Linux on ARM
Ubuntu fans are being coaxed into accepting a new emphasis on design in the next desktop release and breaking the umbilical link to old server hardware for the cloud. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has judged that "the nail-biting transitions to Unity and GNOME 3 are behind us" and that Ubuntu 12.04 LTS – due in April next year – provides the opportunity to "put perfection front and centre".
The Raspberry Pi is a $25/$35 computer based on a Broadcom ARM chip. The Fedora ARM secondary architecture project has ported the Fedora Linux distribution to ARM-based devices. Faculty and students at Seneca College involved with the Fedora ARM project are configuring and optimizing it to work with the Raspberry Pi.
Canonical and Vodacom, the South African subsidiary of Vodafone, have announced the launch of the Vodafone WebBook in South Africa. The ARM-based netbook runs the Ubuntu Linux operating system and is designed to "bring simplified, value-added internet access to thousands of South Africans, many of whom have until now had no access".
On October 18th, Victor Tuson Palau wrote an interesting article on the Canonical blog, about the new ARM support available in Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot). As Canonical announced back in August 2011 that the new Ubuntu 11.10 operating system will have support for the ARM architectures, Victor Tuson Palau explains he's experience with this first ARM version.
Berkelium is a BSD licensed library that provides off-screen browser rendering via Google's open source Chromium web browser. It takes advantage of Chromium's multiprocess rendering to isolate browsers from each other and can render to any buffer in memory.
Ubuntu 11.10 ("Oneiric Ocelot") was released, featuring makeovers for its Unity desktop and Ubuntu Software Center, plus a switch to the Thunderbird email client and a new backup tool called Deja Dup. On the server side, Ubuntu 11.10 adds ARM support, as well as a new "Juju" cloud management framework, and the integration of OpenStack within Ubuntu Cloud Infrastructure.
LINUX VENDOR Canonical has said that Ubuntu 11.10 will be the first to support both x86 and ARM architectures. - Canonical's popular Ubuntu Linux distribution will get its second update of 2011 this month for both desktop and server editions. However it is the server edition that Canonical has made the biggest changes to by supporting ARM processors.
Last month at XDC2011 Chicago, I managed to get my hands on what should be the production hardware model of the XO-1.75 laptop that is expected to be released in the coming months by the OLPC project. The low-cost OLPC laptop targeted for students is now ARM-based and consumes very little power.
The next version of Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distribution, to be released next week, will be the first to run on the Arm architecture, as well as the first edition to offer a new cloud service orchestration engine, called JuJu.
The IPFire project is proud to announce the availability of an ARM port of IPFire 2.11. - A team of developers has been working on an ARM port of IPFire for the past few weeks and is now proud to announce the first beta release of IPFire 2.11 on ARM.
Ronetix announced a open-frame panel PC based on Atmel's 400MHz, ARM926-based AT91SAM9G45 processor and intended as a development platform. Now supporting Android as well as Linux, the SK-PM9G45 Starter Kit incorporates a CPU Module PM9G45 with 128MB of RAM and 256MB of flash, a seven-inch, 800 x 480 touchscreen, and a baseboard with serial, Ethernet, USB, and optional Wi-Fi connectivity, says the company.
Andrew Wafaa is hoping to make openSUSE the Linux distribution of choice for the growing number of ARM-powered devices out there, but the project has run into a snag: a lack of ARM hardware. Like many open source projects, openSUSE has corporate sponsorship in the form of a partnership with Attachmate subsidiary SUSE - once part of Novell - which takes the open source openSUSE technology and bundles it with support contracts in a commercial format.
The Linaro Team is pleased to announce the release of Linaro 11.09, the Linaro's fourth release delivered on a monthly cadence. This release includes components delivered by all Linaro Teams: Working Groups, Landing Teams and Platform Teams. As usual, it brings a lot of updates and new features, integrated on top of Android and Ubuntu.
After countless years of development, the 2.0 release of GeeXboX (codename "Love It or Shove It") finally has landed. The GeeXboX project was created in December 2002, 9 years ago, to become the major HTPC / MediaCenter dedicated Linux distribution.
Kontron announced it will release its first computer on modules (COMs) based on single- and multicore ARM processors later this year. Featuring support for operating systems including Linux and Windows 8, the COMs will be followed up in 2012 by ARM-based single board computers, plus tablet, box, and HMI (human machine interface) PCs, says the company.