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Cortex-A5 SBC offers mainline Linux support

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Emtrion’s new SBC uses Atmel’s Cortex-A5-based ATSAMA5D36 SoC and offers HDMI, 2x Ethernet, a battery charger, -40 to 85°C operation, and draws less than 300mA.

Germany-based Emtrion has recently focused on Linux projects running on Freescale’s i.MX6 system-on-chip, and has previously spun products including the circa-2008, Renesas SuperH-based HiCO.SH7780 COM. Emtrion’s “SBC-SAMA5D36″ single board computer integrates Atmel’s power-stingy, ARM Cortex-A5 based ATSAMA5D3x SoCs, and targets industrial field applications.

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Black Lab Linux 6 Beta 1 Released

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Today we are pleased to release the Beta 1 release of Black Lab Linux 6. This release has been in planning over the last several months and while we have been slaving away over it we have introduced some unique features.

With this release we changed the core system we have also changed our default desktop environment . Many of the core packages have remained the same and have been updated to newer versions.

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Robot OS to support Linux and Android on Snapdragon

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Sci/Tech

The OSRF plans to add ARM support to the Robot Operating System (ROS), starting with the Snapdragon 600 running Linux in Q4, followed by Android in 2015.

The Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF), which maintains the open source Robot Operating System (ROS) and oversees the ROS.org website, has announced the first formal support for an ARM target. The organization will add support for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, a smartphone-oriented, quad-core, Cortex-A15-like system-on-chip running up to 1.7GHz, also referred to as the APQ8064 and S4 Pro.

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Jeff Hoogland Leaves Bodhi

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Jeff Hoogland, the lead developer of Bodhi Linux, said in a blog post on Friday that “for a variety of reasons,” he is stepping down from the leadership of his “labor of love.”

Bodhi Linux, based on Ubuntu, is a lightweight distro leveraging the Enlightenment Desktop. A note on the Bodhi Linux web page says, “We regret to inform you Bodhi Linux is no longer being maintained,” and has a link to Hoogland’s blog page.

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CompuLab's Intense-PC2 Is A Great Haswell-Based Mini Linux PC

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Compared to most Linux PC vendors targeting consumers that are just selling re-branded white box systems with Linux preloaded, CompuLab continues to have an interesting set of original offerings that are Linux-friendly and built really well. The latest system we've had the pleasure of trying out is the Intense-PC2.

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Intel Skylake's MPX Is Closer To Providing Linux Memory Protection

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OSS

Besides Intel publicly working on Skylake "Gen9" graphics support for Linux, Intel open-source developers are also working on other areas of Skylake hardware enablement for Linux. Work on supporting the Intel Memory Protection Extensions (MPX) that are new to the Skylake micro-architecture are still being revised for the Linux kernel and the many other operating system code-bases that need to be updated to work with this security feature.

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Radeon DRM With Linux 3.18 To Support Concurrent Buffer Reads

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Another Radeon DRM driver update pull request has been submitted to drm-next for merging in the Linux 3.18 kernel.

Queued up so far for the Radeon DRM graphics driver in Linux 3.18 includes Userptr support and other changes that include R6xx UVD video decoding support, reset rework handling prep, and other minor changes.

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Retrogaming With Linux

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Gaming

You might be surprised to learn that outside of work, bringing up three children and a dog and writing about Linux that I try to find time for other hobbies such as being a navigator at classic car rallies and playing old computer games.

This article looks at the options available for potential retrogamers using a fairly standard Linux Mint or Ubuntu setup.

There are already specialist Linux distributions available for playing computer games such as Puppy Arcade. If you just want to play games casually then running a whole distribution to do so might seem a bit overkill.

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AXIOM Beta Open-Source Camera Moves Closer To Reality

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OSS

The AXIOM Beta camera is designed to support two different image sensor modules (including the Cmosis CMV12000 that can allow up to frame rates up to 300 FPS), uses a Xilinx Zynq 7010/7020-based dual-core ARM SoC, supports various lens mounts, boasts three HDMI outputs with 4K support, and features a variety of built-in devices including a 3D accelerometer, 3D magnetometer, and 3D gyroscope. The camera, of course, runs Linux and fully open-source software. The camera's hardware is also designed to be modular and upgrade friendly over time.

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Tizen IVI build with Yocto now available

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For developers and commercial companies Interested in Tizen IVI, here is the Tizen IVI image with Yocto, provided by Ronan from Eurogiciel.

You can find links for Tizen IVI image. https://wiki.tizen.org/wiki/Build_Tizen_with_Yocto#Bootable_USB

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