This is a little project that I am doing as more and more FOSS communication tools are popping up. As it could be very subjective (and time consuming!) if I got all of this data myself, it would be appreciated if anyone would be willing to help fill out different boxes in this spreadsheet. The link to the public and editable google sheet is below.
The end goal is to compile a comparison table that can eventually be put onto Wikipedia so that both the general population and more technical users can be more informed when making decisions about using these programs. Any help is much appreciated, and if any creators of these applications have more accurate data, that would help even more. I've already filled out a couple columns to get started, so just copy and paste the check or cross if yes or no, and add additional information if needed (e.g. licensing details). Finally, it would be great if you could log in to google before editing so that I can see who did what.
PS: Cross- posted from /r/opensource to get more people (hopefully!) helping.
[disclaimer: i’m currently interning with Matrix.org]submitted by /u/tiger_respecter
Reddit: Wow! Some guy raises a bug called "This feature ain't useful" and Firefox just removes that feature!
Today I learned that the freedom and democracy that open source world presents to us isn't without it's pitfalls. I'm a Web Developers and like many devs, I am very dependent on the firefox Developer tools found at the bottom of the browser.
So I was a bit shaken today when I upgraded my Ubuntu and went to Firefox 47, only to find that the font panel in that toolbox is missing! Turns out that some jerk actively raised a bug and requested this feature be disabled:
And his reasoning being:
The font panel is not currently very useful. According to Patrick/telemetry, the average user spends ~5 seconds it in, and it seems like even that might be accidental
As if the telemetry statistics represents the voice of all the users! Seriously, if I go ahead and raise a bug called "Remove feature X", will you just remove it Mozilla?submitted by /u/prahladyeri
- Android: A switcher's thoughts after nine months of using an iPhone
- Forget Game of Thrones as Android ransomware infects TVs
- The big iOS 10 vs Android N war is over privacy
- Motorola Confirms Moto 360 Gen. 1 Will Not Receive Android Wear 2.0 Update
- Android backup better in Marshmallow, but still soft in places
Samsung Planning To Replace Android With Linux-based Tizen OS On All Smartphones — Report
The largest Android smartphone manufacturer Samsung is considering a shift from Google’s Android mobile operating system. According to a report, the South Korean tech giant is planning to expand its homegrown Tizen OS to all of its devices in future.
When I first started using BunsenLabs Linux I did not enjoy the experience. At first, it felt like installing Debian with a depressing theme and fewer features. The initial installation and configuration steps felt overly long and complicated. The Openbox environment lacked the features of fuller desktop environments while, at the same time, offering unwanted distractions such as Conky and extra virtual desktops. It would be fair to say the first two or three hours with Bunsen were unpleasant for me.
However, there was definitely a turning point during my trial. Around the start of the second day -- once I had a more colourful theme in place, the Conky packages had been banished and I had got into the habit of installing software I wanted from the application menu -- there was a point where I began to enjoy Bunsen. The distribution's hardware and multimedia support were top notch, performance and the interface's responsiveness were excellent and the applications available all worked properly. Openbox has enough configuration tools to make it flexible without being overwhelming. What really sold me on the distribution though was the way Openbox stayed out of my way, a feature I feel Debian's default desktop does not offer.
At the end of my trial, I still had some mixed feelings. As much as Bunsen grew on me, I couldn't help but feel the experience felt very much like installing Debian and adding the Openbox window manager as a session option. While Bunsen takes care of that step for us, it also adds several extra steps during the initial configuration that made me feel like going with plain Debian and installing Openbox might have been faster and easier.
In the end, I did grow to like Bunsen with its clean, fast user interface. I like the distribution's tweaks to Debian such as adding sudo and providing application menu installers. I think the initial welcome script should probably either be automated or ask all its questions up front and then go to work in the background. It took a while for me to get the interface looking the way I wanted it to and less like the inside of a mine shaft, but once I did the distribution provided a good set of default applications and desktop functionality.
After a slow start, Dell turns up the dial on Steam Machines
Dell had high hopes for the Alienware Steam Machine after its delayed release last year, but it did not become as popular as its twin, Alienware Alpha, a Windows-based PC gaming console.
The viability of Steam Machines, a family of Linux-based PC gaming consoles with SteamOS, has been questioned, but Dell isn't giving up yet. With better hardware and an expanding list of gaming titles, Dell is hoping that interest in Alienware Steam Machines will grow.
- Dell set to introduce beefed up Steam Machines
Platformer On Rusty Trails released on Steam for Linux, some thoughts
I love the first level of Tiny & Big. It's a massive sandbox 3D platformer area where you get to use tools to slice through and toss around the terrain in order to explore and find secrets. The game quickly gets more action oriented though, and I unfortunately lost interest long before I finished it. Love, Hate & the other ones also looked interesting to me, and I bought and played a couple of the first areas of it. It's a puzzler with interesting mechanics, but it didn't really hook me, and I never wound up playing much of it. That first level of Tiny & Big though had a big impact on me, and I wish I could play a whole game of just that. And it's the creativity and sense of design that went into that one level that made me eager to try the new game the developers have been cooking up since I first heard about it last year.
- MAV, a custom mech combat game will come to Linux, looks great
Git 2.9 Source Code Management System Is a Major Release with Many New Features
The Git development team is proud to announce the general availability of the 2.9 series of their widely used open-source distributed version control system for all supported platforms.
[ANNOUNCE] Git v2.9.0
The latest feature release Git v2.9.0 is now available at the usual places. It is comprised of 497 non-merge commits since v2.8.0, contributed by 75 people, 28 of which are new faces.
Git 2.9 Released: Adds Git-MultiMail, Many Sub-Command Improvements
Git 2.9.0 was announced today by Junio Hamano as the latest stable version of this distributed revision control system.
Git 2.9 adds git-multimail to its contrib area: git-multimail has been around independently for a while as a way for offering email notifications on Git pushes. Git 2.9 also has some Git merge changes, improvements to Git pull, and various other sub-command changes.
"I've had this conversation with some of my peers in the industry who have also been involved with free and open source for a very long time, where we look at each other and say, 'Oh my god, we won! Now what?'" Garbee added. "It's immensely satisfying, but the stress level does go up a bit. We've convinced everybody that these are good ideas. We've shown the world that you can run successful businesses around this model of collaborative development. HPE is making what amount to company sized bets on doing things this way. We definitely have to deliver. We have to make it all work."
Qualcomm announced a pre-integrated suite of automotive hardware components including LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, tuners, CAN, and VSX technology.
In conjunction with last week’s TU-Automotive Detroit conference, Qualcomm unveiled a Connected Car Reference Platform that offers a pre-integrated lineup of the chipmaker’s wireless and telematics solutions. The reference platform even includes DSRC for enabling V2X (vehicle to vehicle or vehicle to infrastructure) technology.
The Sequitur Labs port of Linaro’s OP-TEE environment to the Raspberry Pi 3 aims to encourage prototyping of ARM TrustZone hardware security on IoT devices.
Linaro’s three-year old OP-TEE open source port of the TEE (Trusted Execution Environment) for ARM TrustZone security is now available on the lowest-cost platform yet: the Raspberry Pi 3. Sequitur Labs has worked with the ARM-backed not-for-profit development firm Linaro and its Linaro Security Working Group (SWG) to provide the technology to Pi 3 developers so they can learn about ARM TrustZone and begin developing trusted applications for it.