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64-bit mobile processors for Android L is coming

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Back in 2011, Nvidia announced to the world that they had acquired a license for the latest ARM instruction set, the ARM v8. But the most exciting part of the deal was that the new ARM instruction set is 64-bit. After making 32-bit mobile CPUs, Nvidia was set to take their Tegra K1 platform to the next level with a 64-bit mobile CPU. At the Hot Chips conference this year, Nvidia revealed their little project that they have been quietly working in for all these year. The Tegra K1 ARM v8 64-bit chip from Nvidia is ready for a release later next year. The new chip is codenamed Project Denver.

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Linux-based controller mixes Atom SoC with Kintex-7 FPGA

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NI’s new 4-slot CompactRIO control system combines a dual-core Atom E3825 with a Kintex-7 FPGA, and features industrial temperatures and NI Real-Time Linux.

The National Instruments (NI) “CompactRIO 4-slot Performance Controller” is the high end “performance” big brother to NI’s “value” CompactRIO cRIO-9068 model, introduced a year ago. Whereas the cRIO-9068 runs NI Linux Real-Time OS on a Xilinx ARM+FPGA hybrid Zynq-7020 system-on-chip, the new CompactRIO splits processing duty between an Intel Atom processor and a higher-end Xilinx Kintex-7 325T FPGA. The CompactRIO uses a dual-core, 1.33GHz Atom E3825 SoC from the latest, 22nm Bay-Trail-I generation, featuring a relatively low, 6 Watt TDP.

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Linux APIC Code Prepares For A Major Overhaul

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The x86 APIC subsystem within the Linux kernel is beginning the process of a major overhaul with the Linux 3.17 kernel.

The Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller (APIC) support is being overhauled to support physical IOAPIC hot-plugging. Within the Linux 3.17 kernel this feature isn't present but the prepatory work is moving forward after a first attempt at the hot-plug support was rejected on technical grounds. In prepping for the APIC hot-plug support, obsolete driver abstractions were removed and other changes made for this merge window.

Those concerned about the Linux APIC code can find out more about the forthcoming changes via this lengthy mailing list message.

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9 Signs You Should Use Linux on Your Computer

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you may know Linux operating systems are in the vast majority of cases completely free, and not just free in the sense that you don't have to pay anything, but also in the sense that you're free to legally copy it as many times as you want and share with anyone. What's called illegal piracy in the Windows world pretty much doesn't exist in the Linux world. That's the nature of open source software licensing.

This can lead to money savings because you don't have to buy Windows upgrades to run it legally, and if you're upgrading multiple systems (family, business, etc.) this can add up.

Yet despite being free the quality is surprisingly good. Big companies like Canonical, RedHat, Novell, Google and so on are funding its development and making money on related support services they offer their business users. The model is shown to work. You may not be foreign to open source software if you've used popular programs like Chrome, Firefox, VLC, and many others, all of which are open source, like Linux.

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Black Lab Linux 6.0 Preview 2 Is Now Based on Xfce and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS – Gallery

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Black Lab Linux 6.0 Preview 2, a distribution based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, has been released and is now ready for testing.

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Zorin OS 9 Business Is a Good Replacement for Companies That Don't Want to Pay for Windows

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The final version of Zorin OS 9 Business, an Ubuntu-based operating system aimed at Windows users who are switching over to Linux, has been released and is available for purchase.

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The Connected Car, Part 2: Wired For Wireless - It's All Business

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The connected car is a battlefield among technology purveyors fighting to get their hardware plugged into the vehicle's network bus. Open source technology is becoming a key contender. OEMs are sorting through a garage full of options from versions of embedded Linux to the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) distro and the Android car platform.

The connected car concept is picking up speed as a vehicle intelligence system in its own right. It is turning the common car into a fully functional communications center on wheels. Its abilities reach far beyond mere infotainment.

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12 Linux-Based Home Automation Systems for Under $300

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Home automation hubs have emerged as the tech startup product of choice in 2014, and most run on embedded Linux. The category has been re-energized with the dropping costs of wireless radios and embedded processors, as well as the ubiquity of readymade touchscreen interfaces in the form of Android and iOS devices. This slide show presentation covers 10 Linux-based and two Android-based home automation systems starting at under $300.

Home automation systems have been around for more than a decade, but were usually affordable only to a few. Early Linux-based products include the circa-2002 CorAccess Companion, as well as later tuxified products from Control4, such as the Control4 Home Controller HC-500. While the HC-500's $1,500 was a price breakthrough back in 2008, Control4's entry level system is now an HC-250 model selling for under $500 plus licensing. You'll find most of the systems listed here starting at under $200, with some hubs selling for as little as $49. Of course, you'll likely spend much more than that on compatible smart devices, and equipping a large home could easily push you over the $1,000 mark.

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Raspberry Pi based media player offers 1TB hard drive

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FiveNinjas has launched a “Slice” media player on Kickstarter based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, with a 1TB HDD and a customized version of XBMC.

UK-based startup FiveNinjas developed the Slice because the developers found it annoying when their media players became useless when carried beyond an Internet connection. Unlike most media players, the Slice ships with a 1TB hard disk drive for storing plenty of video for offine playback.

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XFS Introduces A Sysfs Interface With Linux 3.17

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The latest noteworthy pull request worth covering for the Linux 3.17 kernel merge window is of the XFS file-system updates.

Dave Chinner sent in the XFS pull request for Linux 3.17 on Tuesday. The changes this time around aren't anything jaw-dropping but just another minor step forward for this file-system competing with EXT4 and Btrfs. Perhaps the most notable change this time around is the introduction of a sysfs interface to the file-system. Below is Chinner's highlights for XFS on Linux 3.17.

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The power of open source: Why GitLab's move to a Developer Certificate of Origin benefits the developer community

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