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Industrial controller builds on Raspberry Pi 3

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Janz Tec has released an industrial controller built around the Raspberry Pi 3, with WiFi, Bluetooth, CANbus, and CODESYS compatibility.

Saelig launched North American distribution for the latest in Janz Tec’s emPC-A/RPI line of Raspberry Pi based industrial controllers. The Raspberry Pi 3 derived emPC-A/RPI3 follows the almost identical, RPi 2 based emPC-A/RPI2, which was called the emPC-A/RPI when we covered it back in Aug. 2015.

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Linux FAQs(Frequently Asked Questions) From A Newbie Perspective

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Linux distros are wonderful operating systems. But when you are new to it, you’re probably gonna have some questions in your mind. It’s normal, I too had many questions at first. So, here I’m gonna list out 10 frequently asked questions about Linux.

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Linux and Graphics (WireGuard, Mesa 17.0.0, and RadeonHD)

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  • WireGuard Is Still Looking Good As A Linux VPN Tunnel

    We've been talking about WireGuard for months and it's hoping to go mainline in the Linux kernel this calendar year. Earlier this month at FOSDEM was a status update on the project.

    WireGuard lead developer Jason Donenfeld presented on this project that he's been developing over the past year. For those that haven't been following WireGuard up to now, this VPN tunnel is implemented in less than four thousand lines of kernel code, is designed to be very secure, keeps track of minimal state, has a minimal attack surface, provides a solid crypto base, is designed to be very performant, and has other benefits.

  • Mesa 17.0.0 Officially Released

    Mesa 17.0 ships with many big changes and improvements -- see that article for an overview. In the past week I've also published Intel benchmark results with ANV Vulkan having noticeably better performance, RADV/RadeonSI being much faster, and Nouveau Maxwell improvements.

  • [Mesa-dev] [ANNOUNCE] mesa 17.0.0
  • The beginning of the end of the RadeonHD driver.

    Soon it will be a decade since we started the RadeonHD driver, where we pushed ATI to a point of no return, got a proper C coded graphics driver and freely accessible documentation out. We all know just what happened to this in the end, and i will make a rather complete write-up spanning multiple blog entries over the following months. But while i was digging out backed up home directories for information, i came across this...

Openwashing and Microsoft Attacks on GNU/Linux

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Microsoft

CRUX 3.3 Linux Operating System Released with Linux 4.9.6, X.Org Server 1.19.1

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Linux

After being in development since the end of 2015, the CRUX 3.3 open-source Linux-based operating system has been released this past weekend, and it's now available for download.

Shipping with a multilib toolchain consisting of the Glibc (GNU C Library) 2.24, GNU Binutils 2.27, and GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6.3.0, CRUX 3.3 is powered by a kernel from the long-term supported and most advanced Linux 4.9 kernel branch, namely Linux kernel 4.9.6, and an updated graphics stack based on X.Org 7.7 and X.Org Server 1.19.1. Some important libraries have also been updated in CRUX 3.3.

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Also: Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15r1 Release Notes

Linux Release Delay

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  • Linus Torvalds decides world doesn't need a new Linux today

    Those waiting for the milestone that would have been version 4.10 of the Linux kernel have another week to wait, after Linus Torvalds decided not to release the final version this week.

    “Hey, it's another week, and I could have released the final 4.10,” Torvalds posted to the Linux Kernel Mailing List, adding that “... I wouldn't have felt bad about just doing the final release today.”

  • Ten Exciting Features Of The Linux 4.10 Kernel

    The Linux 4.10 kernel didn't end up being released today, but was pushed back by an extra week. However, in looking forward to next weekend, here are ten of the features that excite us about Linux 4.10.

The Best Operating System for Linux Gaming: Which One Do You Use and Why?

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Gaming

In the last few months, we tried multiple GNU/Linux distributions for gaming purposes, and we have arrived at the conclusion that there's no perfect operating system out there designed for Linux gaming.

We all know that the world of gaming is split between Nvidia and AMD users. Now, if you're using a Nvidia graphics card, even one from five years ago, chances are it's supported on most Linux-based operating systems because Nvidia provides up-to-date video drivers for most, if not all of its GPUs.

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Linux poll results: And the winners are...

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Slackware!? Yes, one of the oldest of Linux distributions won with just over 16 percent of the vote.

If that sounds a little odd, it is. On DistroWatch, a site that covers Linux distributions like paint, the top Linux desktop distros are Mint, Debian, Ubuntu, openSUSE, and Manjaro. Slackware comes in 28th place.

So why the discrepancy? With more than double the votes for any category, it appears there was vote-stuffing by Slackware fans.

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Linux 4.10-rc8

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Hey, it's another week, and I could have released the final 4.10.

It's not been all that busy, although we did have a number of small
last-minute regression fixes (some just reverting stuff that caused
problems and needed more thought, others fixing things). But nothing
out of the ordinary, and I wouldn't have felt bad about just doing the
final release today.

But I decided that there's also no huge overriding reason to do so
(other than getting back to the usual "rc7 is the last rc" schedule,
which would have been nice), and with travel coming up, I decided that
I didn't really need to open the merge window. I've done merge windows
during travel before, but I just prefer not to. If it was the second
week of the merge window when the big bulk of stuff had been merged,
that would be one thing, but that's not how the schedule turned out.

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Also: Linux 4.10-rc8 Kernel Released, Final Pushed Out By One Week

Linux Kernel 4.10 Delayed by a Week, Last Release Candidate Is Now Available

Linux Graphics

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Linux
  • Vulkan 1.0.40 Released With Fixes, SMPTE 2086 HDR Metadata Support
  • Intel's Linux Graphics Driver To Enable Atomic Support By Default

    The patch landed in Intel's drm-intel-next-queued branch this week for enabling atomic support by default on the hardware platforms where it's fully supported.

    Following this mailing list discussion, atomic support is now being turned on by default for the Intel Linux DRM driver while it's disabled-by-default support has been in good shape since Linux ~4.9. Though due to the timing of this change-over, this looks like it will be a change for Linux 4.12 as Intel's 4.11 DRM feature work is already over with the 4.11 merge window being imminent.

  • X.Org Server 1.20 Breaks The Video Driver ABI

    Just a quick note for anyone who routinely builds the latest X.Org Server from Git, the video driver ABI has been broken again, thus you'll need to rebuild your dependent DDX drivers assuming they have been modified for this new ABI.

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Xfce Resurgence

  • Releases, releases, releases!
    So it’s not that I’ve been quiet and lazy – I was actually busy preparing some releases and hacking on stuff. So here’s an update on what’s been going on and what’s to come.
  • Alternative Global Menu For MATE And Xfce: Vala Panel AppMenu [PPA]
    A while back I wrote about TopMenu, a panel plugin that provides global menu (AppMenu) support for MATE, then also included support for Xfce and LXDE. The problem with TopMenu is that it only partially supports GTK3, it doesn't support LibreOffice, and with Ubuntu 16.04, it doesn't support Qt (4 or 5) applications. Here's where Vala Panel AppMenu comes in.
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    Development for the Xfce media player is back on! Well over a year since the last release, Parole 0.9.0 brings a fresh set of features and fixes.

Reviews: OpenELEC and Clear Linux

I next turned my attention to a distribution which has only recently been added to the DistroWatch database: Clear Linux. The Clear Linux distribution is unusual in a few ways. For one, the project is not designed to be a full featured or general purpose operating system; Clear Linux focuses on performance more than features. The distribution is fairly minimal and is designed with cloud computing in mind, though it may also be used in other areas, particularly on servers. Read more

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