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Plasma Sprint 2015

In February 2015 the Plasma developers met in the Blue Systems office in Barcelona to discuss and plan out where we would take Plasma over the duration of the next year. The sprint consisted of active Plasma developers and visual designers from around the world, from Canada to India. The meeting consisted of equal parts hacking and group discussions about plans both in the near and far future in breakout sessions throughout the week.

Linux-ready smart camera SoC encodes 1080p@70fps video

Allwinner unveiled a Cortex-A7 based SoC for smart connected cameras that integrates its HawkView image signal processor, and supports Linux and “Camdroid.” Allwinner jumped on the ARM Cortex-A7 spec early, using it for its popular, low-priced system-on-chips like the Allwinner A10, dual-core A20, and quad-core A31. Like the A10, Allwinner’s new “V3? SoC has a single Cortex-A7 core, in this case clocked to 1.2GHz. However, Like a number of TI’s Linux-focused, DSP-based DaVinci SoCs, the V3 is designed for camera applications. It follows Allwinner V-Series SoCs including the quad-core, Cortex-A7 V10 and Cortex-A8-based V15.

SMARC module runs Linux on i.MX6, runs hot and cold

Embedian has launched a SMARC COM that runs Linux on a Freescale i.MX6, and offers up to 2GB RAM, 4GB eMMC, -40 to 85°C operation, and a Mini-ITX baseboard. Embedian’s SMARC (Smart Mobility ARChitecture) form-factor SMARC-FiMX6 computer-on-module follows Embedian’s earlier SMARC-T335X, which integrates a TI AM335x Sitara system-on-chip. The SMARC-T335X module also formed the basis for a pair of Embedian sandwich-style Smart SBCs. The similarly SODIMM-style SMARC-FiMX6 instead showcases Freescale’s Cortex-A9-based i.MX6 SoC.

Compact Cortex-A9 SBC expands on its inner Udoo

Seco has released a commercial SBC spun from the original i.MX6-based open spec Udoo hacker SBC, adding eMMC flash and subtracting Arduino compatibility. Seco oversees the popular, community-backed Udoo SBC project, but also sells more commercial single board computers under its own name, such as the SECOpITX-GX.

New GeekGuide: Beyond Cron

If you've spent any time around UNIX, you've no doubt learned to use and appreciate cron, the ubiquitous job scheduler that comes with almost every version of UNIX that exists. Cron is simple and easy to use, and most important, it just works. It sure beats having to remember to run your backups by hand, for example.

How to create document centric apps with concurrent tasks on Android Lollipop

Android L introduced a great new feature: the ability for a single app to have multiple tasks available on the 'Recent Apps' list. This is called Document Centric apps (Concurrent Tasks). In fact, this feature is a rather significant change in multitasking model in Android L, where focus has been shifted from traditional app-centric multitasking […]Continue reading... The post How to create document centric apps with concurrent tasks on Android Lollipop appeared first on Xmodulo. Related FAQs: How to use RecyclerView and CardView on Android Lollipop How to create activity transition animations on Android Lollipop

News: Linux Top 3: GNOME 3.16, Sabayon 15.04 and Ubuntu 15.04 Beta

GNOME 3.16 was released on March 25, benefiting from the contributions of 1,043 authors that made 33,525 changes.

Not So Dynamic Updates

Typically when a network is under my control, I like my servers to have static IPs. Whether the IPs are truly static (hard-coded into network configuration files on the host) or whether I configure a DHCP server to make static assignments, it's far more convenient when you know a server always will have the same IP.

How Mozilla is giving back to it's community

Open source communities have always been my place to learn. read more

Web Server Load-Balancing with HAProxy on Ubuntu 14.04

HAProxy(High Availability Proxy) is an open-source load-balancer which can load balance any TCP service. HAProxy is a free, very fast and reliable solution that offers load-balancing, high-availability, and proxying for TCP and HTTP-based applications. It is particularly well suited for very high traffic web sites and powers many of the world's most visited ones.

Linux loving SODIMM-style COM dishes up Cortex-A5 SoC

EMAC’s “SoM-A5D36? COM runs Linux on a Cortex-A5-based Atmel SAMA5D3 SoC, and offers up to 4GB flash, industrial temperature, and an optional carrier board.

Pi Glove interview

I was invited to the second Picademy back in July. The first day was workshops, education, and the second day was a pure hack day, and we had a bit of a chat with Eben [Upton] and some other people who wanted to support and build something. We wanted to come up with something you could physically use, and we decided to use Scratch GPIO.

Google open-sources HTTP/2-based RPC framework

Google has open-sourced something called “gRPC” that it says represents “a brand new framework for handling remote procedure calls” using HTTP/2. The Chocolate Factory says it has dogfooded gRPC on its own microservices and that it “enables easy creation of highly performant, scalable APIs and microservices” and offers “bandwidth and CPU efficient, low latency way to create massively distributed systems that span data centers, as well as power mobile apps, real-time communications, IoT devices and APIs.”

Tiny rugged COM runs Linux on quad-core 2GHz Tegra K1

GE unveiled a rugged COM Express Type 10 Mini module that runs Linux on a 2GHz Tegra K1 and offers soldered 2GB RAM and support for CUDA and VisionWorks. GE’s Intelligent Platforms business, a division of GE Energy Management headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., is primarily focused on the military/aerospace segment. The 84 x 55mm mCOM10K1 computer-on-module, which conforms to the COM Express Type 10 “Mini” form factor, is designed in part for SWaP-constrained mil/aero applications like image and video processing, sensor processing and electronic warfare. However, it also has broader applications in industrial Internet and Internet of Things applications, says GE. These are said to include industrial process automation, automotive and transportation, and medical imaging.

Ryanteck Budget Robot Kit Review

The cheapest and simplest Raspberry Pi robot you're going to find on the market. Is it a perfect entry-level kit?

Starting with Vagrant on Ubuntu 14.10 - A Beginner's Guide

Vagrant is an highly efficient tool for managing virtual machines via CLI. This increases your and your team's productivity and flexibility. This tutorial will cover the installation of Vagrant on Ubuntu 14.10, explain the basics of this great virtualisation tool and will guide you trough the creation of your first Vagrant instance.

An open source database for realtime applications

The world of databases is no stranger to open source. In fact, many of the world's top companies, projects, and websites run various open source databases behind the scenes.

Pulling the plug

GCC facilitated the portability of Linux and other free operating systems. If it was accessible to proprietary plugins, this may not have happened

Freescales popular i.MX6 SoC sprouts a Cortex-M4 MCU

Freescale added a “6SoloX” SoC to its Cortex-A9 i.MX6 family, featuring a Cortex-M4 MCU, plus new security, power management, and GbE bridging features. The hybrid CPU/MCU i.MX 6SoloX system-on-chip design resembles Freescale Semiconductor’s earlier Vybrid F Series SoC, which pairs a Linux-ready Cortex-A5 core with a Cortex-M4 based Kinetis MCU running Freescale’s MQX RTOS. The 6SoloX also incorporates a Cortex-M4 running MQX, clocked at 200MHz, which is touted for its deterministic, real-time responsiveness. But instead of the Vybrid’s Cortex-A5 CPU, the i.MX6 series SoCs pack a 1GHz Cortex-A9 core that runs Linux or Android.

5 open source developers tell us how they got started

Do you remember what it was like when you first started out in open source? I recently asked a group of developers to recount what it was like for them and what prompted them to start contributing to open source in the first place. Each has worked professionally as a developer for a range of 3 to 17 years, and represent an interesting cross section of backgrounds. read more

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