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October 10, 2014
Google is asking the US Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court ruling that said Oracle's Java API's were protected by copyright.Google told the justices in a petition this week that assigning copyright to the code—the Application Programming Interfaces that enable programs to talk to one another—sets a dangerous precedent.
Women in open source are making revolutionary contributions and paving the way for others as they innovate in the field. In tandem with the Grace Hopper conference happening this week, I put together a healthy dose of knowledge on the subject with a quick spotlight on five talented women in open source. A few of them give advice on working in tech.
Firefox OS is now available on three continents with 12 smartphones offered by 13 operators in 24 countries. As the only truly open mobile operating system, Firefox OS demonstrates the versatility of the Web as a platform, free of the limits and restrictions associated with proprietary mobile operating systems.
Google has removed a free educational app, dubbed AndroidScript, from its Play store, for breaching the ad giant's terms and conditions. According to the app's developer, Dave Smart, Mountain View abruptly yanked AndroidScript from its online shop without notifying him of the decision in advance.
A “Pi Vessel” mini-PC on Kickstarter is based on a Raspberry Pi Model B or B+, and has an “ultra-strong aluminum case,” AC power supply, and optional WiFi. The Pi Vessel is said to be made in Germany, but is available from a Dover, Delaware based startup called MSDGroup, one of many companies of the same name, but apparently not one that has a website. The Pi Vessel is available on Kickstarter through Nov. 5 starting at $89 without a Pi or $129 with either a Raspberry Pi Model B or the newer RPi Model B+.
The open-source OpenStack Juno cloud platform is set to become generally available on October 16, bringing with it a long list of new networking capabilities. The new networking features aren't just limited to the OpenStack Neutron networking project, they also include new features in the OpenStack Nova compute project as well.
Canonical will offer training for the OpenStack open source cloud computing platform, as well as the tools it has built to help deploy and manage OpenStack on Ubuntu.
A Gartner survey of CIO priorities had security as last on a list of eight priorities, and you have to wonder why they would put security so low when companies are faced with so many security issues and people arguing against the cloud always believe they can do security better themselves.
Axiomtek’s eBOX560-880-FL is a compact embedded PC with a choice of Intel Haswell dual-core SoCs, plus temperature, vibration, and IP40 ingress protection.
The entire Internet runs on open source software (OSS) and, if we used it more in medical devices, it would lead to reduced costs and increase the quality of devices. If you ask some regulatory affairs folks in medical device companies, they think OSS is too “dangerous” for use in safety critical systems.
October 9, 2014
Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Beta 2 Desktop Screenshots Tour
Broadly speaking, there are two types of open source software. The free software, which has a reciprocity requirement in it. Open source software which doesn't.read more
To hopefully save future python developers some time in the future I've created a GitHub repository for just pyxhook and a simple example of how to utilize it.
Back in the early 90s, when I was living in the college town of Chapel Hill, I shelled-out five bucks or so at the local Egghead Software store for a shrink wrapped floppy disk loaded with “shareware” utilities for MS-DOS. Twenty years have passed, so I don’t remember what tool I needed, but I’d gone there specifically looking for something or another and had been directed to that particular product by a clerk at the store. Once I got home, I stuck the disk into the drive, looked over its contents and installed a couple of the apps.