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KDE Commit-Digest for 16th December 2012

  • - Got the Dot? (Posted by bob on Dec 29, 2012 4:27 AM EDT)
  • Groups: KDE; Story Type: News Story
This week's KDE Commit-Digest starts with two stories: insights about Google Code-In work on KDE-PIM and interesting recent events in the spotlight. Of course, there is also a summary of development effort:

Automake Looks To Drop MS-DOS, Windows 95/98/ME

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Dec 29, 2012 3:30 AM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
Automake 1.13 was released on Friday with a number of major changes to this component of the GNU build system. With Automake 1.14, there's already a number of additional changes being considered...

The State Of Linux Distributions Handling SecureBoot

For those of you curious about the state of available Linux distributions that can handle UEFI SecureBoot on modern PCs certified for Microsoft Windows 8, here's a run-down of the most common Linux environments and their SecureBoot friendliness...

JavaScript-based CodeMirror editor reaches version 3.0

  • The H Open (Posted by bob on Dec 28, 2012 2:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The latest version of the browser page embeddable editor for code adds the ability to use arbitrary fonts, right-to-left scripts and support for multiple gutters alongside internal enhancements to make add-ons and extensions richer and more flexible

Top 10 open business articles from 2012

The top story in business this year on was the news that Red Hat reached one billion dollars in annual revenue. This is a major win for the open source software industry and the open source movement. "It is a victory for open source advocates everywhere," said CEO Jim Whitehurst. "No billion dollar milestone would be complete without honoring the open source community." And donations were made to several organizations that support the open source movement.

Healthcare slow to adopt, not to adapt: Promise for open source in 2013

Open source in healthcare remains in its infancy. This year saw some great activity with open source in health. Our community covered medical devices with available source code, electronic patient records, open product design and 3D printing, crowdfunding, and big data. These big ideas and innovations, but I predict that as more people take personal responsibility for their health in 2013, the greater the demand will be for faster, more affordable solutions... read: open source.

Intel's Cilk Plus Still Waiting To Get Into GCC

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Dec 26, 2012 11:35 AM EDT)
  • Groups: Intel; Story Type: News Story
Cilk Plus is one of the Intel initiatives to advance multi-threaded parallel programming by providing a set of C/C++ programming language extensions similar in nature to OpenMP. While Intel has had open-source Cilk Plus code for months, the compiler support has yet to be picked up by GCC...

Ubuntu In 2013: Mobile, Unity, Deep In The Cloud

With 2012 quickly coming to a close, Mark Shuttleworth wrote a blog post this morning about his views on Ubuntu Linux in 2013...

How open source shaped our world in 2012

It's been a great year for the Life channel. We've seen tremendous growth of the open source community, and it's been a pleasure to help record and publicize all the exciting projects all of you are working on. Here are some articles that represent the gamut of topics and stories that came through the Life channel in 2012:

Google Apps Challenging Microsoft in Business

  • New York Times; By Quentin Hardy (Posted by bob on Dec 25, 2012 11:49 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It has taken years, but Google seems to be cutting into Microsoft’s stronghold — businesses.

How Linux reads your fingerprints, helps national security

Is the US government in favour of open source, or does it see it as stealing food from Microsoft's children?

Debian Brought Back To Life On M68K-Based Amigas

The port of Debian GNU/Linux for the Motorola 68000 processors has been revived, which now allows for a working Debian OS to run once again on computers like the Amiga 3000/4000 and Atari...

GNU Grep & Sed: Fallout Within The GNU FSF Camp

  • Phoronix (Posted by bob on Dec 24, 2012 7:38 PM EDT)
  • Groups: GNU; Story Type: News Story
It seems there's some dissenting views finally being pushed into the center of the table for discussion about the GNU project and Free Software Foundation. This comes as the maintainer of GNU Grep and Sed has announced his resignation from the projects...

Taking open source foundations to the next level

  • The H Open (Posted by bob on Dec 24, 2012 6:41 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Glynn Moody thinks that now open source foundations have apparently come of age now the time may now be right for the formation of an umbrella foundation to share best practices and speak with one voice

Qt 5.0 - Congratulations to the Qt Project

Since its beginning in 1996, KDE has developed as an organization creating a wide range of software. From the start, KDE relied on Qt, the toolkit that helps to power KDE’s software. KDE and Qt have always worked together closely. This partnership has grown even closer since Qt development moved to the Qt Project. The quality of current and future KDE applications depends on innovation and improvements within Qt.

A few days ago, the Qt Project achieved a major milestone—the release of Qt 5.0. The release included significant contributions from KDE Community members. Congratulations to everyone who made a contribution!

Knoppix 7.0.5 removes 4 GB overlay limit

Knoppix 7.0.5 is based on a rather current Linux kernel and can now install overlay images on USB flash drives. The overlays offer more than 4 GB of data storage and remain intact after a reboot

Amazon releases preview of command line for cloud services

  • The H Open (Posted by bob on Dec 24, 2012 11:36 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Offering command line control of EC2, SQS, SNS, SES and other services, the Python based application adds a new route for scripting control of Amazon's web services

Enlightenment 0.17 (E17) Linux desktop is ready

After 12 years of development, the Enlightenment project has issued the first release of E17, the Linux-oriented Enlightenment 0.17 desktop interface

Protect choice and freedom in technology by choosing open source solutions

  • (Posted by bob on Dec 21, 2012 11:23 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
I remember first meeting Jeffrey A. "Jam" McGuire in person at DrupalCon Denver. We talked about communities, music, and shared ways to show why open source is a better way. Even before meeting him, I could tell from my first interaction with him that he was passionate about Drupal and open source. He's becoming an in-demand Keynote speaker and presenter at Drupal and other business and software events around the world. He's already a staple for the Intro to DrupalCon session and always seems to incorporate music and singing as part of the performance.

What Compsci textbooks don't tell you: Real world code sucks

  • The Register (Posted by bob on Dec 21, 2012 9:28 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Bodged code, strapped-on patches, beellion dollar screw-ups... and that's the good stuff There’s a kind of cognitive dissonance in most people who’ve moved from the academic study of computer science to a job as a real-world software developer. The conflict lies in the fact that, whereas nearly every sample program in every textbook is a perfect and well-thought-out specimen, virtually no software out in the wild is, and this is rarely acknowledged.…

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