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FreeRTOS-based remote I/O module links to IBM Bluemix and Watson IoT

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Artila’s “RIO-2010BM” remote digital I/O device runs FreeRTOS on a Cortex-M3, offers isolated inputs, and supports IBM’s Bluemix and Watson IoT platforms.

Like Artila Electronics’ RIO-2015PG, the RIO-2010BM is a remote I/O module that runs FreeRTOS on an MCU, and offers isolated digital I/O. The device is designed specifically for transmitting Modbus/TCP remote data to the IBM Bluemix service and IBM’s Watson IoT cloud-based analytics platform.

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deepin 15.4 Linux Distro Promises to Let You Install the OS from Within Windows

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At the end of February, the upcoming deepin 15.4 Linux distribution entered Beta stages of development, and now, one month later, the team published the Release Candidate version.

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netOS Server 10.65.1 Released, Based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Xfce 4.12 Desktop

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Black Lab Software CEO Roberto J. Dohnert is informing Softpedia today about the release and general availability of the netOS Server 10.65.1 server-oriented and open-source operating system.

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Zorin OS 12 Downloaded over Half a Million Times, 60% Are Windows and Mac Users

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Believe it or not, the Zorin OS 12 open-source operating system passed the half million downloads mark today, as the development team proudly announced the milestone on the official Twitter account of the project.

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Sailfish Coming To Sony Xperia Devices, Jala & Inoi R7

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For those curious what's been happening with Jolla/Sailfish, the company put out a recap of their announcements and activities at the recent Mobile World Congress event.

It's been a while since any major developments have come out of Jolla, but they have continued investing in the Linux-based Sailfish OS and focusing their commercial work around licensing it to hardware partners rather than trying to bring more devices to market on their own.

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Zorin OS 12.1 Education Promises to Make Learning Better and More Impactful

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The developers of the Ubuntu-based Zorin OS operating system announced the release of the Zorin OS 12.1 Education Edition, a specially crafted and officially supported flavor of the OS designed for educational institutions.

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Parrot Security OS 3.5 Improves Linux Security Tools Distribution

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There seems to be no shortage of Linux distributions specifically designed and built for security researchers. That list includes the Parrot Security OS Linux distribution, which was updated to version 3.5 on March 8. The Parrot Security OS platform is based on the Debian Linux distribution, with the open-source MATE desktop the default choice for new users. As a platform for security researchers, Parrot Security OS provides a wide array of tools that fit into different categories, including information gathering, vulnerability analysis, database assessment, exploitation tools, password attacks, wireless testing, digital forensics, reverse engineering and reporting tools. One of its more interesting tools is the open-source Kayak car hacking tool that can be used to diagnose a car's CAN (Controller Area Network) bus. In addition, version 3.5 includes the CryptKeeper encrypted folder manager tool, as well as the Metasploit penetration testing framework, which is packed full with 1,627 exploits. For users who want to stay somewhat anonymous while using the system, anonymous web surfing tools are also included in the Linux distribution. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the highlights of the Parrot Security OS 3.5 release.

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CRUX-Based Kwort 4.3.2 Linux OS Is Out with GTK3 Support, Improved Look and Feel

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David Cortarello from the Kwort project, a GNU/Linux distribution that's fast, lightweight, modern, and based on CRUX Linux, announced the availability of the second point release to the Kwort 4.3 stable series.

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The Story of Firefox OS

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I remember at a team dinner once Mitchell Baker, Mozilla’s Chairwoman and “Chief Lizard Wrangler”, talked about the importance of storytelling. She talked about how telling stories in the open source software community helps us to reflect on shared experiences and learn from them.

Well, I’m Ben and I’m a Mozillian. I’m a Software Engineer who worked on the “Boot to Gecko” project full time for five years and I have a story to tell.

As an engineer on the project I don’t quite have the full picture when it comes to the high level decision making, financials and business partnerships. But I was involved in the project for a long period of time, longer in fact than any of its co-founders, and gained quite a lot of insight at the engineering, design and product levels.

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netOS Studio 10.65 Linux OS Launches as the Newest Member of the netOS Family

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Black Lab Software is proud to share with us today the release of a brand-new GNU/Linux distribution, netOS Studio, which appears to be the newest member of the netOS family.

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  • Austria state secretary promotes open data
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Security Leftovers

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  • Every once in a while someone suggests to me that curl and libcurl would do better if rewritten in a “safe language”
  • An insecure dishwasher has entered the IoT war against humanity

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    He added, bleakly that "we are not aware of an actual fix."

  • Monday Witness: It's Time to Reconize a Civil Right Not to be Connected
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Lightroom and Darktable: the verdict two years after switching

In summer 2015, I posted a detailed account of my tentative switch from Windows7 and Lightroom to Linux and Darktable. This was sparked by sudden crashes that were afflicting my system, but in a deeper sense grew from frustration with Windows and, to a lesser degree, with Lightroom. Once I headed for Linux, I decided to plunge in fully and commit to using Ubuntu and free, open-source photo software for several months – at least until the end of that year. That would give me a chance to see whether I could actually run my photography business on the new system. Read more

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