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03.30.14

Development News: Programming, New Languages, and Women’s Stories

Posted in News Roundup at 2:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Programming

Hack

Women

  • Let your code speak for you

    There are rapidly growing feature set, high commit rates, and code contributions happening across the globe to Apache Hadoop and related Apache Software Foundation projects. However, the number of woman developers, committers, and Project Management Committee (PMC) members in this vast and diversified ecosystem are really diminutive. For the Hadoop project alone, only 5% out of 84 committers are women; and this has been the case for over the past 2 years.

  • These Women Are Building The Software That Quietly Runs The World

    And when it comes to the open-source software industry, women are even harder to find. A recent study found that 1 out 10 open-source programmers are women (about 10%), and that’s up from 2007, when only 2 out of every 100 were women (about 2%).

  • What’s the best entry point for women in computing? Open source.

    During Grace Hopper 2013 on Open Source Day, we worked on more than 10 open source projects and had more than 250 attendees. Experienced women in tech were there to help teach other women how to do programming for their particular project or to work with them in a mentorship capacity. Each year we find that we fill up in terms of the number of attendees we can handle for the event! And then we have a waiting list. So, if this sounds like something you are excited about doing or you are interested in participating in, sign up for Open Source Day sooner rather than later to make sure that you get a spot.

  • GitHub puts co-founder on leave after harassment claims

    “This weekend, GitHub employee Julie Horvath spoke publicly about negative experiences she had at GitHub that contributed to her resignation,” GitHub CEO and co-founder Chris Wanstrath wrote in a blog post on Sunday. “I would like to personally apologize to Julie. It’s certain that there were things we could have done differently.”

  • Horvath Hurls Harassment Charges in Fiery GitHub Exit

Open Access and Open Hardware News: Sharing Ideology on the Rise

Posted in News Roundup at 2:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Creative Commons and Academia

More Reasons to Boycott Elsevier

Schools and Textbooks

Open Hardware

  • Open source hardware takes flight
  • University course teaches computer-human interaction with open hardware and OSS
  • ROS – the open source Robotic Operating System

    Brian Gerkey wanted a common robotic control language. Taking inspiration from the LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL Python) open source tools in the 1990s Brian worked to develop ROS, the Robot Operating System. ROS is an open source kit of tools, libraries and programming conventions for programming robots.

  • Ten open source hard ware projects to allegedly save the Earth

    *Open Source is always promising to build a “whole new economy.” There’s a rather well-established open-source economy nowadays that’s neither whole nor new. Why keep saying this? It’s like promising Zen enlightenment without knowing that you still have to chop wood and carry water.

    *The genuinely new development in Open Source is an open resistance to open-source by established power players. What’s especially new and different is the bitter, politicized, statehouse and working-class resistance to commercial Big Sharing efforts such as Uber and AirBnB. Distributing access to knowledge isn’t gonna be the problem any more — politics is gonna be the problem.

Electronics

Frankovsky

  • Facebook loses its open-source-hardware chief to the startup life

    Facebook’s open-source-hardware champion, Frank Frankovsky, has left the building.

    In a personal Facebook post, Frankovsky, who headed up the ambitious Open Compute Project and ran Facebook’s own hardware design, announced that he’s leaving to start his own company.

03.29.14

Non-Android Mobile Linux: Tizen, Flyme, Jolla

Posted in News Roundup at 6:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Tizen

  • Weston Gets Tailored For Tizen IVI, Car Makers Fond Of Wayland

    Patches are continuing to be reviewed and refined for introducing weston-ivi-shell, a reference shell for Wayland’s Weston compositor within the world of In-Vehicle Infotainment systems, primarily for Tizen.

  • Tizen Wearable SDK Released, Google’s Android Wear Coming Soon

    Like most smartwatches, Samsung’s Tizen Linux-based Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are primarily companion devices to Bluetooth connected smartphones rather than full-fledged wrist computers. Yet, the Tizen SDK for Wearable released by Samsung yesterday enables a variety of modes on the Gear watches for both standalone and companion scenarios.

  • Samsung Opens Up Gear 2 And Gear 2 Neo To Developers With Release Of The Tizen SDK For Wearables

    When Samsung announced the Gear 2 and the Gear 2 Neo last month, the news came with the confirmation that the company was dropping Android from both devices. Instead, both smart watches are powered by Tizen. This may not mean all that much for consumers in the short term, but it does impact developers. For you, Samsung has just shared the first version of the Tizen SDK aimed at wearables. This is what you need to grab if you intend to build apps for the company’s two intelligent wristwatches.

  • Sony Gives Android Wear the Cold Shoulder

    Android may rule the smartphone world, but it might not be top dog when it comes to smartwatches. Sony, for one, has decided not to team up with Google and its Android Wear project. Samsung won’t use it exclusively — it’s already tinkering with Tizen. “You don’t need to use the Android platform as long as you can still interact with it,” noted Tirias Research analyst Jim McGregor.

Flyme

  • Chinese phone maker Meizu arrives in France

    Renowned Chinese phone manufacturer Meizu has made its entry into the French market with the launch of its flagship smartphone, the Meizu MX3. This phone runs a homegrown fork of Android 4.2, dubbed Flyme OS 3.0, which the company claims to have “improved navigation” and “simple and fluid transitions”.

  • Meizu to allow other devices to run its Flyme OS?

    Meizu is thinking to take the “Xiaomi route” and allow other phones to run its own version of Android. Called Flyme OS, Meizu’s platform builds on top of the Android core adding quite a few enhancements and tweaks along the way, all of which helped made Meizu phones popular in the first place.

China Mobile

  • Verizon joins Google, China Mobile at the Linux table

    Verizon Terremark is making its biggest commitment yet to open-source cloud computing.

    Today, the company announced it’s joining the Linux Foundation, an organization focused on promoting the growth of Linux, as a Gold member. The news comes several months after the launch of Verizon Cloud, its revamped cloud computing platform.

Jolla

Links 29/3/2014: Applications

Posted in News Roundup at 6:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Maxthon Browser Extends Reach into Linux Territory

    Over the years, the Maxthon browser (formerly known as MyIE2 way back in the day) has spread its reach beyond Windows and into different platforms, including the Mac and three mobile OSes: Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Wondering where the love for Linux is at? You don’t need to wonder anymore, because you can now download 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Maxthon for Linux.

  • Maxthon launches its first cloud browser for Linux
  • Bitwig Studio Released
  • KKEdit 0.0.32 Released – Overview & Ubuntu Installation

    KKEdit is a text editor based on GTK3 for GNOME, currently under development, with several useful features for the average programmer.

  • Appstream: The next step

    If you have attended my FOSDEM talk or seen the slides, you know about the concept of “component metadata” to describe (almost) all software components which make up a Linux system, as well as their public interfaces they provide for users and other software to access. This metadata specification was originally designed as part of the Listaller project for use with the 3rd-party software installer.

  • New Linux Office Suite Too Soft to Be King

    Other than OpenOffice and LibreOffice, the Linux platform lacks any full-featured office suite. Both of these open source office suites have more in common with each other than truly distinguishing features. Both flip-flop in performance, depending on which Microsoft skill they attempt to emulate. Their user interface is strictly classic old school.

  • Xen Virtualization Has Many New Features Coming
  • Xen Automotive: Bringing Virtualization To Cars

    Linux within cars was a big topic at this week’s Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit in Napa Valley. Besides Intel talking up Tizen IVI, Xen Automotive is the work being done for using Xen virtualization on ARM hardware within automobiles.

Links 29/3/2014: Games

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Links 29/3/2014: Instructionals

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Distro News: Makulu, Zorin OS, Pisi, Black Lab, OpenMandriva, Mageia

Posted in News Roundup at 3:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Makulu

  • Makulu Makeover May Give Your Linux Life a Lift

    MakuluLinux was already a solidly performing distro, but the latest version, released last month, takes Makulu to the next level of usability and maturity.

  • Makulu, Ubuntu, and Red Hat
  • Hands-on with Makulu Linux 5 Xfce: The most fun you can have with Linux?

    So here’s the summary. Makulu Linux is the distribution a lot of us think we would like to create, if we had the time, energy and especially the talent to do it. I don’t know anyone in the development team, so this is all speculation on my part, but I would say that it is a group of people who just don’t know when to stop — and I mean that as a compliment, and a very good thing.

  • Red Hat on the Rise, Fun Fun Makulu, and Whazzup Kernel

    Today’s news search turned up quite a bit of data. Red Hat released their quarterly earnings this afternoon and while observers expected good news, some are now reporting not so much. ZDNet.com has two stories of interest today, the first is from Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reporting on the Linux Collaboration Summit and the other is Jamie Watson’s hands-on review of Makulu Linux 5 Xfce. He said it was the most fun as one could have with Linux!

Zorin OS

  • Zorin OS 8 Makes Learning Linfastic

    Zorin OS 8 installs smartly and runs without glitches. It is a solid choice for hassle-free computing, even if you ignore the education bundle. However, educators with access to computer stations in the classroom can benefit from using Zorin’s Education Edition rather than the Core release. Because it offers all the power of Ubuntu without the Unity interface, you can not go wrong with Zorin OS 8.

  • Hands-On: Zorin OS 8 Linux

    If you choose the free version, you will then be offered a choice between the latest release (currently Zorin OS 8.1), which is based on Ubuntu 13.10, or the current Long Term Support (LTS) release (Zorin OS 6.4), which is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Furthermore, both the current and LTS releases have three versions: Core, Educational and Gaming. That’s quite a variety of versions to choose from — and there might even be a “Lite” version coming with LXDE!

Pisi

  • Pisi Linux 1.0 RC2 Erdinc (Release Candidate 2) is finally finished.

    When it became apparent early in 2012 that for political/financial reasons, Pardus was to be abandoned, a small group of Turkish volunteers came together to preserve the unique features of Pardus. The name of this project is Anka (Turkish for Phoenix). Initially the Anka-Team believed the fork could be named Pardus-Anka. Ultimately this was not possible – hence re-branding to Pisi Linux as a reference to Pardus and its package system PiSi (Pisi is Turkish for kitty).

  • Pisi Linux 1.0 RC2 Is Based on Pardus and It’s Now About Cats

    “Pisi GNU/Linux is built from scratch but it is a stable base. On top of that, we keep core user applications, such as Firefox, VLC, etc, up to date as much as we can. To ease the use of Pisi GNU/Linux many codecs are preinstalled allowing MP3 & DVD playback, Flash Player support,” reads the official website.

Black Lab

  • Black Lab Linux 5.0 Beta 2 Is Based on Bleeding Edge Xfce 4.11

    “Today we are pleased to announce the beta 2 release of Black Lab Linux 5. This will be the last Beta for Black Lab Linux 5 until the final release. While it contains all the functionality that will be released in the gold release in May, right now we are working on stability. With that, lets go over what has changed with Black Lab Linux 5,” reads the official announcement.

  • Black Lab Linux 5.0 Beta 2 released
  • Black Lab Linux Education 4.2.5 and Black Lab Professional Desktop 4.2.5 released

    So what changes have been made? There have been quite a few changes to these distributions in terms of updates and functionality. First, we have focused more on the desktop computing spectrum. While we will continue to offer Black Lab Linux + Server Extensions Pak on our server hardware and the Server Extensions Pak as an additional download, we have decided to stick with what we do the best. Which is the desktop systems. We have heard from customers and users that those are the best releases we do, and while we arent totally lost on the server, we feel we have alot of contributions on the desktop.

OpenMandriva

Mageia

  • Multiboot Laptop Update

    When I bought the ZaReason Strata Laptop, I asked them to pre-load Mageia 4 to it. However, I knew that I was going to add more distros to the hard drive as soon as I can, to make it feel like the pentaboot HP Pavilion that died on me.

    To begin, I wiped the original install and re-installed Mageia. Then, I tried to put PCLinuxOS into the hard drive, but the distro had problems with the display. As I could not achieve a decent display, I decided to do some research and try with PCLinuxOS later.

Misc.

  • Simplicity Linux 14.4 Beta Is a Lightweight Distro Based on Puppy and LXDE

    Simplicity Linux, a Linux distribution based on Puppy that uses the LXDE desktop, is now at version 14.4 Beta and brings a buckload of changes and improvements.

  • Smallest Full Linux Distro in the World, Tiny Core, Gets a New Version

    Robert Shingledecker has announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the Tiny Core 5.3 RC1 Linux operating system, one of the smallest full operating systems in the world.

  • MX-14 “Symbiosis” Linux OS Wants to Resurrect Your Old Computer

    “‘Symbiosis’ is a special version of antiX developed in full collaboration with the Mepis Community and using the best tools and talents from each distro. It is a mid-weight OS designed to combine an elegant and efficient desktop with simple configuration, high stability, solid performance and medium-sized footprint.”

  • Trying Out The Latest Wayland Linux Desktops With RBOS

    With last weekend marking an update to the most commonly used Wayland Live CD, I decided to try it out and the different desktop environments that it ships using all the latest code, including the latest development code of Wayland/Weston and the various tool-kits.

  • Clonezilla Live 2.2.2-29 Distro for Backup Features Linux Kernel 3.13.6-1
  • SparkyLinux 3.3.1 Base is out

    The new installer had to be fixed, due to some, small changes between system base of Sparky and LMDE. The network connection did not work after installation the live system on a hard drive (Base Edition 3.3 only).

  • BBQLinux and OS for Android developers and Arch enthusiasts

    BBQLinux is an user-friendly Linux distribution made for Android Developers and for enthusiasts who want to test a bit of Arch Linux. It has everything on board to build AOSP or AOSP-based Distributions like OmniROM or CyanogenMod. It’s based on Arch Linux and uses Rolling Release system. BBQLinux uses Arch repositories so its a direct Arch derivative, for example Manjaro is based on Arch but uses their own repositories.

  • Hands-on: My new laptop and two more Linux flavours

    Absolutely everything in it works with Linux, with the caveat that at least for the moment, you have to create a one-line file to get the wireless networking. All of the auxiliary functions work as well, such as Suspend/Resume and the Fn-keys for Sleep, Display Brightness up/down/off, and Volume up/down/off (mute).

  • Nixed, Seniors, and Networking Basics

    While perusing the news this evening I saw a review on NixOS 13.10 by Jesse Smith. Sandra Henry-Stocker wrote a tutorial on “networking basics for the beginner.” LinuxInsider’s blog safari targeted buzz on “Linux for the senior set” and Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports OpenStack’s top operating system is Ubuntu. Finally, a new Debian Project News was posted.

  • Inside Linux Lite – An interview with Jerry Bezencon

    Linux Lite was created to dispel myths that a linux based operating system is hard to use.

    We’re passionate about informing people that there are alternatives to proprietary operating systems.

    The free software and open source world is a place from which you can take, but you must give back. This is a chance for people on our team to give something back.

  • [Beta] OpenELEC 4.0 Beta 2 released
  • Tor-ramdisk updated

    Tor-ramdisk, a tor server distro, was recently updated. Linux kernel, tor binary was updated and haveged was used as entropy generator.

  • Fat Dog unleashed on ARM

    FatDogArm, a relatively new distro was released recently for ARM based computers. It is a small operating system targeted for desktop-style operations. FatDogArm achieved a new milestone with its first beta release. The distribution is quite small in size (less than 300MB). The logic behind the FatDog name is explained on the FatDog64′s site

  • Linpus Lite 2.1 review

    The distribution is published by Linpus Technologies, Inc., a Linux/Android software solutions outfit based in Taiwan. This is about the only Linux provider that does not have a defined release schedule. Whether that’s a good or bad practice is not something I’m going to address here.

KDE News: KDE Almost Has New Release (4.13), Qt 5.3 in Beta

Posted in News Roundup at 2:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Almost Final Release

Qt

Kubuntu

  • Kubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta 2 (Trusty Tahr) Is Out and Based on KDE 4.13 Beta 1

    Kubuntu14.04 LTS Beta 1 (Trusty Tahr) is based on KDE Plasma 4.13 Beta 1, and this means that the final version will likely be based on the final build of KDE 4.13. This is actually very good news because the KDE 4.13 branch has a ton of new features that will be very well received by the community.

  • KDE 4.13 Makes It Into Kubuntu 14.04 LTS

    KDE 4.13 is making it into next month’s release of Kubuntu 14.04 LTS, the KDE version of Ubuntu Linux.

    Going back to January this year has been planning about shipping KDE SC 4.13 in the next (K)ubuntu release. As of today, there’s been mass package updates pushing all of the KDE components up to their latest 4.13 development versions; KDE 4.13 Beta 2 was released a few days ago.

Applications

  • KDE Telepathy 0.8 is out

    Sooooo after a brief period of testing the public beta we bring you the final stable release of KDE Telepathy 0.8.

  • Buy digiKam Recipes, Get Raspberry Pi for Photographers

    Small, affordable, and versatile, Raspberry Pi is a perfect platform for all kinds of creative projects. And as a photography enthusiast, you can put this tiny machine to a variety of practical uses. Transforming Raspberry Pi into a photography tool is not only great hacking fun, it also opens a whole new world of photographic possibilities. The Raspberry Pi for Photographers ebook can help you to turn a Raspberry Pi into a tool for fetching and managing photos, publishing photos on the web, controlling your camera remotely, and keeping your photos safe.

  • Meet Milou, the alternative of Krunner

    The search functionality of KDE software is going through massive transition with Baloo replacing Nepomuk. We have written extensively about it here.

Misc.

  • KDE to Attend Freedesktop Summit 2014

    The summit is a joint technical meeting of developers working on ‘desktop infrastructure’ on the major Free Desktop projects. The event aims to support collaboration between projects by discussing specifications and the sharing of platform-level components. David Faure will be KDE’s primary representative at this year’s summit.

  • KDE Commit-Digest for 16th February 2014

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