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  1. Resin.io is a fork of the Yocto-based OS and is now able to run Docker containers on Linux IoT devices. Resin known for their Linux/Javascript-based IoT framework forked their Linux OS behind the framework as an open source project over a year ago. The open source ResinOS is now publicly available on its own: https://github.com/resin-os ResinOS can run on mostly ARM-based embedded Linux platforms including the Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, and Odroid: https://resinos.io/ The open source Linux CoreOS (https://coreos.com/why/), supports only x86-64, although attempts have been made to port it to the Raspberry Pi. There are other Docker-friendly Linux distributions like Red Hat based Project Atomic, but still no ARM support. Snappy Ubuntu Core, which supports Docker on ARM and x86 embedded targets, but still on some major brands. So ResinOS looks like a great new Linux distribution.
  2. Allwinner: Allwinner A10/A20 – Display engine clocks (TCON, FE, DE), I2S audio interface (ASoC) driver, added NFC node to DTS Allwinner H3 – Clocks (through sunxi-ng), USB multi-reset lines support AXP2xx driver – External drivebus support, AXP223 USB power supply support, AXP809 PMIC support Broadcom BCM53125 support as it’s used in Lamobo / Banana Pi R1 router board. New boards – Polaroid MID2407PXE03 & inet86dz (Allwinner A23 tablets), Banapi M1+, Banapi M2+, Allwinner Parrot (Allwinner R16 EVB) Samsung Enable drivers for Exynos7 and Exynos5433 based boards: S2MPS clock driver, SoC: RTC, SPI, watchdog, EHCI, OHCI, DWC3, ADC and PWM, Enable Samsung SoC sound Qualcomm Device Tree Changes: Reverse BAM dma node reverts Add BAM remote control options for affected platforms Enable peripherals on APQ8074 dragonboard Enable PMA8084 pwrky Fix PMIC reg entries by removing unnecessary size element Add SCM binding and support for all currently supported boards Add Qualcomm WCNSS binding documentation Rename db600c to SD_600eval and add peripheral nodes Remove gpio key entry from Nexus7 Add APQ8060 based dragonboard and associated peripherals Add ARMv7 PMU for IPQ4019 Other new ARM hardware or SoCs NXP i.MX 7Solo, Broadcom BCM23550, Broadcom BCM2837 (Raspberry Pi 3) Grapped out of the change log: https://kernelnewbies.org/Linux_4.8
  3. In fussing with my Raspberry Pi's yesterday, I realized it really is an ARM computing universe now. ARM for a desktop still is a hacker thing and performance is blah unless using embedded eMMC. I haven't splurged for eMMC modules for gear (often cost is prohibitive relative to the cheap aspect of the boards). For hobbyist nerds and professional back office people like me, ARM gets second class status as it doesn't have 12 cores and 32GB of RAM... Nor does it excel at massive bus throughput. It's niche and mocked as phone chipset. For the past 4~ months I've been running an Odroid U2 (http://www.hardkernel.com/main/products/prdt_info.php?g_code=G135341370451) here to centralize network gateway. It runs Ubuntu with a full blown desktop (which sits there mostly unused). I use it for the underlying Linux stack and keep the GUI since it is the distro I have working and not inclined to mutate it into broken. It's an 'old' model Odroid now with a quad core @ 1.7Ghz CPU and 2GB of RAM, ho hum. The network gateway runs OpenVPN, DNSMASQ, encrypted DNS tunnels to remote better behaved DNS servers, Squid (but currently not running in the solution stack -- love/hate squid), some iptables rules and a freaking HUGE block list (millions of rows of block data) to scrub requests. All of that back ends into a switch that does NAT and that goes long cable to cable modem and their insanity. Now everything goes through that little Odroid, streaming, Skype, video, set box, tablets, etc. It's a busy little device. Only traffic that doesn't go through it is proper LAN traffic. Anything online goes through it though. Use through it is pretty much 24/7 pushing and moving packets from multiple users. I tapped the power block which is a wall wart that does 110-120V to USB with ~ 5V output... Forget what the plug outputs... 2A I do believe or maximum of 10 watts. Tapped the power block into a Kill-a-Watt-like meter. THREE watts. Seriously... Been running for 12 hours+ and I see 2.4 watts on low side and maybe 5 watts high now and then if I smack the device on the desktop GUI side good. 3 watts x 720 hours in a month = 2.16 KwH Even at 15 cents per KwH = 32.4 cents per month. Less than 2 quarters a month. Very very very impressive. Plus there is still plenty of CPU and resources to do more. Sure it will use more power, but what? 2 more watts? 3? Not a whole lot more. I am off to test the quad core Pi. I know we can go lower on power, however the performance with the Pi's for real world has prior in testing just stunk. I tried this setup initially with a Pi B and it was so bad that I scrapped it and moved to the Odroid. This I'll put here for the power sippers: PowerNap http://linuxplumbersconf.org/2011/ocw//system/presentations/105/original/PowerNap.pdf I need to muck with PowerNap. It is in the Ubuntu repos.
  4. http://www.wsj.com/articles/softbank-agrees-to-buy-arm-holdings-for-more-than-32-billion-1468808434
  5. I know CentOS is the OS of choice for many web hosts and I assume some of them use it otherwise day to day. CentOS has released a new version with ARM support: Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/centos-7-linux-officially-released-for-raspberry-pi-2-banana-pi-and-cubietruck-497891.shtml
  6. Source: https://apps.fcc.gov/oetcf/eas/reports/ViewExhibitReport.cfm?mode=Exhibits&calledFromFrame=N&application_id=Ti%2FYleaJNSl%2BTR5mL5C0WQ%3D%3D&fcc_id=2ABCB-RPI32 && https://fccid.io/2ABCB-RPI32 First looks at the RPI3: Unsure of the exact operating specs, I'd hope there is some other improvements elsewhere as well but built in wifi and bluetooth will certainly be a nice feature to have. The photos above were pulled from http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/02/26/raspberry_pi_3/
  7. I continue to monkey with ARM platform. One area I am meh with gear I have at this point is disk performance. My Pi's, Odroids, etc. all are SD card installations. SD cards are rather meh as general purpose disk at this point in history. Looking for some recommendations. Does anyone have an eMMC ARM device, a NAND based, some hybrid SSD, etc. that performs decently well? Running MySQL / MariaDB on these devices - lots of writes like thousands one after another at times. Small sized data. Optimized that by killing InnoDB / converting databases to MyISAM which made a big difference. Some other optimizations might happen, but I am hitting a wall soon either way and performance is less than I can tolerate. Anyone have anything I might enjoy?
  8. First 8-core ARM offering announced today by Hetzner. Pricing ex. VAT is € 9.90 + € 9.90 for the smallest 2GB RAM/32GB MicroSD model, The top of the line € 19.90 + € 19.90 setup is 2GB RAM/32GB MicroSD + 240GB SSD 8 core Samsung Exynos-5422 Octa-Core processors 1 1 Gbit/s-Port port/ 200 Mbit/s-Port guaranteed, 10TB traffic Ubuntu 15.04 minimal operating system for ARM is currently the only OS offered https://www.hetzner.de/us/hosting/produktmatrix/rootserver-produktmatrix-ax The processor:
  9. Raspberry Pi Zero Released

    Raspberry Pi Zero has been released! The 5 dollar board has the following specs: 1 GHz ARM11 core 512 MB LPDDR2 SDRAM Micro-SD Card Slot Mini-HDMI Socket Micro-USB Sockets for Data and Power an GPIO Header Composite Video Header All in 65 mm x 30 mm x 5 mm form In addition, it's coming for free on every issue of The MagPi magazine in the UK! What's even funnier, is that 6 Pi Zeros fit in an Altoids can! More information here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-zero/ Anyone planning on buying this? Any ideas what's in stored? Tell us!
  10. About to monkey with a custom bootable SD card for an ARM device. Got ahold of such part of a gear purchase... The normal dance moves to get this going are more time and patience than I have to spare. Since I am prone to trying stuff and blowing things away, would like to preserve the original SD card image and copy it back or to other SD cards when doing reinstall. Any recommend best process / tool for this? Want to make complete replica of the SD card. It's a bootable SD card with the OS.
  11. We have a new product - a Raspberry Pi based servers. Our internal development and testing is complete, now I need two external beta testers. The two beta testers should be respected community members and should test the service for some time and report any problems they find directly to me. The two beta testers will receive 50% discount for life (or as long as they want to keep the server). Our standard 7 day money back guarantee applies too. Please PM me if you are interested. Now about the offer: It's a server based on a Raspberry Pi - a 700MHz ARM processor, 512MB RAM (usable about 490MB), 32GB USB storage (usable about 29GB). The features include remote power control, automatic reinstalls from the client area and rescue mode. Each server comes with one IPv4 address. IPv6 (/64) is available on request. The regular price for the service will be $10/month (+20% VAT for the poor souls from the EU). This is the order link - https://www.fitvps.com/members/cart.php?a=add&pid=35 However PLEASE DO NOT ORDER THIS BEFORE CONTACTING ME. We don't have stock. Only the two beta testers can order this, after contacting me and i will give them the discount code for 50% off for life.