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04.06.12

Links 6/4/2012: KDE 5.0 Wishlist, Fedora 17 Delays

Posted in News Roundup at 2:16 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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GNU/Linux

Free Software/Open Source

  • Linuxaria: I really fell in love with the idea of Open Source and GPL even before I actually installed my first Linux
  • Our Culture of Exclusion

    Bubs thinks you should just go out with the bingers and act like a crazy person right along with them – they won’t know the difference! Fair enough, but I’m not interested in ‘partying hard’, I want to talk with like-minded people about subjects I don’t necessarily get to talk about at the office. For example, we don’t use Node.js at work – so I go to JSConf to chat and learn about it in a casual atmosphere. Except I don’t get to do that. It’s always the same: talks, then binge time.

  • The Future of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Is Open

    The roboticist on the panel argued that AI is an intellectually challenging field where the problems are difficult, and therefore can be solved only by highly intelligent people working on obscure mathematics and algorithms. The future, he argued, will look much like the past: a series of incremental, hard-won improvements in very narrow fields.

  • SaaS

  • Oracle/Java/LibreOffice

  • BSD

  • FSF/FSFE/GNU/SFLC

    • GCC 4.7 Compiler Performance On AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer

      While we have seen that Intel’s Sandy Bridge is doing well on the new GCC 4.7 compiler (along with LLVM/Clang 3.1), has AMD’s Bulldozer CPU architecture advanced at all for this leading multi-platform compiler? Up today are benchmarks of GCC 4.7.0 — with comparative benchmarks going back to GCC 4.4 — from an AMD FX-8150 Eight-Core Bulldozer setup.

    • A turning point for GNU libc

      The kernel may be the core of a Linux system, but neither users nor applications deal with the kernel directly. Instead, almost all interactions with the kernel are moderated through the C library, which is charged with providing a standards-compliant interface to the kernel’s functionality. There are a number of C library implementations available, but, outside of the embedded sphere, most Linux systems use the GNU C library, often just called “glibc.” The development project behind glibc has a long and interesting history which took a new turn with the dissolution of its steering committee on March 26.

      In its early days, the GNU project was forced to focus on a small number of absolutely crucial projects; that is why the first program released under the GNU umbrella was Emacs. Once the core was in place, though, the developers realized they would need a few other components to build their new system; a C library featured prominently on that list. So, back in 1987, Roland McGrath started development on the GNU C library; by 1988, it was seen as being sufficiently far along that systems could be built on top of it.

  • Open Access/Content

    • Tufts U Sciences Knowledgebase Goes Open Source

      Tufts University is taking its enterprise content, course, learning, knowledge, and curriculum management system for health sciences, known as Tufts University Sciences Knowledgebase (TUSK), open source. Medical schools around the world now have the opportunity to install TUSK at their own institution, customize it to suit their own needs, and optionally contribute their customizations back to the TUSK source code.

  • Programming

Leftovers

  • Copyrights

    • Tell Obama And Dodd: No Backroom Dealing, No New SOPA

      Hollywood and Obama should’ve learned: No form of censorship will be acceptable to Internet users, and we’re fed up with corrupt, back-room deals that are driven by the rich and well-connected. Any major Internet policy changes should be negotiated in the light of day, so the millions of people who’d be affected can have their say too.

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