Ubuntu Developers Working to Use Systemd on Ubuntu Touch
The desktop flavor of Ubuntu has already moved to systemd from an upstart, but Ubuntu Touch is still using upstart. It's not clear when the mobile platform will move to the new init system, but Ubuntu developers are already working towards this goal.
Nginx open source server gets TCP load-balancing
With the release of the Nginx 1.9.0 Web server, Nginx has taken TCP load-balancing capabilities from its commercial Nginx Plus product and fitted it to the company's open source technology.
TCP load balancing improves failover consistency among worker processes, according to Nginx. The feature already has appeared in the commercial Nginx 5 and 6 products.
House of Cards UI central to Mozilla's plans for Firefox on tellies
Mozilla has revealed how it reckons Firefox should look when it's on the tellie.
Firefox OS user experience designer Hunter Luo reckons that the four basic functions of a smart television are watching shows, accessing apps, controlling devices and looking at list of your content. The user interface for Firefox-for-tellies therefore presents each of those options as a “deck”, concealing “cards”. So in the image below, “TV” is the deck and each of the channels gets a “card”, in this case Channel 32.
elementary OS "Freya" to Get New Beautiful Open File Dialogue
elementary OS "Freya" was released a month ago, but the developers are still making big changes to it. One of these modifications will bring a new "Open File Dialog" that should look and work much better than the previous one.
Open source key to preserving human history, argues Vatican
Ammenti explained that, in order for the manuscripts to be readable, the Vatican Library opted for open source tools that do not require proprietary platforms, such as Microsoft Office, to be read.
"We save it as a picture as it's longer life than a file. You don't rely on PowerPoint or Word. In 50 years they can still just look at it," he said.
Open Source Router Connects US, Australia
The ONOS Project and partners said Wednesday they have demonstrated the real-world practicality of using a router with open source software to connect networks in Australia and the US. The test validates the vision of SDN, open source for carriers, as well as ON.Lab's ONOS network operating system, according to one of its coordinators.
"SDN is about disaggregation of closed, proprietary boxes and separating of forwarding planes, control planes and applications," says Guru Parulkar, executive director and board member of ON.Lab , which coordinates ONOS development. The communications test between Australia and the US achieved just that, he says. (See ON.Lab Aims to Make White Boxes Carrier-Grade , ON.Lab Intros Open Source SDN OS and SK Telecom Bets on SDN for Wireless.)
Xubuntu Core 15.04 Officially Released, Not Related to Ubuntu Core
A new official Xubuntu flavor called "core" has been announced by developers. It's based on Ubuntu, and it integrates the Xfce desktop environment and nothing else.