On his blog, KDE hacker Aaron Seigo introduces Improv, the first hardware product from the Make•Play•Live community. Improv is a $75 development board, with some fairly beefy specs and running Mer OS, that will be shipping in January. It consists of two separate boards, the CPU card and the feature board, with the latter being an open hardware device.
After years of work, version 1.0 of the
checkpoint/restore tool is available. This is a mostly
user-space-based tool that is able to capture the state of a set of
processes to persistent storage and restore it at some future time,
possibly on a different system. See this 2013
Kernel Summit article for details on the current state of this
Linus has released 3.13-rc1 and closed the
merge window for this development cycle. In the end, 10,518 non-merge
changesets were pulled into the mainline during this merge window. Now the
stabilization period starts, with the final 3.13 release due around the end
of the year.
The "Advanced Configuration and Power Interface" (ACPI) was not an obvious
win when support for it was first merged into the mainline kernel. The
standard was new, actual implementations were unreliable, and supporting it
involved bringing a large virtual machine into the kernel. For years,
booting with ACPI disabled was the first response to a wide range of
problems; one can still find web sites advising readers to do that. But,
for the most part, ACPI has settled in as a mandatory part of the PC
Linux.com profiles Eduard Bachmakov, a Google Summer of Code student that worked on static analysis for the Linux kernel. "Much work toward creating a static analyzer for the Linux kernel had already been done as part of the LLVM project. One of the goals of Bachmakov's internship was to demonstrate how the analzyer works through a tool that traces where errors come from and creates a report.
Red Hat has announced the release of Enterprise Linux 6.5 (RHEL 6.5). The release has new features in multiple areas, including security, networking, virtualization, and more. "As application deployment options grow, portability becomes increasingly important. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 enables customers to deploy application images in containers created using Docker in their environment of choice: physical, virtual, or cloud.
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