We often, and quite rightly, complain about the way device makers customize the "stock" build of Android to suit their own needs. Customizing software is not inherently bad, but Samsung, LG, and others are usually doing it to push their apps and services. These companies frequently make unnecessary aesthetic changes for the sake of being different.
You don't have to put up with the look and feel of Android on your phone, though. You can customize things to better suit your own style and usage patterns—all it takes is a little legwork. The more time you want to spend on it, the more extensive the customization can be. It all starts with the right tools.
FriendlyElec’s open source, 64 x 60mm NanoPi A64 ships runs Ubuntu Core and MATE on an Allwinner A64, and provides WiFi, camera, and 40-pin RPi connectors.
Considering how prolific FriendlyELEC (AKA FriendlyARM) has been in churning out open spec NanoPi branded SBCs, it’s surprising the Guangzhou based company has is only now getting around to the mainstream platform of 2016: a quad-core Cortex-A53. The $25 NanoPi A64 is not FriendlyElec’s first 64-bit ARM board — earlier this year it shipped the $60 octa-core -A53 NanoPC-T3 and $35 NanoPi M3. The NanoPi A64 goes up directly against the $35 Raspberry Pi 3, Odroid-C2, and the like for the main event in the hacker board competition.
Container Storage Vendor ClusterHQ Shuts Down
ClusterHQ which had been an early pioneer in the container storage market with its open-source Flocker project, ceases operations.
Container storage vendor ClusterHQ announced on December 22 that it is shutting down the company's operations, effective immediately. ClusterHQ raised $18 million in venture capital funding to help fuel its efforts to build a commercially supported stateful container storage technology.
In a 2014 interview with eWEEK, ClusterHQ co-founder Luke Marsden explained the core premise of his business and its primary open-source project called Flocker. Simply put, Flocker was built to help solve the challenge stateful storage for containers.
Wine 2.0-rc3 Released
The Wine development release 2.0-rc3 is now available.
Spell-checking for GtkEntry in gspell
It’s done! Everything that I wanted to do initially for the fundraising of gspell is implemented (for the milestone 1).
I’m not sure if there is some confusion about the current development model of Shotwell. I noticed that some distributions seem to try to pick up the current development branch (0.25.x). I strongly advise against that at this point in time. It has just seen a major change in the Menu handling code and might still have severe usability regressions.
SUSE's YaST Team Ends The Year With Various Enhancements
SUSE's YaST Team has shared the improvements they've been working on this holiday season for improving the distribution's installer / setup tool.
Among the improvements en route for SUSE YaST users are improved management of DHCLIENT_SET_HOSTNAME, ensuring installation of needed packages, some changes to the expert partitioner mode, further improving yast2-network, better handling of GPT disks, allowing the Snapper file-system snapshot tool to work without DBus, CASP functionality, and more.
- Debian GNU/Linux Is Considering “Automatic Upgrades”
Devuan Linux explained
Devuan Linux is new to the Linux world. It can be a good lightweight option to your current system.Devuan Linux made it's way into Linux world on November 2014. It is making nice and steady progress from that time. The distro entered a beta stage in April 2016. It is based on Debian Jesse.
ArchWiPi - Raspberry Pi Wireless AP
Turn your Raspberry Pi into a wireless router/AP. Arch-WiPi is a tiny Arch Linux ARM + create_ap packaged into a downloadable image.
- Smartphone App: Daily Pictures Quotes for Tizen
Samsung to support YouTube HDR Content on 2016 range of Tizen TVs
Samsung Electronics have announced that they will support YouTube’s global HDR playback on their Tizen TVs via an updated YouTube application. Currently, the app is available on all 2016 Samsung Quantum dot TVs and UHD TVs, and beginning this month will begin a global rollout.
What is HDR? High Dynamic Range is used differently in TVs opposed to Photos. In the TV it essentially expands the contrast ration and color palette, resulting in a more realistic and vibrant picture. When talking about HDR in Photos the camera combines multiple images that are taken with different exposures to create a single image, which then has a greater dynamic range.
Christmas Tux 2016
Merry Christmas, everyone! I'm excited to share the 14th Christmas Tux with everyone. This year I unfortunately didn't make any cool timelapse recordings of the process. I've been working on this piece in little bits over the past couple weeks. I have no actual idea how long it took me to finish, but I had fun making this one. I decided to really amp up the color this year with a bright and colorful winter sunset.
Top 5 Linux Operating Systems You Should Try in a Virtual Machine
Whether you’re using Windows as your main OS or you’ve seen the light and switched to Linux, there’s a good chance that you may need a virtual machine at some point in the future. This might be to get the sort of Linux evaluation experience a live disc cannot deliver or it might simply be because you need to use a different distro for a short time.
Either way, the best results will be gained from having the most efficient Linux distro available. This will reduce system overhead on the host PC, and make for a generally more satisfying experience. Five Linux operating system distributions are particularly suitable for this, so let’s take a look at them.
From Linux Kernel to Bitcoin Dev
Australian Rusty Russell gives an amusing TEDx talk in Adelaide, South Australia, explaining his voyage from being a Linux kernel developer to being a bitcoin developer.
Microsoft Admits Overly Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade Campaign Was ‘Pretty Painful’ And Obnoxious
Microsoft does not always do things the right way, few people would argue otherwise. However, Microsoft has traditionally been good at admitting when it drops the ball or otherwise could have done a better job. Such is the case with Windows 10 and the super aggressive approach Microsoft took to getting users to upgrade. It was annoying and at times even obnoxious, and while Microsoft can't go back in time and change that, it can at least give users the satisfaction of recognizing it. That's what Microsoft's chief marketing officer Chris Capossela did during a recent video podcast.
Goodbye DxO, hello Red Hat
After one year and a half at DxO working on the DxO ONE, a diminutive, yet highly capable camera that fits in your pocket and connects to an iPhone, I’ve decided to move on and join Red Hat to work on Spice, focusing on 3D acceleration for virtual machines. Free software, virtualization and 3D together, and working again with old colleagues from the HPVM era, Karen Noel and Denise Dumas. What’s not to love?
- The New Screen Savers 84: Snowden's OS of Choice - Qubes OS
Celebrating Fedora 25 with freenode
On November 22nd, 2016, the Fedora Project released Fedora 25, the latest and greatest version of our Linux-based operating system. For over thirteen years, the Fedora community has worked to bring the leading edge of open source development to the world. Fedora's focus is guided by its Four Foundations: Freedom, Friends, Features, First. Freedom is representative of Fedora's commitment to championing free and open source software and contributing back to upstream projects for the benefit of the open source community. Features stands for Fedora's commitment to driving some of the newest features First. Some of these examples include the Wayland display server, systemd, and GNOME 3. Perhaps most importantly, Friends are for the friendships made by contributors from around the world who help make every release of Fedora possible. Part of why Friends is an important part of the Four Foundations is communication. Fedora community members come from all over the planet, including six out of seven continents. The tools we use to communicate help us collaborate, solve problems, and build friendships. IRC and freenode are an important part of how we communicate. Fedora registered our first channel on freenode on December 29, 2002. As we celebrate thirteen years of open source collaboration and the newest release of Fedora 25, the Fedora community wanted to reflect on our longstanding relationship with freenode.
Reworking Fedora release schedules
The Fedora distribution has had a habit of missing its release targets over the years, but has also tried to target releases at certain times of the year (early May and late October). That led to a rather short development cycle for Fedora 25 as its predecessor was substantially delayed. Fedora project leader Matthew Miller recently floated an idea on the fedora-devel mailing list that might plausibly help the chronic delayed-release problem and perhaps have other beneficial effects: move Fedora to an annual release cycle. There was more to it than just that, of course, and support for the idea was mixed at best, but the conversation makes it clear that Fedora is willing to look at fairly radical changes as it moves forward.
- Friday's security advisories
The State of Linux Security
In the last 10 years, GNU/Linux achieved something some foreseen as almost impossible: powering both the smallest and biggest devices in the world, and everything in between. Only the desktop is not a conquered terrain yet.
The year 2016 had an impact on the world. Both from a real life perspective, as digitally. Some people found their personal details leaked on the internet, others found their software being backdoored. Let’s have a look back on what happened this year regarding Linux security.
Give me 15 minutes and I'll change your view of Linux tracing
My 15 (18) minute demo stepped through the evolution of recent built in Linux tracers: ftrace (2008+) and its many capabilities, perf (2009+), and bcc/BPF (2015+) which provides the final programmatic abilities for advanced tracing. I suspect I might change people's view of Linux tracing, as these tracers – despite being built in to the Linux kernel – are still not widely known.
- The Linux Foundation Offers 50% Discounts On Training
The Impending Enterprise Blockchain Application Market Boom
Over the next several years, blockchain could soon turn into big bucks for software vendors that can capitalize on the technology, according to a forecast from Tractica.
The market research firm expects the worldwide market for enterprise blockchain applications to reach $19.9 billion by 2015 from $2.5 billion this year. North America will primarily drive demand during the forecast period, followed by Europe.
Best known for its Bitcoin implementation, the distributed ledger technology is highly resistant to tampering and can potentially streamline many of today's complex financial, trading and recordkeeping platforms by eliminating intermediaries.
AMD's Display Core difficulties
Back in 2007, the announcement that AMD intended to reverse its longstanding position and create an upstream driver for its graphics processors was joyfully received by Linux users worldwide. As 2017 approaches, an attempt by AMD to merge a driver for an upcoming graphics chip has been rejected by the kernel's graphics subsystem maintainer — a decision that engendered rather less joy. A look at this discussion reveals a pattern seen many times before; the positions and decisions taken can seem arbitrary to the wider world but they are not without their reasons and will, hopefully, lead to a better kernel in the long run.
Dating my X
Therefore, I came to the conclusion that I needed (for the time being) another model and feature-set for compatibility with X, than what is currently offered by XWayland.
Encrypted messengers: Why Riot (and not Signal) is the future
As a response to the Snowden revelations, the number of messaging apps that promise security against surveillance has rapidly multiplied. There seems to be an emerging consensus – ranging from Edward Snowden to the New York Times – that Signal is the best choice for those nervous about the privacy of their messages.
Indeed, Signal has a number of advantages that set it apart from many competitors: The encryption algorithm that it uses is well-reviewed and most experts in the field think that it can indeed protect against dragnet surveillance. It also allows experts to inspect the source code of the entire app for back doors which makes it more trustworthy than competitors such as WhatsApp. Finally, OpenWhisperSystems – the company that produces Signal – is known to log only minimal information about its users. As a result, when law enforcement agencies demand information about message “metadata” (who messages when with whom), they cannot supply them with much useful information.
- Intro to the Godot game engine
LibrePlanet 2017 keynote announcement: Author and tech activist Cory Doctorow
Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing and the author of many books, most recently In Real Life, a graphic novel; Information Doesn't Want to be Free, a book about earning a living in the Internet age; and Homeland, the award-winning, best-selling sequel to the 2008 young adult novel Little Brother.
Update on Multi-Process Firefox
About four months ago, we launched multi-process Firefox to a small group of Firefox 48 users. Shortly after the carefully measured roll-out, we increased to approximately 50% of our user base. That included almost every Firefox user not using extensions. Those users have been enjoying the 400% increase in responsiveness and a 700% improvement when web pages are loading.
With Firefox 49 we deployed multi-process Firefox to users with a select set of well tested extensions. Our measurements and user feedback were all positive and so with Firefox 50 we deployed multi-process Firefox to users with a broader set of extensions, those whose authors have marked them as multi-process compatible.
OpenStack Spreads Out as a Public Cloud Solution
While most people know that the hugely popular OpenStack cloud platform is used in many hybrid cloud deployments, lots of people still think of it as primarily for private clouds. That's not necessarily the right mindset, notes a new report from Forrester Research this week.
Especially in Europe, OpenStack is gaining traction as a public cloud solution notes Forrester's report OpenStack's Global Traction Expands For Its Newton Release.
OpenStack is the most widely deployed open source cloud computing software. The December 2016 report focuses on Newton, the latest release of OpenStack software, and the plan for the 14th release of the software, codenamed Ocata and expected in February 2017. The report also details important next steps for infrastructure and operations leaders investing in the OpenStack platform.
- VMware aims to hike its open-source contributions to drive faster innovation
Two more cities join Madrid eParticipation project
This month, the two Spanish cities of Toledo and Chiloeches joined the Madrid open source software project for citizen participation. The Consul platform was originally created by the City of Madrid last year when it launched its participation portal. At the same time, the software was made available for re-use on GitHub. Since then, the number of participants in the further development of this software package has grown to about thirty Spanish cities.
New Slovenian open data portal built on CKAN
The Slovenian Ministry of Public Administration has launched a new National Open Data Portal (OPSI). The portal has been built on CKAN, the most popular open source software platform for storing and publishing open data.
Meet the Open Source Design Collective
We love to spend time with collectives to learn why they do what they do, what their goals are and what they need to achieve them. We wanted to share one of these stories today: Open Source Design.
Free and open source software (FOSS) preserves privacy of its users and ensures they — rather than web oligopolies — are in control of their data. For free and open source software to be successful and reach adoption levels of proprietary apps, we believe good design and a seamless UX is essential.
So, we bring together people currently working on design in open source projects as well as encourage new designers to join the movement and find projects which need their help.
Members of our collective include people working on Mozilla, Wikimedia, Nextcloud, GNOME, OpenFarm, XWiki, Drupal, Transparency Toolkit, OpenStreetMap, Trustroots and more!
Do Try this at Home: Growing Bacterial Paper with Open-source Bioart
The work of Diane Trouillet uses living organisms to create open-source bioart that everyone can try to replicate at home.
Diane Trouillet, a self-proclaimed artist-researcher from Toulouse, is moving the French art community. Back in 2013, the bioartist invented a bacterial paper that she is now exploring as an artistic medium.
Convert that Cheap Laser Engraver to 100% Open-Source Toolchain
LaserWeb is open-source laser cutter and engraver software, and [JordsWoodShop] made a video tutorial (embedded below) on how to convert a cheap laser engraver to use it. The laser engraver used in the video is one of those economical acrylic-and-extruded-rail setups with a solid state laser emitter available from a variety of Chinese sellers (protective eyewear and any sort of ventilation or shielding conspicuously not included) but LaserWeb can work with just about any hardware, larger CO2 lasers included.
- Fix for "moto g always booting into recovery"
- Googler: A Command Line Tool to Do ‘Google Search’ from Linux Terminal
- An Easy Way To Monitor A Website From Command Line In Linux
- Just Say Yes to More End-to-End Tests
- How to Stream Online Videos on VLC in Linux
- How To Install Or Upgrade To Linux Kernel 4.9 On Ubuntu And Linux Mint
- How to Add External Storage to ownCloud 9
- How To Create Menu Icon in Ubuntu for Installed Flatpak Application
- How To Install Latest Scribus Version from PPA in Ubuntu
- 10 Interesting Linux Command Line Tricks and Tips Worth Knowing
- How to Quickly Edit a Photo in Darktable | Darktable Tutorial #07
- Getting Started with Kdenlive 16.12, importing, cutting, fading, and rendering your first project
- knockd with temporary ports
- Fix: ERROR 2003 (HY000): Can’t connect to MySQL server on ‘127.0.0.1’ (111)
- Install Latest SMPlayer Release 16.11 (MPV Support) For Ubuntu/Linux Mint Via PPA
- Google Earth for Ubuntu/Linux Mint, Easy Installation Method (64bit / 32bit)
- Install Latest VirtualBox Version in Debian/Ubuntu/Linux Mint
- Exmplayer Version 5.0.1 Released, Install in Ubuntu/Linux Mint/other Ubuntu derivatives
- How (not) to provide useful user feedback, Lesson 123a
- LibreOffice Conference 2016: Hidden gems in Draw / Impress
- installing Ubuntu / Mint Linux on Onda 820w tablet
- Ubuntu in Beijing's subway!
- Ubuntu 17.04 Release Date, Features And More
Driver-Free Printing Comes To Ubuntu 17.04, AirPrint Support
With the latest "Zesty" development packages for Ubuntu 17.04, there is initial support for driver-less network printer support.
Ubuntu 17.04 is supporting driver-less network printer support for those printers supporting IPP Everywhere and Apple AirPrint. Given the popularity of AirPrint / Apple printer support, this should expand the printer coverage for devices that previously didn't play well with Linux.
- Fairphone 2 with Ubuntu port quick view
Ubuntu 17.04 Unity 8 update
Ubuntu 17.04 Unity 8 update new system settings and working menus
Ubuntu Budgie Update
Udara has taken a break to deal with urgent issues. We thank him very much for all of his hard work! Thus we definitely need to fill his considerable ‘shoes’.