PC/104-Plus board gets guillotined to save power  

Posted by Daniela Mehler

Kontron announced a PC/104-Plus board designed for headless devices, featuring a 1.0GHz AMD T24L processor. The Microspace MSM-eO-N accepts up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, has two onboard SATA ports, includes gigabit Ethernet, has a bootable microSD slot, and offers both PCI and ISA expansion, the company says.

In its statement announcing the Microspace MSM-eO-N, Kontron noted that modern, highly integrated x86 processors combine a CPU and graphics processing unit (GPU) on a single chip. While this is great for customers who actually want graphics, it increases cost and lowers thermal efficiency for headless applications, the company added.

Accordingly, Kontron says, it has designed its latest PC/104-Plus board without a GPU. The device is said to be "ideal for fanless small form factor (SFF) designs that run purely as number crunchers," with applications including industrial automation and smart grids

Kontron introduced a related PC-104-Plus SBC (single board computer) back in May, the Microspace MSM-e0 . That device used the AMD G-Series T44R, a single-core CPU with a 1.2 clock speed, Radeon HD6250 graphics, and a nine-Watt TDP.

PC/104-Plus board gets guillotined to save power

Kontron's Microspace MSM-e0-N
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The new Microspace MSM-e0-N employs AMD's A55E I/O controller, as did the earlier SBC, but it switches to one of the chipmaker's "headless" G-Series variants . Specifically, the SBC employs the 1.0GHz T24L, which has no GPU but offers a TDP of just five Watts.

Apart from the deleted graphics circuitry, the Microspace MSM-e0-N is basically the same as the earlier Microspace MSM-e0, though Kontron cites one Ethernet port for the newer model instead of the earlier two. Again, there's PCI (4 slots, 33MHz) and ISA expansion via the PCI/104-Plus connector, according to the company.

Kontron says the Microspace MSM-eO-N accepts up to 4GB of DDR3 memory via a single DIMM slot. The device includes a bootable microSD slot and has two onboard SATA ports, with support for RAID levels 0 and 1, the company adds.

Headers provide access to four serial ports (two RS232, two TTL), four USB 2.0 ports, and eight configurable GPIOs, according to Kontron. The audio capabilities (line out, line out, S/PDIF out) of the earlier MSM-e0 have been dropped, however.

Specifications listed by Kontron for the Microspace MSM-eO-N:

Processor -- 1.0GHz, single-core AMD T24L Chipset -- AMD A55E Memory -- up to 4GB DDR3 via single SODIMM Storage -- bootable microSD slot; 2 x SATA Expansion -- PC/104-Plus (ISA and PCI) Networking -- 1 x gigabit Ethernet Other I/O: 2 x RS232 2 x TTL 4 x USB 2.0 8 x GPIO Power requirements -- n/s Operating range -- 32 to 140 deg. F Dimensions -- 4 x 3.54 inches Operating system support -- Linux, Windows, and VxWorks Further information

According to Kontron, the Microspace MSM-eO-N is available now. More information may be found on the Microspace MSM-eO-N product page .

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OpenSUSE 12.1 ships with GNOME 3.2, SystemD, Snapper, Go tools  

Posted by Daniela Mehler

The OpenSUSE project released version 12.1 of its enterprise-focused Linux distribution, featuring Linux 3.1, GNOME 3.2 and support for KDE's "OwnCloud" cloud platform. OpenSUSE 12.1 introduces the SystemD configuration utility and Google's Go programming language, and further integrates the Btrfs file-system with a "Snapper" tool for rolling back system updates and configuration changes.

A bare-bones beta of OpenSUSE 12.1 was released in early October, with the primary purpose of giving OpenSUSE developers a chance to get better acquainted with GNOME 3.2. According to the community project -- which is closely backed by Attachmate and its new SUSE (formerly Novell) business unit as an upstream contributor to SUSE Linux -- GNOME 3.2 is a major improvement over the controversial GNOME 3.0. (The latter shipped as a preview version in the previous OpenSUSE 11.4 release in March.)

OpenSUSE 12.1 ships with GNOME 3.2, SystemD, Snapper, Go tools

OpenSUSE 12.1 showing video player in GNOME 3.2
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With GNOME 3.2n OpenSUSE offers "deeper integration of collaboration tools such as calendar notifications, chat and a centralized online accounts configuration," says the OpenSUSE project. "The UI elements and workflows are touch-screen friendly, equipped to handle smaller screens, multi-screen setups and automatic rotation for touch screen devices." Other touted GNOME 3.2 features are said to include a new document manager, as well as quick preview in the Nautilus file manager.

OpenSUSE 12.1 ships with GNOME 3.2, SystemD, Snapper, Go tools

OpenSUSE 12.1 with GNOME 3.2
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Other recent Linux distros, including Fedora 16 and Linux Mint 12 , have also adopted GNOME 3.2. However, due to continuing discomfort with the radical new interface, Mint 12 is offered with extensions that let users customize the environment to look and act more like the familiar GNOME 2.3.2.

KDE also supplied

OpenSUSE 12.1 also supplies the long-time GNOME desktop rival KDE 4.7, and the distro is touted for being the "first major Linux distribution" to ship both GNOME and KDE with color management tools. In the case of KDE, these are the new KolorManager + Oyranos color tools, says the project.

Other new features in KDE 4.7 are said to include the introduction of the Apper software manager, as well as a new Plasma Active tablet interface. OpenSUSE 12.1 also provides lightweight desktop alternatives in Xfce and LXDE, although neither has seen a major feature update since OpenSUSE 11.4, says the project.

OpenSUSE 12.1 ships with GNOME 3.2, SystemD, Snapper, Go tools

KDE 4.7 activities menu in OpenSUSE 12.1
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OpenSUSE 12.1 debuts a Snapper tool that builds on the snapshot functionality in the now fully supported Btrfs file-system to let users view older versions of files and revert changes. Snapper is integrated into OpenSUSE's Zypper package manager to let users roll back system updates and configuration changes, says the project.

Like Fedora 16, OpenSUSE 12.1 fully implements Systemd as the new init configuration tool, controlling and speeding up the boot process, according to the project. Noted features of Systemd are said to include a "powerful" socket- and bus- activated service system, as well as tight integration with the Cgroups kernel feature, providing better security and control over processes.

Interestingly, SystemD was said to have been "developed in close cooperation with fellow Linux Distribution Fedora," showing that community rivals can still get along despite the more fierce competition among their backers: SUSE and Red Hat, respectively.

All systems Go with new Google language

The new release is also the first major distribution to ship Google's open source Go programming language , says the project. Touted for being fast and easy-to-use, Go is said to be optimized for working with multicore, networked machines, and providing easier development of garbage collection and run-time reflection code.

OpenSUSE 12.1 also adds Google's Chromium 16 to the standard repositories as an alternative web browser to the default Firefox 7. The latest version of the LibreOffice productivity suite and Thunderbird email client are also said to be available among other apps. In addition, with OpenSUSE 12.1, the Tumbleweed rolling-update version of the distro now contains the latest stable versions of all OpenSUSE software, says the project.

OwnCloud support leads cloud enhancements

Designed for both desktop and server use, OpenSUSE 12.1 is built on the latest Linux 3.1 kernel. This makes the distro "even more versatile and extensible for supporting mixed IT environments including public and private clouds," says the OpenSUSE project.

The project also puts in a plug for SUSE's SUSE Studio web-based appliance-building service. SUSE Studio can be used to develop different versions of OpenSUSE 12.1 with custom package selections, artwork, and scripts, for deployment to Amazon EC2 and other cloud platforms, says the project.

OpenSUSE 12.1 is said to be the first Linux distribution to support the KDE-backed OwnCloud cloud platform. In fact, the project has developed its own Mirall desktop integration application designed expressly for the open source OwnCloud. The cloud platform is said to offer an easy web interface suitable for home users, while posing minimal server requirements.

OpenSUSE also supports the latest versions of the Eucalyptus, OpenNebula, and OpenStack cloud platforms, says the project. Virtualization updates are said to include new virt-manager and open-vm-tools that support Xen 4.1, KVM, and VirtualBox.

Stated Bryen Yunahsko, member of the OpenSUSE Board and SUSE marketing lead, "We're standing on the shoulders of the gigantic open source community. I would not be surprised if openSUSE's latest update has over 300,000 improvements that resulted from efforts in the open source community."


OpenSUSE 12.1 is available now for free download in its final stable version at the OpenSUSE 12.1 download page . More information on OpenSUSE 12.1 may be found in this SUSE announcement , as well as this very similar OpenSUSE announcement on LWN.net , and even more can be found in this OpenSUSE 12.1 feature overview .

O'Reilly book tackles embedded system development  

Posted by Daniela Mehler

O'Reilly Media has published a book on embedded system development. Elicia White's 328-page "Making Embedded Systems" ranges from embedded controllers and sensors to more advanced systems, provides the basics of good development practices, and a encourages a disciplined approach to programming in an environment where "inefficiency isn't tolerated," says the publisher.

O'Reilly book tackles embedded system development

"Making Embedded Systems" offers fundamentals and tips on developing software for embedded systems. The guidelines are based on "classic software design patterns and new patterns unique to embedded programming," says O'Reilly.

The book covers everything from developing digital watches and door locks to smartphones and nuclear power systems, says the publisher. Highlights are said to include:

optimizing systems to reduce cost and increase performance developing a robust architecture for resource-constrained environments exploring sensors, motors, and other I/O devices reducing RAM consumption, code space, processor cycles, and power consumption updating embedded code directly in the processor implementing complex mathematics on small processors preparing for an embedded systems job interview Other selected highlights from the table of contents (see link farther below for full list) include: creating system diagrams your processor is a language having a debugging toolbox (and a fire extinguisher) separating the hardware from the action the input in I/O scheduling and operating system basics how not to use interrupts onboard bootloader designing and modifying algorithms understanding power consumption putting the processor to sleep

O'Reilly book tackles embedded system development

Author Elicia White (pictured) is the founder of Logical Elegance, an embedded systems consulting company based in San Jose. White has created a wide variety of embedded systems ranging from urban surveillance and DNA scanners to children's toys, and is familiar with FAA and FDA certification processes, says O'Reilly.

Stated White, "Embedded systems are where the software meets the physical world. Writing software for these things is more difficult than computer software because the systems have so few resources. Instead of building better software, the trend has been to allow a cowboy mentality of just getting it done. We can do better than that. We must do better than that."


O'Reilly Media's 328-page"Making Embedded Systems," by Elicia White, is available now. Pricing is $40, or $32 for the ebook version. More information may be found on O'Reilly's Making Embedded Systems web page .

OpenTTD/phpDocumentor Updates for Gentoo  

Posted by Daniela Mehler

The following two security updates has been released for Gentoo Linux: [ GLSA 201111-03 ] OpenTTD: Multiple vulnerabilities and [ GLSA 201111-04 ] phpDocumentor: Function call injection [ GLSA 201111-03 ] OpenTTD: Multiple vulnerabilities - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Gentoo Linux Security Advisory GLSA 201111-03 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - http://security.gentoo.org/ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Severity: High Title: OpenTTD: Multiple vulnerabilities Date: November 11, 2011 Bugs: #381799 ID: 201111-03 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Synopsis ======== Multiple vulnerabilities were found in OpenTTD which could lead to execution of arbitrary code, a Denial of Service, or privilege escalation. Background ========== OpenTTD is a clone of Transport Tycoon Deluxe. Affected packages ================= ------------------------------------------------------------------- Package / Vulnerable / Unaffected ------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 games-simulation/openttd < 1.1.3 > = 1.1.3 Description =========== Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in OpenTTD. Please review the CVE identifiers referenced below for details. Impact ====== A remote attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the OpenTTD process or cause a Denial of Service. Local users could cause a Denial of Service. Workaround ========== There is no known workaround at this time. Resolution ========== All OpenTTD users should upgrade to the latest version: # emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose "> =games-simulation/openttd-1.1.3" NOTE: This is a legacy GLSA. Updates for all affected architectures are available since September 27, 2011. It is likely that your system is already no longer affected by this issue. References ========== [ 1 ] CVE-2010-4168 http://nvd.nist.gov/nvd.cfm?cvename=CVE-2010-4168 [ 2 ] CVE-2011-3341 http://nvd.nist.gov/nvd.cfm?cvename=CVE-2011-3341 [ 3 ] CVE-2011-3342 http://nvd.nist.gov/nvd.cfm?cvename=CVE-2011-3342 [ 4 ] CVE-2011-3343 http://nvd.nist.gov/nvd.cfm?cvename=CVE-2011-3343 Availability ============ This GLSA and any updates to it are available for viewing at the Gentoo Security Website: http://security.gentoo.org/glsa/glsa-201111-03.xml Concerns? ========= Security is a primary focus of Gentoo Linux and ensuring the confidentiality and security of our users' machines is of utmost importance to us. Any security concerns should be addressed to security@gentoo.org or alternatively, you may file a bug at https://bugs.gentoo.org. License ======= Copyright 2011 Gentoo Foundation, Inc; referenced text belongs to its owner(s). The contents of this document are licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5

36 CentOS Updates  

Posted by Daniela Mehler

36 updates has been released for CentOS
[CentOS-announce] CEBA-2011:1443 CentOS 5 x86_64 mktemp FASTTRACK Update CentOS Errata and Bugfix Advisory 2011:1443 Upstream details at : http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHBA-2011-1443.html The following updated files have been uploaded and are currently syncing to the mirrors: ( md5sum Filename ) x86_64: 61443c59583339251051fa3e6c214fe9 mktemp-1.5-24.el5.x86_64.rpm Source: 405b59bf4b089a534dc478a415397290 mktemp-1.5-24.el5.src.rpm

Adobe Fixes 12 Critical Flaws in Flash  

Posted by Daniela Mehler

Adobe has released patches for a string of critical vulnerabilities in Flash on all of the major supported platforms
From Threatpost: The update to Flash fixes 12 vulnerabilities, including a number of memory corruption vulnerabilities, stack overflows and heap corruption bugs. All but one of the flaws could lead to remote code execution, and the remaining one which only affects Flash on Internet Explorer, could result in a cross-domain policy bypass. "Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Android. These vulnerabilities could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system," the company said in its advisory.

Compact networking appliance offers optional Wi-Fi, SATA storage  

Posted by Daniela Mehler

Win Enterprises announced a fanless, 9.4 x 6.0 x 1.6-inch networking security appliance based on Freescale QorIQ P1015E or dual-core P1024E processors clocked from 400 to667MHz. The PL-80380 offers up to 1GB of DDR3 RAM, up to 4GB flash, a CompactFlash socket, dual gigabit Ethernet ports and four gigabit switch ports, plus optional SATA storage and Wi-Fi.

The PL-80380 is the latest in a series of PL-branded networking appliances from Win Enterprises. Recent entries have included the Atom-based, 1U rackmount PL-80300 and rugged, Atom-based PL-80190 .

Designed primarily for the SOHO (small office, home office) market, the PL-80380 lacks PL-80300 features such as multiple PCI and PCI Express options, multiple USB ports, or an LCD display. However, it measures just 9.4 x 6.0 x 1.6 inches, about half the size of its Atom-based sibling.

Compact networking appliance offers optional Wi-Fi, SATA storage

Win Enterprises PL-80380

The PL-80380 incorporates Freescale's PowerPC based, single-core QorIQ P1015E or dual-core QorIQ P1024E processor. These new variants of the lower-end QorIQ P1010 and P1020 line of QorIQs are paired on a single Freescale product page and data sheet .

Freescale touts the processors for their power management, DDR3 support, and integrated security engine. The latter is said to support cryptographic algorithms commonly used in IPsec, SSL, 3GPP, and other networking and wireless security protocols.

Compact networking appliance offers optional Wi-Fi, SATA storage

Block diagram for single-core QorIQ P1015E and dual-core QorIQ P1024E
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The two QorIQ system on chips (SoCs) appear to be identical except for the number of cores. Both can be clocked between 400MHz and 667MHz, and ship with 256KB of L2 cache with ECC, says Freescale. The SoCs feature three gigabit Ethernet controllers, four SerDes controllers, and dual USB controllers, among other I/O.

The PL-80380 offers a base level of 512MB of DDR3 memory, upgradable to 1GB, and provides 1GB of NAND flash, expandable to 4GB, says Win Enterprises. A CompactFlash socket is standard, and an internal SATA port is optional along with a hard disk drive (HDD) for the available 2.5-inch bay, says the company.

Compact networking appliance offers optional Wi-Fi, SATA storage

PL-80380, back panel

A Mini PCI Express slot is optional, as is the Wi-Fi module that plugs into it, says Win Enterprises. The Wi-Fi option comes with dual antennas.

The PL-80380 ships with dual gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with bypass function, as well as four Ethernet gigabit Ethernet switch ports, says the company. Each Ethernet interface is paired with an LED indicator for monitoring activity and data transfer rate. Other back-panel I/O includes a USB 2.0 port and serial console port.

Compact networking appliance offers optional Wi-Fi, SATA storage

PL-80380 detail
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No operating system support is listed for the PL-80380, but Freescale's QorIQ processors all offer Linux support.

Features and specifications listed for the PL-80380 include:

Processor -- Freescale QorIQ P1015E or P1024E Memory: 512MB of DDR3 677MHz RAM, expandable to 1GB 1MB SPI flash, expandable to 8MB 32MB NOR flash 1GB NAND flash, expandable to 4GB Storage -- CompactFlash socket; optional SATA port and 2.5-inch HDD bay Expansion -- optional internal mini-PCI Express slot Networking -- 2 x gigabit Ethernet ports (one pair bypass between LAN1 and LAN2) ; 4 x gigabit Ethernet switch ports Wireless -- optional Wi-Fi with 2 x antennas Other I/O -- serial RJ45 port (COM1); USB 2.0 port Other features -- LEDs (power, HDD, bypass, WLAN, 6 x LAN) Dimensions -- 9.4 x 6.0 x 1.6 inches (240 x 152 x 40mm) Power -- 25W power adaptor (+5V/5A); optional +12V DC in Operating temperature -- 32 to 104 deg. F (0 to 40 deg. C) Availability

No pricing or availability information was available for the PL-80380. More information may be found at Win Enterprises' PL-80380 product page .