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  • Review: System 76 Wild Dog Pro

    I got an order confirmation almost immediately with an estimate of 2 to 6 days to ship. Soon after that I got a note stating that the Wild Dog was running toward the latter end of that range. I figured I could just use my laptop until the new machine arrived if necessary, and I waited.

    While I was waiting, I still continued to use my old desktop. I noticed the rebooting issue happened toward the end of the day. It finally dawned on me (I’m a little thick) that it might be heat related. I crawled under the desk to find that the power supply fan wasn’t working. I ordered a new one of those to see if it would help.

  • [Bodhi] Forums Temporarily Offline

    Due to circumstances outside of our control the Bodhi Forums are temporarily offline. We are working to bring them back to working order as soon as possible.

  • New workers get Tumbleweed rolling

    openQA workers that keep Tumbleweed tested and rolling have almost been replenished.

    The new hardware can run more workers and is newer, bigger and faster, which increases the speed of openQA testing. One of two Intel E5-2630 v3 is partially running while the other has yet to be integrated into the openSUSE infrastructure. Each machine has 8 cores with 16 threads for a total of 16 cores of 32 threads when both machines become fully functional. The new hardware has each have 256GB of RAM and 400GB Intel NVMe SSDs.

  • Calamares 2.0 Distribution Independent Installer Released for GNU/Linux

    After being in development for the last five months or so, the Calamares 2.0 graphical installer for Linux kernel-based operating system has finally reached maturity and is now available for all OS vendors.

    Calamares 2.0 is a major release, and it introduces a significant amount of new features and improvements, among which we can mention revamped partitioning functionality, which has been rebased on the library used by KDE Partition Manager.

  • Tails official mysterious during interview

    Tails – a Debian-based Linux distribution focused on privacy and online anonymity – recently released its “2.0” update. I reached out to the Tails press team to ask them a few questions, the full answers to which I am including below.

    Interestingly, I'm not entirely certain exactly who I was talking with. I know I was communicating with the official Tails Press mailing list but to whom… I haven't the foggiest. Here's what happened when I asked the question directly:

    Lunduke: “Any names that you'd like to be associated with the press list in the article? Or are your names top-secret? :)”

    Tails: “Many of our names can be seen on our development mailing list, but we don't think that any name in particular is relevant for this interview.”

  • OpenWRT router SBC mixes Cortex-A5 and FPGA

    DAB-Embedded’s wireless enabled “DAB-OWRT-SAMA5” router SBC runs OpenWrt Linux on an Atmel SAMA5D36 SoC linked to an Altera MAX 10 FPGA.

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  • iMX8MPlus-SOM is alive and boots!

    This board development started in April 2021 and finished August 2021 but the semiconductor shortages didn’t allow us to test the prototypes until recently. We assembled 4 boards and all theyare alive and boot.

  • Arduino Portenta gets an LTE Cat. M1/NB IoT GNSS shield - CNX Software

    Arduino PRO Portenta family of industrial boards is getting a new LTE Cat. M1/NB-IoT GNSS shield that adds global connectivity and positioning capabilities through the Cinterion TX62-W LPWAN IoT module by Thales.

  • Long Range Burglar Alarm Relies On LoRa Modules | Hackaday

    [Elite Worm] had a problem; there had been two minor burglaries from a storage unit. The unit had thick concrete walls, cellular signal was poor down there, and permanent wiring wasn’t possible. He thus set about working on a burglar alarm that would fit his unique requirements. An ESP32 is the heart of the operation, paired with a long-range LoRa radio module running at 868 MHz. This lower frequency has much better penetration when it comes to thick walls compared to higher-frequency technologies like 4G, 5G or WiFi. With a little coil antenna sticking out the top of the 3D-printed enclosure, the device was readily able to communicate back to [Elite Worm] when the storage unit was accessed illegitimately.

You Should Be In Control of Your Tech

On the hardware front having control means hardware you can open and inspect and is designed for repairability. That hardware should ideally run firmware (as much as possible) that is free software so you can also inspect and update it. If the hardware provides security features, they should be designed to put you in control, not the vendor, including control of any keys. The hardware should not require the vendor’s signatures (and therefore their permission) to boot an operating system, but instead should let you boot into whatever operating system you prefer. The operating system and the software it runs, should all be free software. Free software by its very nature puts you in full control. You have control because you can not only inspect the software to see what it does, you (or someone else in the community with software development knowledge) can change the software if it operates outside your interests. You may have noticed that you don’t tend to have a lot of adware or spyware in the free software world. That’s because it’s difficult to hide spyware inside of code that anyone can inspect. Another reason is that if free software behaves in a way that runs counter to the user’s wishes (such as capturing and selling their data, or popping up unwanted ads), the user (or someone else in the community) could simply create a legitimate fork of the project with those objectionable bits removed. Read more

What’s New in KDE Plasma 5.24: 5 Major Improvements to Expect

KDE is set to release Plasma 5.24, the first major release of 2022. The beta version is already out and gives a glimpse of what new features to expect in KDE Plasma 5.24. This new version brings forward various updates spread across the entire KDE ecosystem and improves things like Wayland support and system navigation. Read below to find out all the exciting new features you can expect in KDE Plasma 5.24, which will be released in February 2022. Read more

Anbernic RG552 review

From the RG350 to the RG280V and many more inbetween, it’s built a solid reputation for putting out superb, affordable Linux-based handhelds purpose built for retro gaming, with build quality far beyond expectations. Read more