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Today, Red Hat became a founding member of the +Linaro LITE IoT group. As I have mentioned, I am seeking to drive a strategy that provides end-to-end addressability of emerging markets. On +ARM, that will include devices, edge optimized (fully industry standard - UEFI/ACPI) gateways and storage nodes, telco infrastructure, and backend cloud services. Many of those pieces will also leverage workload acceleration for use case optimization. We are going to build it all. All of it. With OPEN INDUSTRY STANDARDS all the way.
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If anyone at Linaro Connect feels like a little half marathon one morning in Red Rock Canyon, let me know. I will probably go at least once. 5-6am ish.
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Not quite ready for half marathon.. Especially if that requires to follow you ;) But if others want to go for a more modest quarter marathon, and still benefit from the nice scenery, then I am in!
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Good news for Donald Trump supporters!
It would allow scholars to read ancient manuscripts too fragile to handle VIDEO
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The good news for those who currently work on platform components - microprocessors, chipsets, and firmware - for x86 is that most of your skills now instantly transfer to ARM servers. This is especially true if you're an ODM or OEM, or generally interested in new opportunities beyond the castle gates. We built it this way intentionally 😊
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Oh dear goodness, I am debugging U-Boot at 1am. This is how I know I am getting sick with a cold. It's ok, it's to run 32-bit Fedora VMs on an ARMv8 host that is booting using UEFI. So all is still mostly well.
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More than a half dozen different ARMv8 microarchitectures boot the exact same latest RHEL Server for ARM builds (which you can get through your silicon partner). When I said 10 platforms run the same OS, what I meant was "more than 10". Standards matter. You can joke about that, but we are going to have one way to build ARM servers and my stick beating forcing a correction in the force has been working. This won't be an embedded mess done again on server.

ARMv8 server SoCs are like family to me. I have been there for the birth of every single one so far. Eventually there will be many, many dozens of different - yet compatible - ARMv8 server SoCs, in hundreds of diverse platforms able to run the same Operating System release. Exactly as I promised.

Next up, we will clean up the standardization of workload accelerators and make those useful in the mainstream Enterprise. There will be standards everywhere you look. You won't be able to get out of bed without tripping over a multi-thousand page specification or ten.
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That Donald Trump is an evil, pliable idiot for right wing whackos and Russia isn't new. What is new is that he isn't saying as many outrageous things. The media is still giving him more attention than Hillary. If you were to believe the media, you'd think Hillary was at home in bed rather than working a busier schedule than Evil Donald. That they are unfairly treating him as a joke, and her as a serious candidate isn't new either. But the joke will be on them if his numbers continue to rise as a result of the generally under informed reality TV masses having the franchise. For the sake of America, Donald Trump must never be President.

I am looking at you +The New York Times and +Washington Post to do the right thing at least for those who still read.
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I'll be giving three keynotes next month. Two are at private industry events related to ARM servers. The third will be at +ARM TechCon. I'm very interested in chatting with folks about how they plan to use ARM servers over the next couple of years - both in traditional datacenter and cloud, as well as in storage, telco, and IoT infrastructure. More about those others later on.
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Finishing up my third biography of Trump. He's still the biggest loser ever to disgrace the US presidential campaign circuit. Did you know he once cut off the healthcare to his nephew's sick baby? Or that he has ties to crime families, convicted felons as business partners, and that his charity broke US law in giving political donations?

But sure. Email servers and pneumonia. Those are clearly the ways in which Hillary is secretly to blame for Donald Trump being a total fucktard.

Wake. The. Fuck. Up. Learn to read. I know it's hard, but turn that brain on for a moment before Nov.
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What amazes me is how people confuse Hillary and Trump. One is a presidential candidate who is less than ideal but won't actually result in the wholesale distraction of our country due to World War III. The other is a disgusting and horrific monster who wants to run America into moral bankruptcy like yet another failed casino project, and will cause WWIII.

All of us on the left wish you had an actual choice on the right. Don't confuse our hatred of Trump as praise for Hillary. She has flaws. She is human. Trump is not human, nor is he humane. You know it deep down, but you would rather distract yourselves by attacking Hillary than acknowledging the perilous situation you've let this country get into as your Banana Republican Party destroys itself.

Wake. The. Fuck. Up. Either don't vote, or vote Hillary. Don't support a bigoted fucktard. If you still want to vote for him, go read one of the many actual books (you know, those things Trump doesn't read) about his failed businesses and lack of acumen in making deals that often implode.

Also, wake the fuckity fuck up. This isn't a movie. This is real life. In real life the POTUS gets the launch codes for the most powerful weapons known to humanity. And he can't even articulate what a nuclear triad is or how our policy works. I can accept uneducated morons voting for him, but don't be an educated moron voting for Trump.
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I wonder what kind of hurtful, offensive, and wildly inappropriate tweet Donald Trump will send on today's anniversary. I expect him to say something utterly disrespectful and horrifically unpresidential.
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A while ago, we exceeded ten different ARM server platforms that can run the exact same RHELSA (RHEL Server for ARM) OS image. I won't say which ones (yet), but I am very pleased by this progress.

This is only possible because we did not listen to those who wanted to build an embedded zoo. ARM servers are industry standards compliant. They look (intentionally) a lot like what customers already know and love, and they function in very much the same way, running the same software.

When I boot an ARM server today, I get platform data through EFI, ACPI, DMI, and many other interfaces that exist on every other server. The scripts we have to inventory machines using tools like dmidecode "just work", upgrades are possible using EFI Capsule Updates, and management is achieved through tooling built around IPMI. And if something does go wrong, all of the existing tools for crash dumps and diagnostics also "just work".

We have some very interesting times ahead. This is a world I originally intended us to build in about half the time, with less fighting and drama, but I am glad that we have built it. Now, the fun begins.
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