors.

Jazz Up lm-sensors with Graphics and Notifications

When last we met, we learned about lm-sensors, the excellent tool for monitoring CPU temperature, fan speeds, and motherboard voltages. Now we're going to learn about changing the labels in sensors output to make it more useful, look at some good graphical front ends, and see how to configure and...
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