Tablexia is available for free from Apple's App Store (for iOS) and from Google Play (for Android). The source can be downloaded from CZ.NIC Lab's GitLab server.
June Another Great Month for the Raspberry Pi [Ed: corrected URL]
The last barrier to entry for the new platform is that it’s still not seen as a “personal computing” platform as the legacy PC was. That’s changed in a big way in the past year. Raspberry Pi, Odroid, and a host of others are now available to ordinary folks at the retail level and millions of youngsters are getting their hands on a new PC and coding for it. As well, many GNU/Linux distributions have been ported to ARM and sooner or later will be accessible on the new hardware. A case in point is ViewSonic using Raspberry Pi as their platform for a new thin client. It supports all the usual protocols and is good enough for general use as a PC despite 100mbits/s networking. The Odroid-C2 is even better with more RAM, faster CPU and gigabit/s networking.
Another batch of AMDGPU DRM driver fixes has been sent in for landing in Linux 4.7.
These latest AMDGPU fixes are for taking care of some PowerPlay issues for Radeon RX 480 "Polaris" and Tonga (e.g. Radeon R9 285) graphics cards. There are no other changes outside of these Polaris/Tonga PowerPlay fixes.
“If you’re a bit tired, this is a presentation on cache maintenance, so there will be plenty of opportunity to sleep.” Despite this warning from ARM Ltd. kernel developer Mark Rutland at his recent Embedded Linux Conference presentation, Stale Data, or How We (Mis-)manage Modern Caches, it was actually kind of an eye opener -- at least as far as cache management presentations go.
Well this somehow slipped under our radar last week and comes as a big surprise... Dirk Hohndel has left Intel Corp after being their chief Linux and open-source technologist the past number of years.
Dirk Hohndel had been working at Intel since 2001 where he had been leading the Linux/open-source charge. Dirk frequently spoke at Linux/FLOSS conferences about Intel's involvement in these areas. Given his tenure at Intel and his frequent involvement in the Linux/open-source communities, it comes as a surprise to see him leave. Prior to Intel, he was CTO at SUSE.
For those still leveraging VIA x86 hardware on Linux, the DRM/KMS driver hasn't been restored yet but there is a new xf86-video-openchrome DDX feature release now available.
Kevin Brace has continued taking up the maintenance of the OpenChrome X.Org driver. Three months ago he released xf86-video-openchrome 0.4 while now available is OpenChrome 0.5.
As someone who’s primarily used Windows since the early ’90s (with some minor dabbling in OS X), I’ve found Ubuntu MATE Linux to be pretty intuitive during my month or so of casual experimentation. I would even go so far as to say it’s been easier to figure out than recent iterations of Windows — which I hope says more about how clunky that old operating system has become and less about how woefully incompetent I might be with computers.
I have a confession to make — one that will come as no surprise to anyone who’s read this column in the past. I’m not really a computer person. My mother would disagree, but she’s never owned a computer — no matter how many times I’ve tried to get her on board for the admittedly selfish reason of being able to communicate with her in a fashion that avoids phone companies and post offices. She insists it’s because she “doesn’t like to type,” but I know her mistrust of technology goes far beyond computers (and if I got her a tablet, she’d be annoyed at the endless invasion of fingerprints — a complaint to which I can relate).
The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is a 2-in-1 tablet with a high-resolution display, a detachable keyboard cover, an optional pressure-sensitive pen, and after having reviewed the tablet, I can say it offers the kind of performance you’d expect from a mid-range laptop… but in a 2 pound, fanless package.
Best of all, the Switch Alpha 12 is reasonably priced: you can buy one for about $600 and up.
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.