|Story||Phoenix Is Trying To Be An Open Version Of Apple's Swift||Rianne Schestowitz||22/10/2014 - 12:28am|
|Story||Google Chromebook quietly takes aim at the enterprise||Rianne Schestowitz||22/10/2014 - 12:21am|
|Story||today's howtos||Roy Schestowitz||21/10/2014 - 10:06pm|
|Story||Leftovers: Gaming||Roy Schestowitz||21/10/2014 - 10:05pm|
|Story||Linux 3.19 To Have Skylake Graphics, PPGTT Enablement||Roy Schestowitz||21/10/2014 - 9:41pm|
|Story||Why Contribute to an Enterprise Open Source Project?||Roy Schestowitz||21/10/2014 - 9:07pm|
|Story||Stick computer runs Android on quad-core Atom||Roy Schestowitz||21/10/2014 - 8:56pm|
|Story||Ubuntu Used by FIA Weatherman at Suzuka F1 Grand Prix||Rianne Schestowitz||21/10/2014 - 8:09pm|
|Story||[GNU IceCat] 31.1.1 released||Rianne Schestowitz||21/10/2014 - 8:00pm|
|Story||Today in Techrights||Roy Schestowitz||21/10/2014 - 6:28pm|
For those not familiar with Privacy Indicator, this is an Ubuntu AppIndicator especially created for Unity, which allows you to control various privacy aspects.
Until this release, the indicator could be used to enable / disable Dash online search results and Zeitgeist logging (and also clear the Zeitgeist log), clear recently used files (which show up in the Nautilus or Nemo "Recent" sidebar item for instance) and to show or hide your real name on the Unity panel.
So where does Red Hat turn? Microsoft – that’s where.
Red Hat in September hired Harry Mower as senior director, developer programs and evangelism.
Mower has been an evangelist and outreach manager for Microsoft since 2006, on media, telecoms and entertainment. His job, to expand uptake and adoption of Microsoft technologies.
It looks like LLVM's Clang compiler will be defaulting to using the GNU's C11 standard for its next release.
Earlier this month I wrote about GCC 5 looking to default to GNU11/C11 over GNU89 for its GCC 5 release. That change ended up landing in SVN so the GNU Compiler Collection is finally providing C11 support by default. Last week the LLVM/Clang developers began discussing a similar move.
Sean Martell understands this. As Art Director for Mozilla, he’s one part of a team behind Mozilla’s visual design. Lately, he’s been involved in redesigning Mozilla’s iconic logos. Instead of working behind closed doors, Martell and his colleagues have opened up the design process to get the help of the wider Mozilla community.
Hosting provider OVH has launched a cloud service based on IBM’s Power8 processor architecture, an open source architecture tailored specifically for big data applications, and OpenStack.
OVH, which serves 700,000 customers from 17 datacentres globally, said it wanted to provide a robust public cloud service tuned for database workloads and has tapped a combination of IBM and OpenStack-based technologies in this pursuit.
- The EPO’s Public Relations Disaster Amid Distrust From Within (and EPO Communications Chief Leaves): Part VII
- Is It Google’s Turn to Head the USPTO Corporation?
- How Patent Lawyers Analyze Alice v. CLS Bank
- Another Fresh Blow to Software Patents (and With Them Patent Trolls)
- Links 18/10/2014: Debian Plans for Init Systems, Tails 1.2
- Links 18/10/2014: New ELive, Android Expansion
- Links 16/10/2014: New Android, SSL 3.0 Flaw
Some people may remember earlier this year when Krita Gemini became (to my knowledge) the first open source software to become greenlit on Steam. For those who don't, yeah, that really happened Krita Gemini was a project created in cooperation between the KDE community's Calligra team, the little software consultancy KO GmbH, and a large semiconductor manufacturer named Intel, who had some devices they needed to be able to show off. Krita Gemini is available on the Steam store, though not yet for Linux (as it turns out, Steam packaging for Linux is even more awkward than building stand-alone installers for Windows, an odd sort of situation for us used to sensible package managers)
Tails 1.2 is released and announced by Tails developers bring with new feature and improvement. As we know, Tails is a live linux distribution based on debian and focused to preserve your privacy and anonymity. It helps you to use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship almost anywhere you go and on any computer but leaving no trace unless you ask it to explicitly.
One of the most important changes in this release is tails 1.2 not included Iceweasel Internet browser and it replaced with Tor Browser, which is based on the latest 4.0 release and Firefox 31.2 ESR. Also, all the applications of tails 1.2 now confined with Apparmor. The Linux kernel has been updated to version 3.16.5-1, and VirtualBox guest additions should now work by default, improving the performance of the OS in a virtual machine.
This past week was the KVM Forum, a three-day event in Düsseldorf that brought together the entire KVM community, which included oVirt users and developers. The October 16th oVirt Workshop, a free-of-charge event co-located with the KVM Forum, focused on the oVirt datacenter platform and its use in business and academic worlds.
So when I released 3.17, I said that I'd extend the merge window to
three weeks due to travel.
I clearly lied.
Because here we are, the usual two weeks later, and I've already
pushed out 3.18-rc1.
What happened is that not only did I merge actively despite travels -
I was out of communication just for a couple of days (almost, but not
entirely, due to flights - the hotel in DÃsseldorf lost all internet
for a day too). But perhaps more importantly, people seem to have
aggressively sent in their pull requests, because rc1 contains more
than linux-next did a couple of days after 3.17.. So holding it up
another week just seems pointless.
That said, I realize that people might have taken my statements at
face value, and planned with that in mind. I hate it when I get pull
requests really late in the merge window, but having closed it as per
the regular schedule, I also understand that somebody might have
planned on sending their pull request a bit later. It's ok. Grovel a
bit, and explain what's up, and you can almost certainly guilt me into
Also, maybe I just missed something due to jetlag (hmm. yes, let's
call it "jetlag", that sounds so much better than "core incompetence
and bad planning"), so if you feel unfairly overlooked, send me a note
explaining how I've unfairly wronged you.
There is also at least one pull request that I am hoping to get asap
and planning on still pulling, ie I'm very much still hoping to get
overlayfs finally merged. But there were a few last-minute questions
from Al. Assuming that all works out, that's an expected late pull.
Not worth holding up the rc1 release for one known straggler, though.
So there you have it. The merge window is closed, but with room for
excuses and possible missed requests. As usual, the shortlog is much
too big to post (core stats: roughly 74% drivers, 10% architecture
updates, the rest networking, filesystems, core kernel, documentation,
include files, tool updates...), and the appended is my "mergelog"
which as usual credits the people I pulled from, which is not at all
necessarily the same as the people writing the code.
Go forth and test,
When Ubuntu hits the Final Freeze point the developers stop pushing updates and changes, and everyone focuses on the major bugs and problems that haven't been fixed yet. An exception can be made if something really terrible happens, but that wasn't the case until now and it's unlikely to occur.
Now, Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) is scheduled to arrive on October 23, this Thursday. Users will be offered the chance to upgrade their systems, but this is an intermediary release and it's not likely that many users will take this step. The Ubuntu LTS release was just six months ago and not too many users are going to exchange the five years of support for 14.04 with just nine months for 14.10.
For now, we don’t know which device will be running Ubuntu Touch, but due to the fact that Meizu MX4 Pro has been postponed to November, it may be it. The MX4 Pro uses a 5.4 inch display with 1536 x 2560 resilution, a 20 MPX rear camera + a 13 MPX front camera, a Samsung octa-core Exynos 5430 CPU and 3 GB of RAM.
Porteus is a special operating system that is designed to be very fast and feature all kind of bleeding edge features. It's also optimized to run from all sorts of mediums, not just hard disks. It's built on Slackware and it's extremely small, a characteristic that is determined by the fact that it's always loaded completely in the memory.
Another interesting aspect of the distro is the fact that it uses modules instead of a package manager. These modules can precompiled for the operating system and users can just activate and deactivate them. Also, installing modules in Porteus works very intuitively and it can be done by double clicking on the modules.