Entroware Apollo: Linux Macbook Killer | LAS 406

Entroware Apollo: Linux Macbook Killer | LAS 406

Has Entroware built the ultimate 13 inch Linux laptop? We put their Apollo through our battery of tests & review this good looking Skylake powered Linux portable.

Plus Microsoft buys the folks behind Mono, Canonical might have a ZFS fight on their hands & more!

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Apollo by Entroware

Apollo Side Shot

Core I/O Details:

1 x HDMI
1 x USB 3.0 Port
1 x USB 3.1C Port
1 x USB 2.0 Port
1 x 2-in-1 Card Reader
1 x Audio Output

Dimensions (W x D x H):
325mm x 219mm x 18mm

1.42Kg (inc. battery)

4 Cell Lithium-Ion (6300mAh)

My research shows it’s built on top of the Topstar U931 kit.

Apollo as Configured

Apollo as Configured

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Apollo HDMI Side

lspci output:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Sky Lake Host Bridge/DRAM Registers (rev 08)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Sky Lake Integrated Graphics (rev 07)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Device 9d2f (rev 21)
00:14.2 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation Device 9d31 (rev 21)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Device 9d3a (rev 21)
00:17.0 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Device 9d03 (rev 21)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 9d14 (rev f1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Device 9d48 (rev 21)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Device 9d48 (rev 21)
00:1f.2 Memory controller: Intel Corporation Device 9d21 (rev 21)
00:1f.3 Audio device: Intel Corporation Device 9d70 (rev 21)
00:1f.4 SMBus: Intel Corporation Device 9d23 (rev 21)
01:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Wireless 3160 (rev 83)


Runs Linux

The SolarAir is a solar heat collector made DIY, with very low cost materials, mainly Soda Cans.
The hot air is used to to heat the house, everyday when there is some sun, even if it is freezing outside, thus lowering utility bills, and lowering CO2 footprint.

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Desktop App Pick

Weekly Spotlight

apg generates several random passwords. It uses several password generation algorithms (currently two) and a built-in pseudo random number generator.
Default algorithm is pronounceable password generation algorithm designed by Morrie Gasser and described in A Random Word Generator For Pronounceable Passwords National Technical Information Service (NTIS) AD-A-017676. The original paper is very old and had never been put online, so I have to use NIST implementation described in FIPS-181.

— NEWS —

Microsoft Is Buying Mobile Cross-Platform Development Company Xamarin

Xamarin Joins MS

Microsoft announced today that it has acquired Xamarin, a company that allows developers to build fully native apps across several platforms from a single shared code base.

Linux users campaign after Microsoft ‘neglects’ Skype with a week of downtime-

The _open letter to Microsoft_said: “It was a shitty move to not update the client for three years, which resulted in this, mostly. It was annoying that you ignored almost every tweet to @SkypeSupport about issues with Skype for Linux. But it is absolutely disgraceful that you dropped the Linux client BEFORE any alternatives are available and without telling your users.”

GPL Violations Related to Combining ZFS and Linux

However, our conclusion is simple: Conservancy and the Linux copyright
holders in the GPL Compliance Project for
Linux Developers
believe that distribution of ZFS binaries is a GPL
violation and infringes Linux’s copyright. We are also concerned that it may
infringe Oracle’s copyrights in ZFS. As such, we again ask Oracle to respect
community norms against license proliferation and simply relicense its
copyrights in ZFS under a GPLv2-compatible license.

TechSNAP Take on SFC ZFS Finding

Canonical’s counter-argument is that “The CDDL cannot apply to the Linux kernel because zfs.ko is a self-contained file system module — the kernel itself is quite obviously not a derivative work of this new file system.”

  • VMware is using parts of the Linux kernel in their proprietary ESXi
    product, including the entire SCSI mid-layer, USB support, radix tree
    and many, many device drivers.

    • as is generally known, Linux is licensed under GNU GPLv2, a
      copyleft-style license.
    • VMware has modified all the code they took from the Linux kernel and
      integrated them into something they call vmklinux.
    • VMware has modified their proprietary virtualization OS kernel
      vmkernel with specific API/symbol to interact with vmklinux
    • at least in earlier versions of ESXi, virtually any block device
      access has to go through vmklinux and thus the portions of Linux
      they took
    • vmklinux and vmkernel are dynamically linked object files that are
      linked together at run-time
    • the Linux code they took runs in the same execution context (address
      space, stack, control flow) like the vmkernel.

When, in this mode of employment, the CDDL-licensed code implementing the filesystem is combined with the module-specific translation layer and the result is then statically or dynamically linked into the Linux kernel, the resulting binary is licensed to all users under the terms of GPLv2, and only GPLv2, as the license requires. This happens because CDDL gives permission for binary forms of the code it licenses to be released under any license, and the license terms in effect are those of GPLv2. The making of the binary itself does not result in infringement of the kernel copyrights, or a violation of GPLv2’s terms.

“The Nvidia-graphics-modules provides pre-compiled non-free kernel modules. Several lawyers and people believe this to be a violation of the GPL license used by the kernel. This interpretation is consistent with our position on ZFS modules, which we also ship in source code only. As such, the work is not distributable and should be removed from the archive in all suites, ASAP,” Julian Andres Klode said.

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