My sponsor for attending LibrePlanet was John Sullivan, the executive director of the Free Software Foundation, and I was surprised that he took the time to get me shown around. I wanted to kiddingly say to John, “Hey, you got people to do this, right?” I didn’t because I was afraid the humor would not have translated well…and I’m not sure it did here either.
On March 21st of this year, the Free Software Foundation presented our organization Reglue with the Award for Projects of Social Benefit. We share that announcement link with Sébastien Jodogne for being given the Award for the Advancement of Free Software. We're specifically thankful that people like Sean "NZ17" Robinson spearheaded this nomination campaign and got us into the running.
Hisense And Haier Launch $149 Chromebooks
A few weeks ago Google made headlines with the launch of the new Chromebook Pixel, the highest-end Chromebook on the market (and with a price to show for it). Today, the Chrome OS laptop ecosystem is launching two products that are the exact opposite: the Haier Chromebook 11 (now available online at Amazon) and the Hisense Chromebook (now available at Walmart). Both of these 11.6-inch Chromebooks will retail for $149, making them the most affordable Chromebooks yet.
Also: Hands on: The $149 Hisense Chromebook succeeds at being incredibly affordable
There were many things that made the early Linux desktop candidates difficult to manage. Lacking the vast catalog of drivers that Windows had at its disposal, for example, peripheral device support was a challenge. As was getting functionality like suspend working properly – not that Windows supported it flawlessly, of course. But assuming you could get these early builds up and running, at least, one of the most under-appreciated challenges of navigating the very different user interface was choice.
The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to emerge as one of this year's big tech stories. IBM has announced that it will invest $3 billion across four years to build out an Internet of Things (IoT) unit, and the unit's first job is to build a cloud-based open platform. IBM actually has a lot of tools and experience in the area of sifting and sorting real-time data, and may be able to contribute a lot of momentum to the Internet of Things. Here are details.
KDE developers have been porting their Plasma 5 + KDE Frameworks 5 stack over to Wayland, but at this point it's not nearly as mature as the GNOME Wayland support. As such, KDE developers have to fend off questions from time-to-time why they don't "just integrate QtCompositor" or the Weston library for speeding up their efforts.
Europe and North America were the stars. Oceania, Africa and Asia are still lagging but also moving up. It’s interesting that Europe seemed more enthusiastic for GNU/Linux than USA, the home of GNU/Linux, but USA is rapidly catching up.
Initial Intel Braxton Support Might Come To Linux 4.1
Daniel Vetter of Intel today sent in more code for DRM-Next that in turn will be merged for the Linux 4.1 kernel. It was also signaled that the initial hardware enablement of the graphics processor on Intel's upcoming "Braxton" SoC might happen for this next version of the Linux kernel.
The drm-intel-next changes submitted today were some DP link rate refactoring, RPS tuning for Bay Trail and Braswell, more PPGTT PTE work, Valley View DPLL code refactoring, rotated GGTT view support, and other code cleaning. These changes are on top of the Intel DRM changes already queued up for Linux 4.1.
7 Unikernel Projects to Take On Docker in 2015
Docker and Linux container technologies dominate headlines today as a powerful, easy way to package applications, especially as cloud computing becomes more mainstream. While still a work-in-progress, they offer a simple, clean and lean way to distribute application workloads.
With enthusiasm continuing to grow for container innovations, a related technology called unikernels is also beginning to attract attention. Known also for their ability to cleanly separate functionality at the component level, unikernels are developing a variety of new approaches to deploy cloud services.
GNOME 3.16 SDK Runtime Now Available
Following last week's release of GNOME 3.16, the initial builds of the GNOME SDK Runtime are now available for those wishing to experiment with their new fully-sandboxed Linux app tech and other new app runtime abilities.