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Calibre 1.30, the eBook reader and management software developed for multiple platforms, including Linux, has been released with new drivers and a few new interesting features.
Do distrohoppers suffer from CTS (Cable Television Syndrome)? This is just a bit of Friday fun analysing the world of distrohoppers and comparing the issue to the sudden emergence of 100s of television channels.
In another win for open-source the developers behind Natural Selection 2 have opened up the code they use to parse HLSL calls into OpenGL's GLSL.
Wait, Canonical actually listened to us?Review The final beta release of Ubuntu 14.04, due in April, is here.…
AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM, and Intel have launched the Industrial Internet Consortium, which aims to define interfaces between IoT devices and cloud services. The five founding members of the Industrial Internet Consortium announced plans for an Internet of Things (IoT) industry group back in August, and have now followed through with a name and a […]
I was looking through the Fedora packages for Xfce applications I hadn't yet installed, and the Xfce Theme Manager came up. I installed it. Then I ran it. It screwed up my desktop.
Michael Robertson, an entrepreneur who has been waging legal feuds against the music industry for more than a decade now, has been ordered to pay $41 million to a record label that sued him.The record label EMI sued MP3tunes back in 2007, and the case finally went to a jury last week in New York federal court. The jury found MP3tunes, and Robertson personally, liable for copyright violations.
The MySQL Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter engineering teams have joined forces to create their own version of MySQL, WebScaleSQL for their monster-sized databases.
The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products. This is a very exciting LTS (long term support) release for Ubuntu's family of community flavours, as this is the first time that all of our flavours have applied and been approved for LTS status, some for the same five years as Ubuntu itself, and some for a shorter period of three years. This will be highlighted on a per-flavour basis in the final release announcement.
Open source news for your reading pleasure.March 22-28, 2014In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we look at power management in the new Linux version, the rise of open source CoderDojos, and more.
Most people think of their interactions with computer systems to occur via a keyboard, mouse, or touchscreen. However, humans evolved to interact with thier environment and each other in much more intricate ways. Bridging the gap between the computational systems of the digital world and the natural world is being studied and tested in the Physical Computing course at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany.As a professor of the course, we are currently leveraging a variety of open source software and hardware projects to learn about fundamental core concepts with hands-on experiences and implementation of open source tools. On the software side, we use an open-source IDE (Arduino Sketch) and develop 3D printer designs using OpenSCAD. On the open source hardware portion of the course, we utilize the Arduinos and the PrintrBot Simple.
Intel and Apress have released a free 380-page ebook called “Android on x86: an Introduction to Optimizing for Intel Architecture.” The “Android on x86″ announcement refers to the ebook as “a one-stop reference guide to mindful programming” of Android applications using x86 platforms. Presumably, un-mindful hackers who’ve never quite mastered the Lotus Position will get […]
The MAT/101 is based on Texas Instruments’ OMAP-L138 embedded platform, which houses both an ARM 9 core and a TI digital signal processor (DSP). Linux is typically supported on the ARM while DSP BIOS or another DSP realtime operating system such as Enea OSEck runs on the DSP.
One area that kernel developers need to deal with is getting input from users. Kroah-Hartman noted that in his experience people aren't shy in letting him know when something is broken. He added that kernel developers are easy to find with very public email addresses.Axboe stressed that user input is critical to developers."As kernel developers, we know nothing's better than peoples' input," Axboe said.
I saw on the Fedora Xfce mailing list today that it looks like xfdashboard and xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin are coming to the Fedora Xfce spin's ISO, if not as default choices at least as things you can add to your desktop after the fact.
Months after adopting the Red Hat Enterprise Linux clone CentOS, Red Hat is starting to unveil its CentOS plans.
Raymond "Jerry" Roberts - one of the last of a top World War Two codebreaking team at Bletchley Park - has died, aged 93, following a short illness. Capt Roberts, from Liphook, Hampshire, was part of a group that cracked the German High Command's Tunny code at the British codebreaking centre.
We first wrote about Brazil's 'Marco Civil' back in October 2011, when we described it as a kind of "anti-ACTA". That's because it was designed to protect online rights, not diminish them, and was the product of a democratic and transparent process, not of secret corporate lobbying...... Precisely because it was not yet another corporate wishlist, but sought to enshrine fundamental user rights, it was fiercely attacked by an array of industries. In November 2012, it looked like Marco Civil had been killed off by the lobbyists, but in 2013 it showed signs of life again. Now comes the good news that it has finally passed a key vote in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies; significantly, digital activism once more played a crucial role:
Icebound is a dark fantasy visual novel that takes place in a steampunk world locked in the depths of an ice age, where alchemists possess supernatural powers.
IT has always been a profession that's continually evolved, and yet there seems to be a firm resistance to the latest changes around consumerization, mobile and the cloud by some in the profession that's really hard to understand, especially in that historical context.