Computer Science Education Week is December 7-13. To mark the occasion, Dototot is launching a new series of Hello World videos covering the basics of computer science. The 10 episodes follow Unique ID, the highly intelligent robot host of The Hello World Program, on adventures exploring a range of topics, from binary to artificial intelligence. The new videos incorporate a wide range of media, from traditional hand-drawn animation and stop-motion to Arduino-powered robots and 3D CG.
We also need to prepare 2D assets (textures), for which GIMP and Inkscape are both used. I would like to get MyPaint and Krita (which I prefer to GIMP) installed as well, but the computers we use are running Scientific Linux, which is a rather conservative distro, and installing them has proved unjustifiably time consuming for the support staff. Would also like G'Mic (a plugin for GIMP and Krita) as it contains some useful tools for preparing textures.
A couple of weeks ago, a Chief Digital Officer (CDO) of one of the largest mobile telecommunications companies in the world asked me how a large organization such as hers should think about organizing itself to maintain control over costs and risks while still giving their global organization the freedom to innovate.
When it comes to managing their websites and the digital customer experience, they have over 50 different platforms managed by local teams in over 50 countries around the world, she told me. Her goal is to improve operational efficiency, improve brand consistency, and set governance by standardizing on a central platform. The challenge is that they have no global IT organization that can force the different teams to re-platform.
To that end, today MediaTek Labs unveiled a new development platform called the MediaTek LinkIt Smart 7688. This new platform runs OpenWrt Linux (a distro commonly flashed onto routers to provide a wide range of customization options). MediaTek supporting OpenWrt over Google’s Brillo is a fairly unsurprising choice. We’ve seen Google pushing to get Brillo out of the gate most recently by releasing its source code and providing developers guidance on developing for the new OS, but so far the Google-backed OS is too early along to support for a company like MediaTek looking to compete with Qualcomm.
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today the availability of Apache™ CloudStack™ v4.6, the turnkey Open Source cloud computing software platform used for creating private-, public-, and hybrid cloud environments.
Public administrations should enhance their use of open source systems for public administration systems, eGovernment and cloud, says Dietmar Harhoff, director of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. The auditability and openness of open source software is the main reason, but it is also because of efficiency, argues Professor Harhoff. “I definitely plead for a preference for open source systems in public infrastructures.”