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|Story||Games for GNU/Linux||Roy Schestowitz||24/09/2016 - 9:03pm|
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Coreboot has mainlined a months-old patch to make the Ada programming language "a first class citizen" in this low-level open-source project.
As of today in Coreboot GNAT runtime system was also added today for the Ada code.
It's been a while since last talking about the discussions among LLVM developers about re-licensing the project. The re-licensing is moving forward and they are settling on the Apache 2.0 license plus explicitly stating compatibility with GPLv2.
For the past year they've been eyeing the Apache 2 license for the LLVM stack over their University of Illinois/NCSA Open Source License, which is similar to the three-clause BSD license.
The second day at Node Interactive Europe last week had two keynotes that concentrated on specific tools and modules. Kat Marchán talked about the npm packaging tool, and Doug Wilson explored the state of the express module.
Microsoft has always had an…uneasy…relationship with Linux, to say the least. But a writer at The Verge is convinced that Microsoft does indeed love Linux these days, and that its stormy Linux past is now behind the Redmond giant.
PerfView is now Open Source On GitHub [Ed: Microsoft uses PerfView in an openwashing effort in order to market proprietary Visual Studio, which adds surveillance to compiled code]
The readme associated with the GitHub repository has getting started information (how to fetch the repository, how to build, test and deploy the code. We use Visual Studio 2015. You can download a free copy of Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition that has everything you need to clone, build test and deploy PerfView. Thus you can get going with PerfView RIGHT NOW. The instructions on the PerfView repository tell you how to get started even if you know nothing about GIT (although knowing something about GIT and Visual Studio certainly helps).
Microsoft will close its Skype office in London [Ed: in recent years, as Microsoft pretends to be "Open" (it's the opposite), layoffs have become routine at the company]
Microsoft is going to close Skype’s London office, in a move that could impact the jobs of the nearly 400 people employed there. The company told the Financial Times that is will “unify some engineering positions,” but that it “will be entering into a consultation process to help those affected by the redundancies.”
The London office is a key part of Skype’s history, since it was the primary engineering site and headquarters of the company before Microsoft acquired it, and it also survived Skype’s strange interlude under the ownership of eBay before it was acquired by the big M.
While the move is no doubt a blow to London’s tech scene, some former insiders told the FT that it’s also not a surprise to see it go, largely because a steady stream of executive departures over the last few years have foretold a shift in the locus of power at the company. Post-acquisition, Microsoft has also done a lot of product work on Skype, with plenty of integration with Office 365 and a number of feature introductions that bring it closer in line with Slack.
See what's new in Ubuntu OTA-13, the latest update to the Ubuntu touch operating system for phones and tablets.
Today, September 19, 2016, Canonical was supposed to launch the OTA-13 update for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices, but it didn't happen. Lukasz Zemczak is back, and he informs us that the update should arrive for all users later this week.
However, Canonical did publish the complete list of new features implemented in the Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 update, and we would like to tell you all about them. Let's start with the copy/paste support, which has been updated to work with legacy X11 applications as well.
We certainly aren't short on action platformers! Dragon Bros [Official Site, Steam] recently released with Linux support in Early Access.
The developer of 'Binaries' [Official Site, Steam] sent me a copy of their game to check it out and it's impressive. It's a platformer where you're controlling two balls at the same time, each in slightly different level layouts, it's genius.
The game was quietly released for Linux a few months after the Windows version and the developers forgot to even announce it. They only announced it at the start of this month. So you can be forgiven for not knowing about it.
The game is made by Ant Workshop Ltd, who come from my own homeland of the UK. That hasn't swayed me towards it at all though (honest!), it's just a brilliantly designed game. It also has a small amount of our terrible humour in it.
Are you ready to face hell? I sure wasn't apparently. Devil Daggers [Official Site, Steam] is now out for Linux and I took a little look.
Devil Daggers is a first-person arena style shooter, you're essentially always trying to beat your previous scores, and everyone else. What's really cool is you can download a replay of anyone's game to see how they did it. The game is rather simplistic, but it's brilliantly designed to hook you in.
Just a few moments ago (September 19, 2016), Canonical published several security advisories to inform the Ubuntu Linux community about the availability of new Linux kernel updates for all supported Ubuntu releases.
On Indiegogo, Awesome PCB’s $13 “ArduShield” prototyping shield supports a wide variety of Arduino boards, including the Uno R3, Mini, Mini Pro, and Nano.
The ArduShield “universal” prototyping shield is notable for supporting a wide variety of Arduino boards, including the Mini and Mini Pro. Created by Polish developer Szymon Mackow at his company, Awesome PCB, the ArduShield is available for $13 for another 23 days on Indiegogo, where it has successfully funded. (The $8 early birds are all gone.) A $17 version adds a breadboard, and $22 gives you two ArduShields. All packages ship in November. A stretch goal has added a footprint for a WS2812 RGB LED.
Clearly, finding the right open source CRM (customer relationship management) for your business isn't as simple as randomly selecting one. To be sure, there are plenty of good open source CRM apps, but still: you must carefully weigh features, function, licensing and support, for your own needs.
In this article, I'll share my top open source CRM picks. And with any luck, you'll find one that'll be a great match for your business!
Although not very popular, Canonical has been ploughing ahead with its Ubuntu Touch OS. Today, the latest over-the-air update has arrived on devices. OTA-13 brings with it several improvements including to language support and performance.
Ubuntu OTA-13 introduces Copy and Paste on legacy applications, Korean and Latvian keyboards, an improved Emoji keyboard and various app startup time improvements (calendar, calculator, camera, dialer). The release also brings with it various synchronization improvements: users will now be able to sync multiple calendars and have the option to sync these calendars with the open-source cloud solution, OwnCloud.
25 years ago, on August 25, 1991 Linus Torvalds announced the kernel he was working on. That kernel later became Linux. August 25th is celebrated as the birthday of Linux. But the interesting fact is that August 25 is not the date when Linux was released.
In an interview during LinuxCon North America (Toronto), Torvalds told me that the first release of Linux (version 0.01) was never announced publicly. He uploaded it to an FTP server and sent an email about it to people who showed interest in it.
When I asked about the date for the first release, he said that didn’t remember the date as he lost all the emails about it. Later, during a keynote discussion with Dirk Hohndel (VP and chief open source officer of VMware) at LinuxCon, he said that the only way to find the date is by finding the tarball of the first release and check the time-stamp.
On September, 17, 2016, Torvalds announced on Google+
LuxuryWatches has made a special edition 3D Tizen Experts watch face and is giving away copies of it for FREE to our readers. This new 3D looking watch face has been made specifically for the Gear S2, and it should work with the Gear S3 once it releases in early October. The watchfaces have also been programmed to alter brightness depending on external light on it by making use of the S2’s Internal light sensor.
Different methods are available for updating Linux distributions. On this basis, we can broadly classify various distros as rolling distributions and fixed release distributions. Rolling means that the updates are pushed as soon as they are coded. In fixed release, the updates are tested thoroughly and pushed at once.
The “Nextcloud Box” is a private cloud server and IoT gateway that combines a Raspberry Pi, running Snappy Ubuntu Core, with a WDLabs 1TB HDD.
Nextcloud, Canonical, and WDLabs have collaborated on launching the Nextcloud Box, defined as “a secure, private, self-hosted cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) platform.” The private cloud device provides the open source Nextcloud storage, syncing, and communication software on Snappy Ubuntu Core running on a Raspberry Pi 2. The system also includes a 1TB PiDrive HDD from WDLabs, and a SanDisk microSD loaded with Snappy. Apache, MySQL and Nextcloud 10 are pre-installed on the HDD.
The Samsung Z2 has already been succesfully launched in India and South Africa, with indicators showing the Kenya launch will be soon. This is the third Tizen based Smartphone that has been released by Samsung. Previous models were the Z1 which was launched in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, and the Z3 which was only distributed in India.
Now, looking at the Tizen Store website, we see that the site itself now supports languages in the following countries and implies these will be the launch markets for the Z2: Sri Lanka, South Africa, Nigeria, Nepal, Kenya, India, Ghana, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. The store has already started accepting payment in some of these countries.
It’s that time of year again! A new major release of Epiphany is out now, representing another six months of incremental progress. That’s a fancy way of saying that not too much has changed (so how did this blog post get so long?). It’s not for lack of development effort, though. There’s actually lot of action in git master and on sidebranches right now, most of it thanks to my awesome Google Summer of Code students, Gabriel Ivascu and Iulian Radu. However, I decided that most of the exciting changes we’re working on would be deferred to Epiphany 3.24, to give them more time to mature and to ensure quality. And since this is a blog post about Epiphany 3.22, that means you’ll have to wait until next time if you want details about the return of the traditional address bar, the brand-new user interface for bookmarks, the new support for syncing data between Epiphany browsers on different computers with Firefox Sync, or Prism source code view, all features that are brewing for 3.24. This blog also does not cover the cool new stuff in WebKitGTK+ 2.14, like new support for copy/paste and accelerated compositing in Wayland.
The KDE and Xfce editions of Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" recently came out. Over a month ago, I had reviewed the MATE edition, and while I was generally happy with how it worked, there were a handful of minor usability issues and other niggles that detracted from the experience enough that I couldn't recommend that a newbie install it by him/herself. Given that, I wanted to see if maybe the KDE or Xfce editions could make up for the deficiencies that I observed in the MATE edition. Follow the jump to see what each is like. Given that the main base of Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" is common to all of these editions, I'm not going to spend too much time rehashing things like application installation for their own sake; instead, these reviews will be shorter, and will focus on the differences relative to the MATE edition.
A few years ago I decided to try Linux and it was surprisingly easy to install and use. Since I started with Ubuntu there were already lots of tutorials online for beginners. Initially I was interested in learning about the Linux kernel but using Linux led me to discovery of new tools such as vim, git, and bash shell.
I started experimenting with the kernel over a year ago when I wrote a simple hello module and loaded it into the kernel. After that I started making simple fixes using scripts such as checkpatch.pl and submitting patches. My confidence grew and eventually I joined the Eudyptula challenge to deepen my knowledge and I started making even bigger changes to the kernel tree. After being accepted into the Outreachy program, I had the opportunity to learn more about driver development and also got to work on embedded ARM devices running the Linux operating system.