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  • Help Wanted: Open Source Oscilloscope on Rigol Hardware

    We’ve often heard (and said) if you can’t hack it, you don’t own it. We noticed that [tmbinc] has issued a call for help on his latest project: developing new firmware and an FPGA configuration for the Rigol DS1054Z and similar scopes. It isn’t close to completion, but it isn’t a pipe dream either. [tmbinc] has successfully booted Linux.

    There’s plenty left to do, though. He’s loading a boot loader via JTAG and booting Linux from the USB port. Clearly, you’d want to flash all that. Linux gives him use of the USB port, the LCD, the network jack, and the front panel LEDs and buttons. However, all of the actual scope electronics, the FPGA functions, and the communications between the processor and the FPGA are all forward work.

  • Raspberry WebKiosk 6.0 Released for Raspberry Pi, Based on Raspbian Jessie Lite

    Binary Emotions informs Softpedia today about the general availability of Raspberry WebKiosk 6.0, a major update to the Open Source project that tries to develop the cheapest possible web kiosk operating systems for Raspberry Pi SBCs.

  • Rugged, Linux-friendly module taps Apollo Lake

    Axiomtek’s “CEM313” COM Express Compact module runs on Intel Apollo Lake, and offers -20 to 70°C support, vibration resistance, and an optional carrier.

    The CEM313 is Axiomtek’s first computer-on-module to support Intel’s recent Apollo Lake generation of system-on-chips. The 95 x 95mm COM Express Compact Type 6 module lacks Atom E3900 support, but can load the quad-core Pentium N4200 or dual-core Celeron N3350, running at up to 2.5GHz and 2.3GHz, respectively, each with 6W TDPs. The Linux- and Windows-10 supported module is available with the same CEB94006 carrier board offered with its Intel Bay Trail based CEM841, CEM842, and CEM843 COM Express modules.

Android 6.0.1 Released for Asus Tinker Board

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Asus has now made available their first release of the Android operating system on the Asus Tinker Board. Asus has labelled the release as TinkerOS_Android V13.11.0.2 (Beta version). It’s a release of Android 6.0.1 running on kernel 3.10.0.

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  • Atreus: Building a custom ergonomic keyboard

    As mentioned in my Working on Android post, I’ve been using a mechanical keyboard for a couple of years now. Now that I work on Flowhub from home, it was a good time to re-evaluate the whole work setup. As far as regular keyboards go, the MiniLa was nice, but I wanted something more compact and ergonomic.

  • Intel Open Sources All Lustre Work, Brent Gorda Exits

    In a letter to the Lustre community posted on the Intel website, Vice President of Intel’s Data Center Group Trish Damkroger informs that effective immediately the company will be contributing all Lustre development to the open source community. Damkroger also announced that Brent Gorda, General Manager, High Performance Data Division at Intel is leaving the company. Gorda is the former CEO of Whamcloud, the Lustre specialist acquired by Intel in 2012.

  • Korean researchers develop open source 3D bioprinter

    Researchers from Seoul National University of Science and Technology in Korea have published the schematics for an open source 3D bioprinter.

  • 3d-Printing is cool

    I've heard about 3d-printing a lot in the past, although the hype seems to have mostly died down. My view has always been "That seems cool", coupled with "Everybody says making the models is very hard", and "the process itself is fiddly & time-consuming".

Dell Launches Precision 5720 All-in-One Workstation Powered by Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Dell's Barton George is pleased to announce today the general availability of the last Ubuntu-based system for the company's all-new Precision line-up of computers, the Dell Precision 5720 All-in-One.

Back in January, Dell launched the first of three mobile workstations of its new Precision line-up, the Dell Precision 3520, an affordable and fully customizable 15-inch laptop, along with Dell Precision 5520, which the company dubbed as world’s thinnest and lightest 15-inch notebook powered by Ubuntu Linux.

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Raspberry Pi pulse generator HAT targets motor control

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CNC Design’s “Pulse Train Hat” is a Raspberry Pi add-on that generates variable frequency pulses for automation systems such as stepper/servo motors.

CNC Design Limited has launched a Pulse Train Hat (PTHAT) add-on board for the Raspberry PI designed to “make motor control easy, fast and accurate.” The Raspberry Pi HAT compliant board lets customers use simple serial ASCII commands to generate clean, fast and accurate variable frequency pulses. The chief application is to drive stepper/servo motors that use pulse and direction lines, such as motors found in 3D printers, CNC machines, and robot arms.

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  • Pico-ITX Apollo Lake SBC offers multiple expansion options

    Axiomtek’s PICO313 Pico-ITX SBC extends Intel’s Apollo Lake SoCs with 2x mini-PCIe slots, 2x homegrown connectors, and an I/O board with real-world ports.

    The 100 x 72mm PICO313 can be considered as a more “embedded” spin of the similarly Intel Apollo Lake based PICO312 Pico-ITX board. The only real-world coastline ports are available on a separate I/O expansion card. The new board also removes an HDMI port and adds a second mini-PCIe slot among other variations.

  • 2017-04-17: fencing, NEON, HDMI PM, CoC

    I landed the VC4 V3D fencing code last week. This allows drivers like tinydrm (for the little SPI-attached panels for Raspberry Pi) or PL111 (for my bcm911360 phone) to correctly synchronize display pageflipping to V3D rendering. In the process of writing my V3D code, I found a bug and my reviewers found a cleanup, which I have also submitted for msm and etnaviv.

  • VC4 Fencing, HDMI Runtime PM & More For This Raspberry Pi Driver

    Eric Anholt of Broadcom has shared his latest work on the open-source Linux VC4 driver stack for primarily benefiting the Raspberry Pi.

Today is Hardware Freedom Day (and today's leftovers)

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  • Happy Hardware Freedom Day 2017!

    And today is the day where we celebrate Free Hardware and the possibilities to build and design upon other people’s work or simply start something with the community in mind by ensuring projects can be shared and improved at will. In case you’ve missed our announcement the registration for Hardware Freedom Day will remain open for the month to come allowing you to celebrate at a later date, just make sure you specify the new date on your wiki page.

  • Apple’s MacBook Trouble is a Cautionary Tale

    The MacBook no longer holds the top spot in Laptop Mag’s annual ranking. In the magazine’s new ranking, MacBooks fall all the way to fifth place.

  • Leaked NSA Malware Threatens Windows Users Around the World

    The ShadowBrokers, an entity previously confirmed by The Intercept to have leaked authentic malware used by the NSA to attack computers around the world, today released another cache of what appears to be extremely potent (and previously unknown) software capable of breaking into systems running Windows. The software could give nearly anyone with sufficient technical knowledge the ability to wreak havoc on millions of Microsoft users.

  • EFF Director: WikiLeaks Move to Share CIA Hacking Tools with Tech Giants Could "Make Us All Safer"

    DN! talks with Electronic Frontier Foundation Executive Director Cindy Cohn about thousands of documents WikiLeaks published this week, dubbed "Vault 7," that describe CIA programs to hack into both Apple and Android cellphones, smart TVs and even cars. Some of the released documents describe tools to take over entire phones, allowing the CIA to then bypass encrypted messenger programs such as Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp. Other documents outline a CIA and British intelligence program called "Weeping Angel," through which the spy agency can hack into a Samsung smart television and turn it into a surveillance device that records audio conversations, even when it appears to be off. Other documents outline how the CIA has used the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany, as a covert base to spy on Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "It’s extremely troubling that the CIA was keeping all of this information rather than giving it to the tech companies so that they could fix these problems and make us all safer," Cohn notes.

Cloud-enabled WiFi router adds VPN and Dynamic DNS

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Roqos has upgraded its Linux-based “Roqos Core” dual-band WiFi-ac router with a v.16 upgrade that adds VPN connections and Dynamic DNS.

The Debian Linux driven Roqos Core router is now available with a v.1.6 upgrade that adds Virtual Private Network (VPN) and Dynamic DNS features. With the VPN feature, users can make a secure VPN connection from anywhere in the world, says Virginia based Roqos.

The Roqos VPN feature supports Android devices with a new Android app. iOS users can initially use OpenVPNConnect based on the open source OpenVPN technology, but this will be replaced later this year with a more customized iOS app. Desktop and laptop users running Linux, Windows, or Mac can use the open source OpenConnect app.

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  • A Linux-friendly DAC and headphone amplifier for listening to music

    One of my favorite manufacturers of high-quality, reasonably priced, Linux-friendly audio equipment is Schiit Audio. I recently noticed they have a new gizmo at the low end of their product line, the Fulla 2, and I decided to purchase it. Basically, this is a DAC and headphone amplifier all in one unit, meaning it covers Step 2 and a part of Step 3 as I mentioned previously, and also adds some interesting additional features. I start with the DAC+headphones part. To get it going, you plug the USB cable into a laptop's USB2 or USB3 port and the other end into the Fulla 2's "USB Power and Data Input" port, set up your music player to send output to that device, plug in your headphones, and away you go.

  • Lattice iCE40 FPGA Configured by Linux Kernel

    The example uses a Raspberry Pi connected to an evaluation board. A cheap Sigrok-based logic analyzer let him troubleshoot and debug. If you think FPGA development is expensive, think again. The board used here is well under $50 and the software is free. An iCEStick is even cheaper, and would probably work here, too. You are likely to have the other bits, but even if you need to buy a Pi and the logic analyzer, the whole thing is way under $100.

  • Candy Camera App finally launched in Tizen Store

    Great news for our photography lovers as the Candy Camera app has finally hit the Tizen Store. I say finally, as this is one of the most requested camera apps for the Tizen platform. It has already been a success on Android and iOS for selfies and now JP Brothers Inc. have made it compatible with Tizen Smartphones. Candy Camera has many great features and below I will describe some highlighted features-

SBC offers choice of i.MX6 UL or ULL, starting at $25

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MYIR’s 70 x 55mm MYS-6ULX SBC runs Linux 4.1.15 on the i.MX6 UL or new i.MX6 ULL, offering -40 to 85°C support or WiFi, respectively.

MYIR, which has built SBCs based on the TI AM437x (Rico Board) and Zynq-7000 (Z-turn Board), among others, has announced what appears to be the first SBC to offer both NXP’s low power, Cortex-A7 i.MX6 UltraLite (UL) and the newer, more affordable i.MX6 ULL SoC. Each model of the MYS-6ULX SBC is identical except for the processor and one special feature provided by each: The i.MX6 UL version has -40 to 85°C support instead of 0 to 70°C, and the i.MX6 ULL model features a USB-powered WiFi radio.

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  • FreeSRP: An open source software defined radio covering 70 MHz to 6 GHz with an on-board FPGA and USB 3.0 port.

    "Lukas started his epic SDR-from-scratch build when he was 16. Projects like this aren't completed overnight. (He's now 18. We're impressed.)"

    The FreeSRP is an open-source (hardware and software) platform for software-defined radio that is affordable, high performance, compatible with existing SDR software such as GNU Radio, and includes an expansion port for hardware add-ons.

  • Friday Hack Chat: Open Source Silicon

    This Friday, Hackaday.io will be graced with purveyors of Open Source Silicon. Join us in the Hackaday.io Hack Chat this Friday, April 14 at noon PDT (19:00 UTC) for a conversation with SiFive, an ‘Open’ silicon manufacturer.

    This week, we’re sitting down with SiFive, a fabless semiconductor company and makers of the HiFive1, an Open Hardware microcontroller that you can just go out and buy. Late last year, SiFive released the HiFive1, an Arduinofied version of SiFive’s FE310 System on Chip. This SoC is a RISC-V core and one of the first microprocessors that is completely Open Source. It is an affront to Stallmanism, the best hope we have for truly Open hardware, and it’s pretty fast, to boot.

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today's leftovers

  • Schaller On Linux In 2018: Rust Rules, Apple Declines, Linux Graphics Compete
    Christian Schaller who has long been involved in GNOME/Fedora development while serving as a senior software engineering manager at Red Hat and formerly with Collabora has some bold predictions about 2018 for open-source software.
  • Fedora Classroom Session: Fedora QA 102
    Fedora Classroom sessions continue next week with a session on Fedora QA. The general schedule for sessions appears on the wiki. You can also find resources and recordings from previous sessions there. Here are details about this week’s session on Wednesday, December 22 at 16:00 UTC. That link allows you to convert the time to your timezone.
  • Cura, the nice 3D print slicer, is now in Debian Unstable
    After several months of working and waiting, I am happy to report that the nice and user friendly 3D printer slicer software Cura just entered Debian Unstable. It consist of five packages, cura, cura-engine, libarcus, fdm-materials, libsavitar and uranium. The last two, uranium and cura, entered Unstable yesterday. This should make it easier for Debian users to print on at least the Ultimaker class of 3D printers. My nearest 3D printer is an Ultimaker 2+, so it will make life easier for at least me. :)
  • #PeruRumboGSoC2018 – Session 5
    Today we have celebrated another session for the #PeruRumboGSoC2018 program at CCPP UNI. It was one of the longest sessions we have experienced.
  • Mozilla releases tools and data for speech recognition
    Voice computing has long been a staple of science fiction, but it has only relatively recently made its way into fairly common mainstream use. Gadgets like mobile phones and "smart" home assistant devices (e.g. Amazon Echo, Google Home) have brought voice-based user interfaces to the masses. The voice processing for those gadgets relies on various proprietary services "in the cloud", which generally leaves the free-software world out in the cold. There have been FOSS speech-recognition efforts over the years, but Mozilla's recent announcement of the release of its voice-recognition code and voice data set should help further the goal of FOSS voice interfaces. There are two parts to the release, DeepSpeech, which is a speech-to-text (STT) engine and model, and Common Voice, which is a set of voice data that can be used to train voice-recognition systems. While DeepSpeech is available for those who simply want to do some kind of STT task, Common Voice is meant for those who want to create their own voice-recognition system—potentially one that does even better (or better for certain types of applications) than DeepSpeech.
  • FreeBSD-Based TrueOS 17.12 Focuses on Faster Boot, Bhyve and LibreSSL Support
    en Moore, the creator of the FreeBSD-based TrueOS computer operating system and Lumina desktop environment, released the TrueOS 17.12 update, which introduces multiple enhancements. Synced with the FreeBSD 12.0-CURRENT and FreeBSD ports tree software repositories as of December 4 and November 30, 2017, respectively, TrueOS 17.12 is an incremental update to the operating system adding improvements to the OpenRC-based boot process, removable-device management, LibreSSL and SysAdm API integrations, as well as Bhyve support for TrueOS Server Install. "We have also been working quite a bit on the server offering of TrueOS, and are pleased to provide new text-based server images with support for Virtualization systems such as bhyve," said Ken Moore in the release announcement. "This allows for simple server deployments which also take advantage of the TrueOS improvements to FreeBSD."
  • Will Your Taxes Go Up or Down? A Calculator for the New Tax Bill
    ...Tax-Calculator, an open-source tax-modeling program.

Games: Slaps and Beans and Games Online For Android

  • Slaps and Beans now in Early Access
    Bud Spencer & Terence Hill: Slaps and Beans [Steam] is now in Early Access after a successful Kickstarter campaign in which the developers gained over $200k.
  • Best First Person Shooter Games Online For Android
    With the ever shining genre of First Person Shooters making it Huge in the PC market, game studios have brought the best of FPS action to people’s mobile devices. Here I present to you my best picks for the Free first person shooter games online for Android.

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