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February 25, 2014
When you install a Linux distribution, a set of programs comes along with it. It's easy to add and delete elements of the programs that don't fit with your needs, but what about altering the look and feel of the distribution to suit you? The key is to add a second desktop environment or window manager.This is an example of how Linux is all about freedom of the user, by the user.
Vendors and original equipment manufacturers (OEM)—and their IT customers, governments, and academics—are all using, buying, and making open source software, and often all three activities at once. This is a good way to think about one’s relationship with open source software projects. There are three activities one typically engages in with respect to the open source software project: make, use, buy.
Stencyl is an interesting toolkit that enables you to create games without traditional programming, and they have just released the big 3.0.
In Barcelona today, Nokia not for the first time laid out its plans to capture the next billion smartphone users. The new approach: Nokia X, a third line of smartphones to slot between the low-end Asha and the high-end Lumia range. The Nokia X range will run the Andrcusoid Open Source Project (AOSP) operating system, but without Google's stack on top of it. Instead, it'll have a Nokia store, Microsoft services, and a custom front-end.
The overview includes only games which are completely free, with a permissive license for both the code and their content. I could not include here games like Urban Terror or Warsow, since their assets are not free, nor Steam games.
Our second official testing release for Parsix GNU/Linux 6.0, code name 'Trev', is available now. This version ships with GNOME Shell 3.10.3 and Linux 3.12.9 kernel built on top of rock-solid Debian 'Wheezy' (7.0) platform. Almost all GNOME packages have been upgraded to the latest stable versions and base packages have been synchronized with Debian 'Wheezy' repositories as of February 16, 2014. The artwork is also pretty much final.
February 24, 2014
Network Manager is a feature-rich network configuration service which is used by default in most Linux desktop environments nowadays. While Network Manager comes with various sophisticated features, you might just prefer the old plain network service. This tutorial describes how to disable Network Manager in various Linux desktop environments.
For years, KDE software has included a semantic (relationship-based) searching infrastructure. KDE[he]#039[/he]s Semantic Search was built around concepts previously developed in a European Union-funded research project NEPOMUK which explored the use of relationships between data to improve search results. Based on these ideas, KDE[he]#039[/he]s implementation of Semantic Search made it possible to search for all pictures - taken in - a particular place. On top of that, it added text search and tagging.
Per an announcement to the vim developers, Diego Viola who's interested in Neovim explains it as "to refactor and modernize the [vim] codebase." This was already criticized by vim's Bram Moolenaar who was quick to say, "It's going to be an awful lot of work, with the result that not all systems will be supported, new bugs introduced and what's the gain for the end user exactly? Total refactoring is not a solution. It's much better to improve what we have. Perhaps with some small refactorings specifically aimed at making Vim work better for users."
The company, which is famed mostly for its Firefox browser, has partnered with Chinese low-cost chip maker Spreadtrum. While not as powerful as more expensive models, the device will run apps and make use of mobile internet. It would appeal to the sorts of people who currently buy cheap "feature" phones, analysts said.
Any project that does not rely on financial motivation to get workers to contribute needs special skills to encourage people to do their best... and to avoid the terrible effect when a group implodes politically. These hard-won lessons might save YOUR open source project.
Photocrumbs is another spare-time project of mine. Every now and then, I need to quickly throw a handful of photos on the web without going through the rigmaroles of using a full-blown photo sharing solution. So I cobbled together a super simple single-file PHP app for instant photo publishing.
Open source software in healthcare has been instrumental for sharing common tools and increasing adoption of emerging medical information technology (IT) standards. By leading the effort to digitize health data, imaging informatics has set the precedent for the adoption of the technology industry[he]#039[/he]s best practices and subsequently open source software.
Ford will ditch Microsoft in favor of BlackBerry to power its next-generation infotainment systems, inside sources claim, switching to QNX for increasingly complex car multimedia duties after ongoing criticisms of the current SYNC system. The transition, yet to be officially announced by either Ford or BlackBerry, is said to be a reaction to poor driver feedback of SYNC, as well as the expense involved in using Microsoft's platform.
Red Hat, the Linux operating system company, pioneered the original open source business model. Red Hat gives away open source software for free but charges a support fee to those customers who rely on Red Hat for maintenance, support, and installation. As revenue began to roll into Red Hat, a race began among startups to develop an open source offering for each proprietary software counterpart and then wrap a Red Hat-style service offering around it. Red Hat is a fantastic company, and a pioneer in successfully commercializing open source. However, beyond Red Hat the effort has largely been a failure from a business standpoint.
Apple, WhatsApp and Belkin show that if you ask for bad software, you get bad softwareIn the 19 years that have passed since the first implementation of SSL, you could be forgiven for expecting that the industry could do it right by now: and yet last week, not one but three SSL vendors were discovered to have implementation problems.…
The GNOME Project, through Florian Müllner, has announced that the fourth maintenance release of the stable GNOME Shell user interface for the GNOME 3.10 desktop environment is now available for download.
Every week I read the posts on the /r/linux4noobs sub-reddit and the questions that appear are very common such as: "Can I use Microsoft Word; Can I use iTunes; and what about Minecraft ?" Here are some of the answers to the more typical questions.