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Open source, Raspberry Pi based robot mimics a Martian rover

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The remote-controlled, four-wheel “Turtle Rover” runs on a RPi 3, and offers a gripper, HD camera, and up to four-hour rides within a 200-meter WiFi range.

A Polish startup called Kell Ideas that was founded by roboticists who created Martian rover prototypes at Wroclaw University of Technology, has won Indiegogo funding for a rover-like open source robot. The four-wheel Turtle Rover can be remotely controlled via WiFi, and runs Linux on a Raspberry Pi 3 equipped with a HAT board.

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Sitara based gateway and SBC spin up LTE, WiFi, BT, and LoRa

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Eurotech’s rugged, “ReliaGate 10-12” IoT gateway runs Linux on a TI AM3352, and has optional LTE Cat 1, WiFI, BLE, and LoRa. It’s also available as an SBC.

In the fourth quarter, Eurotech will ship it ReliaGate 10-12 Internet of Things gateway with LTE, WiFi, and Bluetooth 4.2 LE. This will be followed in Q1 2018 with an optional LoRa wireless module, as well as an SBC version called the CPU-310-12, which acts as the mainboard for the gateway.

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Three Steps to Gaining Influence in an Open Source Project as a New Enterprise Contributor

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When The Linux Foundation started OpenDaylight, our first networking project, nobody that I was working with had ever done open source before. Four years later there has been a significant shift in the entire networking industry. And we’re watching this transformation happen from one industry to the next.

In those four years, I’ve also witnessed many large organizations with significant engineering investments blunder their way into open source. For example, they might just fly in and drop 20,000 awesome lines of code into a project and then get upset that nobody actually picked it up.

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Linux Hardware: AMD, RISC V, BlackBerry Motion

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  • AMD Packs In More AMDGPU Features For Linux 4.15

    The Linux 4.15 kernel is looking to be a very exciting update for AMDGPU DRM driver users.

    AMDGPU for Linux 4.15 is already very exciting as it should finally have the DC display code and enabled by default for RX Vega users. On top of that there's also been other AMDGPU Direct Rendering Manager work including an increased fragment size and a variety of other changes.

  • 2018 will be the year of the RISC V Linux processors

    Linux fanboys tend to announce a lot of “year of” events. There is the year of the desktop which appears to be every year and still never happens and now there is the year of RISC V Linux processor.

  • BlackBerry Motion Is Now Official with Android 7.1 and No Physical Keyboard

    Only a few days after it leaked online, the Android-powered BlackBerry Motion smartphone was made official earlier today by BlackBerry at the GITEX 2017 event that takes place these days in Dubai, UAE.

    At first glance, BlackBerry Motion appears to be a variant of the BlackBerry KEYone smartphone, but without a physical keyboard, which is a bit unusual for a BlackBerry phone. The device is powered by Google's Android 7.1 "Nougat" mobile OS and has some interesting specifications for a mid-range mobile phone.

    Featuring a gorgeous 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p display with minimum bezels and an IP67 certified water-resistant design, BlackBerry Motion is using a Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, a 12MP f/2.0 rear camera, a fingerprint reader, and a giant, non-removable 4,000mAh battery that should last all day long.

Linux 4.14-rc4

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Another week, another -rc.

This release does seem to continue to be more active in the rc's than
usual, but it actually feels like it's calming down. So rc4 is larger
than an rc4 release usually is (about 400 non-merge commits, when
usually at this stage we should be at ~300), but at the same time it
feels fairly normal. There was the watchdog merge that I already
mentioned in the rc3 release, but other than that it looks much more
like a normal rc than rc3 did, for example.

In particular, ignoring that core watchdog thing, it's the usual
"mostly drivers and arch updates". This time most of the arch updates
(by far) are arm, and the driver5s are dominated by networking, but
there's other stuff in there too (USB, MMC, HID..). And then the usual
random stuff elsewhere.

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Also: Linux 4.14-rc4 Arrives With This LTS Cycle Still Being Very Busy

What the data says about how Linux kernel developers collaborate

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When I worked in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel, we had quite a few kernel developers on the team, and I was always interested in how they worked so closely with people from a wide variety of companies, including our competitors.

One of the interesting things about the Linux kernel is that the vast majority of people who contribute to it are employed by companies to do this work; however, most of the academic research on open source software assumes that participants are volunteers, contributing because of some personal need or altruistic motivation. Although this is true for some projects, this assumption just isn't valid for projects like the Linux kernel. To learn more, I interviewed 16 kernel developers to talk about how people work together in the kernel.

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10 layers of Linux container security

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Containers provide an easy way to package applications and deliver them seamlessly from development to test to production. This helps ensure consistency across a variety of environments, including physical servers, virtual machines (VMs), or private or public clouds. These benefits are leading organizations to rapidly adopt containers in order to easily develop and manage the applications that add business value.

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4MParted 23.0 Disk Partitioning Live OS Enters Beta Based on Latest GParted Tool

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Linux

After he released last week the third minor maintenance update for the stable 4MLinux 22.0 operating system series, developer Zbigniew Konojacki‏ today informed us on the availability of a Beta version of his upcoming 4MParted 23.0 disk partitioning live system.

Based on the forthcoming 4MLinux 23.0 operating system series, 4MParted 23.0 Beta is using the latest Gparted 0.29.0 open-source and free disk partitioning tool at its core, giving users an independent live system for all sorts of disk partitioning tasks, supporting numerous filesystems.

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Chakra 2017.10 "Goedel" released

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We are excited to announce the second Chakra release of 2017, which you can download now via torrent or https.

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Also: Chakra GNU/Linux 2017.10 "Goedel" Released with KDE Plasma 5.10.5, Linux 4.12.4

Kernel: Ubuntu, FSPERF, SLIMbus

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  • A New Ubuntu Kernel Build With The Very Latest AMDGPU DC Patches For 4.15

    This week the latest AMDGPU DC patches were queued up ahead of Linux 4.15. As covered in that article, those several dozen patches mostly further clean-up this major AMDGPU display code rework and trim it up by a few thousand lines of code. For those wishing to test out this new display stack, here is a fresh Ubutu/Debian x86_64 kernel build.

  • Facebook Developers Working On FSPERF For Better Linux File-System/Block Testing

    Josef Bacik of Facebook's file-system/storage team has announced fsperf as a new testing framework around the Linux file-system/block storage code.

    With every Linux file-system developer seeming to construct his own scripts and to test their file-system/block kernel code in a different manner, Josef is hoping fsperf can unify some of the processes by these Linux kernel developers.

  • SLIMbus Framework Revised For The Linux Kernel

    Linaro developers have restored work on the SLIMbus patches for the Linux kernel, which have long been dormant.

    SLIMbus is the Serial Low-power Inter-chip Media Bus, which is a standard from the MIPI alliance to allow multiple digital audio components to communicate simultaneously and carry multiple audio streams of differing sample rates and bit widths.

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