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Linux 6.1 LTS with Rust: Linus Torvalds has released the new system kernel

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Chief developer Linus Torvalds has released the latest operating system kernel Linux 6.1 LTS with long-term support, which among other things introduces the free programming language Rust alongside C as a second language under Linux and supports new features and hardware from AMD, Intel and Nvidia.

Rust, AMD P-State and new hardware

After the developers with Linux 6.0 focused on extended support for the current processors AMD Ryzen 7000 (test) and Intel Core i-13000 (test) as well as the graphics cards from the first Arc generation (“Intel Alchemist”) alias alias Intel Xe HPG had, Linux 6.1 LTS now receives the following new feature set.

The focus is on Rust, the new AMD P-state driver and once again support for current hardware.

Linux 6.1 LTS highlights
  • New AMD P-State Drivers (“Patch V5”)
    • The driver is said to offer better power efficiency than the generic ACPI CPUFreq driver and is intended for Zen 2, Zen 3, Zen 3+ and Zen 4.
    • Among other things, the Precision Boost and the performance under low to medium loads are said to have been improved.
  • Integration of the open source programming language Rust
    • The free programming language Rust is introduced alongside C as a second language under Linux
  • AMD Platform Management Framework (PMF) integration
  • Integration of the AMD PMF Cool and Quiet Framework
  • Integration of Multi-Gen LRU (MGLRU) in the kernel
  • Patches for Raphael, Raptor Lake and Alchemist
  • Extended support for Intel DG2 (“Alchemist”)
  • Improved NUMA balancing for AMD Zen
  • New extensions for RISC-V CPUs

The Xbox Elite Controller, the Sony DualSense Edge and, for the first time, the keyboard of the Linux smartphones PinePhone (Hands-On) and PinePhone Pro are now also officially supported.

AMD RNDA 3, PMF and Wi-Fi 7

In addition, the Precision Boost and the performance under low to medium loads should benefit from this measure and the AMD Platform Management Framework and its Cool and Quiet Framework should be implemented.

The Linux developers are also working on support for RDNA 3 and Radeon RX 7000 and have started preparations for Wi-Fi 7. Linus Torvalds emphasized that all of this made the final phase of the release cycle significantly longer.

Also, manufacturers and developers have started working on support for Intel Meteor Lake and Ponte Vecchio.

As the chief developer announced in the official announcement for Linux 6.1 LTS, more than 11,000 submissions went into development during the two-week window. This time it’s a medium-sized release.

Linux 6.1 LTS as the last release in 2022

Linux 6.1 LTS is the last release in 2022 before the next regular offshoot, Linux 6.2, is to follow in early 2023.

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The best contents of the week in MuyPymes

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We end one more Sunday with a new summary of the best content that we have published in MuyPymes, a classic where you will find the most important news of the week and you can catch up with just a few clicks. As always, we wish you a good Monday.

  • Where can I use the newborn, euro digital?
  • The State plans to increase spending on technology by 12% this year.
  • Online sales will increase in Spain by 20%.
  • Seven out of 10 ICT companies will increase their workforce in Spain.
  • These are the growth prospects for the label market in 2023.
  • Sony updates its camera catalog with the new 4K PTZ.
  • Apple will release a new iPad Mini later this year.
  • Epson expands its catalog of projectors with new 3LCD 4KE models.
  • Apple is working on a flexible iPad, and it could arrive next year.
  • Flexible remuneration, that great unknown.
  • These are the trends that will mark 2023 in the organization of events.
  • Titbit raises 150,000 euros in its second investment round.
  • Getac introduces the S410 laptop and F110 tablet, two ruggedized and powerful 5G-enabled computers.
  • Epson presents its new EB series video projectors.
  • How to choose hosting and domain for my website.
  • Brother expands its catalog of two-inch ticket and label printers.
  • Samsung presents the new Galaxy Book3.
  • What can we expect about cybersecurity, in the coming months.
  • Artificial Intelligence: how will it affect jobs?
  • Microsoft is starting to show full-screen Microsoft 365 ads.
  • Do you want to help children in vulnerable situations?
  • Microsoft Teams is integrated into the Elgato Stream Deck.

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Barcelona offers 200,000 euros to the project that reduces the accident rate of motorcycles

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Barcelona City Council has launched a challenge for companies, startups, universities and innovation centers to present urban solutions that have as objective reduce motorcycle-related accidents. The chosen projects, which will be applied in the city, are part of the Barcelona Innova Lab Mobility initiative that promotes pilot tests to improve mobility.

Barcelona is one of the European cities with a greater presence of motorcycles and mopeds which represent 33% of the total census of vehicles, and motorcycle drivers account for 86% of the seriously injured, according to the balance of road accidents for the first half of 2022. With the aim of reducing accidents and increasing road safety in the city, these entities have launched this initiative to find and apply innovative solutions on the streets of the city, with the collaboration of the Tomorrow.Mobility show organized by Fira and the EIT Urban Mobility (European Union initiative).

The challenge, launched internationally, counts with an economic endowment of 200,000 euros, which will correspond to a maximum of 80% of the total amount of the winning solutions. The projects can be aimed at resolving the accident rate from behavioral innovation, that is, with solutions related to driving habits, and from technological innovation.

The execution time of the selected proposals is 18 months, of which the pilot phase must be a minimum of six. The proposals must be applicable in a real environment in the short term and must define, in this sense, its deployment space. In addition, it must achieve quantifiable results in relation to the safety of motorcyclists and third parties, which are lasting over time. Its innovative and differential component will also be valued both in the methodologies and resources used and in its execution.

This call is aimed at companies, startups, universities, research centers, technology centers, associations and foundations that have until next March 1 to present their projects. A committee of experts will assess the technical quality of the works presented and will choose the winning solutions that could be applied in Barcelona during that same year. The projects will have international projection with their participation in the next edition of Tomorrow.Mobility, which will be held next November together with the Smart City Expo World Congress at Fira de Barcelona.

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Microsoft Teams integrates into Elgato Stream Deck

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The Elgato Stream Deck is a very interesting peripheral that we had the opportunity to analyze at the time, and that allows you to create different shortcuts and functions that will be associated to each of the available buttons. It allows you to create different usage profiles, and we can switch between them in a very simple way.

For example, we can assign to a button that directly opens a web page, to run a specific application, to perform a specific action and we can also set specific commands and download completely free applications. It is a very interesting solution, especially for professionals who are dedicated to content creation and streaming.

The point is that the Redmond giant has released an official plugin that allows you to integrate an Elgato Stream Deck device with Microsoft Teams. This plugin was announced by the American company earlier this week, but it was officially launched yesterday. The installation process is quite simple, but we can find more information in the official Microsoft forums.

Once installed, we can use the Elgato Stream Deck to access shortcuts and specific functions that will improve our user experience with Microsoft Teams. Thus, for example, we can blur the background in a video call by pressing a button, and we can also assign other specific functions such as raising and lowering our hand, muting ourselves, recording, and even to show live reactions during meetings.

This new plugin enhances the value of the Elgato Stream Deck, making it a very interesting solution for those who work remotely and have to participate in frequent video calls and events. Obviously it is still an excellent option for content creators and streaming professionals as well. I remind you that it is available in different versions, and that the standard MK.2 model with 15 buttons is priced at €149.99.

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