Watch the Old and Amazing Ubuntu TV in Action - Video
Ubuntu TV was one of the early attempts from Canonical to branch out on other platforms, and it showed great promise, but it didn't get anywhere. The project is currently shelved, but it's interesting to see that Canonical was thinking about convergence long before they started to publicize it.
Debian 8.1 Jessie Is Being Released Next Weekend
Debian 8.1 is planned for release on next Saturday.
Debian developers are aiming to have Debian 8.1, the first point release to "Jessie", out on 6 June.
Adam Barratt confirmed the imminent Debian 8.1 plans via this mailing list post from Sunday.
Meanwhile, Debian 9.0 "Stretch" remains under development as the next major version of the operating system.
Can Open-Source 3D Printing Make Custom Prostheses Affordable?
One exciting thing about 3D-printed prostheses is that the designs are all freely available open source and constantly evolving. Holmes-Siedle is particularly interested in tensioning, and the fishing wire that acts as tendons in the prosthetic hands. He made some changes to the basic design of Joe’s hand and within minutes of sharing his new designs online, other volunteers around the world were printing, testing and giving feedback on the adjustment. He’s now working on a new revision based on what he’s learned.
Using Raspberry Pi to get teens involved in open source
At the end of last month, I had the unique opportunity to participate with a few of my work colleagues on the US2020 RTP STEM EXPO. About 500 students from North Carolina interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) showed up to the event. My colleagues and I gathered around a couple of tables and chatted with students, teachers, administrators, and parents about open source, open hardware, and programming.
Dell Is Telling Customers to Try a New OS, Ubuntu
Dell has been moving a lot of interesting moves lately and it's focusing on the Linux side of the business, which can only be a good thing for the open source platform.
Linux 4.1 Kernel Benchmarks With An Intel Core i7 IVB System
Yesterday I ran some fresh tests of Intel Ivy Bridge on the latest Mesa Git code to see if the performance has changed much recently for the slightly-older generation of Intel HD Graphics. Today I've done some similar tests in kernel-space with the Linux 4.1 kernel.
I ran benchmarks from the same Core i7 3770K system while testing the vanilla Linux 3.19, 4.0, and 4.1 Git kernels and running various graphics tests to see if there's been any recent i915 DRM kernel changes affecting the Ivy Bridge graphics performance.
Lenovo Announces The Lenovo Cast, A $49 Miracast-Based Android To TV Screen Mirroring Puck
Unlike the Chromecast, which uses Google's proprietary casting technology, Lenovo Cast is built on Miracast and DLNA, the standards that are available in most modern Android devices (sometimes under the Miracast option and other times under Wireless Display). It completely mirrors your phone or tablet's display, acting like a wireless HDMI connection between them and the TV. On the downside, if your device's screen turns off you'll see nothing on the TV, but on the upside, Miracast is less reliant on WiFi networks so it should work where the Chromecast usually stumbles like hotel rooms for example.