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Raspbian and Debian Reproducible Builds

  • New Raspbian release adds experimental OpenGL driver
    A new release of Raspbian is now available for download. The update primarily consists of bug fixes, but there are also new updates to some of the standard applications; including Scratch, Sonic Pi and Node-RED.
  • Raspbian Gets Experimental OpenGL Driver, GPU Now Used for Acceleration
    Raspbian is the official Linux distribution of the Raspberry Pi products, and a new version has been released by its developers. As the name indicates, Raspbian is based on Debian, but nothing that major happened to the base of the OS, with one exception. The developers did make a number of upgrades to the packages, as it was to be expected. Raspbian is stable, and the current iteration of the OS will be kept a little bit longer, but the devs need to upgrade packages in the OS.
  • Reproducible builds: week 41 in Stretch cycle

Linux Devices

Android Leftovers

Leftovers: OSS

  • What Have We Learned From This Open Source Project?
    Start an open source project if you want to learn all you can about software design, development, planning, testing, documenting, and delivery; enjoy technical challenges, administrative challenges, compromise, and will be satisfied hoping that someone out there is benefitting from your work. Do not start an open source project if you need praise, warmth and love from your fellow human beings.
  • Mon 2016/Feb/08
    After a couple of months of work and thanks to the kind code reviews of the folks at Google, we got the feature landed in Chromium's repository. For a while, though, it remained hidden behind a runtime flag, as the Chromium team needed to make sure that things would work well enough in all fronts before making it available to all users. Fast-forward to last week, when I found out by chance that the runtime flag has been flipped and the Simplify page printing option has been available in Chromium and Chrome for a while now, and it has even reached the stable releases. The reader mode feature in Chromium seems to remain hidden behind a runtime flag, I think, which is interesting considering that this was the original motivation behind the dom distiller.
  • Impetus' Analytics Platform Extends to Work with Multiple Apache Projects
    Impetus Technologies, a big data solutions company, has announced StreamAnalytix 2.0, featuring support for Apache Spark Streaming, in addition to the current support for Apache Storm. Streaming data analytics has become a big deal, especially with the Internet of Things and other emerging technologies helping to produce torrents of streaming data that enterprises need to make sense of. Impetus' platform is open source-based, and here are more details on how enterprises can leverage it along with tools like Spark.
  • Weekly phpMyAdmin contributions 2016-W05
  • deepSQL Database Promises MySQL Compliance with Cloud Scalability
    Can you make the most of MySQL and the cloud at the same time? Not if you do things the traditional way, according to Deep Information Sciences. But the company says the newest version of its database solution, deepSQL, delivers a MySQL-compatible database that is also able to scale efficiently with the cloud.
  • GNU social and #RIPTwitter
    What a weekend! Buzzfeed sent rumours soaring that Twitter was going to stop displaying tweets in order and instead have an “algorithm” optimise it. Scary, right? I have no idea if it’s true but the possibility hit a nerve. #RIPTwitter was trending globally and it encouraged a small fraction of Twitter users to wonder “what could I use instead?” That is, one heck of a lot of people. Next minute, thousands of new users are pouring into GNU social—a social network whose existing users only numbered in the thousands to begin with. It’s free software’s decentralised answer to Twitter and to date it has a fairly niche following. Not any more. The admin of the largest server, quitter.se, reported 1200 new signups in two days.
  • License Compatibility and Relicensing
    Only the GNU licenses give authors a choice about whether to permit upgrades to future license versions. When I wrote the first version of the GNU GPL, in 1989, I considered including a license upgrade option as is found now in CC licenses, but I thought it more correct to give that choice to each author. Thus, the author could release a program either under “GPL 1 only” or “GPL 1 or later.”
  • Students, librarians urge professors to use open-source textbooks
    A student advocacy group, along with one of the University of Washington’s top librarians, is urging faculty members to take a good look at using more free online textbooks. And two bills in the state Legislature would promote and facilitate the use of such open-source textbooks and course materials.
  • Student Group Releases New Report on Textbook Prices
    Earlier today, U.S. PIRG released a new report investigating the real impact of high textbook prices on today’s students. The report, titled “Covering the Cost,” is based on a survey of nearly 5,000 students from 132 institutions. Over the last decade, the price of college textbooks has soared. Since 2006, the cost of a college textbook increased by 73% - over four times the rate of inflation. Today, individual textbooks often cost over $200, sometimes as high as $400.