By now you may have heard that there is the potential for the Radeon RX 480 to draw more power from the PCI-E bus than it's rated to provide. In rare situations, this could potentially cause problems for the system. AMD/RTG is preparing to release a Windows driver fix while I checked in with AMD about addressing this situation under Linux.
It looks like AMD has finally got the memo when it comes to Linux machines. Its new AMDGPU-PRO 16.30 driver offers day-one support for its new Radeon RX 480 from day one.
The new driver is currently available for download from AMD’s website. It is officially supported on 64-bit versions of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. It’s very similar to the earlier beta release and AMD still calls it a beta, but apparently it is stable and there are installation instructions on the website.
I believe the best and worst thing about Linux is its hard distinction between kernel space and user space.
Without that distinction, Linux never would have become the most leveraged operating system in the world. Today, Linux has the largest range of uses for the largest number of users—most of whom have no idea they are using Linux when they search for something on Google or poke at their Android phones. Even Apple stuff wouldn't be what it is (for example, using BSD in its computers) were it not for Linux's success.
Audiophonics has won KS funding for a “RaspTouch” audio player based on the Raspberry Pi 3, with ES9023 or ES9018K2M DACs and a touchscreen.
There are plenty of audio devices based on the Raspberry Pi, including wireless speakers such as Tubecore’s Duo and Axiom’s AxiomAir, as well as Pi 2 Design’s 503HTA Hybrid Tube Amp HAT add-on. Yet, the RaspTouch is the first commercially sold model we’ve seen with a built-in touchscreen. (You can find a number of DIY touchscreen music player projects using the Pi, however.) Built by French audio electronics firm Audiophonics, and based on the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and official 7-inch Raspberry Pi touchscreen, the RaspTouch music system features ESS Saber digital to analog (DAC) converters.
Samsung Electronics has officially publically released its Smart TV Software Development Kit (SDK) 2.3.1 Preview UI to developers. Samsung previously allowed access to the Preview UI to a limited number of selected partners. Devs are now encouraged to get involved with Integrating the single access experience into their apps and help grow the Tizen TV Ecosystem further with a wider range of apps. Developers are now able to promote content that is beneficial to both them and the end consumer. Users are able to select the Preview area and directly see contents and deep link into the application.
Ever consider the idea of living entirely in a Linux terminal? No graphical desktop. No modern GUI software. Just text—and nothing but text—inside a Linux shell. It may not be easy, but it’s absolutely doable. I recently tried living completely in a Linux shell for 30 days. What follows are my favorite shell applications for handling some of the most common bits of computer functionality (web browsing, word processing, etc.). With a few obvious holes. Because being text-only is hard.
Functionally the new Pi Zero is identical to the original model. I have tested it with a Raspbian microSD card that I had already been using in the original Pi Zero, and I had no problem. Just make sure it has the latest updates installed.
P.S. For those who might still wonder why the Pi Zero is interesting/useful, or why it was worthwhile to add a camera connection to it, have a look at this very spiffy Wearable Pi Zero Camera project.
The Tizen SDK consists of a set of tools for developing Tizen Web and Native applications. You get an Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Emulator, toolchain, sample code, and documentation. Tizen SDK runs on the Windows, Ubuntu, and Mac OS X Platforms. You are able to create Tizen apps without the use of the official Tizen IDE, but you need to make sure that it it still conforms to the Tizen packaging rules.
There is a lot of noise at the moment about Microsoft’s new operating system called Windows 10. Without repeating all the details you can have a look, say here or here or here. The essence of the story is that Microsoft is making it very difficult to avoid the new operating system. The advice being given is to not install the upgrade – which is anything but easy, since Windows 7 is supported until 2020.
Linux has always been a fantastic alternative to Windows for many users. But there are some people who are so attached to Windows that the very idea of Linux offends them. So it was with one woman who became outraged when a Linux user tried to help her mother with some computer problems related to Windows 10.
I spent the past year or so writing Learn Linux in a Month of Lunches, which is designed to introduce desktop Linux to non-technical users. This is a rundown of the tools I used to create the book, with the HUGE caveat that tools are just that—tools. They don't actually do any work or planning for you. However, the right tools make the work much easier. These are the tools that were right for me.
My late father, Lou Shapiro, was an early leader of UNICEF, so relief work was baked into the genetics of my family. His work was centered on emergency relief for the survivors of earthquakes and other natural disasters. Whenever there was an earthquake in the world, I knew dad would be coming home late from work—and I was so proud that some family experiencing trauma would be sleeping in a dry tent, with warm blankets and clean water, because of my dad's work. Following in my father's footsteps, my own relief work has been centered on digital inclusion—and open source is the tool I turn to most often.
Let me share two stories with you in that regard. In April, a young dad visited the public library where I work. He appeared interested in using the public computers our library offers. It turns out someone had stolen his family's only computer, a Macbook, and his tax return was due that day. When I learned about his predicament, I asked, "Would you like to borrow a Linux laptop until your family buys another laptop?" He perked up and asked, "Does this library lend laptops?" I replied, "The library doesn't, but I do. You can bring this back to me after you're done with it."