Archiwum z Październik 2012

FOSS Disaster Relief Projects Can Help in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

środa, 31 Październik 2012

People in several states in the Eastern United States are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, and there are many kinds of disaster relief efforts going on. At the same time, many event organizers are working overtime to ensure that some normalcy is preserved. As evidenced in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, technology–including open source technology–can help organize disaster relief efforts and coordinate people. Here are just a few examples of tools that can make a difference. 

People in several states in the Eastern United States are still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, and there are many kinds of disaster relief efforts going on. At the same time, many event organizers are working overtime to ensure that some normalcy is preserved. As evidenced in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, technology–including open source technology–can help organize disaster relief efforts and coordinate people. Here are just a few examples of tools that can make a difference.

Open source technologies focused on disasters come in many flavors. For example, we’ve covered open source tools that are used to both predict earthquakes and deal with coordination efforts in their aftermath. And, in this post, Lisa covered Sahana, an open source web-based disaster relief management system that helps government and emergency workers deal with the aftermath of catastrophic events. It’s flexible enough that relief workers at the local level can leverage it. 

 

 
Read more at Ostatic

Samba 4 is Now Slated for Release on Nov. 27

środa, 31 Październik 2012

After a multi-year effort, the much anticipated Samba 4.0 platform, with new support for Microsoft Active Directory, is now slated for release on Nov. 27…

After a multi-year effort, the much anticipated Samba 4.0 platform, with new support for Microsoft Active Directory, is now slated for release on Nov. 27.

Read more at Enterprise Open Source Toolkit

Fragmentation

wtorek, 30 Październik 2012

More evidence of cluelessness. In a weird late night rage, against my better judgement, I found myself reading this article over at Phoronix, about how Ubuntu is thinking about an SDK.

A proper Ubuntu Software Development Kit would be nice for developers targeting Ubuntu SDK with a standard set of libraries/interfaces that are stable, but this isn’t likely to please non-Ubuntu Linux users. This SDK that Canonical will look to push to application developers will likely be centered just around Ubuntu’s needs and not the Linux ecosystem as a whole with other Linux distributions not being a focus, which could potentially lead to greater Linux desktop fragmentation.

Anyone who’s been around long enough knows that any time some one of people tries to move the ball forward by doing something different, everyone thinks it’s their right to crap on them. Worrying about fragmentation is the fucking dumbest thing you could do at this particular moment.

Desktop Linux is already heavily fragmented. The benefit of potentially getting major app developers to sign up far outweighs any incremental fragmentation this might create. In fact, if this actually works, I predict that suddenly every other freetard distriution will offer SDK compatibility, and then spew on about how open source is great because it allows all kinds of variation while keeping compatibility. In other words, you will see someone writing a blog post about how you can run Steam in XMonad. Because that’s totally relevant, and it’s the one thing that desktop Linux is missing.

It’s not about how many incompatible choices there are, it’s about how your users are distributed. Nobody gives a shit about how Ubuntu creating a stable SDK makes life harder for some crack-laced minty fresh Ubuntu derivative. Ubuntu already has a lot of users, if not the majority of desktop Linux users. That means this move could make desktop Linux better for the majority of users. If some big ISV signs on, it could mean that there are now 5x more Ubuntu users, making it by far the biggest majority. When Ubuntu grows the market by 5x, and owns 80% of it, the Linux desktop userbase is now less fragmented than where it started.

Fragmentation doesn’t mean shit when the market is so small. Freetards argue about how things are fragmented for the 1%. Well, when you only have 1%, the problem isn’t that you’re too fragmented. The problem is you’re not doing the right things to grow beyond 1%. Fragmentation is a problem for Android. Not desktop Linux.

Wine-Based CrossOver Software To Be Free Tomorrow

wtorek, 30 Październik 2012

CodeWeavers will be giving away their Wine-Based CrossOver software tomorrow for free…

CodeWeavers will be giving away their Wine-Based CrossOver software tomorrow for free.

 

Read more at Phoronix

Valve’s Steam to Enter Linux Gaming Beta, and Other Players Entering the Fray

wtorek, 30 Październik 2012

As things continue to heat up on the open source gaming front, Valve is preparing for a  beta test of the Linux version of its popular Steam service, which Valve has promised to deliver by the end of this year. Many Linux gamers are watching this closely, especially after the popularity of Steam for the Mac. Valve had already promised to launch the Steam for Linux beta test in October, but it is a closed beta, and Valve is seeking to fill 1,000 spots for it via an online survey. 

Ouya game controllerAs things continue to heat up on the open source gaming front, Valve is preparing for a  beta test of the Linux version of its popular Steam service, which Valve has promised to deliver by the end of this year. Many Linux gamers are watching this closely, especially after the popularity of Steam for the Mac. Valve had already promised to launch the Steam for Linux beta test in October, but it is a closed beta, and Valve is seeking to fill 1,000 spots for it via an online survey.

It’s already been confirmed that the game Left 4 Dead 2 will be part of the initial set of games that Valve delivers for Linux users, and Geek.com reports that the following additional 14 titles will arrive:

 

  • Amnesia: The Dark Project
  • Cubemen
  • Crusader Kings II…

 

 
Read more at Ostatic

 

Widgets Are Coming To The Unity Desktop

wtorek, 30 Październik 2012

Aside from new lenses and other features coming to the Unity desktop during the Ubuntu 13.04 development cycle, Canonical will also be making a push for widgets to happen on Ubuntu’s Unity desktop…

Aside from new lenses and other features coming to the Unity desktop during the Ubuntu 13.04 development cycle, Canonical will also be making a push for widgets to happen on Ubuntu’s Unity desktop…

 

Read more at Phoronix

Open Recall: GNOME 3.7.1, VirtualBox 4.2.4, Testing Flash on Firefox

wtorek, 30 Październik 2012

This edition of Open Recall looks at the first development snapshot of what will become GNOME 3.8, VirtualBox 4.2.4, testing the Flash Player plugin on Firefox and a second release candidate openSUSE for ARM hardware…

This edition of Open Recall looks at the first development snapshot of what will become GNOME 3.8, VirtualBox 4.2.4, testing the Flash Player plugin on Firefox and a second release candidate openSUSE for ARM hardware.

Read more at The H

Linux 3.7-rc3: Some Of You Need To Change Your Names

wtorek, 30 Październik 2012

Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.7-rc3 kernel on Sunday evening. There isn’t much that stands out about this release, but there is a small comedic rant by Linus about the names of some kernel contributors.

Linus Torvalds released the Linux 3.7-rc3 kernel on Sunday evening. There isn’t much that stands out about this release, but there is a small comedic rant by Linus about the names of some kernel contributors.

 

Read more at Phoronix

The Software Creation Literacy Crisis

wtorek, 30 Październik 2012

The number of people who can read and write code, particularly for mobile devices, is dangerously low: what’s needed are easier ways to create software you can use in the context of your specific needs…

The number of people who can read and write code, particularly for mobile devices, is dangerously low: what’s needed are easier ways to create software you can use in the context of your specific needs.

Read more at Enterprise Open Source Toolkit

The Raspberry PI – The Sinclair Spectrum of the 21st Century

wtorek, 30 Październik 2012

 EverydayLinuxUser: The Raspberry PI is the Sinclair Spectrum of the 21st Century giving another generation of budding computer enthusiasts and potential programmers the chance to experiment