Amherst's Jon 'Maddog' Hall is still leading the Linux legions, from do-it-yourselfers to supercomputersSubmitted by Rianne Schestowitz on Monday 25th of November 2013 07:59:05 PM Filed under
"Companies spend billions on operating systems, and time making them more efficient, and they don't even get a mention!" he groused to me while waiting for his special hot sauce to be delivered from a secret spot behind the counter. It's kept there so nobody accidentally gets their palate obliterated (I declined to try it).
In 2006, Foré was fed up with Windows, and he switched to Linux, the open source operating system. But he didn’t just use the OS. Like so many others, he also helped improve the thing. He had no programming experience, but wanted to be involved in this famously communal project, so he designed a set of icons for the OS. And from there, he went to work on a desktop theme called Elementary.
When it comes to supercomputers, Linux is the operating system of choice and it has been since 2004. The latest round-up of the world's fastest computers underlines just how dominant Linux is in supercomputers.
"Many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android," he wrote. That sounds fine and dandy, but we might ask, how many of those iPhone owning friends have ever bothered to read a post on Google+?
The Freedreno open-source graphics driver project that's a clean-room reverse-engineered implementation of the Qualcomm Adreno graphics core on the company's ARM SoCs keeps reaching new milestones. While the driver is mostly just worked on by Rob Clark and without any support from Qualcomm, it's quickly becoming the flagship open-source ARM graphics driver for the Linux desktop.
The SparkyLinux website describes SparkyLinux as a lightweight, fast and simple distribution designed for old and new computers.
If you really want to contribute to Mesa you should at least have some C\C++ experience, if you don’t buy yourself a book and go for it. Knowledge of OpenGL would also obviously be useful The OpenGL SuperBible is generally the most recommended book on OpenGL.
The Gertduino expansion board for the Raspberry Pi computer is now available. Created by Gert van Loo, the Gertduino is a Raspberry Pi add-on and it includes the same functionality as an Arduino-Uno but with some extra features like dual Atmel Atmega MCUs, -328 and -48.
Deadfall Adventures is an action-driven first-person shooter, spiced up with elements from action-adventure games. Become an adventurer, hunt for treasures, explore unknown regions of the world and rescue the damsel in distress from the clutches of enemies, both earthly and not-so-earthly.
Faraday Technology has begun shipping a system-on-chip dev kit aimed at developers of custom SoCs. The “SoCreative! IV” kit’s baseboard is built around Faraday’s A380 SoC, which boasts a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, a Faraday-developed RISC core, and a high speed expansion bus for interfacing with FPGA daughtercards, and comes with Linux 3.3 and Android 4.x BSPs.