Open Source CPU Architecture RISC-V Is Gaining Momentum

The CEO of the RISC-V Foundation (a former IBM executive) touted the open-source CPU architecture at this year’s HiPEAC conference, arguing there’s “a growing demand for custom processors purpose-built to meet the power and performance requirements of specific applications…”

As I’ve been travelling across the globe to promote the benefits of RISC-V at events and meet with our member companies, it’s really stuck me how the level of commitment to drive the mainstream adoption of RISC-V is like nothing I’ve seen before. It’s exhilarating to witness our community collaborate across industries and geographies with the shared goal of accelerating the RISC-V ecosystem…With more than 420 organizations, individuals and universities that are members of the RISC-V Foundation, there is a really vibrant community collaborating together to drive the progression of ratified specs, compliance suites and other technical deliverables for the RISC-V ecosystem.

While RISC-V has a BSD open source license, designers are welcome to develop proprietary implementations for commercial use as they see fit. RISC-V offers a variety of commercial benefits, enabling companies to accelerate development time while also reducing strategic risk and overall costs. Thanks to these design and cost benefits, I’m confident that members will continue to actively contribute to the RISC-V ecosystem to not only drive innovation forward, but also benefit their bottom line… I don’t have a favorite project, but rather I love the amazing spectrum that RISC-V is engaged in — from a wearable health monitor to scaled out cloud data centres, from universities in Pakistan to the University of Bologna in Italy or Barcelona Supercomputing Center in Spain, from design tools to foundries, from the most renowned global tech companies to entrepreneurs raising their first round of capital. Our community is broad, deep, growing and energized…

The RISC-V ecosystem is poised to significantly grow over the next five years. Semico Research predicts that the market will consume a total of 62.4 billion RISC-V central processing unit (CPU) cores by 2025! By that time I look forward to seeing many new types of RISC-V implementations including innovative consumer devices, industrial applications, high performance computing applications and much more… Unlike legacy instruction set architectures (ISAs) which are decades old and are not designed to handle the latest workloads, RISC-V has a variety of advantages including its openness, simplicity, clean-slate design, modularity, extensibility and stability. Thanks to these benefits, RISC-V is ushering in a new era of silicon design and processor innovation.
They also highlighted a major advantage. RISC-V “provides the flexibility to create thousands of possible custom processors. Since implementation is not defined at the ISA level, but rather by the composition of the system-on-chip and other design attributes, engineers can choose to go big, small, powerful or lightweight with their designs.”

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Iran Denies Cover-Up After Lawmaker Contradicts Official Coronavirus Figures, Says 50 Dead

A member of Iran’s parliament announced on Monday that 50 people had died from the new coronavirus in the city of Qom and accused Iran’s Health Ministry of covering up the true extent of the outbreak in the country. The Health Ministry claims just 12 people have died in Iran from COVID-19, with 66 people sick from the…

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Source: Gizmodo – Iran Denies Cover-Up After Lawmaker Contradicts Official Coronavirus Figures, Says 50 Dead

27th Time The Charm? Intel SGX Enclaves Support For Linux Revved Again

For four years we have been seeing Intel Secure Guard Extensions (SGX) bring-up for the Linux kernel and that work continues with the Intel SGX Enclaves support now having been sent out for review twenty-seven times as it tries to work its way towards the mainline Linux kernel…

Source: Phoronix – 27th Time The Charm? Intel SGX Enclaves Support For Linux Revved Again

How to install and setup Docker on Linux/Ubuntu 18.04

Docker is an open source application similar to a virtual machine. It is used to simplify the process of automation of applications deployment with its runtime dependencies within Linux containers. Containers, which work independently from the host operating system, enable users to perform quick application deployment, troubleshooting and maintenance with improved security.

Source: LXer – How to install and setup Docker on Linux/Ubuntu 18.04

Seven-Year-Old Wins A Pokémon Championship, Makes Everyone A Fan

Meet Simone Lim. She’s the new Pokémon Oceania International Juniors Championships champion. She faced off in Melbourne against the older and formidable Justin Miranda-Radbord. He’s defending champ with a long list of achievements, including 21-time Regional Champ.

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Open source licenses: What, which, and why

Most open source projects are vastly more restrictive with their trademarks than their code. OpenBSD's Puffy, Linux's Tux, and the FSF's Meditating Gnu are among the few FOSS logos that can easily and legally be remixed and reused for simple illustrative purposes.

Enlarge / Most open source projects are vastly more restrictive with their trademarks than their code. OpenBSD’s Puffy, Linux’s Tux, and the FSF’s Meditating Gnu are among the few FOSS logos that can easily and legally be remixed and reused for simple illustrative purposes. (credit: OpenBSD, Free Software Foundation, Larry Ewing, Seattle Municipal Archives)

Most people have at least heard of open source software by now—and even have a fairly good idea of what it is. Its own luminaries argue incessantly about what to call it—with camps arguing for everything from Free to Libre to Open Source and every possible combination of the above—but the one thing every expert agrees on is that it’s not open source (or whatever) if it doesn’t have a clearly attributed license.

You can’t just publicly dump a bunch of source code without a license and say “whatever—it’s there, anybody can get it.” Due to the way copyright law works in most of the world, freely available code without an explicitly declared license is copyright by the author, all rights reserved. This means it’s just plain unsafe to use unlicensed code, published or not—there’s nothing stopping the author from coming after you and suing for royalties if you start using it.

The only way to actually make your code open source and freely available is to attach a license to it. Preferably, you want a comment with the name and version of a well-known license in the header of every file and a full copy of the license available in the root folder of your project, named LICENSE or LICENSE.TXT. This, of course, raises the question of which license to use—and why?

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Source: Ars Technica – Open source licenses: What, which, and why

Realme's X50 Pro is a cheaper 5G flagship with super-fast charging

Realme may be the lesser-known spin-off from Oppo, but thanks to its aggressive pricing and the occasional collaborations with design icon Naoto Fukasawa, it’s been doing quite well in Asia. And just last month, the company brought us the Realme X50…

Source: Engadget – Realme’s X50 Pro is a cheaper 5G flagship with super-fast charging

Disney+ discounts yearly subscriptions ahead of its European launch

When Disney dropped the surprise news that its popular streaming service would debut in Europe a week earlier than planned, the company was quickly pressed on whether it would offer any sign-up incentives like it did ahead of its US launch. After a b…

Source: Engadget – Disney+ discounts yearly subscriptions ahead of its European launch

Want to Delete Pages from PDF? Look Here!

Do you want to delete some pages in your PDF file? Or, you don’t want to completely delete the useless pages, but split it into another PDF file in case you need to use it later? As PDF files are not easy to edit, it is certainly not easy to delete. PDFs are not like […]

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Sony's mid-range Xperia 10 II packs an OLED display and triple cameras

Sony’s Xperia 10 II is designed to be a TV and game console in your pocket thanks to the 6-inch 21:9 OLED Triluminos display, the company announced today. The “super mid-range” can display “deeper blacks and more vibrant colors” than the average phon…

Source: Engadget – Sony’s mid-range Xperia 10 II packs an OLED display and triple cameras

Judge Forces America's FCC To Seek New Public Feedback on Its Net Neutrality Repeal

“Earlier this week, the FCC successfully defeated Mozilla’s attempt to undo the commission’s repeal of net neutrality,” reports Engadget.
“But, while siding with the body, judges have asked the FCC to determine if repealing the law to prevent a multi-speed internet has had any negative consequences.”
That includes checking if net neutrality repeal has harmed public safety, reduced spending in infrastructure or hampered the Lifeline program. Consequently, the FCC will launch a period where the public and interested parties can share their views on the process. This is not an opportunity to re-litigate net neutrality repeal, but it is an opportunity to examine if the FCC acted properly and with regard to its broader obligations. The court, for instance, has directed the body to see if repeal has harmed public safety and reduced investment in critical infrastructure…

The Register claims that the FCC is behaving churlishly, burying its request for comment in a wordy title that does not reflect its true intentions. But FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel published a statement asking people to “make some noise” and write in. Rosenworcel says that the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality was on the “wrong side of history” and that the public should demand an “open internet.”
Those wishing to make a comment can do so on the FCC’s Electronic Filing System, entering 17-108 (Restoring Internet Freedom) in the proceedings box. The deadline for comments is March 30th.

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Sony teases the Xperia Pro 5G aimed at video creators

During its virtual MWC press conference, Sony teased the Xperia Pro 5G, a phone designed for video creators much like RED’s now defunct Hydrogen phone. Much like the new Xperia 1 II, it’s a flagship level device in terms of specs, with a Qualcomm Sna…

Source: Engadget – Sony teases the Xperia Pro 5G aimed at video creators