Is your project open source enough? Are you? Are you doing enough for your communities? Accusations like these are getting thrown around more and more, often in the simple form, "X isn't really open." It's a question we've even asked ourselves from time to time when we post stories on opensource.com—is this a real example of openness? But what is "open enough?" And does it really matter?
Steve McIntyre and the Linaro Enterprise Group recently analyzed Ubuntu and Fedora software packages to see what software was still relying upon hand-written Assembly code. This was done to see how much real Assembly is being used, to see what the code was used for, and whether it was worth porting to 64-bit ARM / AArch64 / ARMv8...
Fifteen years ago, Netscape released the code to its browser suite as open source and created the Mozilla project. Today, Mozilla is pioneering the web as a mobile device platform and teaching the world how to create content
In this edition: catching up with the releases that happened over the long Easter weekend, including Mageia 3 beta 4, Scientific Linux 6.4 and Bodhi Linux 2.3.0
There's a lot of activity in the MySQL ecosystem currently. Andrew Hutchings takes a look at MySQL and the various forks and spinoffs to give an overview of where MySQL's community and close competition is currently at
The latest version of Adobe's HTML based code editor adds word wrap and the ability to hide line numbers in the editor window. Other improvements include a new extension installation system
For Valve's forthcoming Linux-based Steam gaming console the first packages are starting to emerge within a package repository on the SteamPowered web-server...
We have talked recently about the significance of integrating the Node.js language with the powerful M database, particularly in the space of healthcare applications. The efficiency of Node.js combined with the high performance of M, provides an unparalleled fresh approach for building healthcare applications. Here is how you can try this today:
The lead developer behind the Hawaii Desktop Environment now believes that their Qt Quick 2 desktop is now in a usable state for Wayland and can run fine on the Weston compositor...
Although security issues are familiar to most PC users, the potential for hacking and malware in embedded devices like ATMs, medical devices, and smart cars is less understood. In this guest column, VDC Research VP Chris Rommel presents evidence that consumers are starting to fret about the security risks posted by their increasingly interconnected lifestyles. [...]
When I was in college, there was a rich kid down the hall who had a computer with 16MB of RAM. Before you scoff, you need to think back to 1993.
C++14 is the next update to the C++ programming language. While only considered a minor update over C++11, it will bring with it several new features...
A number of commits to the i965 driver in Mesa today benefit the performance of KDE's KWin window manager for those using Intel Ivy Bridge graphics hardware...
One of the less popular ways to use Ubuntu Linux has been through the "Wubi" Windows-based installer that places Ubuntu within a Windows installation just as you would any other application. However, Canonical is planning to remove Wubi from Ubuntu 13.04...
New kernel patches by AMD for the Linux kernel provide "frequency sensitivity feedback" for the powersave bias in cpufreq. This hardware feedback feature is to be introduced on future AMD processors. This patch-set allows the system to make more power conscious frequency changing decisions based upon hardware feedback. The hardware bits are to be found on "AMD Family 16h" processors and above, which is the forthcoming AMD "Jaguar" product. AMD provided the original Linux kernel support for "Family 16h" at the end of 2012.
The lastest version of the open source desktop for Linux and Unix systems adds a new Clocks application, a number of new settings panels and a number of design changes throughout the desktop environment. A Classic Mode has also been added
Google has announced that it will not be asserting ten patents it has received for its MapReduce technology when it comes to their use in open source or free software. The promise comes with a pledge that is specifically designed to reduce the patent threat to open source software.
I’ve griped for years about Roku’s retro one-dimensional menu. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the Roku 3 model, the company is giving the Linux-based media streaming player a 2D facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones.
The Google update also addresses two high severity, four medium severity and five low severity security issues in its latest "major" update to the browser. Also added, shortcut profiles on Windows and asynchronous DNS on Mac and Linux