Birthdays are a time to reflect on past accomplishments. And ours – yours – was huge: we helped save the Internet. We saved the Internet by not accepting the status quo, by not allowing corporate interests to acquire a stranglehold on our online lives. At the time, Microsoft dominated the Web. It was becoming stagnant, locked down and shaped by the vision of one company rather than the creativity of all. Firefox changed that.
Hardware errors are tough to code for. In some cases, they're impossible to code for. A particular brand of hardware error is the Machine-Check Exception (MCE), which means a CPU has a problem. On Windows systems, it's one of the causes of the Blue Screen of Death.
Everyone wants to handle hardware errors well, because it can mean the difference between getting a little indication of what actually went wrong and getting no information at all.
- Patent Reform Subversion After Republican (GOP) ‘Win’ in US Senate
- Microsoft-Armed Patent Troll MOSAID (Now Conversant) Wants to Sweep up More Patents for Litigation
- When Courts in the US Attack the Right to Reuse APIs
- EPO and UPC in Europe Now the Hope of Patent Maximalists, China Too is Assimilating
- Links 10/11/2014: 2015 GNU/Linux Forecasts, Debian Shakeup
- Links 7/11/2014: War Thunder on GNU/Linux, KaOS ISO 2014.11
- Links 6/11/2014: Ubuntu Tablet Confirmed, Compiz 0.9.12 Released
- Links 5/11/2014: Pisi Linux 1.1 KDE, Nexus 9
Hey, things are finally calming down. In fact, it looked *really* calm
until yesterday, at which point some people clearly realized "hey, I
should push my stuff to Linus so that it makes it into -rc4", and then
a third of all changes came in the last day, but despite that, rc4
finally looks like things are falling into place, and we'll get to
stabilize this release after all.
Here's to hoping the trend holds...
Things look fairly normal. A bit over half is drivers, and almost a
third is architecture patches (arm, powerpc, mips and s390). The rest
is a few filesystem updates (mainly XFS) and misc random stuff.
The shortlog gives a feel for the details, and nothing looks
particularly scary or odd.
Ubuntu 14.10 is another nice little step forward for Ubuntu without being spectacular.
Linux has faced many hurdles over the years such as lack of MP3 support, Flash support, hardware support, gaming, decent software, running Windows applications and recently Netflix. All of these issues can now be filed away as "used to be an issue".
Ubuntu is one of the more popular distributions for a reason. As Windows users love to say "It just works" and for it just does.
Since 2013, we’ve seen Red Hat embrace CentOS, the previously community-supported, open source equivalent of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and we’ve seen the release of RHEL 7 and its hard push to systemd exclusivity. Now we’re seeing the new road map for Fedora, which will come in three different flavors with Fedora 21. These are all major steps in a very short time period, and frankly, some of these moves seem awkward at best.
Mozilla has officially launched Firefox Developer Edition, billing it as “the first browser created specifically for developers.” If developers sound like a very narrowcasted audience to aim a browser at, remember that many of them complain about having to work across numerous platforms and environments and aim for disparate app stores. There are also a lot of them who work in Firefox via tools such as Firebug.
Franklin is a 39 year old FOSS activist based in Taipei. He has coordinated KDE's zh_TW translation team since 2006, and is the core developer of ezgo (Chinese), a compilation of educational software used by schools all over Taiwan. ezgo, which in its Linux installation uses KDE by default, blends more than 100 free software applications into one localized, easy to use package.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation launched a Model A+ with a $20 price, and a tiny 65 x 56mm footprint, 23g weight, and compact 40-pin expansion header.
Similarly, moves by both Microsoft and Amazon, among others, to set up local data centres in the EU will not on their own protect European data unless that is encrypted by the companies themselves, and the cloud computing providers do *not* have access to the keys. Indeed, if the data is encrypted in this way, local storage is not so important, since the NSA will have an equally hard time decrypting it wherever it is held - as far as we know, that is.
Because of that recent US court judgment ordering Microsoft to hand over emails held in Ireland, many people are now aware of the dangers of cloud computing in the absence of encryption under the control of the customer. But very few seem to have woken up to the problems of backdoors in proprietary software that I mentioned at the start of this post. One important exception is the German government, which according to Sky News is working on an extremely significant law in this area