- 81 Linux hacker SBCs: vote for your favorites, maybe win one
- Catalog of 81 open-spec, hacker friendly SBCs
Meet micro:bit, a Raspberry Pi Zero Alternative to Help UK Kids Learn to Code
Today we would like to introduce our readers to an upcoming single-board computer (SBC), which promises to be as tiny as the famous Raspberry Pi Zero board.
Meet BBC micro:bit, a project initiated by British public service broadcaster BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) in an attempt to help kids from the UK (United Kingdom) get started with coding.
'UnaPhone' promises Android privacy by binning Google Play
A custom Android phone is being pitched to security and privacy pundits promising to deliver by goring Google services, preventing app installation, and deploying end-to-end encryption.
The US$540(£374, A$745) UnaPhone sports a custom Android Marshmallow operating system that has been stripped of "invasive" Google services to prevent the technology company from collecting data on the phone.
It also scrubs out and falsifies information that creators say would allow carriers to identify the handset.
Here’s What’s Up With the New Android OS
Yet, I favor Android for personal use. I love the fact that you can dig into the guts of an Android phone or tablet. Yes, you can jailbreak an iPhone, but Android is already out-of-the-box ripe for customization. There are tons of add-ons, skins, themes, and other customization options to really make your Android a device that reflects your style and personality.
Eye-Plug Lets Your Android Smartphone Capture 3D Videos
Ever wondered how you could get your Android-powered smartphone to take 3D videos? The folks at China-based Weeview Inc. definitely did, and they have come up with an innovative accessory that can aid your Android smartphone in capturing 3D videos.
- How to save your Android phone from bad skins and crappy OEM software
- Android device updates: Verizon's Tab S2, Galaxy Note 4, and S5 are getting Marshmalllow
- Remains of the Day: Google Maps for Android Now Has a Beta Channel
- Android users can now easily test beta versions of Google Maps
- Sony Xperia Z5 Android 6.0.1 update brings back STAMINA mode
- Google Hangouts For Android Finally Gets Direct Share With Latest Update
- Google Firebase — Now Code Android, iOS, And Web Apps Easily
- Vysor allows you to mirror multiple Android devices
Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does [Ed: repeats the bizarre claims from Oracle]
But just as there was no reason for FOSS supporters to celebrate last week's verdict, there's no reason for FOSS supporters to be overly alarmed, either. Do not panic. Oracle's lawyers are correct in asserting that it's a terrible verdict for FOSS – less so when they suggest it sets a precedent. No legal precedent has been set, for every assertion of fair use needs to be examined each time. (That's why I choose words like "prospect" and "augur" carefully; the appeals court will have little choice but to toss it out.)
What Is An API? The Clue Is In The Name
At the end of my testimony in the recent Oracle v Google trial in San Francisco, Judge Alsup asked me to explain what an API is. My answer aimed to simplify the answer for a general listener while remaining recognizable to most programmers. Here’s what I said.
The Java source code of OpenJDK usefully follows a layout convention. Up front of each file is a copyright and license statement. After that come a sequence of definitions of the various standard functions that complete the Java programming language. Together, a set of related definitions comprise a class library.
Each of those definitions comprise three parts. There is a function declaration, which defines the name of the function and the order and data types of the parameters used by the function. After that is a comment block with a summary of the specification for the function, tagged to allow it to be automatically harvested by a tool called JavaDoc. Finally there is the body of the function itself, the code which actually does the work of the function.
Brigador stomps out of Early Access with such beautiful destruction, a must try on Linux
Oh baby! Brigador is one game you cannot afford to miss out on. It has such beautiful design and destruction that I can't help but fall in love with it.
In Brigador you are tasked with piloting some form of advanced weapons platform, like a mech unit or a tank and stomping over lots and lots of beautiful environments. All buildings and units on each map can be destroyed and the lighting is really impressive.
The Mean Greens - Plastic Warfare adds Steam Controller, Linux & SteamOS support in a big patch
I have been seriously wanting to try this out. The Mean Greens - Plastic Warfare is a great looking Unreal Engine 4 title about plastic soldiers doing what they do best.
It had a closed beta for a while and the reports I had from people inside mentioned that it worked really well.
Point-and-click adventure game Demetrios released DRM-free and on Steam
According to the developer, Demetrios was inspired by classics like Broken Sword, and it gives me a similar vibe because of its element of mystery and the prominence of a certain artifact.
Daedalic's Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes now available for Linux
According to a recent update on Steam, the sequel to Daedalic Entertainment's award-winning debut game is now available for Linux. The inclusion of a Linux version comes as part of a big update including an engine upgrade and several game tweaks.
I haven't played this game yet, as I've been holding out for a Linux release, so it's great to see Daedalic continue to add Linux support to their back catalogue of popular adventure games. Currently there's no SteamOS icon on the Store page, but the game runs without issues for me.
Hopefully the first game will get a Linux version soon too, as it has been developed with Java and LWJGL, but I was having some issues with getting it to run natively on Linux when I tried to do so before Christmas last year.
Dead Island Definitive Edition and Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition now officially support Linux & SteamOS
Well this is confusing, but still awesome. Dead Island Definitive Edition and Dead Island: Riptide Definitive Edition supporting Linux/SteamOS is now 100% official.
- Want to be a Youtube star? Well, Youtubers Life a new simulator game is coming to Linux
Over the past year or two you've likely heard of Endless Computers for their work on building a $79 PC for the "offline world" as a Linux PC for developing countries. Or you may have also heard of Endless Computers due to their upstream contributions to GNOME, since their "Endless OS" is based upon the GNOME desktop environment. Up to now their Linux distribution has just been available for their low-cost PCs, but now they are making it available for free.
- The Intel Mesa Driver's Three Intermediate Representations
- OpenGL Performance & Perf-Per-Watt From The Radeon HD 3850 Through R9 Fury
Wayland's Weston Nukes Its Raspberry Pi Backend/Renderer
Upstream Wayland developers have decided to drop the specialized Raspberry Pi back-end and renderer from the Weston compositor code-base.
A KMS Driver Is Coming For Mini USB Projectors
Hans de Goede at Red Hat has been working on a DRM KMS kernel driver for the Grain Media GM12U320 hardware.
- It's Now Easier Trying Out The Latest Git Version Of Intel's Vulkan Linux Driver
There are issues with the networking and power management on this i386 Ubuntu MATE ISO on the 2 machines I have tested it on: Acer Aspire One KAV10 and a ThinkPad T420. Has anyone run into similar issues? Trying to determine if I need to wait for 16.04.1 ISOs or just run Xubuntu instead... or consider this my last time to bother with anything Ubuntu-based henceforth.submitted by /u/groovechicken
GDB Debugger Now Supports The Rust Language, Other GNU Toolchain Improvements
The GNU Toolchain has continued making improvements this year beyond just the recent GCC 6 stable compiler release.
Nick Clifton of Red Hat has sent out a mailing to share the GNU Toolchain updates made over the past two months. He covers the GCC 6 improvements with the new warning options, GDB 7.11.1 improvements, and more.
- GCC 5.4 Released
GCC 5.4 Compiler Released, Fixed 147+ Bugs
Version 5.4 of the GNU Compiler Collection is now available.
Before getting too excited, this is just a maintenance update to GCC 5 under their funky new versioning scheme. Beyond that, GCC 6 has already been available in stable form via GCC 6.1.
GCC 5.4 represents just another maintenance/bug-fix release to GCC 5 since its first stable release last year, GCC 5.1. GCC 5.4 is known to fix at least 147 bugs compared to the GCC 5.3 stable update from a few months back.
Twenty-seven new GNU releases in May
I found an old set of Corel Linux CD's lying around, and before they go to the recycle bin I would like to setup a VM. I have tried VMWare Player (setup locks up) Oracle Virtual Box (setup reboots and then no boot device found).
Has anyone ever gotten this to work?submitted by /u/psytropic
Sorry I am not a Linux user, but I do have a question about it. What are the minimum specs for a computer to run a Linux Distro that can be my media PC and play up to SBS 3D 1080p movies with 7.1 audio?
I have a couple older smaller machines and Windows can't quite do it and my Mac Mini can't pull it off so I am just hoping I can re-purpose one of my older units for this purpose.
Thankssubmitted by /u/zantax28
OwnCloud closes US office, blames Nextcloud
Yesterday, ownCloud co-founder Frank Karlitschek announced he was starting a new open-source, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud project and company, Nextcloud. The same day, ownCloud, announced it was closing its US office.
- OwnCloud Issues Statement Over Today's Nextcloud Fork, OwnCloud Inc Closes Up Shop
- ownCloud Statement concerning the formation of Nextcloud by Frank Karlitschek
Softpedia has been informed today, June 3, 2016, by an anonymous reader that there's a new build of the PCLinuxOS 64 MATE Edition operating system available for download, version 2016.06.
We’d like to introduce you to the world’s first true Android PC with Remix Mini, offering an entirely unique PC experience.
Now you can work and play with the entire Android app ecosystem while utilizing a range of previously unavailable PC features like a taskbar, multitasking on various windows, keyboard support and more.