Takeaway: With the Linux 3.7 kernel some major changes are in order. In particular, the support for ARM technology has arrived. Jack Wallen pontificates on what this could mean for the open source platform on multiple levels.
ARM processors and Linux have been married for years. You name an ARM-based device - smartphones, Raspberry Pi, tablets - and you'll find Linux running beside it. It's not been a happy marriage though. For every ARM system on a chip (SoC) there had to be a different Linux spin. With the forthcoming Linux 3.7 kernel we're on our way to seeing all ARM processors working with a single Linux kernel.
A recent code commit has revealed an interesting feature in the upcoming Linux kernel 3.7 that will allow it to support multiple ARM platforms out of the box. This brings ARM more in line with x86 builds where multiple processors are supported on a single kernel build.
Shows how games controller and robotic arm can be hooked up to Linux based ARM board - SAN FRANCISCO: ENTERPRISE VENDOR Oracle demonstrated Java SE for embedded devices running on the Raspberry Pi bare bones computer at the Java One show on Wednesday, with the aim of encouraging developers to try it out for themselves to create reference libraries for the target school children audience.
The Linux 3.7 kernel gets even more exciting with the merging of ARM multi-platform support. This work allows for a single Linux kernel build to contain support for multiple ARM SoCs/platforms.
The Linux 3.7 kernel will feature support for the ARM 64-bit architecture (ARM64), which is officially known as AArch64.
The organisers of the Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) 2012, which was held at the end of August in San Diego, have released videos, notes and presentation slidesfrom the conference presentations. The talks are primarily concerned with Linux software that deals with the interaction between hardware and the user interface.
With Unity 2D being abandoned and only providing Unity + Compiz in Ubuntu 12.10 as the default desktop, the out-of-the-box experience for low-powered ARM hardware on the stock Ubuntu desktop is a mess.
Expands Operating System Support with Full Mac OS X Release, Expanded Linux on ARM Support in Java SE and New Linux Version of JavaFX
There's a growing number of features coming about for the Linux 3.5 kernel. Covered so far has been the DRM GPU drivers, input, input, and other areas. The ARM architecture has also been enhanced with Linux 3.5.
The Eee Pad Transformer Prime runs Android by default, but people have wanted to install Linux on it for quite a while, a wish that has finally become possible. - Littlesteve owns the product and had prepared an Ubuntu build for it even before ASUS finished the bootloader unlock tool.
Hardware and software development is going full-steam ahead for ARM servers. After Calxeda and AppliedMicro server SoCs – based respectively on Cortex A9 and ARMv8 architecture – have been announced and Ubuntu focusing further ARM development on Servers (Calxeda, Marvell and ARMv8), Oracle has released the Java SE server compiler – a throughput optimizing JIT compiler - for ARMv7. The ARMv7 server compiler is part of Java SE for Embedded 7 Update 2.
Could Microsoft block dual booting of another operating system such as Linux in its ARM version of Windows 8? That's the conclusion from Computerworld.uk.com which discovered a provision in Microsoft's Windows Hardware Certification Requirements, which were first posted in December.
Fears that Microsoft would abuse the UEFI Secure Boot feature for their own ends are coming true. - Advice from Microsoft to makers of ARM hardware says that allowing the disabling of the contentious UEFI Secure Boot feature required for Windows 8 must NOT be possible.
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