3rd Slice of Pi with Extra Mycroft | LAS 407

3rd Slice of Pi with Extra Mycroft | LAS 407

In special Raspberry Pi 3 edition of the show we look at the new hardware, review & chat with Mycroft CTO Ryan Sipes on how important the Raspberry Pi is for development of their open artificial intelligence platform & get the latest news.

Plus replacing Spotify on Linux, the new Microsoft lock-in, our hosts face a moral quandary & more!

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The headlining feature of the Pi 3 is the built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, but it doesn’t stop there. Here’s the complete specs for the Pi 3:

  • SoC: Broadcom BCM2837 (roughly 50% faster than the Pi 2)
  • CPU: 1.2 GHZ quad-core ARM Cortex A53 (ARMv8 Instruction Set)
  • GPU: Broadcom VideoCore IV @ 400 MHz
  • Memory: 1 GB LPDDR2-900 SDRAM
  • USB ports: 4
  • Network: 10/100 MBPS Ethernet, 802.11n Wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.0
  • MagPi 43

Lots of Raspberry Pi Accessories

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Raspberry Pi 3 Is Looking Towards Upstream Kernel Support

Today on his blog Anholt wrote, “I spent most of [the month] working on the Raspberry Pi 3 support so I could have a working branch for upstream day 1. That involved cleaning up the SDHOST driver for submission, cleaning up pinctrl DT, writing an I2C GPIO expander driver, debugging the I2C controller, fixing HDMI hotplug handling, debugging EMMC (not quite done!), scraping together some wireless firmware, and a bunch of work trying to get BT working on the UART. I’m happy to say that on day 1 I published a branch that worked the same as a RPi2, and by the end of the day I had wireless working. Some of the patches are now out for review, and I’ll be working on cleaning up the rest in the near future.”

New Generations of Products Powered by Pi

We are testing Mycroft with the Pi 3 and if all goes as planned we will be shipping our backers Mycroft units with a Raspberry Pi 3 at its core. We’d like to thank the Raspberry Pi foundation for all of the work they do to bring makers, hackers and students such a great platform.

Ryan Sipes Mycroft CTO

Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3

We have done what we can to optimise the build for the Raspberry Pi 2
and Raspberry Pi 3, you can comfortably use applications such as
LibreOffice, which in fact is a joy to use 🙂 But the microSDHC I/O
throughput is a bottleneck so we recommend that you use a Class 6 or
Class 10 microSDHC
card.

Other 64bit Kits of Awesome

The Odroid-C2 already has 2GB of RAM, which is also available on the $29 “Plus” version of Pine64’s Pine A64, a quad-core, Cortex-A53 Allwinner A64 SBC with a 40-pin Pi-compatible connector. The PineA64 will soon start shipping to Kickstarter backers, and Pine64 is processing new orders for shipment starting in May.

The $15 version of the Pine A64 with 512MB RAM is sold out, but there’s also a $19 version with 1GB RAM that also moves up to Gigabit Ethernet. As with the Odroid-C2, wireless is an extra-cost option, and despite the Pine A64’s larger dimensions, even the top models are limited to dual USB host ports instead of four on the C2 and Raspberry Pi.

The only other 64-bit ARM hacker boards currently shipping are more expensive 96Boards-compatible SBCs, both of which have onboard wireless. These include Qualcomm’s quad-core, $75 DragonBoard 410c and the octa-core, $99 to $129 HiKey.

RPi Laptop Dock

NexDock is a revolutionary laptop that harnesses the productivity of smartphones, tablets and mini PCs by adding a bluetooth keyboard, a capable battery and a 14-inch screen

Imagine a computer that one day you can use as Chromebook, and the next day as an Ubuntu developer laptop. Imagine a longer lasting computer that you can easily upgrade and customize to become a powerful Windows gamer laptop.
We envision a world where we carry only our mini PCs, which connect to any screen in the world to turn them into tablets, laptops and PCs.

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Desktop App Pick
  • Google Play Music Desktop Player
  • Media Keys support (Play, Pause, Stop, Previous, Next)
  • Last.FM Scrobbling and Now Playing support!
  • Desktop notifications on track change
  • A simplistic mini player
  • Customizable Dark theme
  • Task bar media controls (media controls embedded into the taskbar) Windows only
  • HTML5 Audio Support – No more Adobe Flash Player
  • Built in audio equalizer – Make it sounds how you like it
  • Background music playing, minimize to the task bar
  • Customizable hotkeys, no worries if you don’t have media keys. Choose your own shortcuts
  • Choose your audio output device from within the player
  • Interface for external applications such as Rainmeter
  • GitHub – MarshallOfSound/Google-Play-Music-Desktop-Player-UNOFFICIAL
  • Upload music – Google Play Music

Weekly Spotlight

VideoLAN Movie Creator is a non-linear editing software for video creation based on libVLC and running on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X! It is free software distributed under the terms of the GPLv2.


— NEWS —

DROWN Attack

DROWN is a serious vulnerability that affects HTTPS and
other services that rely on SSL and TLS, some of the essential
cryptographic protocols for Internet security. These protocols
allow everyone on the Internet to browse the web, use email,
shop online, and send instant messages without third-parties
being able to read the communication.

Spotify for Linux Sucks, But At Least We Now Know Why

In a post to the Spotify community forum,company rep ‘Jooon’ reveals that: “…since after September, we have had no developers working on the linux client”.

Microsoft wants to monopolise games development on PC. We must fight it

In my view, this is the most aggressive move Microsoft has ever made. While the company has been convicted of violating antitrust law in the past, its wrongful actions were limited to fights with specific competitors and contracts with certain PC manufacturers.

T-Platforms launches a Linux-based, MIPS-powered all-in-one PC (in Russia)

Most modern desktop and notebook computers ship with Intel or AMD processors and Windows or OS X software. A few companies are positioning products with ARM-based chips as desktop computers. But the Tavolga Terminal TB-T22BT is something different.

The computer is made by Russian company T-Platforms, which also offers an SF-BT1 processor module for those that want to build their own hardware.

Both devices use a Baikal-T1 processor which is a 32-bit dual-core MIPS P5600 processor. Like the computers, the chip was designed in Russia, although it’s based on work from Imagination Technologies (the company behind the MIPS architecture)

Thunderbolt Comes to Linux

Already compatible with Windows PCs and Macs, the super-fast Thunderbolt 3 connector technology will soon also work with Linux PCs. The technology will be featured in a new model of Dell’s upcoming XPS 13 Developer Edition, which will have Ubuntu Linux. Thunderbolt 3 will be available via a USB Type-C port.

The PC maker is building driver support for Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C into the XPS 13 Developer Edition, wrote a Dell employee in a company forum.

Thunderbolt 3 is a connector technology that can hook up PCs to external peripherals like storage and monitors. It’s like USB, but four times faster. A 4K movie could be transferred from an external storage device to a PC in 30 seconds.

Linux PCs will be a lot more capable with Thunderbolt 3. Users will be able to connect two 4K monitors simultaneously, connect to external graphics cards and establish a peer-to-peer network with other Linux PCs.

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