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November 18, 2013
One of the aspects I enjoy most about developing software in the mobile space is getting to work extensively with animations. Animations help engage the user, unify the overall experience, and are just plain fun. Over the past few iterations, the animation framework inside the Android SDK has really grown; this includes the number of interpolators.
Android is approaching Windows-like domination of the smartphone industry, according to IDC’s third quarter smartphone report. Google’s Linux-based mobile OS has reached a new high of 81 percent of units shipped, while all other platforms have dropped since Q2 2013.
In order to fully appreciate what the CyanogenMod team has accomplished with their new installer, here's a rough overview of what installing an Android ROM has typically been like in the past. It's mostly a series of archaic command line entry and user input that is so convoluted, it often sounds like a video game cheat code. The full, old instructions for many devices are still on the CyanogenMod Wiki.
Nvidia has announced the latest version of its GPU programming language, CUDA 6, which adds a "Unified Memory" capability that, as its name implies, relieves programmers from the trials and tribulations of having to manually copy data back and forth between separate CPU and GPU memory spaces.
Dell has started selling a thin and light touchscreen laptop called the XPS 13 Developer Edition, which will have Ubuntu Linux OS and Intel’s fourth-generation Core processors, code-named Haswell.
November 17, 2013
SUSE last extended its support term length in 2011 for its SLES 10 release, offering a total of 10 years including the LTSS. Rival Linux vendor Red Hat has been providing its customers with 10 years of standard support since the beginning of 2012.Brauckmann noted during his SUSECon address that SUSE now has more than 19,000 active customers with paid subscriptions to SUSE services, up from 15,000 a year ago. He added that in its last fiscal year, SUSE generated $230 million in revenue and is now a profitable company.
On October 26th, ten year old Charlie Thompson went to a Halloween party at a friends house in rural New York state. The weather was reasonably mild, so much of the party took place outside. At some point the children began playing a game of hide and seek. Charlie and another boy found a wooden board that Charlie thought would be a perfect place to hide. He lifted the board and knelt on another board that was underneath.
While I'm now onto benchmarking several new NVIDIA graphics cards under Linux and also the AMD Radeon R9 290, earlier this week I ran some more open-source vs. closed-source driver benchmarks on Ubuntu Linux. Here's fresh benchmark results when comparing eight AMD Radeon graphics cards on the open (Gallium3D) and closed-source (Catalyst) drivers and running various Linux OpenGL workloads.
Pandora: First Contact is a science fiction 4X turn-based strategy game on a planetary scale – a spiritual successor to Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri.
There's many exciting Linux 3.13 kernel features already, but we have another one to talk about today. In the input subsystem update for 3.13, support for the Neonode zForce has been added, an interesting touch-screen technology based on infrared light fields.
Originally due to start today the open beta for Nuclear Dawn the FPS/RTS game should hit in a few days!
As a default file manager of the GNOME desktop, one of Nautilus' notable features is its extensible interface, where users can add arbitrary actions to its context menus by using scripts or configuration GUI. Nautilus-Actions is a Nautilus extension for configuring context menus via GUI.
After the support has been within Wayland's Weston reference compositor for several months, developers have now added sub-surfaces support to the Wayland core protocol itself. Wayland sub-surfaces can make for efficient use of video players and windowed OpenGL games on Wayland.
This distribution’s release track record suggests that Linux Mint 16 will be released less than two weeks from today. And when that happens, it will be the first stable edition of Linux Mint with Cinnamon 2.0 desktop pre-installed.
Yesterday there was news that OpenACC 2.0 parallel programming support was coming to GCC complete with GPU acceleration support for NVIDIA GPUs. While it was exciting on the surface, it appears that this work may be poisonous and could have a very tough time making it upstream...