TravelSpirit aims to deliver 'Mobility as a Service' for the community
TravelSpirit is a new enterprise that is fusing together disparate open source community projects linked to New Mobility Services (NMS), Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Personal Data Stores (PDS), and public transit into a global architecture and commons of OSI-approved licensed code. By deploying the code, TravelSpirit's goal is to create a new cooperative platform that will provide the public a "lifestyle enabler" called Mobility as a Service. Any new code projects incubated through the TravelSpirit community will be licensed under the Mozilla Public License 2.0 (MPLv2).
- Apache OpenOffice Proposed For Retirement, Still Being Debated
- Facebook open sources data compression and storage tools
- Facebook Open Sources New Compression And Storage Tools, Debuts 360 Video Stabilization
- Facebook Just Proved It Isn’t Hooli From Silicon Valley
- Facebook open sources Zstandard data compression algorithm, aims to replace technology behind Zip
- Facebook’s new compression algorithm could be a game-changer for data storage
- Facebook Open Sources a Storage Engine Focused on MySQL
Enabling Secure Web Payments with GNU Taler
GNU Taler is a new electronic online payment system which provides privacy for customers and accountability for merchants. It uses an exchange service to issue digital coins using blind signatures, and is thus not subject to the performance issues that plague Byzantine fault-tolerant consensus-based solutions.
- Special Friday Free Software Directory IRC meetup: September 2nd
Securing development in an agile environment
Traditional security processes and ‘security says no’ can often seem to block progress in agile environments but there are ways to build software securely without compromising agility. It’s all about ensuring security is built into your development best practices so that everyone can build securely without having to be an expert.
- The open-source guide to drone journalism is here
- OSU Develops Open-Source Tool to Assess Run-of-River Resource Potential
Italy submits its third NAP for public consultation
The proposals for the third National Action Plan of Italy were also drafted through a collaborative process, initiated on an Open Government Forum. “The creation of the Open Government Forum responded to the desire to overcome the limits of the previous two Italian OGP action plans”, the Italian government said on the OGP’s website.
- Scotland, Paris, Madrid and Tbilisi all selected for OGP pilot programme
- Takeda takes collaborative, open-source path to gather data on multiple myeloma
French Court of Auditors to create a community of data re-users
The French Court of Auditors (Cour des comptes), which is in charge of monitoring state spending, has organised for the first time a session to promote the reuse of their financial data.
Dialog’s open source networking development platform, in distribution
Distributor Mouser has the OpenThread Sandbox development kit from Dialog Semiconductor. As a complete development platform for OpenThread, the Sandbox development kit provides developers with plug-and-play hardware and OpenThread software to help design connected home, Internet of Things (IoT), and automation applications.
- QtCon Opens in Berlin with Keynote by Raul Krauthausen
Plasma at QtCon
QtCon 2016 is a special event: it co-hosts KDE’s Akademy, the Qt Contributor summit, the FSFE summit, the VideoLan dev days and KDAB’s training day into one big conference. As such, the conference is buzzing with developers and Free software people (often both traits combined in one person).
David Beazley’s Keynote Talk at PyData Chicago 2016
This post-lunch screencast presentation by David Beazley is so entertaining, you can enjoy it without knowing any Python programming whatsoever. The aside comments alone are worth the price of admission. I won’t tell you the topic of the presentation. Suffice it to say — plenty funny.
Kickstarting conversations with lightning talks.
A lot of people are coming to the Nextcloud conference to discuss ideas they have with others and I've been telling them to submit a lightning talk. As that is the idea of the lightning track on Saturday and Sunday: present yourself and the project you (want to) work on, inspire, share ideas. That way, others can then find you and talk to you afterward!
- IoT and multi-cloud take center stage at upcoming Cloud Foundry Summit
OpenBSD 6.0 lands
OpenBSD developers might be keen on the 1980s in their artwork, but not in their operating system: Version 6.0 has just landed, and the maintainers have killed off VAX support.
Apart from a logo that pays homage to the cover art for the iconic album The Wall, there's a fair amount of new stuff landing in OpenBSD 6.0.
LLVM 3.9 Officially Released
As expected, LLVM 3.9 was released today as the newest version of this widely-used and innovative compiler stack.
LLVM 3.9 Release
This release is the result of the LLVM community's work over the past
six months, including ThinLTO, new libstdc++ ABI compatibility, support for all OpenCL 2.0 and all non-offloading OpenMP 4.5 features, clang-include-fixer, many new clang-tidy checks, significantly improved ELF linking with lld, identical code folding and initial LTO support in lld, as well as improved optimization, many bug fixes and more.
Wine 1.9.18 Released, Direct3D Command Stream Still Being Worked On
Wine 1.9.18 was released today as the newest development snapshot of this program for running Windows applications/games on Linxu and other operating systems. The Wine 1.9 release continues building up for the Wine 2.0 release later this year.
- Wine Announcement
- The Wine Development Release 1.9.18 Is Now Available
Sadly it looks like Shadow Warrior 2 won't be a day-1 Linux release
With no announcement anywhere the SteamOS information from the Shadow Warrior 2 Steam page has vanished. They previously had a SteamOS icon ready and SteamOS system requirements, both of which have just—gone.
It's pretty sad news, because this indicates it won't be a day-1 Linux release.
I hope no one pre-ordered, because you might want to look at cancelling it until there's some clear information as to what is going on. That, plus, pre-ordering is dumb.
I've tweeted and emailed them today, so hopefully I will be able to give you some sort of update on this. There's also this forum post asking about it by another user.
I'm personally sad as I seriously wanted to give it a try and with no communication from the developer (like we wouldn't notice it suddenly vanishing), it's a bit of a sketchy situation right now. Why silently remove it without a simple announcement anywhere?
Refunct, a beautiful, peaceful, short first-person platformer will release the Linux version soon
The developers of Refunct emailed me to let me know that the game will launch on Linux on the 5th of September.
- The Witcher 3 was apparently never planned for Linux
- The Steam Hardware Survey for August 2016 shows Linux has grown again
- The developers of Armello are facing a bit of a backlash over the DLC not coming to GOG
Rocket League officially confirmed for Linux with the next update, a beta version that is
Oh my! Rocket League has finally been officially announced as having an actual Linux release. The next update named "Rumble" will have a beta version for Linux.
Xenko 1.8 Engine Released With Multi-Threading, Vulkan
This week marked the release of the Xenko 1.8 game engine that brings a new multi-threaded engine with Vulkan support. There is also SSAO, cel shading, and other rendering improvements.
Xenko saw a huge performance boost with multi-threading and Vulkan as covered last month on Phoronix. Xenko is cross-platform and has provided native Linux support since their v1.7 release.
I tried to access my notes today and got a could not reach server. I then did a who is and got this: Domain: turtl.it Status: pendingDelete / redemptionPeriod Created: 2013-08-19 13:57:03 Last Update: 2016-09-02 00:53:49 Expire Date: 2016-08-19
Anyone know whats going on?submitted by /u/yellowjacket018
Two Blog Posts Disguised as Mailing List Posts
As he always does, Jon Corbet did an excellent job finding the real policy details in the “GPL defence” ksummit-discuss thread, and telling us all about it. I am very hard on tech journalism, but when it comes to reporting on Linux specifically, Jon and his colleagues at lwn.net have been, for nearly two decades, always been real, detailed, and balanced (and not in the Fox News way) tech journalism.
The main reason I made this blog post about it, though, is that I actually spent as much time on a few of my posts on the list as I would on any blog post, and I thought readers of my blog might want the content here. So I link to two posts in the thread that I encourage you to read. I also encourage you to read these two posts that my boss at my day job, Karen Sandler, made, which I think are very good as well.
4 Best Linux Boot Loaders
When you turn on your machine, immediately after POST (Power On Self Test) is completed successfully, the BIOS locates the configured bootable media, and reads some instructions from the master boot record (MBR) or GUID partition table which is the first 512 bytes of the bootable media. The MBR contains two important sets of information, one is the boot loader and two, the partition table.
- PowerVR is other way to say headless
Whatever the reason, there's still a pretty good chance we'll all still be using optical media for years to come. For those who have made the switch from proprietary to open source software in recent years, you may be on the lookout for a tool that lets you rip and burn discs with ease.
While most modern operating systems have basic facilities built in nowadays (Nautilus, a.k.a. Gnome Files, works fine if you're just looking to drag and drop some files to a disc), there are occasions where the advanced functionality of a program like Nero was useful. Here are a few open source programs for working with optical media that you ought to check out for those on a Linux system.