Category: Ubuntu

Greg Kroah-Hartman at Linaro Connect 2013

Posted by – March 6, 2013

Greg Kroah-Hartman of the Linux Foundation, Maintainer of the Linux Stable releases, talks about what he is doing at Linaro Connect 2013.

FXI Technologies, on the history and status of inventing the HDMI Stick

Posted by – March 3, 2013

FXI Technologies invented the HDMI Stick, first having shown their Cotton Candy for the first time in November 2011. Here running on the Samsung Exynos 4 processor. They now have 250 partners working on the device, integrating their ideas, technology and applications, providing and upgrading their own solutions, they have hundreds of developers developing solutions and applications for it. They expect to have the Ubuntu platform ready by the end of March. FXI Tech inspired all other SoC vendors and device makers to integrate all other SoCs into HDMI sticks since then.

Ubuntu Mobile OS and Ubuntu for Android at CES 2013

Posted by – January 9, 2013

Canonical launches their new smartphone OS. I ask them what the difference is between Ubuntu Mobile OS and Ubuntu for Android on mobile.

Ubuntu for Android is imminent

Posted by – November 15, 2012

An official Canonical YouTube channel released this video:

This can mean that Ubuntu for Android is imminent. They seem to suggest that consumers can soon choose Ubuntu support next time that they buy a smartphone.

Here are some of my questions about Ubuntu for Android:

- Does Canonical work only on specific exclusive hardware and chip makers? Is there some kind of exclusive partnership with a Samsung or other Smartphone/chip maker to optimize and fully hardware accelerate Ubuntu on Android for them?

- Does the PC/Laptop Docking happen through a standard MHL connector compatible with multiple designs/sizes of phones and tablets?

- Are most Android 5.0 phones going to be compatible with alternative OSes to boot on top of Android? Can we soon just download the 700mb Ubuntu app made on Android Native Development Kit (NDK) on Google Play Store (if our Android device is officially supported with full hardware acceleration) to activate the on-top-of-Android-boot functionality?

- Can Chrome OS on Android be available at the same time? How about Google TV on Android? My big guess for Android 5 is that this multi-OS strategy is going to be a deep new feature of the next Android release. Dock your next Android device and it can switch or boot on the external HD display any alternative Linux OS such as Chrome OS, Google TV, Ubuntu, and maybe even Windows RT.

Also watch my previous Ubuntu for Android videos:

AppliedMicro Shows ARM 64-bit X-Gene Server on a Chip Hardware and Software

Posted by – November 3, 2012

Vinay Ravuri, Vice President and General Manager, Server Products at AppliedMicro gives an update on the 64bit ARM X-Gene Server Platform. At ARM Techcon 2012, AppliedMicro, ARM and several open-source software providers gave updates on their support of the ARM 64-bit X-Gene Server on a Chip Platform.

ARM Versatile Express TC2, ARM Cortex-A15 with ARM Cortex-A7 in big.LITTLE configuration

Posted by – November 2, 2012

Versatile Express is ARM's development board using real prototype silicon for developers to be able to work on future upcoming ARM designs months in advance of their release. Here is the Versatile Express TC2 being used to demonstrate software solutions that use the big.LITTLE configuration with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 and a triple-core ARM Cortex-A7.

InSignal ArndaleBoard Exynos5250 ARM Cortex-A15 Mali-T604 Development Board

Posted by – November 2, 2012

The $249 http://arndaleboard.org is the worlds most powerful ARM based development board, providing developers with an ARM Cortex-A15 with Mali-T604 Samsung Exynos5250 development platform. It includes Android support now, Chrome OS and Ubuntu support to come soon and more also later. This video includes an unboxing of the development board bundled with the optional $250 7" touch-screen.

Marvell Armada XP Server Platform in the Mitac GFX

Posted by – November 2, 2012

Marvell is in production with their Armada XP ARM server processor platform, here demonstrated in the Mitac GFX server. You can also watch my Mitac server videos filmed last Computex:
MiTAC GFX ARM Server Launch: Gary Rumney and Ian Ferguson talk about ARM Powered Servers
MiTAC GFX ARM Server

HardKernel Odroid-X2, Exynos4412 1.7Ghz 2GB RAM development board

Posted by – November 1, 2012

HardKernel presents their latest update to the ODROID-X Exynos4412 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 development board. This new ODROID-X2 ships with the 1.7Ghz (1.8Ghz over-clockable) Exynos4412 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, with 2GB RAM, and a higher clocked 533Mhz Mali-400 quad-core GPU. The price is $149, the 16GB eMMC memory (4x to 5x faster than booting/running from SD Card) is $39 extra, the $9 power adapter is recommended also, then also add about $30 for shipping. Here is Ubuntu running, with support for doing things like compiling the Linux kernel on this ARM powered device supposedly with a performance superior to the first generation Intel Core i3 processor. Mali-400 hardware acceleration for Ubuntu should be coming soon, it's already there for Android of course. The ODROID-X2 should start shipping from http://hardkernel.com by the end of November.

Pictures of their catalog, click for full size:

Calxeda ARM Cortex-A57 64bit Server Processor announced

Posted by – October 31, 2012

Calxeda's VP of Marketing Karl Freund talks about the status of Calxeda's ARM Powered server solutions and how they are launching their upcoming ARM Cortex-A15 32bit and then ARM Cortex-A57 32/64bit processors, what type of markets they expect to reach in the months and years to come.