|Story||Uselessd: A Stripped Down Version Of Systemd||Rianne Schestowitz||22/09/2014 - 2:05am|
|Story||Android One: Let us fill you in on Google’s big game||Rianne Schestowitz||22/09/2014 - 1:57am|
|Story||Mesa Gets Closer To Having OpenGL 4.0 Tessellation Support||Rianne Schestowitz||22/09/2014 - 1:49am|
|Story||Small Console Menu Utilities||Rianne Schestowitz||22/09/2014 - 1:34am|
|Story||Samsung ship SM-Z130H budget Tizen Smartphones to India for R&D Purposes||Rianne Schestowitz||22/09/2014 - 1:26am|
|Story||Fresh software from the 3.14 menu||Rianne Schestowitz||22/09/2014 - 1:09am|
|Story||Florida is back on the Map for Linux and Open Source conventions with FOSSETCON 2||Rianne Schestowitz||22/09/2014 - 1:03am|
|Story||Linux 3.17-rc6||Rianne Schestowitz||22/09/2014 - 12:55am|
|Story||today's leftovers||Roy Schestowitz||21/09/2014 - 9:38pm|
|Story||F2FS Tools Gain FSCK Support||Roy Schestowitz||21/09/2014 - 9:36pm|
The boycotting of systemd has led to the creation of uselessd, a new init daemon based off systemd that tries to strip out the "unnecessary" features.
Uselessd in its early stages of development is systemd reduced to being a basic init daemon process with "the superfluous stuff cut out". Among the items removed are removing of journald, libudev, udevd, and superfluous unit types.
India is now the world’s third largest Internet market and “on a bullet train to become the second”. But even when we become the second with around 300 million Internet users, India would still have over 75 per cent of the population that has no access to this so-called information superhighway. It is this chunk of population that will form the “next billion” which companies like Nokia, and now Google, has been talking about. And it is this next billion that Google thinks will line up to buy and good smartphone that is also affordable.
A significant patch-set was published on Saturday night that implements the driver-independent bits of OpenGL 4's ARB_tessellation_shader extension inside Mesa.
The tessellation support has been one of the big pieces missing from Mesa's OpenGL 4 implementation and fortunately it's getting close to mainline. Chris Forbes of Intel published fifty-six patches this weekend that implement the driver-independent portions of the extension inside Mesa. Of course, the driver portions still need to follow for it to be useful.
One of the great strengths of Linux is the whole raft of weird and wonderful open source utilities. That strength does not simply derive from the functionality they offer, but from the synergy generated by using them together, sometimes in conjunction with applications.
The Unix philosophy spawned a "software tools" movement which focused on developing concise, basic, clear, modular and extensible code that can be used for other projects. This philosophy remains an important element for many Linux projects.
Good open source developers writing utilities seek to make sure the utility does its job as well as possible, and work well with other utilities. The goal is that users have a handful of tools, each of which seeks to excel at one thing. Some utilities work well on their own.
This article looks at four tiny utilities that offer menu facilities. They get virtually zero coverage in the Linux press, so you may not have heard of them before, but they are well crafted and might just fit the bill.
According to a Zauba International shipping manifest, Samsung have shipped 150 of these units from South Korea to India for R&D and Evaluation purposes, which is a fair amount for an R&D unit to continue its work with. We have been tracking two budget Tizen based Smartphones lately, the SM-Z130H & SM-Z130E, with various parts being shipped to India every couple of months or so, but this is one of the largest shipments that we have seen so far.
In summary the event was a good investment in time and booth expenses spent. We were able to distribute and promote Fedora in a very positive manner. More importantly getting more information on the various spins offered on our website pointed out to many individuals that there are more available on the Fedora Project website.. As the event ended on the 13th, I had had a conversation with the event coordinator with the plus side and the down side of what was going on.
It's been quiet - enough so that coupled with my upcoming travel, this
might just be the last -rc, and final 3.17 might be next weekend.
Of course, that still depends on what happens - if we have something
scary coming up next week, I may have to delay things. But as it looks
right now, we're all good to go.
The shortlog is appended, but the view from ten thousand feet is
pretty normal: a bit more than half is drivers (gpu, sound, iio,
media, usb), just under a third is arch updates (arm, mips, x86), and
the rest is mainly filesystem updates (gfs2, cifs, btrfs, nfs).
Nothing particular stands out, and I'm not aware of any big pending
issues either. So please go out and test, because this *should* all be
pretty close to release.
The F2FS Tools v1.4.0 release introduces fsck.f2fs for fixing corrupted images/partitions for Samsung's Flash-Friendly File-System. There's also now dump.f2fs for retrieving a specific file. Additionally, the f2fs-tools 1.4 update also has bug-fixes for the stat and fibmap utilities. Last but not least is some code refactoring for the Android build. The release was mentioned today on the kernel mailing list by Samsung's Jaegeuk Kim.
Thinking about this, I remembered how much I loved (and still love) Linux. And I had to reminisce. I remember being a pimply high school kid circa 2002 and configuring Gentoo Linux by hand — kernel and all — onto my little beige eMachines computer, losing days of actual productivity in the process. And loving it. I remember diving into forums and arguing, however ineptly, over the merits of KDE over Gnome. I remember never quite mastering the command line, but getting pretty damn good at it. It let me do whatever I wanted, and my friends didn't get it. Back then, I was open source. Linux was safer, better, and cooler than the competition. We were gonna win the desktop. One day! I had my quiet, nerdy rebellion moment compiling code for hours when my friends were playing World of Warcraft. And I loved every minute of it.
The second BETA build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available
on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64
and sparc64 architectures.
The image checksums follow at the end of this email.
Installer images and memory stick images are available here:
Linux kernel 3.16.x is a relatively new release, but it was already adopted by a number of Linux distributions and it's available in the repositories for many others. The third release in the series is a little bigger than the previous one, but not much. In any case, it's going to be an interesting update nonetheless.
Even if the first update for this branch has been rather smaller, the development seems to have picked up a little and more changes and improvements have been made in the meantime.
As an alpha it still has some issues “As with any Alpha, there are some known issues and bugs to work out. Android users will need to set the app to “Wi-Fi Only” unless you have an unlimited data plan; this is only for the time being while we iron out and issue related to battery and data-plan. And while you can move a username from desktop to mobile, Bleep does not yet support moving an existing account from Android to the desktop. And while you can receive messages on multiple devices; messages sent will not be seen across all devices. As with our previous release, communications happen only when all parties are online – you cannot send offline photos or group chats asynchronously.”
This year there were lot of fast track (10 minutes) talks on different areas around KDE. All of them were quite interesting, some of them are:
Bruno Coudoin talked about how and why GCompris moved to QtQuick with the support of KDE. What all challenges project faced while moving from GTK to Qt.
Daniel Vrátil talked about his one year journey with Akonadi
Martin Gräßlin gave an overview of current state of Kwin in adding Wayland support and future plans.
Kevin Ottens talked about KDE craftsmen where analysis was on the way we handle our software production, how can we make our software even better.
Kai Uwe Broulik talked about current status of Qt port on Android and iOS. Currently, 3 iOS apps in Apple store and 8 Android apps in Google play since December 2013.