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Crew assembles three open source vehicles over lunch

  • (Posted by bob on Mar 17, 2014 2:24 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
When you think about automobile assembly, usually it's giant factories, robotic arms, and showers of sparks from welding machines that come to mind. But Carlo De Micheli describes his first experience at the OSVehicle project, when three of their Tabby prototype cars were put together by hand during the span of a lunch break. Today OSVehicle is establishing relations with partners, designers, makers, and manufacturers in 70+ countries and on six continents to bring open source development to the automotive industry.

OpenStack's top operating system: Ubuntu Linux

Lots of operating systems run on the OpenStack cloud, but Ubuntu Linux is most users' favorite.

Python 3.4 Is Now Available With New Features

Python 3.4.0 is now available as the latest major update to the popular programming language...

The past year for Joomla! Framework

  • (Posted by bob on Mar 17, 2014 9:38 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Interview
Joomla! has been known for Joomla! Platform and Joomla! Content Managment System (CMS). The newest addition to the mix late last year was Joomla! Framework. Many say it's an exciting project with innovative development, so we interviewed our own Don Gilbert, who has been coordinating the project's efforts, to find out how it's going and what's new with the project.

MSI B85M-P33: A Cheap Haswell Motherboard

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Mar 15, 2014 9:25 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
The MSI B85M-P33 is a micro-ATX motherboard that's friendly with latest-generation Intel Haswell processors while the cost of this motherboard will only set you back about $60 USD.

Linux mini-PC and JavaScript speed IoT development

  • LinuxGizmos (Posted by bob on Mar 15, 2014 1:52 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
Marvell has reached its Indiegogo goal for “Kinoma Create,” a Linux- and JavaScript-based hardware/software platform for quick and easy development of IoT gizmos. Kinoma Create is defined by Marvell’s Kinoma division as a “construction kit” for developing Internet of Things (IoT) consumer electronics and companion apps. The platform “helps software developers become makers, makers tackle […]

Android-based robot aims for Rubik’s Cube record

A Cubestormer 3 robot based on a Galaxy S4 Android phone and eight Linux-driven Lego Mindstorms EV3 bricks aims to beat the Rubik’s Cube solving record. The Cubestormer 3 was formally unveiled today at the Big Bang Fair held in Birmingham, UK, and is expected to beat the 5.27 second record set by the Cubestormer […]

Zorin OS 8 Makes Learning Linfastic

  • LinuxInsider (Posted by bob on Mar 15, 2014 5:24 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Zorin OS 8.0, released last month, is available in the free core and free education versions, as well as in a paid or ultimate version that provides support and a few other features. Though it is an interim upgrade, Zorin OS 8.0 has several very noteworthy changes and software improvements that make it worth using despite the shorter support period.

Raspberry Pi gains Wolfson HD audio card

Newark Element14 and Wolfson have launched an HD-ready Wolfson Audio Card for the Raspberry Pi with 192kHz sampling, MEMS mics, and I/O including S/PDIF. The Wolfson Audio Card extends and enhances the Linux-ready Raspberry Pi’s audio features beyond its native HDMI output with onboard HD audio and a variety of interfaces. Raspberry Pi manufacturer Premier […]

Mini embedded mobos run Linux on Atom E3800

Kontron announced tiny Pico-ITX and compact Mini-ITX SBCs based on Intel’s Atom E3800 SoC, with the Pico-ITX model offering extended temperature operation. Kontron’s new Linux-friendly “pITX-E38″ Pico-ITX and “mITX-E38″ Mini-ITX single-board computers take advantage of the 22nm Atom E3800′s power efficiency, improved graphics, and hardware-integrated security features for IoT applications, says the company. Both boards […]

Barnes & Noble's Nook freed from Windows, WinPhone apps pledge

Mystery Microsoft e-reader program to take their place? Barnes & Noble's struggling Nook e-book division can breathe a little easier, now that Microsoft has let the bookseller off the hook on its promise to offer e-reader apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.…

Simple Ways to Add Security to Web Development

As a software developer myself, I have seen developers rushing to finish the feature they are assigned to, with little or no consideration for security in the code—no security guidelines, no coding standards, just a mad dash to finish the feature. Next comes the security review, in which the software obviously fails, and then comes the security-hardening phase.

NASA robot to receive legs via SpaceX launch

NASA’s Ubuntu Linux- and ROS-based “Robonaut 2″ humanoid robot will receive a set of robotic legs in a SpaceX resupply launch this weekend, enabling the robot for full operation. NASA’s second-generation Robonaut 2 (R2) was shipped to the International Space Station (ISS) in Feb. 2011, and began to see limited duty there about a year […]

Recording open culture songs

  • (Posted by bob on Mar 14, 2014 4:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
My friend Mary, a folk singer, stopped by to visit spontaneously this evening. "What are you up to?" she inquired. "I'm recording a music video for a new folk song," I explained. "The Firefox Phone was announced last week, so I need to compose a song about it."

Hands-on review: Ugoos UT2 quad-core Android TV-PC

In this hands-on mini review, we take a quick look at the Ugoos UT2, a TV-centric mini-PC based on a 1.6GHz quad-core RK3188 SoC, and running Android 4.2.2. Like the earlier Ugoos “UM2″ HDMI-stick style device, the “UT2″ runs Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) on a 1.6GHz quad-core Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 SoC, and offers HDMI, […]

TV-centric mini-PC runs Android on quad-core ARM9

Ugoos is shipping an updated version of its UT2 TV-centric Android mini-PC, based on a 1.6GHz quad-core RK3188 SoC, and backed by 2GB RAM and 32GB flash. Like the earlier Ugoos “UM2″ HDMI-stick style device, the “UT2″ runs Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) on a 1.6GHz quad-core Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 SoC, and offers HDMI, dual-band […]

CryEngine support on Linux, bringing open source to the kitchen, and more

Open source news for your reading pleasure. March 8-14, 2014 In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we look at the new Raspberry Pi sound card, open source kitchen design, and more.

Introduction to Linux course now free, open to all

Almost 25 years ago a young engineer started an operating system project "just for fun" to run on his own hardware. He opened it up to the world, and through a combination of good design and good luck, Linux was born. The Internet was the fundamental enabling technology of the large scale collaboration that produces Linux. The ability to cheaply and easily share files has created a system and community that has disrupted major industries, where Linux’ impact has been felt from super computing to mobile phones. Higher education is facing a similarly disrupting force powered by the Internet—Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) make information available to anyone, anywhere, as long as they have a connection to the Internet.

Open source opening educational doors in Appalachia

  • (Posted by bob on Mar 12, 2014 11:32 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Like other non-profit organizations, The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education (PAGE) faces funding challenges as it aims to achieve its mission of delivering innovative out-of-school learning opportunities for adolescent Appalachian girls.

Android SDK For Wearables Coming In 2 Weeks, Says Google

Heads up smartwatch developers, Google's wearable device SDK is just two weeks away.

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