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Open source COM version of BeagleBone Black hits Kickstarter

An open source, 49 x 32mm COM version of the BeagleBone Black called the “BeagleCore” offers Cape compatibility and starts at $44, or $111 with a baseboard. A German startup called BeagleCore is spinning a computer-on-module version of’s BeagleBone Black single board computer on Kickstarter. Packages start at 39 Euros ($44) for the first 500 units shipping in Feb. 2016, or 49 Euros ($55) for the second shipment in April. With a baseboard, it costs 99 Euros ($111), also with April 2016 shipment. The BeagleCore and Starter-Kit support Linux flavors including Debian, Ubuntu, Android, and Cloud9 IDE on Node.js with BoneScript library.

Linux- and JavaScript-based HDMI stick costs $25

Marvell unveiled two new Kinoma IoT prototyping mini-PCs, including a “Kinoma HD” stick running Linux and the open source JavaScript 6 KinomaJS framework. Marvell successfully launched its Linux-based $99 Kinoma Create JavaScript prototyping device on Indiegogo in March 2014, and sold it retail at $150. In March of this year, the company open sourced the KinomaJS JavaScript framework that runs on the Create, and now it has announced two new IoT-focused Kinoma devices — the FreeRTOS-based Kinoma Element and Linux-based Kinoma HD — with tempting pre-order price tags of $20 and $25, respectively. The devices ship in the fourth quarter.

How to repair your Grub 2 on Ubuntu

Grub v2 offers a powerful rescue mode. Now using this mode, may not be exactly a walk in the park for most inexperienced users out there, so here's a guide on how to easily fix your Grub with the Boot Repair tool.

RealVNC releases SDK for remote access app development

RealVNC, the original developer and provider of VNC remote access and control software has announced the launch of its VNC Software Development Kit (SDK) for use with VNC Cloud. VNC SDK 1.0.1 is now available to download for free from RealVNC’s new dedicated developer portal.

How to Install Postgresql and phpPgAdmin on Ubuntu 15.04

PostgreSQL is a powerfull object-relational Database released under a OpenSource BSD-style license. PostgreSQL is well suited for large databases and has many advanced features, so it positions itself in the enterprise database segment. This tutorial will show the installation of PostgreSQL and its web based administration interface phpPgAdmin on Ubuntu 15.04.

Arno, the first open source platform for NFV

SDN and NFV are part of a transformational shift in the telecom industry towards network and application virtualization, enabling companies' need to be flexible in order to meet changing demands. Jonathan Gershater explained it well in his recent article, How telecoms can escape vendor lock-In with open source NFV.

5 steps to becoming a quality Docker contributor

There are many benefits to contributing to a popular open source project like Docker: But getting started on a new codebase can be daunting. Docker has many, many lines of code. Fixing even the smallest issue can require reading through a lot of that code and understanding how the pieces all fit together.

Small is beautiful free software column

The Internet is a democratising force breaking down cultural, racial and religious boundaries, yet its services are dominated by a few. The EU is investigating Google for anti- competitive activities. This action is the latest in a series of anti-trust investigations by the eU against powerful tech corporations. Google is everywhere and, as corporations go, sees itself as benevolent. Google was the first search engine to work as intended and its means of raising income are barely perceptible to the end user, but it is also one of a small number of corporations that have ‘owned’ the commons that is the world wide web. others include amazon, facebook and Twitter.

Portable wireless speakers run Linux on a Raspberry Pi

Axiom’s portable wireless 150W speakers stream music from the web, mobile devices, or USB, and include a WiFi access point and an optional battery pack. Speaker and home theater manufacturer Axiom has found Kickstarter success with its AxiomAir wireless speaker system, which has surpassed its $75,000 goal to reach $121,000, with 25 days to go before the July 12 deadline. Two dozen $475 packages were still available at publication time. Other packages go for $497, said to be more than $300 under the retail price, or $950 for a two-pack, among other discounted combo packs.

Accelerating performance with inline assembly using IBM XL C/C++ compiler on IBM z Systems

The objective of this article is to introduce the assembler instructions on z Systems to be used with inline assembly. The target audience are advanced software engineers who are interested in going beyond the extent of the optimizations provided by the compiler to fine tune the most performance-sensitive code section of high-performance applications on z Systems.

If I get hit by a bus, Linux will go on just fine says Linus Torvalds

Just a few days after asking the Linux community to let him take a break, Linus Torvalds has said the project he kicked off 1991 can now get along without him. He was, characteristically, blunt in his recent interview with Bloomberg, saying Linux would survive his death. What he told the newswire's passenger-door-smeared Ashlee Vance is he's no longer the only person able to make key decisions about kernel submissions.

Devs to pour Java into Amazon's cloud after AWS Lambda update

Amazon Web Services has expanded its AWS Lambda programming model to support functions written in Java, the cloud kingpin said on Monday. Lambda, which allows developers to run event-driven code directly on Amazon's cloud without managing any application infrastructure, launched in November 2014 and initially only supported code written in JavaScript and Node.js.

DevOps is 90% change and 10% technology

Jen Krieger used her first computer in the early 80s and maintained a strong interest in technology ever since. She started her career as a financial analyst and eventually moved into IT where she gained expertise in software development and releases. Jen has worked with many development methods, from waterfall to Agile. Now, she's an Agile coach at Red Hat for the teams working on Project Atomic, Docker, and Kubernetes. This year, Jen is speaking at DevNation about what it means to be a DevOps engineer, and in this interview she tells us about the challenges of implementing DevOps, shares some advice for engineers, and more.

OpenSSH Security Best Practices

SSH (Secure Shell) is a cryptographic network protocol for initiating text-based shell sessions on remote machines in a secure way. OpenSSH is a connectivity tool that most administrators rely on to work on their Linux and *BSD servers daily. This tutorial covers the best pratices to configure your SSH server securely.

Linux Top 3: Linux 4.1 delayed 1 Week, Kaos and Clonezilla Update

It'll take another week for Linux 4.1 as Linus Torvalds ask devs to take a break. Linux 4.1 is going to take a little longer than some of its predecessors, with Linus Torvalds release a rare eighth release candidate on June 14.

Expandable Mini-PC runs Linux on quad-core AMD SoC

CompuLab’s fanless Fitlet-H mini-PC has a quad-core 2.2GHz AMD A10 Micro-6700T SoC, up to 16GB RAM, internal SATA, dual HDMI, dual GbE, and dual mini-PCIe. CompuLab’s Linux-ready Fitlet-H joins three other Fitlet models announced in January. These include the entry-level, dual-core (AMD E1 Micro-6200T) Fitlet-B, the quad-core (A4 Micro-6400T S), and the quad-core (A4 Micro-6400T) Fitlet-X, which adds support for CompuLab’s FACET (Function And Connectivity Extension T-Card) modular system expansion options.

New tips, tricks, and tutorials for OpenStack

If you're working in system administration today, you need to learn about OpenStack. Whether you're a seasoned IT pro looking to leverage cloud technology in your organization or just starting out in your career and hoping to put some experience under your belt, we're here to help.

How to Install a Microscope Camera Imager in Ubuntu 15.04

The camera treated in this tutorial is a Celestron®, model 44421, monocular, to be installed in amicroscope Globe ®, type of binoculars. This camera comes with a universal adapter for the lens holder and a USB 2.0 connector. The camera will beinstalled on a Netbook Lenovo, model S10-3C, running Linux Ubuntu 15.04. Needless to say, this device does not offer manufacturer support of any Linux version,which is the reason for this tutorial.

Goodbye to Mandriva, Googles double dose of open source, and more news

In this week's edition of the open source news roundup, we take a look at Madriva's liquidation, Google double dose of open source, and more!

My Humble Little Game Collection

I currently have the flu. Not the "sorta queasy" stomach flu, but the full out Influenza with fever, aches and delirium-ridden nightmares. Bouts of crippling illness tend to be my only chance to play games. Thankfully, since I'm such a terrible gamer, being sick doesn't really hurt my skills very much!

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