July 24, 2017

Toyota opts for Linux based Infotainment System over Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Not many must have heard about the existence of something called Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), a project hosted by Linux foundation to build a Linux based platform and framework for automotive applications. The project got kick-started back in 2012 and the founding members included marque automotive players such as Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, and Toyota, along with tech giants such as Fujitsu, HARMAN, NVIDIA, Renesas, Samsung and Texas Instruments (TI). Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) platform will debut in 2018 Toyota Camry.

AGL linux infotainment toyota camry

Toyota's AGL Adoption in 2018 Toyota Camry

Automotive Grade Linux or AGL is a Linux based open source car infotainment platform that has been in the works for the last several years. As a Linux Foundation backed project, AGL now boasts broad based support from auto majors across the world. Along with the founding members like JLR and Toyota, car manufacturing giants like Daimler AG, Ford, Honda, Mitsubishi Motors, Subaru etc. are also paying members of the AGL project today.

The 2018 Toyota Camry will be the first car to utilize AGL. According to Dan Cauchy of AGL, "Toyota is an early adopter of Linux and open-source and has been an active member and contributor to AGL for several years. They have been a driving force behind the development of the AGL infotainment platform, and we are excited to see the traction that it’s gaining across the industry."

Auto makers have generally been clumsy when it comes to integrating and updating the latest/fastest tech to their in-house infotainment systems. And more and more players are going the easier route by simple giving customers the choice of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay or both. AGL can prove be a good compromise package by which the auto makers doesn't have to cede completely to Silicon Valley giants.

linux infotainment toyota

"The flexibility of the AGL platform allows us to quickly roll-out Toyota’s infotainment system across our vehicle line-up, providing customers with greater connectivity and new functionalities at a pace that is more consistent with consumer technology," said Keiji Yamamoto, Executive Vice President, Connected Company of Toyota Motor Corporation, in a press release. "Adopting an open source development approach has enabled us to focus resources on developing innovative new features and bringing them to market faster."

On a related note, here are two other obscure open source projects you've probably never heard about: 1. lowRISC: Open source, Linux capable SoC, 2. Udacity: An open source self-driving car project.

Source: http://www.techdrivein.com/2017/07/toyota-opts-for-linux-based.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+techdrivein+%28Tech+Drive-in%29

July 23, 2017

5 GUI Tools to See Hardware Information in Ubuntu/Linux

Here are 5 best graphical tools to check your Linux hardware information without using harsh commands.
Checking hardware (CPU, motherboard, process, etc.) information is one of the most common and important tasks we do in our computers. Viewing details of physical components of a computer lets us get idea about a computer’s configuration. It let’s us assume which physical system we are working with, as well as having idea how good a machine would perform and which operating systems and drivers are applicable for it. In one word, hardware info is an obvious part of the details a user should know about his/her system.
View Hardware detains in Linux
In Windows OS, the most general way to see hardware configuration is to right-click on My Computer icon and then clicking Properties from context menu. This provides a minimal information. For more detailed view, Windows Device Manger and System Information utilities can be used. As third party tools, Speccy and CPU-Z seem to be very popular, though the number of system/hardware information tool for Windows is endless.
As of Linux OS, most of the tools you get to see system information are command-line based. This means, once you install those tools, you need to type-in commands in Terminal to get output about installed hardware units. This is really a boring procedure and not convenient to anyone.
I have searched for programs that present hardware specifications in Linux system without requiring any command to input, and found a plenty of utilities. I have selected 5 best ones to show here that works out of the box. You may search for the following tools in your software store (if you have one in your Linux) for jump installation.

1. I-Nex

Probably the best CPU-Z alternative for Linux. I-Nex resembles CPU-Z’s UI. And you would probably like it.
I-Nex on Ubuntu Linux
I-Nex shows detailed information on your CPU, Graphics(GPU), Motherboard, Audio hardware and many more in very beautiful way. Major hardware units have their one tab. Every tab contains the device name/model, manufacturer, driver info, and other available data.  The presentation provided here is very clear and easy to understand. It even lets you generate customizable report on the whole system. It lets you take screenshot too.
Along with hardware, in also shows useful details on your operating system, such as, Linux distro name, version, GCC version, X.Org version, etc. There’s also a tab for Kernel information.
To install I-Nex on Ubuntu/Mint or any derivatives, type the following commands one after another at each prompt in Terminal.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:i-nex-development-team/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install i-nex
For Arch Linux, Fedora, openSUSE, Manjaro and other derivatives, here’s the official guide to install.

2. Hardinfo

HardInfo is a hardware analysis, system benchmark and report generator tool that can be found pre-installed in Linux Mint. It lists all hardware units vertically on left side of the program. You need to click on the name of a device to reveal details of that component. The Summary entry shows overview of your whole system in a short form.
Hardinfo GUI hardware discovery tool for linux
Besides generating report in HTML, you can compare your system with other systems with its benchmarking tools from bottom.
To install Hardinfo, run the following commands into Terminal in Debian/Ubuntu/Mint and its derivatives.
sudo apt-get install hardinfo
On Fedora, use the following command:
sudo yum install hardinfo
For openSUSE, here’s the official package software.opensuse.org/package/hardinfo.

3. Sysinfo

A lightweight program that shows your hardware information in simple way. Unlike above programs, it doesn’t show much information.
Sysinfo running on Ubuntu
Use the following command to install in Ubuntu/Mint:
sudo apt-get install sysinfo

4. lshw-gtk (Hardware Lister)

GTK Lshw running in Ubuntu
This the graphical version the popular command-line hardware info tool lshw. Use Refresh from toolbar if you see blank window. Though it looks so simple, the information it provides are really extensive and informative. It also features export function with XML, HTML and plain text support. Use Save button to export your report.
Installation command for Ubuntu/Mint:
sudo apt-get install lshw-gtk
Then type lshw-gtk in Terminal to launch it.
For Fedora, use the following command:
sudo yum install lshw-gui
Use lshw-gui command in Terminal to launch it.

5. KInfoCenter (KDE Info Center)

KDE Info Center
KInfoCenter is a part of KDE desktop environment. But it can be installed on other desktops too. This utility provides various information that are unique to your hardware. You get information on PCI, Network Interfaces, X Server, USB Devices, IO Ports, etc. along with main hardware units. If you have a Linux with KDE desktop, you may already have this installed.
Install KInfoCenter in Ubuntu/Mint using following command:
sudo apt-get install kinfocenter
To install in Fedora, use following command:
sudo yum install kinfocenter
On both OS, type kinfocenter in Terminal to launch it.
I personally like I-Nex. It’s sleek design and faster startup beats anything. Let us know which hardware info utility you are using.

Source: http://www.techgainer.com/5-gui-tools-to-see-hardware-information-in-ubuntulinux/


Jaber is a tech enthusiast, geek and web worm from Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is the founder and Chief-Editor of TechGainer. While he is away from his keyboard, either he's fishing or messing with wildlife. In case, you can contact him at rijans[at]techgainer[dot]com.

July 22, 2017

How to create a disk image ISO

Create disk images it is often necessary to install on PC old games that were distributed on diskson modern computerswhich frequently do not have DVD driveJust remember that protect games from illegal distribution - DRM, often incompatiblewith virtual drives

Let's learn how to create disk images
.ISO files
 are disk images. A complete copy of a CD or DVD disc in one file. This file can be "mounted" and accessed as a virtual CD or DVD available as a physical disc.
In Linux you can create an ISO image using the terminal or the burning softwareincluded in your distribution. For examplein Linux Mint ISO image can be created usingutility, BraseroTo do this, open Brasero, select Disk copy and select the Disc to write toThe image will be createdIn other distributions include other programs, but the essence remains the same - copy a physical disk to the image.
How to create the disk image ISO in Linux Mint?
Clicking on the Properties button, you can choose where to save the image and can also choose the format for the generated image.
How to create the disk image ISO in Linux Mint?
Also, you can create an image with the command in the terminal:
sudo dd if=/dev/cdrom of=/home/username/image.iso
Replace /dev/cdrom with the path to your optical drive, e.g. /dev/dvd and/home/username/cd.iso — the path to the future ISO image.
The resulting disk can be mounted by the mount commandright there in the terminal orwith the graphical tool to choose according to your taste.
How to create the disk image ISO in Linux Mint?
Good Luck!!!
Author: Shekin

Source: https://mintguide.org/other/525-how-to-create-the-disk-image-iso-in-linux-mint.html

June 27, 2017

Gmac is a Ubuntu Gnome + OSX Theme Distro

I did a search recently of the best Apple-like linux distro's available and Gmac was something I never knew about. It is fairly new. It has its roots in the older Pear Linux, which was customized in France to be an Ubuntu OSX themed distro. I understand the code was bought by another company and the latest effort is Gmac. It is basically a skinned Ubuntu Gnome 16.04. That is great news because the linux kernel runs fast and smooth. It already includes Firefox, LibreOffice, Rhythmbox music player, Synaptic package manager, the Plank dock, and the Ubuntu Software Store. I am enjoying this new distro. I like Gmac much better than Elementary Linux because it has many of the standard Ubuntu features and comes with better LibreOffice office suite, Rhythmbox music player, and Brasero disc burner applications. It also comes with many high quality wallpapers. If you want the title bar icons to be on the right, log in using the Gnome Classic option. Below are my screen shots and a link where you can get it. If you want an Ubuntu based distro with the look and feel of OSX, out of the box without any work, Gmac is your answer ! Enjoy....

I installed the Nemo File Manager (below)

You can get the Gmac distro here:


Bonus Tip: You can remove the Ubuntu Gnome bottom toolbar with this tweak:

It is the Window List plugin the same one used in Gnome Shell standard session which comes within gnome-shell-extensions package. It's full name:

Installed in: /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/

What it seems happening is .. the Gnome Classic session use it as a required plugin. So it does ignore disabling it. (Using gnome-tweak-tool)

To get rid of it, move it somewhere else or delete it
sudo rm -r /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/window-list@gnome-shell-extensions.gcampax.github.com

To re-enable it, copy it back or reinstall gnome-shell-extensions.
sudo apt-get install --reinstall gnome-shell-extensions

June 26, 2017

MacBuntu Theme for XFCE is a wonderful OSX Theme

I go back and forth between themes on linux. That is one of the great things about linux; the ability to customize and theme just about everything. XFCE has not had a great past reputation on themes due to its limited options. But Noobslabs has a rich library of themes. I tried their MacBuntu for XFCE theme and it looks and works great. It includes the Plank dock.  See my desktop below and there is a link at the bottom of the post where you can get this theme complete with instructions how to install it. Enjoy.

You can get the beautiful MacBuntu theme here: