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SODIMM-style i.MX6 COMs include an UltraLite model

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Wave announced two Linux-friendly, SODIMM-style COMs. One supports up to a quad-core i.MX6 SoC, while the other has the new i.MX6 UltraLite.

In conjunction with this week’s Freescale Technology Forum (FTF, iWave Systems unveiled two Linux-ready computer-on-modules that extend the Freescale i.MX6. The iW-RainboW-G18M-SODIMM i.MX6UL follows TechNexion’s similarly SODIMM form-factor EDM1-CF-IMX6UL, as well as its 36 x 25mm PICO-IMX6UL module in supporting the new i.MX6 UltraLite SoC. A similar new iW-RainboW-G15M-SODIMM i.MX6 supports all the earlier i.MX6 SoCs up to the iMX6 Quad.

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Leftovers: Kernel

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Dime-sized IoT COM runs Linux or Android on i.MX6

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Freescale’s dime sized “SCM-i.MX6D” module runs Linux or Android on an 800MHz i.MX6 Dual SoC, includes a PMIC and up to 2GB of RAM, and targets IoT apps.

At the Freescale Technology Forum (FTF) in Austin, Texas, where Freescale tipped a new Cortex-A7 line of i.MX7 system-on-chips, the company also revealed a tiny, 17 x 14 x 1.7mm SCM-i.MX6D computer-on-module that runs Linux or Android on a dual-core, Cortex-A9 i.MX6 Dual SoC. When it ships in August, Freescale claims the dime-sized COM will be “the world’s smallest single chip module (SCM) for the Internet of Things.”

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GParted Live Now Has Linux Kernel 4.0.5

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GParted Live, a small bootable GNU/Linux distribution for x86-based computers that can be used for creating, re-organizing, and deleting disk partitions has been upgraded to version 0.22.0-3 and is now available for download.

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Attack of the Drones

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With the price and size of computer hardware steadily decreasing, it's becoming more viable to use embedded Linux systems to control small robots and drones. There are plenty of projects for Raspberry Pi, but not everyone wants to build a drone from scratch. That's why enthusiasts will be pleased to hear about the new drones from Parrot.

Last week, the French firm released a range of 13 mini-drones. They are available to buy right now in France, and they will be released in the UK and Europe in July. Like most drones, they are remote-controlled; you can use your phone or tablet to control them via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

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Beautiful Material Design-Inspired Papyros Linux Distro Getting Closer to Release

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Papyros is getting closer to working release, and the developers are putting the final touches. We'll soon be able to play with the new distro, even if it's going to be just a development version.

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Linux 4.1 Release Has Record Developer Participation

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Linus Torvalds this week announced the release of the Linux kernel version 4.1, which will also form the basis of the next long term stable (LTS) kernel release. Linux 4.1 was also the first kernel release to include contributions from more than 1,500 developers (1,539 to be exact) -- with about 270 submitting their first ever patch, according to LWN Editor Jonathan Corbet. The previous record for the most developer participation on a release was set last June with Linux 3.15, which boasted 1,492 developers submitting patches. (See his full 4.1 release report.)

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New Unity 8 Landed in Ubuntu Touch, the Calendar App Makes a Comeback

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Canonical's Łukasz Zemczak is back at work after a short break at the end of last week, and he just informed us about the new features implemented in the development version of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system for Ubuntu phones.

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Manjaro Update 2015-06-22 (stable)

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We are happy to announce our first update for Manjaro 0.8.13.

One week passed after we released Manjaro 0.8.13 to the public. We had already over 38.900 downloads so far. With almost 23.000 downloads just for or Xfce edition we see that we did a great job on our flagship edition. Still we had over 12.600 downloads for KDE5 so far. Regardless these stats Manjaro continues to get better each day. 0.8.13 was a good release, but still there are some bugs we try to fix now with regular updates.

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Linux Kernel 4.1 Will be Supported for the Next Two Years, Says Greg Kroah-Hartman

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It would appear that Greg Kroah-Hartman is on an airplain right now at approximately 30,000 feet and he just announced that the recently released Linux 4.1 kernel will be the next LTS (Long Term Support) release maintained for the next two years.

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Linux Kernel 4.0.6 Is a Massive Released with Many x86 and Btrfs Improvements

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