So you have rooted your device and are now thinking what do I do? What was all the flashing, installing and wiping for? My phone still looks the same! Well, yes, rooting does not actually do much in itself but instead offers you the opportunity to customize and alter the device. The best way to do this is with root-only available apps and this list should help you to get to grips with the basics of root apps.
If you’ve been using Linux long, you know that whether you want to edit an app’s configuration file, hack together a shell script, or write/review bits of code, the likes of LibreOffice just won’t cut it. Although the words mean almost the same thing, you don’t need a word processor for these tasks; you need a text editor.
In this group test we’ll be looking at five humble text editors that are more than capable of heavy-lifting texting duties. They can highlight syntax and auto-indent code just as effortlessly as they can spellcheck documents. You can use them to record macros and manage code snippets just as easily as you can copy/paste plain text.
Valve has pushed another update out to SteamOS, with this time around there being benefits to fans of the XBMC multimedia software.
SteamOS Update 126 was pushed out to Alchemist Beta and it incorporates additional packages needed into the SteamOS archive for running XBMC media software. There's also compositor fixes and various package updates to handle security issues.
For some time now, there has been much talk about the Raspberry Pi revolutionising the teaching of computing in schools. Linux User & Developer has devoted much space and attention to the growing number of Jamborees and the increasing attention teachers are giving to the small, £25 bare-bones machine. It is, say advocates, the perfect way to introduce children to the world of computing, allowing them to see and actually interact with the innards of the machines they are using. It is, they add, a great platform for programming and for creating all manner of electronic wonders.
But for former journalist Alex Klein, it doesn’t quite go far enough and – simple as many believe it is to use – he believes the Raspberry Pi in its vanilla state is still too confusing for some. He points to the Raspberry Pi For Dummies guide which, at 400 pages, he feels is far too long and impenetrable. This is the reason why he began a Kickstarter project called Kano: in order to produce a user-friendly computer and coding kit, asking for $100,000. By the time the project was successfully funded on December 19, 2013, 13,387 backers had pledged $1,522,160.
As usual, any new version of MySQL brings lots of improvements, and the current build is also quite large. Users will find that numerous changes have been made and some of them are quite interesting.
“The linked OpenSSL library for the MySQL 5.6 Commercial Server has been updated from version 1.0.1g to version 1.0.1h. Versions of OpenSSL prior to and including 1.0.1g are reported to be vulnerable to CVE-2014-0224. This change does not affect the Oracle-produced MySQL Community build of MySQL Server 5.6, which uses the yaSSL library instead,” notes the changelog.
FFmpeg 2.3.1, a complete solution to record, convert, and stream audio and video, is now available for download.
FFmpeg 2.3.1 is the latest major release of the software, and this current build is only a maintenance version and arrives just a few days after another major release was made available.
“2.3.1 was released on 2014-07-31. It is the latest stable FFmpeg release from the 2.3 release branch, which was cut from master on 2014-07-16. Amongst lots of other changes, it includes all changes from ffmpeg-mt, libav master of 2014-07-15, libav 10.2 as of 2014-07-15,” reads the official announcement.