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Project Treble Brings Extended Linux Kernel Security Support to Combat Fragmentation

One of the major issues for Android over the years has been device fragmentation. The Android version and Linux kernel version a device are on can have a massive impact on the device’s security and usability, and Google is making a concerted effort to improve Android’s update lifecycle with Project...
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Linux Kernel Long Term Support Extended to 6 Years for Project Treble

Yesterday at Linaro Connect, Project Treble’s lead engineer Iliyan Malchev announced that Greg Kroah-Hartman, the current maintainer of the LTS kernels for the Linux Foundation, has agreed to extend the support period for LTS kernels from 2 years to 6 years. And this isn’t some far of in the future...
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ZeroPhone
The ZeroPhone was announced in January as a DIY Hackaday project, based on open source hardware including the Raspberry Pi Zero. Image courtesy: Hackaday.io

Librem 5 Leads New Wave of Open Source Mobile Linux Contenders

Just when it seemed that the dream for an open source Linux phone had run its course, several new hardware and software projects have emerged, and some older projects have sought new life as aftermarket replacements. The biggest news in recent weeks was the endorsement by the KDE project and GNOME...
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Billions of Devices Imperiled by New Clickless Bluetooth Attack

Over the past decade, Bluetooth has become almost the default way for billions of devices to exchange data over short distances, allowing PCs and tablets to transfer audio to speakers and phones to zap pictures to nearby computers. Now, researchers have devised an attack that uses the wireless...
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Android Oreo
Google has announced new requirements in Android 8.0 (Oreo) to build on Linux kernels no older than kernel 4.4. (Image source: Android.com)

Android Oreo Adds Linux Kernel Requirements and New Hardening Features

The Linux kernel continues to add security protections so developers don’t have to build them on their own. As a result, one of the first steps security experts recommend for protecting against embedded Linux malware threats is to work with the latest possible kernel release and then regularly...
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Embedded Linux survey
Embedded survey indicates that open source operating systems like Linux and FreeRTOS continue to dominate while proprietary platforms are declining.

Linux and Open Source on the Move in Embedded, Says Survey

AspenCore has released the results of an embedded technology survey of its EETimes and Embedded readers. The survey indicates that open source operating systems like Linux and FreeRTOS continue to dominate, while Microsoft Embedded and other proprietary platforms are declining. Dozens of market...
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Google Open-Sources Mobile-First Computer Vision Models for TensorFlow

Google is helping smartphones better recognize images without requiring massive power consumption, thanks to a new set of models the company released today. Called MobileNets, the pre-trained image recognition models let developers pick between a set of models that vary in size and accuracy to best...
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Zephyr ELC
Fabien Parent and Neil Armstrong of BayLibre shared their experiences in developing a wearable device with Zephyr at Embedded Linux Conference.

Building a Wearable Device with Zephyr

The Linux Foundation’s open source Zephyr Project received considerable attention at this February’s Embedded Linux Conference (ELC). Although there are still no shipping products running this lightweight real-time operating system (RTOS) for microcontrollers, Fabien Parent and Neil Armstrong of...
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Google Patches Android Security Vulnerabilities in April Update

Google is out with its April 2017 Android security update, patching 102 different vulnerabilities in the mobile operating system. Of the vulnerabilities patched by Google this month, only 15 are rated as having critical impact. Not surprisingly, the mediasever component is once again being patched...
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How to Set Up an Environment for Android Apps Automation Testing on Linux

In this day and age mobile app development has become decidedly mainstream. As more and more people do everything from ordering food to paying their bills from their smartphones, the need for creating great applications will not go away anytime soon. However, app development can be a long and...
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