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jQuery 1.9 prepares developers for the dropping of old IE support

  • The H Open (Posted by bob on Jan 16, 2013 7:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
jQuery 1.9 clears the decks on the JavaScript library as the developers prepare to drop support for Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8 in the forthcoming jQuery 2.0 which has just entered beta

Calls for internet law reform and open access after activist suicide

  • The H Open (Posted by bob on Jan 15, 2013 10:30 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
US law on computer crime should be reformed says the EFF, as the death of Aaron Swartz shows the law to be overly punitive and broad. Open access advocates are memorialising Swartz by releasing and collating academic papers using the #pdftribute hashtag

VMware joins the Open Source Software Institute

  • The H Open (Posted by bob on Jan 14, 2013 5:53 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
VMware has joined the Open Source Software Institute (OSSI), a non-profit industry organisation aimed at increasing open source adoption within the US government, specifically the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense

How the mobile revolution is challenging open source user interfaces

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 14, 2013 12:58 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In the past couple of years, a powerful paradigm shift has occurred in user experience (UX) design. UX designers used to focus on desktop users but now, mobile devices and mobile users are at the center of attention. The evidence for the importance of this paradigm shift is stifling: Morgan Stanley predicts that by 2014, mobile users will exceed desktop users. Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt says that "if you don’t have a mobile strategy, you don’t have a future strategy."

Hey, open sourcers: Who's your code's daddy?

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Jan 14, 2013 11:46 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
VMware's dealings with Vert.x founder should serve as a warning Open... and shut So-called "pre-invention assignment agreements" are a rite of passage when joining a company. For an open-source developer, they may also be giving away the keys to an open-source project, as VMware's recent legal action against the founder of the Vert.x project shows.…

Fix for critical Java hole released

  • The H Open (Posted by bob on Jan 14, 2013 10:49 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Oracle; Story Type: News Story
Oracle has released an update for Java 7 to address the recent 0day vulnerability which is being widely exploited. The update also closes a previously undisclosed critical hole

A final lesson on teaching open source NoSQL databases

  • (Posted by bob on Jan 14, 2013 9:52 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In two recent posts, we described a set of tutorial sessions teaching open source NoSQL databases at SUNY Albany.

Reddit co-founder's death ignites journal access debate

The suicide of American online activist Aaron Swartz has ignited a debate about the cost of academic journals and access to information. Swartz, 26, known for his work on RSS and co-founding social news website Reddit, took his life over the weekend. He was facing charges for allegedly downloading millions of academic journal articles from the subscription-only academic database JSTOR, using a laptop hidden in the basement of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A protest over his prosecution was held on Sunday afternoon (local time) at MIT in Massachusetts.

Critical vulnerability in Ruby on Rails parameter parsing

  • The H Open (Posted by bob on Jan 9, 2013 10:54 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Ruby; Story Type: News Story
Critical problems with XML processed parameters and another with JSON parameter handling have been discovered and updates for Ruby on Rails have been released, though one fix is already causing problems for some users

Whats your go-to note-taking app?

  •; By Jen Wike (Posted by bob on Jan 8, 2013 2:47 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
A good year starts off with good ideas. But, how do you remember them all, along with the related information that is helpful for making them into realities? There are a multitude of options, from simple notepads to more robust filing systems, and we all search for the one that's just right. So, beyond finding a tool that you can easily access from your smartphone, laptop, or tablet: What do you look for in the perfect note-taking app?

The FOSS Effect on the Mobile OS Landscape in 2013

  • LinuxInsider (Posted by bob on Jan 8, 2013 12:00 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The year is starting out with what may turn out to be significant changes in the mobile operating system market, with open source software playing a significant role just as it has in enterprise software, virtualization and cloud computing. With fading heavyweights and interesting new challengers, there are changes afoot in the mobile OS market.

Firefox 18.0 Lets Loose IonMonkey Compiler

Mozilla Firefox 18.0 is now available. The main feature of this open-source web-browser update is the introduction of IonMonkey, a faster JavaScript compiler...

Blizzard Entertainment Planning A Linux Game For 2013

Blizzard Entertainment, the game studio behind wildly-popular games like World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft, is planning for a Linux game announcement in 2013...

Docomo joins smartphone OS project

  • The Yomiuri Shimbun (Posted by bob on Jan 2, 2013 2:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story; Groups: Mobile
NTT DoCoMo is preparing launch of a Samsung smartphone based on the open-source Linux-based Tizen OS in early 2013. Tizen OS is being jointly developed by the Linux Foundation, Intel, Samsung and others.

The philosophy of free software

  •; By Jonathan Roberts (Posted by bob on Jan 1, 2013 3:22 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: Editorial; Groups: Linux
People love a good debate. We asked (with tongues in our cheeks) whether Linux was best understood as being Marxist or capitalist.

Nouveau Gets More Improvements For Linux 3.8

Over this weekend a new DRM pull request was submitted by David Airlie for the Linux 3.8 kernel...

Unpleasant: LLVM/Clang 3.2 On The ARM Cortex-A15

Since publishing LLVM/Clang 3.2 benchmarks a few days ago that showed the Clang C/C++ compiler competing with -- and in some cases outperforming -- the GCC compiler on Intel x86_64, several Phoronix readers have been asking how things compare on the ARM side...

2013 Is Going To Be The Year Of Linux Gaming

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Dec 29, 2012 5:18 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Linux; Story Type: News Story
While at the start of every year there's always individuals making predictions about "the year of the Linux desktop", for 2013 at least it looks like it will actually be the year of gaming on Linux. Everything is coming together quite nicely to make 2013 the most exciting year ever for Linux gaming...

14 Years & Kicking: FreeDOS Is Still Alive

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Dec 29, 2012 3:06 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
FreeDOS, the open-source DOS operating system, is still alive and seeing activity around the GPL-licensed project though the FreeDOS SVN code repository hasn't seen any activity in nearly one year...

Free Software Foundation Thinks It Can Stop SecureBoot

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Dec 29, 2012 11:02 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The Free Software Foundation is now soliciting donations and signatures for a pledge in hopes that it can stop UEFI SecureBoot and other "restricted boot" systems from becoming too common...

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