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+ - Rate These 53 Sub-$200 Hacker SBCs, Win One of 20->

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DeviceGuru writes: LinuxGizmos and Linux.com have just launched their annual 2-minute survey asking folks to rate their favorite hacker SBCs from a list of 53 single board computers that are priced below $200, supported by open documentation and Linux or Android OSes, and will ship before July. As usual, the survey's data will be made available publicly, but one big change this year is that participants can register for a random drawing that will give away 20 hacker SBCs, split equally among the BeagleBone Black, Imagination Creator CI20, Intel Edison Kit for Arduino, and Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c. (Emails submitted will only be used for selecting and notifying SBC drawing winners, say the sites.)
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+ - Linino-enabled Arduino Yun Shrinks in Size and Cost->

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DeviceGuru writes: Arduino announced a smaller, cheaper Arduino Yun Mini version of the Arduino Yún SBC at the Bay Area Maker Faire Today. The $60 Arduino Yún Mini SBC sacrifices a number of interfaces in order to reduce size, and gives the OpenWRT Linux based Linino distribution, which is also used by the original Yún, more control over the board’s functions. Arduino also announced a new community web portal called my.arduino.org, plus an open source Arduino IDE-alpha development system that is entirely based on JavaScript, which will be available there by the end of the month.
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+ - Imagination to Release Open MIPS Design to Academia->

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DeviceGuru writes: Imagination Technologies has developed a Linux-ready academic version of its 32-bit MIPS architecture MicroAptiv processor design, and is giving it away free to universities for use in computer research and education. As the MIPSfpga name suggests, the production-quality RTL (register transfer level) design abstraction is intended to run on industry standard FPGAs. Although MIPSfpga is available as a fully visible RTL design, MIPSfpga is not fully open source, according to the announcement from Robert Owen, Manager of Imagination’s University Programme. Academic users can use and modify MIPSfpga as they wish, but cannot build it into silicon. 'If you modify it, you must talk to us first if you wish to patent the changes,' writes Owen.
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+ - Linux-based Mobile Manipulation Robots Due Soon->

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DeviceGuru writes: Silicon Valley startup Fetch Robotics, which just announced $3 million in VC funding, plans to ship two mobile manipulation robots running ROS on Linux in the second quarter, targeting logistics and light industrial applications. The company, whose core team hails from seemingly-defunct Willow Garage spinoff Unbounded Robotics, was originally named FYS (Fetch Your Stuff), hinting that the company intends to compete with the Kiva robots that currently speed-up human workers at Amazon's fulfillment centers.
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+ - Linaro Launches an Open-source Spec for ARM SBCs->

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DeviceGuru writes: Not content to just standardize ARM-based Linux and Android software, Linaro has just launched 96Boards, an open-source spec for ARM-based single board computers. Along with the spec's rollout, Linaro also announced a $129 HiKey SBC based on a HiSilicon 64-bit, octa-core Kirin 620 SoC, and compatible with the 96Boards Consumer Edition (CE) spec's 85 x 54mm 'standard' form factor option. The 96Boards initiative plans to offer a series of specs for small-footprint 32- and 64-bit Cortex-A boards, including an Enterprise Edition (EE) of its spec in Q2.
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+ - Embedded Linux Conference Hijacked by Drones->

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DeviceGuru writes: The Linux Foundation has released the full agenda for its annual North American Embedded Linux Conference + Android Builders Summit, which takes place Mar. 23-25 in San Jose, Calif. The ELC, which this year is titled Drones, Things, and Automobiles, increasingly reflects new opportunities for Linux in areas such as drones, robots, automotive computers, IoT gizmos, 3D sensing, modular phones, and much more. For those worried that ELC is skimping on the basics as it explores the more colorful sides of Linux, worry not, as there are still plenty of sessions on booting, trace analysis, NAND support, PHY frameworks, power management, defragmenting, systemd, device tree, and toolchain.
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+ - Tiny Fanless Mini-PC Runs Linux or Windows on Quad-core AMD SoC->

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DeviceGuru writes: CompuLab has unveiled a tiny 'Fitlet' mini-PC that runs Linux or Windows on a dual- or quad-core 64-bit AMD x86 SoC (with integrated Radeon R3 or R2 GPU), clocked at up to 1.6GHz, and offering extensive I/O, along with modular internal expansion options. The rugged, reconfigurable 4.25 x 3.25 x 0.95 in. system will also form the basis of a pre-configured 'MintBox Mini' model, available in Q2 in partnership with the Linux Mint project. To put things in perspective, CompuLab says the Fitlet is three times smaller than the Celeron Intel NUC.
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+ - Ringing in 2015 With 40 Linux-Friendly Hacker SBCs->

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DeviceGuru writes: As seen in this year-end summary of 40 hacker-friendly SBCs, 2014 brought us plenty of new Linux and Android friendly single-board computers to tinker with — ranging from $35 bargains, to octa-core powerhouses. Many of the new arrivals feature 1-2GHz multicore SoCs, 1-2GB RAM, generous built-in flash, gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, on-board FPGAs, and other extras. However, most of the growth has been in the sub-$50 segment, where the Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone reign supreme, but are now being challenged by a growing number of feature-enhanced clones, such as the Banana Pi and Orange Pi. Best of all, there's every reason to expect 2015 to accelerate these trends.
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Comment: Clarifying quotation (Score 1) 31

by DeviceGuru (#48660569) Attached to: Quadcopter Drone Packs First All-Linux Autopilot
From the full article, but with added bolding:

...The Linux port of APM involved compiling the Linux kernel with some options that make it “pseudo-real time,” wrote Mayoral Vilches. “It responds nicely to the higher priority threads that APM launches,” he added. “The fact that the APM autopilot runs in Linux means that we can now have flying computers with a state-of-the-art software autopilot that are easier than ever to use. The big community of Linux experts can now jump into creating practical applications with their flying computers easier, without the need of interacting with a highly complicated system such as NuttX-based autopilots.”...

Víctor Mayoral Vilches is CTO and co-founder of Erle Robotics.

+ - Quadcopter Drone Packs First All-Linux Autopilot->

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DeviceGuru writes: Erle Robotics has launched what is claimed to be the first drone to run both a Pixhawk APM autopilot and ROS directly on Linux. Over the last year Erle Robotics and 3DRobotics have collaborated on developing an open source, all-Linux BeagleBone Black-based autopilot for drones using the popular 3DR APM architecture, but without using Nuttx RTOS for the real-time bits. In addition to being used on a new 'Erle-copter' quadcopter drone, the new all-Linux 'Erle-brain' APM will ship in both a two-winged UAV and a four-wheeled robotic vehicle, due next spring.
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+ - $35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size And I/O->

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DeviceGuru writes: Hardkernel has again set its sites on the Raspberry Pi with a new $35 Odroid-C1 hacker board that matches the RPI's board size and offers a mostly similar 40-pin expansion connector. Unlike the previous $30 Odroid-W that used the same Broadcom BCM2835 SoC as the Pi and was soon cancelled due to lack of BCM2835 SoC availability, the Odroid-C1 is based on a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A5 based Amlogic S805 SoC, which integrates the Mali-400 GPU found on Allwinner's popular SoCs. Touted advantages over the similarly priced Raspberry Pi Model B+ include a substantially more powerful processor, double the RAM, a extra USB2.0 port that adds Device/OTG, and GbE rather than 10/100 Ethernet. More info is at Odroid-C1 product page.
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+ - Open Source "Dronecode" UAV Platform Project Launches->

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DeviceGuru writes: The Linux Foundation launched a collaborative Dronecode Project aimed at creating a shared open source platform for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). The key member of the collaborative project is 3D Robotics, which is contributing technology from its widely used APM platform for UAV autopilots, formerly called ArduPilot. The Dronecode project will also incorporate technology from the PX4 project, and Intel, Qualcomm, Baidu, Box, and seven smaller companies more closely tied to UAVs are also members of the new initiative. Although there was no mention of Linux in the announcement, 3D Robotics has been busy porting APM to Linux over the last year, so it's presumed that Dronecode will also encompass the Linux version of APM when it appears, but the main focus initially appears to be on the current Nuttx/Arduino version. More details are at Dronecode.org.
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+ - Firefox OS Media Casting Stick Strikes Kickstarter Gold->

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DeviceGuru writes: The first Firefox OS based media player has arrived on Kickstarter, in the form of a $25 open-spec HDMI stick called Matchstick that supports Chromecast-like content casting. The device, which has already zoomed past its Kickstarter campaign's $100,000 funding goal with 28 days still remaining, was teased back in June by Mozilla developer evangelist Christian Heilmann. Like the Chromecast, the Matchstick, a product of startup Matchstick.tv, also supports the DIAL media-casting protocol created by Netflix and popularized by Google’s Chromecast. You can cast content to the device from Android, iOS, and Firefox OS phones, as well as from any device running Chrome or Firefox browsers. The Matchstick is said to be binary compatible with many existing Chromecast apps, and most additional Chromecast apps can be recompiled and ported in a process that usually takes less than an hour, claims Matchstick.tv.
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+ - Digia Spins off Qt as Subsidiary->

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DeviceGuru writes: Digia has spun off a subsidiary called The Qt Company to unify Qt's commercial and open source efforts, and debuted a low-cost plan for mobile developers. The Linux-oriented Qt cross-platform development framework has had a tumultuous career, having been passed around Scandinavia over the years from Trolltech to Nokia and then from Nokia to Digia. Yet, Qt keeps rolling along in both commercial and open source community versions, continually adding support for new platforms and technologies, and gaining extensive support from mobile developers. Now Qt is its own company, or at least a wholly owned subsidiary under Digia. Finland-based Digia has largely been involved with the commercial versions of Qt since it acquired the platform from Nokia in 2012, but it has also sponsored the community Qt Project as a relatively separate project. Now, both efforts are being unified under one roof at The Qt Company and the new QT.io website, says Digia. Meanwhile, Digia will focus on its larger enterprise software business.
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+ - MIPS Tempts Hackers with Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board-> 1

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru writes: In a bid to harness the energy and enthusiasm swirling around today’s open, hackable single board computers, Imagination Technologies, licensor of the MIPS ISA, has unveiled the Creator C120 development board, the ISA's counter to ARM's popular Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Black SBCs. The MIPS dev board is based on a 1.2GHz dual-core MIPS32 system-on-chip and has 1GB RAM and 8GB flash, and there's also an SD card slot for expansion. Ports include video, audio, Ethernet, both WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, and a bunch more. OS images are already available for Debian 7, Gentoo, Yocto, and Arch Linux, and Android v4.4 is expected to be available soon. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the board is that there's no pricing listed yet, because the company is starting out by giving the boards away free to developers who submit the most interesting projects.
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