The Wine development release 1.7.24 is now available.
What's new in this release (see below for details):
- Beginning of some DirectWrite classes implementation.
- Initial wrapper dll for the packet capture library.
- Some crypto improvements.
- Various bug fixes.
It's Valentine's day, so here I am, making a valentine for everybody in the form of the usual rc release.
Things look fairly normal - there's some pending and yet unexplained problem with some of the VM changes in this release cycle (the transparent huge-page cleanups in particular), but at least for now it seems to be s390-specific, so it shouldn't hold up testing for anybody else.
Linus Torvalds has announced the release today of the Linux 4.5-rc4 kernel.
Linux 4.5-rc4 remains rather a normal release and comes with a number of AMDGPU DRM fixes, Btrfs fixes, audio tweaks, and more.
When it comes to high tech, American companies dominate the Russian market and, perhaps not surprisingly, that doesn’t site well with the Russian government which would prefer to see homegrown offerings such as Yandex and Mail.ru get more market traction. The consequence, according to Bloomberg, is a plan by the Russian government to increase the taxes the American tech giants by 18 percent.
Many Linux apps, regardless of whether they are written in Gtk or Qt, have beautiful design and are much more functional than their Windows counterparts. Examples include Rhythmbox, Brasero, Nautilus, and GNOME Desktop(please don’t kill me). However, due to the Linux desktop not gaining majority market share, the people around the world who use computers are not getting the quality of software they deserve. And developers worldwide are not getting the audience they deserve.
When I think about what makes SageMath different, one of the most fundamental things is that it was created by people who use it every day. It was created by people doing research math, by people teaching math at universities, and by computer programmers and engineers using it for research. It was created by people who really understand computational problems because we live them. We understand the needs of math research, teaching courses, and managing an open source project that users can contribute to and customize to work for their own unique needs.
In the education track at SCALE 14x in Pasadena, Gina Likins spoke about the surprisingly difficult task of getting information about open-source development practices into undergraduate college classrooms. That scarcity makes it hard to find new college graduates who have experience with open source. Although the conventional wisdom is that open source "is everywhere," the college computer-science (CS) or software-engineering (SE) classroom has proven to be a tough nut to crack—and may remain so for quite some time.
Likins works on Red Hat's University Outreach team—a group that does not do recruiting, she emphasized. Rather, the team travels to campuses around the United States and engages with teachers, administrators, and students about open source in the classroom. The surprise is how little open source one finds, at least in CS and SE degrees. Employers expect graduates to be familiar with open-source projects and tools (e.g., using Git, bug trackers, and so forth), she said, and incoming students report expecting to find it in the curriculum, but it remains a rarity.