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Links 13/10/2011: Humble Synapse Bundle Shows Linux Generosity, Ubuntu 11.10 Out

Posted in News Roundup at 7:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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    • It Only Took Sixteen Years

      It only took GNU RCS (gnu.org) 16 years to go from version 5.7 to version 5.8. GNU RCS 5.8 is now available in Portage thanks to the hard work of Mr. Ian ”idella4″ Delaney.

  • Public Services/Government

    • PL: Classes on and employing FLOSS introduced to schools

      The project SWOI has started classes on and employing Free and Open Source Software (FLOSS) in middle and upper secondary schools in Poland, it was announced on 4 October 2011.

      SWOI is the ‘Implementation strategy for the use of open and free software as an innovative model for supporting the development of pupils and students’ key competences in the field of ICT’. The first group of students’ work began in the ‘Circles of Interest’ activity. Under the supervision of ‘Guardians’, the participants explore the secrets of free and open source software.

  • Licensing

  • Openness/Sharing

  • Programming

    • In Search of Minimum Viable Utility
    • Do Volunteer Programmers Produce Better Code?

      Those of us who love Linux and other free and open source software are already well-acquainted with the many benefits of FOSS: flexibility, security, customizability and freedom from vendor lock-in, to name just a few.

      Quality, of course, is another big one, at least in part because there are typically so many people around the globe constantly improving the code.

      There may also be another reason behind that superior quality, however. Specifically, it was recently suggested that volunteer programmers actually write better code than paid ones do.

    • Subversion 1.7 Released with Some Git-esque Merging

      The Apache Subversion (SVN) open source version control system is out with its 1.7 release today. The new SVN 1.7 release adds new features such as HTTPv2 and WC-NG that improve performance and make version control more efficient for developers.

      The SVN 1.7 release comes at a time when the open source Git version control system is gaining in popularity. Git’s popularity is something that SVN backers are aware of and taking steps to bring some popular capabilities of Git into SVN.

      “Subversion is no longer the disruptive upstart that it was in 2005. It is now deployed in the largest and most traditional organizations, and it’s now in the mainstream,” David Richards, President and CEO of WANdisco told InternetNews.com

    • Happy 10th Anniversary to the Eclipse Project

      With 3 projects back in 2001, the Eclipse Project has grown to become an awesome, can’t-do-without IDE for developers of almost all programming languages. Currently, it has 273 projects, more than 50 million lines of code and committers from almost all continents and more than $800 million in R&D.

  • Standards/Consortia


  • Dennis Ritchie: A Tribute to a Great Man

    Richie was jointly honoured with several awards during his lifetime, along with Ken Thompson, including the Turing Award in 1983, the Hamming Medal in 1990, the (US) National Medal of Technology in 1999 and, most recently, the Japan Prize for Information and Communications in 2011.

  • Dennis Ritchie, Creator Of C Programming Language & UNIX Dies
  • Hardware

    • AMD Releases FX-Series Bulldozer Desktop CPUs

      AMD’s most impressive FX CPU that launched this morning is the FX-8150, which is an eight-core CPU with a base frequency of 3.6GHz, a 3.9GHz base Turbo frequency, and 4.2GHz for its maximum Turbo frequency. Yes, a Bulldozer 8-core CPU that can operate naturally above 4GHz. These CPUs also come unlocked for those wanting to push the hardware even further. The AMD FX-8150 has 8MB of L2 cache and a TDP of 125 Watts. What makes this top-end CPU interesting as well is the price tag, which is only $245 USD.

  • Security

    • Microsoft on Browser Security – an Oxymoron

      What a farce. Microsoft has put up a web page which purports to “evaluate your browser security”. In fact what it does it look at what specific browser you are using, and then take a few cheap shots at Firefox and Chrome. For an early morning laugh, I just tried it on Opera and got “We can’t give you a score for your browser”. Translated, that means “this don’t know squat about browser security, this is not a ‘security test’ it is a browser identification string scan”.

  • Finance

  • Civil Rights

    • Legal (?) Malware

      It has been discovered that German police are using malware to spy on suspects’ computers. The particular case in question involves a suspect whose computer was deliberately infected as he passed through an airport. It was a trojan for that other OS.

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