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Rough, tough in-vehicle computer offers PoE and battery backup

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Hardware
Ubuntu

The system provides a 9-48V DC power input with automatic recovery short circuit power protection and vehicle power ignition support for a variety of vehicles. There’s also an optional 10-minute backup battery. The 250 x 155 x 55mm computer weighs 1.98 Kg and has wall and VESA mounting.

The VBOX-3611-IP65 runs Ubuntu 16.04 or Windows 10 on Intel’s dual-core, 15W TDP 6th Gen U-series processors up to a Core i7-6600U clocked at 2.6GHz (3.4GHz turbo). The system supports up to 32GB DDR4-2133 and has a 2.5-inch SATA bay and an M.2 M-key 2280/2242 slot for SSDs. The product page mentions dual SIM card slots and optional LTE, WLAN, GPS, and Bluetooth, and the front panel image shows four antenna connectors, so there must some be some PCIe/USB enabled M.2 or mini-PCIe slots lurking about.

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Latest HowTos and Programming Bits

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Development
HowTos
  • Install VLC Player on CentOS 8 / CentOS 8 Stream
  • killersheep – Silly game for Vim version 8.2
  • Rav1e Achieves Another ~20% Speed-Up For Rust-Based AV1 Video Encoding

    Rav1e's weekly-ish pre-releases for this Rust-written AV1 encoder have been focusing a lot on better performance via hand-written x86 Assembly, making use of SIMD extensions, and other fine tuning of their encoder. With this newest pre-release, another ~20% speed-up was obtained. 

    Today's rav1e p20191215 build is around 20% faster thanks to porting more Assembly optimizations from the dav1d AV1 decoder over to rav1e. There is also now forward-transform SIMD support and simplifications/refactoring to the motion estimation and scene change code. 

  • Function-Based Views vs Class-Based Views in Django

    When I had just started learning Django. There is always a problem for me to choose from.

    Which views should I used that is either function-based views or class-based views.

    I believe this is one of the core reasons why Django is hard to pick up for beginners.

    Therefore I believe that this article could allow you to understand the basic functionality of these views.

    To make a choice in your development on which is needed to be based upon your use cases.

  • Python 3.7.5 : Simple intro in CSRF.

    CSRF or Cross-Site Request Forgery is a technique used by cyber-criminals to force users into executing unwanted actions on a web application. 
    To protect against web form CSRF attacks, it's isn't sufficient for web applications to trust authenticated users, must be equipped with a unique identifier called a CSRF token similar to a session identifier. 

Raspberry Pi 4 BCM43455 NVRAM Addition Hits Linux-Firmware Git

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Development
Linux

The Raspberry Pi 4 continues seeing better mainline kernel/software support as we approach 2020.

With the forthcoming Linux 5.5 kernel there is Broadcom BCM2711 SoC support and Raspberry Pi 4 DeviceTree in place. With Linux 5.5 due out in late January or early February is the start of that mainline board and SoC support though expect it to continue to be revised over the coming cycles.

On the graphics side, the already mainline Broadcom "V3D" driver stack continues to be improved upon especially on the Mesa side with its Gallium3D driver and nearly at OpenGL ES 3.1 support.

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ArcticFox 27.9.19 release

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GNU
Web

Code has been fixed to support newer compilers. On Linux, currently, the highest supported compiler remains gcc 6.5, more recent versions do compile now with this release, but fail to link afterwards with errors on very standard symbols. Help appreciated! On NetBSD gcc 7 now works fine instead.

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FreeDOS 1.3 RC2

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OS

We are moving toward the FreeDOS 1.3 release. FreeDOS 1.3 Release Candidate 2 is now available for download. Please help us test this new version!
A big feature in FreeDOS 1.3 will be booting into a LiveCD version of FreeDOS. You can test this by downloading FD13-LiveCD.zip, which contains FD13LIVE.ISO. This media is similar to the LegacyCD. However instead of relying on the BIOS floppy disk emulation, it uses SYSLINUX and MEMDISK to boot an emulated floppy disk. Along side support to perform a Plain and Full installation FreeDOS, this media is also able to run FreeDOS live from RAM or CD (depending on computer system and hardware) without installation to an internal hard disk drive. You can also download FreeDOS 1.3 RC2 in "Full" and "Lite" versions, and a "Legacy" CDROM version that is set up to let the CDROM boot on older hardware. Most users should try the LiveCD version.

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Also: FreeDOS 1.3 RC2 Released With "Live CD" Support

Best Linux log file management and monitoring tools

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Software

In most Linux distros, system administrators would keep an eye on log files from time to time in production environments, in order to get a glimpse at the health of the system, the running state of applications, potential memory issues, events with high priority…This will help them improve the overall system performance and to proactively avoid future problems which might affect the users and their applications. Viewing and analyzing the log files is no easy task if done without using the appropriate tools and utilities.

In this article, we will be looking at some of the best log file monitoring and management applications that are in use today.

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Some thoughts on Linux gaming in 2019, an end of year review

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Gaming

2019 is coming to a close, it's been a pretty wild year for Linux gaming that's for sure! Here's some thoughts on the year and what to expect for 2020.

Firstly, let's look over all the games that came to Linux in 2019. As usual, very little AAA support but that doesn't mean we don't get awesome experiences. We've had a huge amount of quality games, which is the important thing. Not including those currently in Early Access, here's a few random picks we've had released this year for Linux: Abandon Ship, AI War 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, DiRT 4, Total War: THREE KINGDOMS, Sky Racket, Rise to Ruins, Indivisible, Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones, Jenny LeClue - Detectivu, Police Stories, Overland, Devader, Dicey Dungeons, Oxygen Not Included, Streets of Rogue, Mosaic, The Eternal Castle: Remastered, Mindustry, Slay the Spire and so on.

[...]

Sadly, this year we saw a few games drop Linux support entirely with Rust, Natural Selection 2, Forager and Throne of Lies. Not many, but even one dropping support is not good.

However, don't get too down about the above point. There's a huge amount of moving pieces, certainly when it comes to the future of Linux gaming. Right now, if you truly don't care about any details and just want to play games on Linux—you've never had it better. We have Steam Play, enabling Proton (and other tools like Boxtron) to run games through Steam not designed for Linux like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, No Man's Sky, Elite Dangerous, Deep Rock Galactic and plenty more. Wine also came along tremendously and when paired with DXVK/D9VK, even more games can be played easily on Linux like Overwatch.

I don't personally think Steam Play Proton/Wine should ever replace proper support, to make that clear. The last thing we need is more lock-in because developers end up seeing less of a point in using cross-platform tech and open APIs. For now though, while we're a niche, Steam Play Proton and Wine fill a big gap and they're definitely important for that. Eventually when more people try out Linux and enjoy the experience and the market share rises as a result, then we can look to get proper support from more developers. Until then, be sure you keep supporting those who do put out Linux versions of their games.

We also have the rise of streaming platforms like Google Stadia further taking away barriers to playing bigger titles on Linux. There's also whatever Steam Cloud Gaming turns out to be, that's going to be very exciting to find out more on. Hopefully Valve won't keep us waiting too long on it. Streaming platforms still have a long way to go though, and they have their own barriers of entry (especially internet speeds and bandwidth).

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Benchmarking 11 Linux Distributions Across Dozens Of Workloads On The Intel Core i9 10980XE

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Graphics/Benchmarks

If opting for a high-end desktop/workstation like the Intel Core i9 10980XE and even for smaller systems, your choice of Linux distribution can be a big factor in the performance potential out of the system. In benchmarking eleven modern Linux distributions across dozens of benchmarks, the performance difference can be more than 30% for the out-of-the-box Linux performance. Benchmarked this round on the i9-10980XE were multiple versions of CentOS, Clear Linux, Debian, Fedora Workstation, Manjaro, openSUSE Tumbleweed, Solus, and Ubuntu.

The newly-released Cascadelake-X Core i9 10980XE was used for this round of benchmarking with the GIGABYTE X299X DESIGNARE 10GB motherboard, which has been working out well on all of the Linux distributions tested. The system had 4 x 8GB DDR4-3200 memory, Samsung 970 PRO 512GB NVMe SSD, and Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics. The eleven Linux distributions tested were...

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Funding and Flunking

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OSS
  • Creators of the Open Source ​DAML​ Smart Contract Language Digital Asset – Raises $35 Million in Series C

    The creators of the open-source ​DAML​ smart contract language, ​Digital Asset​ (DA), has raised approximately $35 million in Series C funding from new and existing investors. According to DA, the latest financing round brings the total amount raised by the company to $150 million.

  • High Fidelity lays off half of staff, pulls plug on open-source VR platform

    High Fidelity is laying off half of its workforce and halting development on its open-source VR platform. High Fidelity CEO Philip Rosedale announced the moves in a blog post yesterday.

    It is the second big pivot for the company this year. In May, it laid off 25% of its employees as it switched gears from building a VR "metaverse" to a narrower goal of building its tech for virtual office spaces.

    "We plan to continue to use our technology as our company's primary virtual office but we have decided not to commercialize the virtual workplace application at this time," Rosedale said. "Simply put, having taken a close look, while we can see that remote work is going to continue on its growth trajectory and we do have customers using it -- the opportunity is not big enough today to warrant additional development."

  • Andreessen Horowitz's new growth fund just invested $30 million into Imply, an open source data analytics startup taking on Microsoft and Salesforce's Tableau
  • EnterpriseDB Announces Postgres Platform 12; Extends Leading Open Source Database

    EnterpriseDB, the enterprise Postgres company, today announced the worldwide general availability of its EDB Postgres Platform 12. This new version includes updates to the company’s flagship database management system (DBMS) and tools. These deliver scalability, high availability and disaster recovery that build on the capabilities of PostgreSQL 12 required for enterprises.

    “Postgres has never been hotter both in terms of its end user adoption and technology momentum,” said Ed Boyajian, president and CEO of EnterpriseDB. “We are obsessed with helping our customers get to value faster with Postgres. Our engineers continue to set the standard for Postgres innovation in response to the needs of enterprises.”

Security News and FUD for Marketing Purposes

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Security
  • Winning the Cybersecurity Battle with Open Networking

    Open networking could be the solution. If vendors commit to open standards, systems can be created where a variety of networking and security products will work in concert. Designing products with maximum compatibility takes away the need to commit to a single vendor, and will also ensure that any existing network infrastructure will work in sync with future data center investments.

    An open networking approach also means there is no need to wait around for a vendor to integrate two products. With open source, and access to the relevant APIs, it’s possible to create your own scripts to connect and automate network defenses.

    Ultimately, there is no one solution in the rapidly evolving field of information security; good security practice requires interoperability and integration of solutions from multiple vendors. By creating systems where multiple products can work in concert, many layers of technologies and defense techniques can be woven together into the tapestry of everyday operations.

  • ZeroNorth Launches Solution to Jump-Start Application Security Initiatives

    ZeroNorth, the industry’s first provider of risk-based vulnerability orchestration for applications and infrastructure, today announced a new solution for Rapid Application Security, enabling customers to quickly stand up software security initiatives by leveraging open source vulnerability discovery tools. The solution is ideal for companies seeking to rapidly deploy new application scanning capabilities, while evaluating long-term deployments of commercial tools.

    [...]

    The ZeroNorth solution provides open source options for exploring emerging areas of vulnerability testing—such as container security and cloud management—or augmenting those technologies not yet covered by commercial tools. Specifically, the solution embeds open source products directly within the ZeroNorth platform, providing software composition analysis (SCA), static application security testing (SAST), dynamic application security testing (DAST), container security and cloud management.

  • Lazarus Hacking Group Strikes Again with Fileless Malware

    Researchers discovered a new kind of “Fileless Malware” distributed by the infamous Lazarus APT Hackers Group. According to a security researcher from K7 Labs, the hacking group was spreading malware targeting MacOS users, to create fake cryptocurrency trading applications.

    The researcher stated that the hacking group was targeting several cryptocurrency trading applications by trojanising a Mac application to steal cryptocurrency.

  • There’s No Such Thing as an Open Source Business Model [Ed: The "DevOps" crowd just cannot help attacking Free software to promote 'cloud computing' and proprietary software giants' agenda. Typical FUD right here; from the 90s?]
  • The world increasingly relies on open source -- here's how to control its risks [Ed: Justin Rodenbostel thinks secret code has no risks such as EULA violations, back doors, and bugs you cannot patch?]

    But while open source has transformed organizations’ ability to use proven and maintained code in the development of new software, it’s not untouchable in terms of security. Using code that’s readable by anyone brings risks -- and issues have occurred in the past.

  • Upload - The pitfalls of open-source software [Ed: Firms of lawyers and proprietary software allies continue to badmouth Free software based on things that impact proprietary software even more (and there are back doors)]

    Open-source software (OSS) is the leading software code used in the operating systems of the top 500 supercomputers in the world and is widely used by software developers.
    Due to the widespread use of OSS, it is important that businesses are aware of the potential pitfalls inherent in their software. Some of the key issues for consideration with regard to using OSS are set out below.

  • Securing Software from the Supply Side [Ed: This site is giving a platform to Microsoft propagandists… the typical Microsoft FUD]

Licensing, Standards, and Collaboration

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  • GSA Satellite-Navigation Data May Be A Lot to Digest!

    Why is such software so important? The problem is that Galileo navigation signals travelling through the ionosphere can be significantly delayed by the electrical charges in this atmospheric layer before reaching the end-users’ terminal. To compensate this perturbation in the signal, Galileo receivers integrate a dynamic model of the ionosphere composition known as the NeQuick G model. Receiver manufacturers will now be able to benefit from an open version of the NeQuick G correction algorithm that implements a new coding approach.

  • If You ARIA Label Something, Give It A Role

    The longer version is that several elements created extraneous amount of announcements in screen readers in the past that were not really useful. Especially in the ARIA 1.0 days where a lot of things weren’t as clear and people were still gathering experience, this was an issue for elements or roles that mapped to regions, multiple landmarks of the same type on a page, etc. Therefore, best practice has become to label both widgets (which should be labeled anyway), and landmarks with means such as aria-label or aria-labelledby, to make them more useful. This is important for several reasons...

  • A small Wisconsin company stored thousands of people’s CDs, then suddenly vanished

    Last month, almost a million CDs stored in Wisconsin seemed to disappear. For years, thousands of people paid a Madison-based company, named Murfie, to rip, stream, and store their CDs, vinyl, and cassettes. But a few weeks ago, Murfie’s website went offline and nearly all communication from the company ceased. Now, customers fear their physical music collections may be lost forever.

    Murfie’s main service was digitizing people’s audio CDs for high-fidelity cloud playback. You’d mail in your collection, Murfie would rip them to the cloud, and if you kept paying a storage fee, Murfie would hold onto your physical collection and even let you buy and sell with other users. For nine years, it had done that. But late last month, the service stopped, and customers who went to the website found it had gone offline.

  • This open source farming technology aims to combat climate change

    This open source farming technology aims to combat climate change via soil health – Good Algorithms

  • Free, Downloadable Open Source Wood 3D Design Objects for BIM and CAD Software

    Metsä Wood's Open Source Wood Initiative and ProdLib, a free library of 3D design models, join forces to make the latest innovation in wood-based construction easily available to everyone. With ProdLib library, you can now download the elements available on Open Source Wood to your design software.

  • The Australians using social media and satellites to fight fake news in Syria
  • Amnesty International updates Citizen Evidence Lab for cutting-edge open-source human rights investigations

    Amnesty International is launching an updated version of its Citizen Evidence Lab website, bringing together cutting-edge open-source and other digital investigation tools which have revolutionized how evidence of serious human rights violations and other crimes are gathered and preserved.

    Investigations facilitated by the pioneering Citizen Evidence Lab website have already helped expose human rights violations Cameroon, war crimes in Syria and chemical weapons attacks in Sudan.

    The upgraded site provides a space for human rights researchers, investigators, students and journalists to explore and share investigative techniques in human rights. It enables them to take better advantage of the digital data-streams critical for modern fact-finding, while also leading the fight against mis- and disinformation campaigns.

  • Use of open-source journalism by Asian Tribune: Effective? You Bet

    Open-source journalism is a practice used by the U.S. Bureau of Asian Tribune, and I have found that sitting in my home office in front of the computer in a single city in the United States.

OSS Leftovers

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OSS
  • Librecorps: an organization that connects student free/open source software developers with humanitarian NGOs

    Librecorps is a program based at the Rochester Institute for Technology's Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) initiative that works with UNICEF to connect students with NGOs for paid co-op placements where they build and maintain FOSS tools used by nonprofits.

  • Healthcare Industry: Open-Source is gaining momentum
  • The future of open source: 3 discoveries

    The majority (60%) of tech professionals said their involvement in open source has increased for three key reasons: They enjoyed it, they wanted to learn new skills, or they found their contributions fulfilling, a DigitalOcean report found. The popularity of open source isn't a huge surprise, since the market for open source is forecasted to exceed $32 billion by 2023, according to the report.

  • SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Apache APISIX

    “The APISIX will help speed development time and support configurable plugins for enterprise personality configuration,” the team added “APISIX is based on Nginx and etcd. Compared with traditional API gateways, APISIX has dynamic routing and plug-in hot loading, which is especially suitable for API management under micro-service system.”

    It includes dynamic load balancing to balance across multiple upstream services, additional security layers such as ACL, CORS, Dynamic SSL and IP restriction. It also has traffic control, analytics, monitoring and logging plugins.

  • Open Source and AI: Ready for primetime in government?

    The Office of Management Budget released its open source policy in 2016.

    [...]

    The policy requires agencies to examine the total life cycle cost of IT purchases. Open source software has a huge pricing spectrum from free to very expensive. There is a reason that IBM recently paid $34 billion for Red Hat, the largest provider of open source-based solutions. More often than not, there is an enterprise edition of open source software that packs a commercial license, and only a stripped-down “community edition” with a free license.

  • Open Software Means Kinder Science

    As a marine ecologist, I never expected I would one day advocate that science should operate more like the tech industry.
    This is not about “moving fast and breaking things.” For me, it is about openness.
    Open software, both a driver and a result of Silicon Valley’s success, has been game-changing for me as a scientist. Its transformative power has improved my ability to analyze data and collaborate with other scientists.
    But it is not only about the tool sets and skill sets. It is about mind-sets and culture: An unsung part of open software are its communities that promote and enable a more inclusive, kinder culture.
    When I truly began learning the open-source programming language R in 2014, I was part of a small team of marine ecologists who needed R to bring order to the chaos of repeating an annual and massive analysis of global ocean health. The first thing that surprised me was that R software was created by real people—real and incredibly nice people whom I could actually talk with and who made intentional efforts to welcome and include me.

  • Where To Get Noticed By Recruiters Before The Job Posting Goes Live

    Open-Source Technology Projects

    For software engineering and data science positions, recruiters will often spend time looking through open-source technologies that are relevant to the job descriptions. Specifically, who was contributing, and who was following?

    Similar to conferences, this is another way to measure who is actively interested in the same technologies and projects. Why is this important? Showing a drive to learn more means that a candidate is already likely a good fit as long as they have the right skills (both technical and soft).

    Often, people who are working on/contributing to these projects are doing it on their own time because it is one of their passions. Many of them would love to do it as a full-time job but haven’t found that position yet. As a recruiter, sourcing from these open-source projects means that you are catching them before their search has started, which saves them time.

  • Survey Reveals Talent, Tech and Compliance Key Drivers for Financial Institutions to Engage in Open Source

    For financial firms, seeing the value of engaging in open source isn't something that happens overnight-it requires a strategic commitment and understanding of the technology's long-term benefits. Aite Group's new report called, "From Secret Sauce to Open Source," addresses this issue and revealed key findings for firms looking to engage in open source. The report was commissioned by FINOS (the Fintech Open Source Foundation), a nonprofit member organization whose mission is to foster adoption of open source, open standards and collaborative software development practices in financial services and released at yesterday's Open Fintech Forum.

  • An Overview of Cloud Migration and Open Source

    The role and emergence of open source technologies simplified the equation of overall expenditure for all enterprises and organizations of any industry domains. Year by year, more open source projects are coming up and solve major challenges which businesses are facing. Companies such as Red Hat and communities like Linux Foundation have a major role in promoting open source projects at the heart of digital transformation.

  • A Guide to Open Source Support Providers
  • How open-source software took over the world

    What's more, lots of this software is actually developed collaboratively, created and maintained by an army of thousands, from unpaid volunteers to employees at competing tech companies.

    This is the world of open-source software, where code is written and distributed freely. So how did a business model that essentially revolves around giving away information and products take over the world?

  • This Mozilla Project Can Be A Game Changer Speech Recognition
  • How to Make Your Own Open-Source Voice Assistant With Raspberry Pi

    Want an open-source alternative to Amazon's Alexa or the Google Assistant? Download Mycroft onto Raspberry Pi for a privacy-focused voice assistant.

  • BP goes all-in on AWS migration of European mega data centres

    Oil and gas giant BP is planning on shutting down its two European data centres and shifting 900 applications to the cloud with Amazon Web Services (AWS) over the next two and half years, as part of an ambitious cloud migration strategy.

    After already shifting the majority of workloads from its Houston, Texas data centre to both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services public cloud infrastructure, BP has decided to go all in with AWS for its European cloud migration.

  • Huawei, Intel, Bosch Et Al Take On Open Source Edge Computing

    The launch of the Edge Native Working Group sees the likes of ADLINK, Bosch, Edgeworx, Eurotech, Huawei, Intel, Kynetics, and Siemens collaborating as founding members.

    The Edge Native Working Group is a vendor-neutral and code-first industry collaboration that is set to drive the evolution and broad adoption of open source software for edge computing.

    With open source still yet to unleash its full potential, the Edge Native Working Group is focused on the near-term creation of an end-to-end software stack that will support deployments of today’s most transformative technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), autonomous vehicles, and more.

  • Huawei's HarmonyOS source code will be available to developers next year
  • Huawei’s HarmonyOS source code will be available to developers next year
  • Continuous Delivery Foundation Sets CI/CD Path for 2020

    In the world of DevOps, one of the foundational elements is the concept of continuous integration and continuous delivery, commonly referred to as CI/CD.

    CI/CD is not just a buzzword. It's a process that involves a number of different tools and technologies that help developers integrate new code and deploy code out to production. At the ground level of the CI/CD movement is the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF), which was formally announced on March 12 under the auspices of the Linux Foundation.

FOSS Events: OpenSUSE Asia Summit 2019, OFFDEM, Code for Boston

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  • Open Suse Asia Summit 2019, Bali

    When you travel for the very first time Internationally there are lot of things going in your head. Especially for someone like me, who is a vegetarian and is travelling all alone with no experience of flight. I was a lot nervous, was thinking about the culture of the place I am going, was nervous about flight itself, I watched a lot of “How to save yourselves” videos while travelling in flights.

    [...]

    I was in the flight, slept for a while ( It was midnight flight) , and then it hit me, I saw that crew was up whole the time making sure that we sleep well, I was so touched by this, and I reached out to the crew and talked about this, they were very welcoming and talked about their job and I had a nice talk with them, All of the whole experience was just so nice.

    In the end, they reached out to me, and shared a token of gratitude, they gave me “Singapore airlines playing cards and a ball point pen”, with a letter that they enjoyed having me as a passenger. Well, I was not aiming for any gifts or something, I just went to them and asked about their job and appreciated their hard-work genuinely.

  • Why OFFDEM?

    FOSDEM is approaching its 20 year anniversary.

    It is customary to many large festivals to have an Off version at the margin of the main festival, to give space to proposals that are not represented in the official one.

    The idea of OFFDEM is to address intersectional questions that are not present at FOSDEM, in a format that attracts people who usually do not go there: at OFFDEM, everyone is a user.

    FOSDEM misses cosy and quiet spaces for collectives to meet, focus, hack and work together in good conditions, away from the noise and seasonal rain, shielded from the usual stress of too much sollicitation and perceptual saturation ; the main attraction of OFFDEM should be its absence of both concurrent tracks and a main track, so that ad-hoc organization, free conversation and unexpected activities can take place.

    OFFDEM should also act as an overflow mechanism for a number of free software groups that could not obtain a devroom due to the saturation of physical space at FOSDEM.

  • Release Notes: Join us for Demo Night in Boston next Tuesday!

    On December 17, MuckRock, Code for Boston, and Hacks/Hackers are putting together a demo night to highlight a number of open source projects, including MuckRock’s newest government transparency tool, GovLens.

GNU/Linux Devices and Open Hardware

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Linux
Hardware
  • FreeMesh is a $150 open source mesh WiFi system (1 router + 2 nodes)

    Mesh WiFi systems have taken off in the last few years, with pretty much every company that makes routers offering a mesh option or two. But they tend to be on the pricey side, since you typically have to buy two or more devices to get the most out of a mesh system. And like most routers, they tend to run proprietary software.

    FreeMesh is designed to be an open source, relatively inexpensive alternative.

    For $150 you can pick up a FreeMesh WiFi router and 2 nodes that run an open source operating system based on OpenWRT.

  • Onion Omega2 Dash Enables Touch-based UI’s, Features Omega2S WiFi Module (Crowdfunding)

    Onion, the team behind the Omega2 series self-styled computing modules has launched the Omega2 Dash a self-contained Omega2S module with a touchscreen.

  • Stackable Open Source 3D Printer Enclosure

    One of the unfortunate realities of desktop FDM 3D printing is that environmental factors such as ambient temperature and humidity can have a big impact on your results. Even with the exact same settings, a part that printed beautifully in the summer can warp right off the bed during the winter months. The solution is a temperature-controlled enclosure, but that can be a daunting project without some guidance. Luckily, [Jay Doscher] has spent the last few months designing a very impressive enclosure that he’s released to the community as open source.

  • Open-Source Satellite Propulsion Hack Chat

    When you look back on the development history of any technology, it’s clear that the successful products eventually reach an inflection point, the boundary between when it was a niche product and when it seems everyone has one. Take 3D-printers, for instance; for years you needed to build one if you wanted one, but now you can buy them in the grocery store.

  • Codasip partners with Western Digital on open‑source processors

    A supplier of configurable RISC-V embedded processor IP, Codasip GmbH announced it has joined forces with Western Digital Corp. to become the preferred provider of hardware implementation packages and expert technical support for users of Western Digital’s SweRV Core EH1, a RISC-V core currently available to the open-source community and further supported by the open-source development organization CHIPS Alliance.

    CHIPS Alliance is a barrier free environment which allows collaboration for open-source software and hardware code.

    The SweRV Core EH1 is a 32-bit, 2-way superscalar, 9-stage pipeline core introduced earlier this year by Western Digital, a leader in data infrastructure. With performance of up to 4.9 CoreMark/MHz and a small footprint, it offers compelling capabilities for embedded devices supporting data-intensive edge applications, such as storage controllers, industrial IoT, real-time analytics in surveillance systems, and other smart systems. The power-efficient design also offers clock speeds of up to 1.8 GHz on a 28nm CMOS process technology.

  • Codasip Teams Up with Western Digital to Support Adoption of Open-Source Processors

    The SweRV Core EH1 is a 32-bit, 2-way superscalar, 9-stage pipeline core introduced earlier this year by Western Digital, a leader in data infrastructure. With performance of up to 4.9 CoreMark/MHz and a small footprint, it offers compelling capabilities for embedded devices supporting data-intensive edge applications, such as storage controllers, industrial IoT, real-time analytics in surveillance systems, and other smart systems. The power-efficient design also offers clock speeds of up to 1.8 GHz on a 28nm CMOS process technology.

  • CutiePi open source tablet crowdfunding campaign in the works, open source design files already available

    The CutiePi is a tablet powered by a Raspberry Pi Computer Module 3 Lite. It’s designed to run Linux-based software such as Raspbian, and the design of the tablet is also open source.

    First revealed earlier this year, the hardware and software are a little closer to final at this point — the CutiePi developers have posted some pictures and a video showing the custom CutiePi printed circuit board in action, and the design files are all available at github for anyone who wants to try manufacturing their own PCB and assembling their own tablet.

  • Bangle.js open source smartwatch hands on

    After a successful crowdfunding campaign the fantastic open source smartwatch which is completely hacker bore and programmable has now made the jump from concept to production. If you missed out on the Kickstarter campaign the Bangle.js smartwatch is now available to pre-order from the Espruino shop priced at £70 or approximately $92.

  • CORE-V Chassis SoC open source project calls for participation

    With the CORE-V Chassis project, the recently formed OpenHW Group aims to tape out a heterogeneous multi-core processor evaluation SoC, capable of running the Linux operating system during the 2nd half of 2020.

    The CORE-V Chassis will see a CV64A 64-bit core running alongside a CV32E 32-bit coprocessor core.

    Based on the proven NXP iMX platform, the resulting CORE-V Chassis evaluation SoC will also feature 3D and 2D GPUs, MIPI-DSI and CSI display and camera I/O, hardware security blocks, PCIe connectivity, a GigE MAC, USB 2.0 interfaces, support for (LP)DDR4, and multiple SDIO interfaces, along with a wide range of further peripheral blocks.
    The 64-bit CV64A core in th

  • Cobham Introduces Two New Open Source Processor IP Cores

    Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions revealed Thursday that it has introduced two new offerings to its Cobham Gaisler family of Open Source IP Cores. The new LEON5 IP core implements the SPARC V8 32-bit Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), a 32-bit architecture. And Cobham’s new NOEL-V supports RISC-V, an open, free ISA that enables processor innovation through open standard collaboration. NOEL-V is Cobham’s initial RISC-V solution and the company plans to introduce a range of RISC-V offerings.

  • Cobham Unveils New Open Source Processor IP Cores

    Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions announced today that it has introduced two new offerings to its Cobham Gaisler family of Open Source IP Cores. The new LEON5 IP core implements the SPARC V8 32-bit Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), a 32-bit architecture. Based on VHDL, Cobham’s LEON5 super-scalar dual-issue processor provides software backward compatibility with previous generation LEON processors, while increasing performance both in terms of maximum achievable operating frequency and amount of computations performed per system clock cycle. Cobham’s new NOEL-V supports RISC-V, an open, free ISA that enables a new era of processor innovation through open standard collaboration. Cobham, a Gold-Level Member of the RISC-V Foundation, plans to introduce a wide range of RISC-V offerings. NOEL-V, Cobham’s initial RISC-V solution, is a RV64GC compliant processor Intellectual Property (IP) core, a 64-bit architecture, written in VHDL. Both of Cobham’s new Processor IP Cores will be available for initial download into Xilinx UltraSCALE FPGAs.

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Linux Foundation: ACT Program, Dent and Delta Lake

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  • Google, VMware Headline Linux Foundation's ACT Program
  • Amazon is joining a project that could upend network chipmakers such as Broadcom

    Amazon is contributing to a new piece of open-source software that could give it a leg up in its physical stores. The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization that maintains the Linux operating system and open-source software, announced the new networking operating system, called Dent, in a statement on Friday.

    Dent is a proposed operating system for switches, which are pieces of hardware used to route data around networks, usually within companies or between companies and the internet. The market has traditionally been dominated by big companies such as Broadcom, which provides a lot of the underlying silicon chips, and Cisco, which sells finished assembled product.

  • Calmer waters promised in the data lake through Linux Foundation Delta Lake Project

    Delta Lake (wait for it… the clue is in the name) is a project focusing on improving the reliability and performance of data lakes.

    Delta Lake was actually announced by unified analytics company Databricks earlier this year before this autumn becoming a Linux Foundation project with an open governance model.

    The team points out that organisations in every vertical aspire to get more value from data through data science, machine learning and analytics, but they are hindered by the lack of data reliability within data lakes.

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