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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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Identifying Secure Firmware Update Mechanisms and Open Source Options for Embedded Linux devices

Today, a new class of field software updates is arising that has been fueled by security concerns but also allows engineers to add new features and fix bugs. With regards to embedded devices, the firmware update mechanism must be not only secure, but also reliable in that it either succeeds in the...
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Finding the Mainframers of the Future With Linux and Open Source

Speak the word “mainframe” to many millennial techies, and the first things that likely come to mind are in the form of grainy sepia photos of floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall computers with big spinning tapes. But that’s far from the reality of the modern mainframe. Imagine instead up to 240 10-core...
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lm-sensors
Learn how to use lm-sensors to monitor CPU temperature, fan speeds, and motherboard voltages.

Advanced lm-sensors Tips and Tricks on Linux

I've been using the lm-sensors tool ever since CPUs became hot enough to melt themselves. It monitors CPU temperature, fan speeds, and motherboard voltages. In this two-part series, I'll explain some advanced uses of lm-sensors, and look at some of the best graphical interfaces to use with it....
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Linux Commands for Managing, Partitioning, Troubleshooting

Managing Linux disks and the file systems that reside on them is something of an art – from initial setup to monitoring performance. How much do you need to know about disks to successfully manage a Linux system? What commands do what? How do you make good decisions about partitioning? What kind of...
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Hands On: Keeping a Very Old Laptop Useful with Linux

My Lenovo T400 was already old when I bought it as a refurb four years ago. It's still ticking along nicely with a variety of Linux distributions. Here are the details.. About four years ago (Nov 2013) I bought a used, refurbished Lenovo T400laptop computer and docking station. It was already about...
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Review: System76’s Galago Pro Solves 'Just Works' Linux’s Goldilocks Problem

Still, finding the perfect Linux laptop has always been and remains something of a Goldilocks problem: this one is too big, this one is too underpowered, this one has too little RAM, this one lacks a big SSD, and so on. Generally speaking, if you want power and storage you're going to end up with...
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