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There's the parquet system that they added to Hadoop. That was based on work that Google did on Dremel. Facebook has introduced things like PrestoDB. There's just a fascinating array, and the biggest thing about this is that these things are truly freely licensed from companies that have incredible depth of knowledge. They're really going to drive it now, and I think the open source stack is going to be pushed higher and higher. Even commercial vendors will incorporate it. So, it's definitely going to work itself into the enterprise.
The first surprise of the Oculus Connect virtual reality (VR) developer conference in Hollywood, California has been revealed. Earlier today event host Oculus VR announced that the first development kit (DK1) of its Oculus Rift head-mounted mounted display (HMD) was now open source. This means that anyone can now download the company’s full list of workings on the device and use them how they see fit.
GNOME user experience designer Allan Day shared a sneak peek into upcoming features in GNOME 3.14 release in the GNOME blog.
The 3.14 release is expected around the last week of this September. Though the release notes will has an exhaustive list of features (as if you are going to wait for that!), Alan shares his personal favourites. As we can see, the next release is going to be a big one with respect to overall polish and user experience.
As an entrepreneur, you always have questions to answer: “How do I efficiently manage my people?” “How can I keep track of my projects?” “Where do I start with my website?”
It can all feel pretty overwhelming, but luckily, there’s a fantastic resource you can use to solve an abundance of entrepreneurial problems: open-source technology.
It all began in the '90s when there was a big push to create operating systems to make using new computer technology more efficient. Companies saw the value in these operating systems and acquired creators such as Linux to write the code.
Released this past week was the first beta of FreeBSD 10.1. If you haven't yet had time to explore this development release, there's a lot of improvements over FreeBSD 10.0.
Here's some of the features that interest us the most about this forthcoming FreeBSD 10 update:
- The driver for FreeBSD's new VT console has been added. The new VT hasn't been enabled by default but for now still requires setting a special parameter.
- The ported-from-Linux Radeon DRM/KMS driver now has support for 32-bit ioctls so 32-bit OpenGL applications are able to run on a 64-bit FreeBSD system.
- Various hardware-related improvements from Turbo Boost enabled Intel CPUs to PowerPC 970 CPUs to Atom Silvermont to Apple books saw different changes.
- Bhyve virtualization improvements.
Find out more about the recent FreeBSD 10 changes via the stable release notes. FreeBSD 10.1 is expected for an official unveiling on 29 October.
Mantis Vision and Flextronics unveiled an Android-based “Aquila” tablet based on Mantis’ MV4D 3D engine that uses a 3D sensing system to recreate 3D scenes.
So-called 3D tablets, which display 3D video and other content with or without special glasses, never hit it big among consumers. Now Israeli 3D vision technology firm Mantis Vision and manufacturer Flextronics have built a different kind of tablet called the Aquila. It not only displays 3D content, but records, recreates it, and lets you manipulate the image in 3D or integrate it into applications.
One of the Pi's key attributes is its price of around £30. It is the nearest thing we have to a disposable computer and several can be used cost-effectively in a single project.
A recently publicised use is the creation of a string of Raspberry Pi honeypots for detecting hacker activity on a corporate network.
Given CW's enduring preoccupation with the surveillance programs of our Establishment masters, would it be, could it be possible to create a disposable, network-invisible computer?
The Android L release details have slowly been emerging more and more over the past few months since being announced back in June, but we’re still waiting for more information. Currently being called the “Android L release” most can expect Google to unveil Android 4.5 or 5.0 “L” sometime in October or November.
The Google Android L operating system will be the first Android OS version to enable encryption by default. Android has had this feature for some time but it was always up to the user to activate and use it. Earlier this week Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that iOS 8 would be encrypted by default preventing not only the authorities from accessing your device data but Apple as well (iCloud and server data is still accessible to both Apple and authorities).
Marek Olšák has published another big set of fixes/improvements to the open-source RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.
On Friday, Marek posted a set of 15 patches against the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver, which for those out of the loop is the driver that handles AMD's Radeon HD 7000 series GPUs and newer. These 15 patches vary in nature but come down to "random improvements" ranging from improvements/clean-ups to DB registers and MSAA, code clean-ups, and OpenGL Geometry Shader fixes.
In today's Linux news OMG!Ubuntu! is reporting that Netflix is coming to Linux, this time natively. Jack Germain reviews Opera 12.16. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols talks to Theodore Ts'o about systemd. A preview of new Kmail show radical redesign. And finally today, Fedora 21 Alpha was approved for release!
The Ubuntu project announced a stable build for Ubuntu Touch phones, a week after Meizu tipped an Ubuntu version of the Meizu MX4 phone due in December.
The Ubuntu for Phones team at the Canonical’s Ubuntu Project announced the arrival of the first image from the Ubuntu-rtm (release to manufacturing) distribution for phones. The announcement followed last week’s tease from Meizu, saying a version of the Android-based Meizu MX4 was on schedule for shipping with Ubuntu in December.
Hard on the heels of increased security measures in Apple's newly released iOS 8, Google this week confirmed that encryption will be turned on by default in the next release of Android.
Android has offered encryption for more than three years, and keys are not stored off the device, so they can't be shared with law enforcement, Google said. In the next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default.
At the release team BoF at this years Guadec, I said I would write a blog post about the whats and hows and ifs of release team work. I’m a little late with this, but here it is: a glimpse into the life of a GNOME release team member.
We are in the end phase of the development cycle, when the release team work is really kicking into high gear.
This week we celebrated the record-breaking 2,513 events in 86 countries that made up Maker Party 2014. The campaign, which officially began on July 15th and ended this week, brought nearly 130,000 adults and children together to learn valuable digital literacy skills in classrooms, libraries, cafes, and living rooms around the world.
Whether creating their first mobile apps with Appmaker, discussing the nuances of net neutrality during our global teach-in, or turning libraries into full-fledged maker spaces, this year’s crop of Maker Party events unleashed the creativity of a global community of web makers.
We got a chance to interact with Rushabh Mehta, the founder of Web Notes Technologies, a company based in Mumbai, India. ERPNext is the major product of the company. It is a free and Open Source web based ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution for small and medium sized businesses with its presence in more than 60 countries. In addition to the regular discussions on their Open Source product, strategy, customers etc. we also got a chance to understand how hard it is to thrive in an environment where the “Open Source” philosophy is not a familiar term yet. A software developer by passion and an Industrial Engineer by training, Rushabh also informed us about their imminent product conference in Mumbai he is quite excited about.
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Mesa 10.3 has been released! Mesa 10.3 is a feature release that
includes many updates and enhancements. The full list is available in
the release notes file in docs/relnotes/10.3.html.
The tag in the GIT repository for Mesa 10.3 is 'mesa-10.3'. I have
verified that the tag is in the correct place in the tree.
Mesa 10.3 is available for download at