Adobe has made its Legal Department Style Guide available to everyone under a Creative Commons license. This shows that open source principles are illuminating even the foggy world of legal writing. I've taken a pass through the guide, and can affirm that it's generally sound and useful. It could help reduce obscurity in legal documents and foster more effective communication.
After four years of working tirelessly to improve diversity in tech, the Ada Initiative is shutting down. As a nonprofit organization, they led unconferences that brought women in tech together to help them find their feminist identities, they led impostor syndrome workshops, and they even had workshops for allies who want to help women in tech. Their programs and camps were one-of-a-kind, and the industry will be sorely missing their presence.
The world inside the data center has been changing too, and it is changing fast. The large, status quo storage companies are just as nervous. This group of large legacy system companies has ruled the data center for the past 40 years. They’re the ones selling all that pricey systems hardware—especially in storage found in every organization. They are pushing their brand of reality, and when those companies came knocking, you paid, even as you felt something was not right.
I’m really pleased with the lineup of keynote speakers and sessions we have planned for LinuxCon, CloudOpen and ContainerCon taking place in Seattle in just two short weeks. Content is our first priority for these events, and I think developers, SysAdmins and executives will be happy with what they find in the keynote hall, session rooms and workshops.
This machine runs Debian. It used to run the testing distribution, but somehow in the past I needed something that wasn't in testing so it runs unstable. I've been using Debian for some 16 years now, though not continuously, so although running unstable can be risky, usually it isn't, and I've unborked it enough times that I felt pretty comfortable.
When some bureaucrat tells the world that there are no other options than non-free/slavery software for vocational schools, I know they’re lying. It’s just not true. If businesses want school graduates to use non-free software they should do their own training. It’s not up to government to do what they could do for themselves. It’s not government’s job to preserve the Wintel monopoly. That’s not good for the economy and it’s just wrong to indoctrinate citizens into slavery. Extremadura is cranking out graduates who know GNU/Linux and Free Software. Businesses should accept that and use Free Software too. There’s just no reason that businesses or government should throw money to the wind that could be better spent buying machinery or buildings or hiring people locally.
MeowCAD is an online free and open source electronic design application tool. Its focus is on schematic and PCB design for electronic circuits. Since MeowCAD is a completely FOSS SaaS, it circumvents the problems with vendor dependence. For example, one can download and run local copies of MeowCAD, thus giving the designer complete control over their own tools.
DRM issues kill off Matchstick Firefox OS dongle as pledges refunded
Matchstick was meant to be an open hardware and software dongle that would provide an alternative to closed streaming products such as Google's Chromecast, but after less than a year, the project is no more and will be refunding the money it raised in its successful Kickstarter campaign.
The Pointer Events specification devised by the W3C is designed to deal with the increasing spectrum of input devices for the web from touch-input to pens or a conventional mouse. The Pointer Events specification provides a clean API for dealing with all sorts of input devices.
With the rising use of wearable devices, Underwriters Laboratories is working to establish a cyber-security framework to help protect the devices.
As more personal digital wearable devices are bought and used by consumers, the risk of data theft and related security issues rises as hackers seek to find new security vulnerabilities to cause mayhem for device users.
There is a caveat readers need to be aware of though – the survey results are somewhat helpful to Coverity, given that it’s main line of business is building tools for testing commercial software for vulnerabilities.
IBM Bolsters Spark for Analytics on Linux Mainframes
IBM continues to invest in Apache Spark -- an open source platform for big data analytics. The latest moves involve Apache Spark for Linux running on IBM mainframes, plus partnerships with three data-mining software companies.
Earlier today, August 3, the developers of the popular Unvanquished FPS (first-person shooter) game announced the release of the Alpha 42 build, a version that brings several improvements in many areas and resolves some of those nasty bugs reported by users since the previous Alpha build of the title.
Hopefully Feral Games will be able to further improve the performance of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor with forthcoming updates on Steam for Linux. Additionally, hopefully they will add command-line switches for controlling the benchmark mode for this game so that we'll be able to deliver more performance test results in the future with Phoronix Test Suite integration. Meanwhile, hopefully AMD will work on a prompt Catalyst Linux driver update to correct the incredibly poor performance and issues with this game, as I outlined in last week's results.
Before getting too excited, it's far from being a AAA game that's launched exclusively for Linux nor anything that will drive mass amounts of people over to Linux in order to experience the game. The game that's currently Linux-only -- but Windows and OS X support is expected in about one month -- that launched on 31 July is Don't Be Patchman.
While id Software used to be the game company that was very Linux-friendly and always porting their titles over to Linux even when its gaming market was tiny and often overlooked by other game studios, today marks three years since they came out to say Linux hasn't produced positive results and since then haven't released any Linux-native titles as it doesn't "pay the bills" for the level of work involved.
Three years, five months and eleven days... yes, it's the elapsed time since our last release announcement. But don't despair! We're still alive and kicking.
We've been busy working on our next release which is much more ambitious than the previous one. As part of this future release, we had to adjust a bit how we store some information. That is why today we are announcing a transitional minor release.
Behold Zanshin 0.2.2!
For the second time I had the chance to attend Akademy, this time in cold and rainy La Coruña. It has been a week of interesting talks, good food (except for one Tortilla incident), and hacking.
KRunner History is Back
Supposedly this was one of the reason I still saw quite a few people running Plasma 4 during the conference but now there’s no more reason not to do the switch! ;)
LibreOffice 5.0 released
LibreOffice 5.0 builds on the success of the 4.x family, which has been
deployed by over 80 million users (source: TDF estimate, based on users
pinging for updates), including large organizations in Europe and South
LibreOffice 5.0 sports a significantly improved user interface, with a
better management of the screen space and a cleaner look. In addition,
it offers better interoperability with office suites such as Microsoft
Office and Apple iWork, thanks to new and improved filters to handle non
standard formats. Other improvements have been added to every module of
the suite, and Windows 64bit builds (Vista and later) have been added.