Category: Ubuntu

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Ricardo Salveti shows Unity 3D working on the ST-Ericsson A9500 Snowball platform

Posted by Charbax – June 2, 2012

It's the OpenGL ES port that they have been working on for quite a while.

David Mandala of Canonical at Linaro Connect

Posted by Charbax – May 31, 2012

David Mandala talks about Ubuntu on ARM, the direction of it going onto servers and Canonical's involvement in Linaro.

Ubuntu on Android at Linaro Connect

Posted by Charbax – May 31, 2012

The most exciting thing is once the ARM Processors in phones are powerful enough to run a full desktop/laptop. Thus simply dock the Android phone and output a full Linux on your larger monitor.

Novacut Video Editor for Ubuntu Linux

Posted by Charbax – May 30, 2012

Novacut is a new Linux powered video-editing software system that provides for online and offline collaborative video-editing tools and workflow. It is open-source and free, available at http://novacut.com. The initial target is small indie filmmakers who need a fast efficient method for a web series or low budget film. People who have the flexibility to use a new program and build a work flow around Novacut. Eventually, Novacut plans to replace Final Cut Pro, Avid, Adobe Premiere and every other video-editing systems by providing better, faster and more advanced video-editing tools by being free and open source. Their business model is in the optional video distribution system that can go with the software.

Dell unveils ARM Powered servers

Posted by Charbax – May 29, 2012

Check out the articles on Google News.

The 3U rackmount chassis has 48 ARM servers with a total of 192 processor cores, with each ARM server drawing a maximum of 15 watts of power. Each server uses Marvell's quad-core Armada XP 78460 chip, which runs at 1.6GHz, and has error correction features, networking and storage components.

FXI Cotton Candy availability status interview

Posted by Charbax – May 14, 2012

boredatwork.com published this interview with FXI Tech about the status of shipments for their awesome Exynos4 powered HDMI stick product.

Something to do with FXI adding USB host to the design causing some of the delay. Hopefully they start shipping in Scandinavia this month, and to all other pre-orders during the summer. I'd like to see this form factor mass manufactured and sold for around $69 retail and not $199. See the TI OMAP4 powered Always Innovating HDMI stick alternative where it's said the BOM cost for such a platform may be as low as $30.

Source: booredatwork.com

Here's my video of the FXI Tech HDMI stick:

InHand Hydra-T3 Ruggedized 7″ Pixel Qi tablet released

Posted by Charbax – March 28, 2012

InHand releases their new Hydra-T3 ruggedized 7" Pixel Qi tablet. It runs on the Texas Instruments DaVinci DM3730 1GHz ARM Cortex-A8 and 800MHz TMS320C64X+™ DSP, up to 1GB DDR2, up to 16GB eMMc Flash, the Pixel Qi LCD screen is the 7" 1024x600 built using a chemically strengthened resistive touch screen layer (I wonder how readable this resistive Pixel Qi implementation is). Having been tested through the military specs MIL-SPEC, MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F it can support extreme temperature, fluid contaminates, solar radiation, fungus, immersion, shock and vibration. It uses a 37WHr redundant 3.7V Lithium Polymer battery for up to 10 hours of battery life. It can run Android 2.3, Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows Embedded Compact 6.

This tablet seems to compete with the Orchard Inc Toughlet which is also a ruggedized 7" Pixel Qi tablet for military and industrial use. The military and the industry must be very eager to use the Pixel Qi screen for tablets outdoor readability, low power consumption as soon as possible.

Read more about this new Pixel Qi tablet at: inhand.com
Source: InHand press release

Linaro on ST-Ericsson U8500 Snowball development board

Posted by Charbax – February 28, 2012

Linaro is optimizing Linux software for the Snowball, includes full Android ICS and Ubuntu Linux.

Status of Ubuntu for ARM Laptops and Servers

Posted by Charbax – January 24, 2012

David Mandala, Manager of the ARM Team at Canonical talks about the status of Ubuntu Linux on ARM Laptops and Servers, and about their plans for Ubuntu on ARM until 2014 and beyond. Who wouldn't want to buy an awesome $199 ARM Powered Ultrabook, 13.3" screen, ARM Cortex-A9 1.5Ghz TI OMAP4460 or 1.8Ghz TI OMAP4470, thinner, lighter than Intel Ultrabooks, 2x longer battery life on a smaller thinner battery (10x with the sunlight readable Pixel Qi), 1GB or 2GB RAM for full speed Chrome and Firefox web browser speeds?

Talking about the status of Ubuntu on TI OMAP3 (beagleboard), OMAP4 (pandaboard), Marvell, Freescale, Calxeda, plans for Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 optimizations by Ubuntu 12.10, ARM Cortex-A15, ARM Cortex-A7, ARMv8 64bit, the imminent inclusion of full hard-float optimization in Ubuntu 12.4 on ARM:

With Ubuntu 12.04 on ARM there is also hard-float support (ARMhf), as previously talked about on Phoronix, and this will mean a huge performance boost for many workloads. Mandala said the performance boost they are seeing is between 5% and 30% improvement for floating-point operations. Also benefiting greatly for end-users is improved font-rendering, web-page scrolling, and other operations from this ARM hardfp support. Other code is also benefiting due to better use of the stack calling convention.

Source: phoronix.com

Status of the Raspberry Pi at CES 2012

Posted by Charbax – January 17, 2012

Raspberry Pi expects to have volume devices on the market by the end of the month. That means $25 and $35 (with ethernet) Broadcom ARM11 ARM Powered Desktops are thus just about to be broadly available.