For our first magazine interview, we got some cheap flights and headed out to Kaufbeuren, an attractive Swabian city an hour’s train ride from Munich. This is where we met Florian Effenberger, Executive Director at The Document Foundation (he was chairman at the time of this interview), and Alexander Werner from the Foundation’s membership committee. This is the non-profit organisation at the heart of LibreOffice, the famous fork of OpenOffice.org now dominant in every Linux distribution. We were able to ask Florian about the split, about arguments over a new name and what wheat beer he’d recommend as a souvenir for our journey home.
The Live version of Salix has been in the works for quite some time and the developers have made a lot of changes and improvements since the previous release in the series. In fact, the Live editions for the Salix flavors have been largely ignored in the past couple of years, but that is changing with this release.
Salix is one of the few Linux distributions still maintained that is using Slackware as the base. Many of the older, similar distros have gone away completely and others have changed their base. The Linux ecosystem is all about diversity, so it's a good thing that some developers are still trying to keep the Slackware dream alive.
Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, Brackets is aimed at Web designers and developers, with focused features like Live Preview to easily jump between browser view and source code for quick edits, inline editors to work on specific bits of code without pop-ups or additional tabs, and preprocessor support baked in. Users can also download and use extensions to add functionality to aid their workflow, such as Git integration and JSHint support.
It's not clear what Google is doing with the version numbers for Chrome, but for now it looks like 40.x is not really a problem. The devs are still making small improvements to the application and each new edition brings a few new features.
There are three different branches for Google Chrome: stable, Beta, and dev. The dev version is where all the major changes are implemented and it's the most unstable of all. The Beta iteration is all about fixes and smaller changes, and the stable one is used by the majority of users. There is very little incentive to use anything else than the stable branch, but users are always welcome to test the others.
“Ubuntu MATE is a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. Ideal for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest hardware requirements it is suitable for modern workstations and older hardware alike.” About ubuntu MATE
- Microsoft Coup D’état: After Paying the Apache Software Foundation and Paying Apache Man to Become Microsoft Employee He Immediately Becomes President
- Ridiculous Patents at the USPTO, Trolls as ‘NPEs’, and an Update on Microsoft-Connected Patent Trolls
- The Corrupt Judge Rader (of CAFC) Still Pursuing Bad (More Aggressive) Patent System in the US
- Links 4/11/2014: Trisquel 7.0 LTS, Fedora 21 Beta
Kano, a small British start up with strong Israeli ties, set out to make the inside workings of a modern computer accessible to children again. The idea behind the project is get kids coding and hacking themselves, and was inspired by one of the founders' seven-year-old cousin who wanted to build a computer and wondered if it could be made as easy as playing with Lego.
At the OpenStack Summit in Paris, the OpenStack Foundation's Mark Collier discusses the open-source cloud effort versus Amazon and why one cloud doesn't fit all needs.
Presentation videos from GNU Tools Cauldron 2014 have now been posted online. The conference, which this year was held from July 18 - 20, 2014 in Cambridge, England at the University of Cambridge, featured nearly thirty presentations on tools in the GNU toolchain including GCC, the GNU Compiler Collection, and GDB, the GNU Project Debugger. Developers shared tutorials and insights in addition to discussing development plans for various projects within the GNU toolchain.
Pisi Linux has continued its activities after 1.0 and we reached our second stable version 1.1. This version resulting from intensive studies; strong, stable, comfortable to use, safe and so fast. The strength of the structure to prevent damage to your system uses hardware safely to the end. Also in this release, along with many innovations were offered to us.
ReactOS, the open-source OS aiming for binary compatibility with Windows 2000, finally supports reading NTFS volumes.
ReactOS was most recently talked about on Phoronix for one of its developers coming up with an open-source AMD SI ISA compatible GPU design while the latest accomplishment from this open-source developer group is read support for NTFS file-systems.
Pierre Schweitzer of ReactOS shared, "ReactOS now supports reading files from NTFS volume. This was a long awaited feature people were asking for." A new ReactOS ISO re-spin is now available containing this support.
While ReactOS now has NTFS read support, it's still lacking write support.
Let’s face it: the masses don’t care about IT; at least not in the way that we do. This has, is, and presumably always will be, a problem that OEMs, software developers, and marketing firms have learned to accept. Put simply, the world-at-large just doesn’t care about operating systems, CPU cores, or firmware updates.
Even new types of products such as bendable tablets and smartphones won’t appeal to many at first, and one need only look at the general reaction to current glimpses of the future to understand the resistance.
The top stories today were the releases of openSUSE 13.2 and Fedora 21 Beta. WRAL looks at Red Hat at 20 and Matt Hartley guides folks to Ubuntu laptops. The openSUSE Tumbleweed/Factory merger is complete and a migration guide has been posted. Other tidbits include OpenBSD replacing OpenSSL with LibreSSL and The Register joking about a character on The Code named Sgt L. Torvalds.
Google has had a really good thing going with the Nexus 7 these past two years. With its 7-inch display, it was the tablet equivalent of a paperback book: effortless to tote around, and cheap enough ($200 for the first-gen; $230 for last year’s model) to be a no-brainer purchase. It was perfect for e-books, games, email, video, websites and social feeds. With its great display, ample power and pleasing portability, it felt like it was worth more than its price tag.