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Fedora ARM chips are the most widely-produced processor family in the world; they have historically been used in cell phones and embedded applications, and are increasingly used in tablet devices and low-power-consumption servers. The Fedora-ARM project is an initiative to bring Fedora to this processor family. New to ARM and not sure how to get started? What is the difference between ARM and ARMHFP? Use our Secret Decoder Ring document to get up to speed quickly and start using and contributing to Fedora ARM.

The Raspberry Pi The Making of Pi The idea behind a tiny and affordable computer for kids came in 2006, when Eben Upton, Rob Mullins, Jack Lang and Alan Mycroft, based at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory, became concerned about the year-on-year decline in the numbers and skills levels of the A Level students applying to read Computer Science. From a situation in the 1990s where most of the kids applying were coming to interview as experienced hobbyist programmers, the landscape in the 2000s was very different; a typical applicant might only have done a little web design. Something had changed the way kids were interacting with computers. A number of problems were identified: the colonisation of the ICT curriculum with lessons on using Word and Excel, or writing webpages; the end of the dot-com boom; and the rise of the home PC and games console to replace the Amigas, BBC Micros, Spectrum ZX and Commodore 64 machines that people of an earlier generation learned to program on. Hall of Fame

Baseboard Available George Ioakimedes of IO Technologies, LLC (a USA based company) is announcing the availability of their Baseboard for Cubieboard. This is a very important addition to the Cubieboard community. As George explains it. openSUSE Most all of the usual openSUSE distribution (>6000 packages) builds and runs on all the ARM hardware we have tested it on so far. Thanks to OBS we can cross build and if need be cross compile packages for numerous architectures (ARM included) which speeds up our efforts significantly. Currently we target armv7l/armv7hl (hard floating point with aapcs-linux ABI, for armv7) and armv6l/armv6hl (hard floating point, for armv6). If you have knowledge and experience, please help out. If you don't take part you have no justification to complain - you've got to be in it to win it ;-) If you're looking for 64bit ARM, see the AArch64 page. Feel free to join the openSUSE ARM mailing list as well as the #openSUSE-arm IRC channel for questions or help.

Bluetooth Development Portal Page Content Bluetooth® Smart technology is the ultra-power efficient, application-friendly version of Bluetooth transforming the wireless industry, and the key enabler for the Internet of Everything. Bluetooth Smart is also about intelligent connections, allowing the direct communication of data between a device and an application to make that information useful to the end user. Bluetooth Smart Starter Kit Offers Comprehensive Training To help you get started, the Bluetooth SIG developed the Bluetooth Smart Starter Kit. This comprehensive training package includes hands-on labs and sample source code to get you up and running with a real-world Bluetooth Smart application.

Operating Systems The Raspberry Pi phenomenon appears to go from strength to strength; like a runaway train, it's ploughing ahead and forging itself a place in the record books. It's hardly surprising - the hardware alone is developed perfectly for the goals of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the pricing is pitched perfectly, and having the unique versatility of Linux as the operating system seals the deal nicely. Most buyers, once they get their hands on their new RPi, make a move towards the official Raspberry Pi site and follow the getting started instructions therein; the end result is the user running Raspbian "Wheezy", the Foundation's recommended operating system, creating, learning and programming, and strapping the poor wee beast onto a weather balloon and sending it to the outer edge of the atmosphere. Raspberry Pi tutorial: how to do more What many RPi users don't realise, though, is that there's a wealth of other operating systems available for their beloved Pi. How we tested...

Cubie Board quick look, compared to Raspberry Pi I just got my hands on a new low-priced ARM board, similar to the über famous Rapsberry Pi : the Cubie Board. Let's see what's in the box, and how both boards compare. What's a Cubie Board? It's a small, low-priced ARM board (i.e. micro computer), aiming at delivering the most power for the price. FreeBSD Planning for getting ARM to Tier 1 EABI status Boards that are supported or currently in the works: ArndaleBoard (Samsung Exynos5250) Atmel AT91RM9200 BeagleBoard and BeagleBoard-xM (TI OMAP3) - GSoC 2012, stable - aleek@ BeagleBone Cubieboard(1,2) (Allwinner A10/A20) Device Solutions Quartz Gateworks Avila GW2348 Gateworks Cambria GW2358 Genesi Efika MX Smarttop Genesi Efika MX Smartbook Globalscale Technologies OpenRD platform Kwikbyte KB9202B (as well as the older KB9202 and KB9202A) Marvell DB-88F5182, DB-88F5281, DB-88F6281, RD-88F6281, DB-78100 Marvell DB-88F6781 (ARMv6) Marvell DB-78460 (ARMv7) Marvell Sheeva Plug Marvell Dream Plug Pandaboard (OMAP4) Phytec Cosmic Board (Freescale Vybrid Family) Raspberry Pi Radxa Rock (Work in progress) SBC6045 with Atmel at91sam9g45 - under heavy development - aleek@ Technologic Systems TS-7200 Technologic Systems TS-7800 Wandboard Zedboard (Xilinx Zynq) Colibri VF50 Evaluation Board (r261411) CPUs that are supported or currently in the works:

FishPi Now that Raspberry Pi's are getting into the hands of folks around the world, we're starting to see all kinds of interesting projects. And in the case of Greg Holloway, his goal is a little more ambitious than most — to use a Raspberry Pi to create an autonomous vehicle that will cross the Atlantic Ocean. The aptly named FishPi project is currently in the proof of concept phase, but the final version will be powered by a 130 watt solar panel and includes features like a GPS, servo controller board for driving the rudder and motor, a compass, and a camera. The current test version is 20-inches long and features the Raspberry Pi itself housed in a plastic sandwich container. There's no word yet on when the FishPi will be ready to take to the seas, but eventually Holloway hopes to create kits so that students and hobbyists can easily create their own autonomous water vehicles. Thanks, Coolius!

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