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A Linux Exploit That Uses 6502 Code

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With ubiquitous desktop computing now several decades old, anyone creating an operating system distribution now faces a backwards compatibility problem. Each upgrade brings its own set of new features, but it must maintain compatibility with the features of the previous versions or risk alienating users. If you are a critic of Microsoft products for their bloat, this is one of the factors behind that particular issue.

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FOSS/Linux Devices: CulBox, NES Classic Edition, Raspberry Pi

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  • CulBox Open Source Arduino Smartwatch Hits Kickstarter (video)

    If you are searching for an open source smartwatch you might be interested to know that a version of the CulBox Arduino smartwatch has now been launched via Kickstarter thanks to serial Kickstarter campaigner Masih Vahida.

    The Arduino smartwatch comes in the form of an open source DIY kit which is powered by a 32 bit Arm Cortex processor and comes complete with integrated Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity as well as 6 axis I2C Gyro and Accelerometer sensor.

  • Someone has already loaded a custom version of Ubuntu onto the NES Classic Edition

    While it may have seemed as if nobody was able to purchase an NES Classic Edition last Friday, the reality is that some shoppers did walk away with one of the hottest gifts this holiday season. Of course, not everybody that scored on launch day did so with the intention of reliving their past (at least, not right away).

  • Nintendo NES Classic Edition gets hacked to run Linux in just four days

    AS MOST of the world continues to wait desperately for new stock of the Nintendo NES Classic Edition, you just know that somewhere, someone’s been there, done that, hacked it.

    The console runs on Linux, and an enterprising member of our 'running things on things they’re not supposed to run on' club has managed to get Ubuntu Linux running on his machine.

  • Raspberry Pi's Desktop Likely Switching To Compton For Better Performance

    Raspberry Pi's Raspbian Debian-based Linux distribution had been using xcompmgr as its compositing window manager on the desktop, but now they will likely be switching to the Compton fork for better performance.

Microsoft Moles and Dirty Tricks

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Of course a Microsoft partner would consider Windows 10 a better choice for Munich

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I am shocked -- shocked -- that Accenture thinks Windows 10 would be the better choice.

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Create Your Own Ubuntu 16.10 Live ISO with the New Linux For All (LFA) Distro

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Arne Exton, the developer of many GNU/Linux distributions and Android-x86 flavors, announced today, November 16, 2016, the release of a new version of his Linux For All (LFA) Live DVD.

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Almost all the world's fastest supercomputers run Linux

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The TOP500 List shows 498 out of 500 of the speediest computers on the planet are running Linux. Linux has long-dominated the supercomputer ratings, but now it's getting close to knocking out all its competition.

Other than systems running Linux, there are two Chinese supercomputers running IBM AIX, a Unix variant. This pair, tied at 386 and 387, may not be long for the list. That's because supercomputers are growing ever faster.

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Topics in live kernel patching

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Getting live-patching capabilities into the mainline kernel has been a multi-year process. Basic patching support was merged for the 4.0 release, but further work has been stalled over disagreements on how the consistency model — the code ensuring that a patch is safe to apply to a running kernel — should work. The addition of kernel stack validation has addressed the biggest of the objections, so, arguably, it is time to move forward. At the 2016 Linux Plumbers Conference, developers working on live patching got together to discuss current challenges and future directions.

This article is not an attempt at a comprehensive summary for a half-day of fast-moving discussion; instead, the goal is to cover some of the more interesting topics as a way of showing that challenges that the live-patching developers must overcome and how they plan to get there.

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IoT gateway offers choice of CAN and A/D expansion boards

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Seco announced a “SYS-A62-GW” IoT gateway that runs Linux on an i.MX6 Solo, and features WiFi, GbE, and two serial expansion board options.

Seco’s SYS-A62-GW is a low-end Internet of Things gateway that runs a Yocto Linux based distribution on NXP’s single-core, 1GHz i.MX6 Solo. We have seen several i.MX6 based gateways, including VIA’s Artigo A830. The SYS-A62-GW can “integrate with the most common industrial protocols for data aggregation, real time analysis, on-board processing, encryption and data transfer to the cloud on Linux,” says Seco.

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