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Apollo Lake Mini-ITX offers plenty of storage and expansion hooks

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Axiomtek’s “MANO310” Mini-ITX SBC features the dual-core Celeron N3350 with triple display support and PCIe, mini-PCIe, SATA, and M.2 expansion.

Like Axiomtek’s Intel Bay Trail based MANO500, but unlike most Intel Apollo Lake based mini-ITX boards we’ve covered, including DFI’s recent Ali17x, the new MANO310 is not a thin board. However, it targets embedded applications in “harsh environments such as medical healthcare, in-vehicle infotainment, mobile kiosk, gaming, digital entertainment, signage, portable POS, and much more,” says Axiomtek.

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Linux and Graphics: blk-mq, Wayland, and Benchmarks

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Linux
  • Linux's Multi-Queue Block Code Still Presenting Some Performance Regressions

    For those thinking of switching to the new multi-queue block layer, a.k.a. blk-mq, be forewarned that there are still some regressions outstanding.

    Long story short, if moving to the multi-queue block layer there are throughput and latency problems still outstanding, which can come up with any of the blk-mq I/O schedulers and many of the commonly used file-systems.

  • Sway Is Taking Flight As A Featureful i3-Compatible Wayland Compositor

    For those that haven't been following the development of Sway, it's an i3-compatible Wayland compositor that works with existing i3 configuration files and continues supporting the latest Wayland functionality.

  • Some More Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Linux ROCm OpenCL Benchmarks

    A Phoronix reader allowed me to access his Radeon Vega Frontier Edition system when checking on the ROCm OpenCL benchmark and uploaded the data to OpenBenchmarking.org.

    The box I had remote access to had the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition accelerator with AMD Ryzen 5 1600 + Gigabyte AB350M-D3H motherboard, 12GB RAM, and Samsung 960 EVO SSD. The system was using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS x86_64 and was using ROCm 1.6 with its 4.11-compute-rocm-rel kernel.

Open-spec audio streaming SBC runs Linux on a 996MHz i.MX6 ULL

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Linux
Debian

PolyVection’s “VoltaStream Zero” is an audio streaming SBC that runs Linux on a 996MHz i.MX6 ULL, and offers a TI PCM5121 DAC, TOSLINK, USB, and WiFi.

In 2013, Berlin based software developer Philip Voigt decided to build his own music streaming system. As detailed in this blog entry, Voight started with a Raspberry Pi, but decided it lacked the features he needed. He then tried working with a BeagleBone design, but found the board too complex and expensive — especially the prospect of duplicating the 6-layer PCB. Voight also evaluated several computer-on-module based designs, but after playing around with a vastly improved KiCAD PCB design and layout package, he decided to build an SBC from scratch.

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Linux Foundation's Cloud Native Computing Foundation and Open Source Summit

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GNU
Linux
Server

Devices: Aaeon, Essential Phone and Tizen

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  • Rugged, multi-touch panel PCs run Linux 4.4 on Apollo Lake

    Aaeon’s 10.1-inch “ACP-1106” and 7-inch “ACP-1076” multi-touch panel PCs offer extended temperature, shock, vibration, ingress, and surge protection.

    Aaeon has updated its ACP line of multi-touch infotainment panel PCs, which include its Bay Trail Intel Atom based ACP-1104, with two new models that run on Intel’s Apollo Lake SoCs. The 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 ACP-1106 and 7-inch, 1024 x 600 ACP-1076 are designed for high-EMI panel PC systems, kiosks, and smart factory HMI systems in applications such as product line management, smart city power grids, and other data-driven service management tasks, says Aaeon.

  • Andy Rubin promises his delayed Essential Phone is still alive

    What ever happened to the Essential phone? I've been asking myself that question for weeks. Andy Rubin, the founder of Android, went public with a new smartphone company in May to great fanfare, and its first product, the Essential phone, looked like a slim-bezel wonder with a quirky front camera placement that cut into the screen. The body was titanium and ceramic, the specs were high-end with a Snapdragon 835, and it was yet another phone with a wacky modular accessory system. Rubin himself promised that the device would be released by June 30, but that date came and went without a peep from Essential. Then July passed. Now it's August.

  • Samsung in major drive to expand Tizen in Europe with IoT Home Appliances
  • Buy one “Smart Watch Face” and get another one FREE – Gear S2 / S3 / Fit 2

GNU/Linux for Desktops: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols Recommends Linux Mint

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Linux
  • Mint 18.2: Still the best Linux desktop

    I've been using Linux Mint for years now as my main desktop. And, every year that goes by, it keeps improving. With Linux Mint 18.2, the free, open-source desktop has only gotten better.

    Once more, Mint's Cinnamon interface with its classic windows, icons, menus, pointers (WIMP) interface is simple and easy to use even if you've never touched Linux in your life. Cinnamon 3.4.3's look and feel has a crisp, clean appearance with easy to read fonts and colors that you can easily adjust to your heart's content.

  • How to get started with Linux: A beginner’s guide

    Your Linux distribution of choice probably allows you to use it in a “live” environment, meaning it runs entirely off the disc or USB drive and doesn’t actually need to be installed to your computer’s hard drive. Just use the Linux desktop normally and get a feel for it. You can even install software, and it’ll remain installed in the live system until you reboot.

    Fedora’s Live CD interface, like most Linux distributions, lets you choose to run the operating system from your bootable media or install it to your hard drive.

    Even if you don’t want to use Linux as your everyday operating system, having this Linux live DVD or USB drive around can be useful. You can insert it into any computer and boot Linux whenever you want. Use it to troubleshoot Windows problems, recover files from a corrupted system, scan an infected system for malware, or provide a secure environment for online banking and other important tasks.

  • Windows vs. Linux vs. Mac: the channel comparison [Ed: This isn't much of an article but a salad of nonsense]

RaspEX Linux Brings Ubuntu 17.04 with LXDE Desktop to Raspberry Pi 3 and 2 SBCs

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Ubuntu

GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton on Thursday announced the release and general availability of a new stable build of his Ubuntu-based RaspEX Linux operating system for Raspberry Pi 3 and 2 single-board computers.

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Raspberry Pi Zero clone: This open source board offers Chromecast-quality sound

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OSS

A Berlin developer has launched the VoltaStream Zero, a hand-crafted and open-source integrated audio module in the same form as a Raspberry Pi Zero.

Despite the similar form to the Raspberry Pi Zero, the VoltaStream Zero from PolyVector is an entirely different platform, thanks to its in-built Texas Instruments (TI) digital audio converters (DACs). Their inclusion partially explains the VoltaStream Zero's price, which starts at €50 ($52) compared with the Raspberry Pi Zero's $5.

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What is Linux? A powerful component of modern data centers

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Linux is a tried-and-true, open source operating system released in 1991 for computers, but its use has expanded to underpin systems for cars, phones, web-servers and, more recently, networking gear.

It’s longevity, maturity and security make it one of the most trusted OSes available today, meaning it is ideal for commercial network devices as well as enterprises that want to use it and its peripherals to customize their own network and data center infrastructure.

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Linux Kernel and Linux Foundation's Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)

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