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Are you open source enough?

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—is this a real example of openness? But what is "open enough?" And does it really matter?

Is Assembly Still Relevant To Most Linux Software?

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...

Mozilla Project celebrates 15 years

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

Open Recall: Bodhi Linux, Scientific Linux and Mageia Beta

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

MySQL and the forks in the road

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

Brackets Sprint 22 adds word wrap and community commits

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

Valve Publishes Packages For Their Linux Distribution

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...

Node.js integrates with M: a tutorial, part one

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:

Hawaii Desktop Is Now Usable On Wayland/Weston

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...

As interconnected devices abound, security risks grow

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. [...]

April 2013 Issue of Linux Journal: High Performance Computing

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.

More Features Of C++14 Are Covered

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...

Intel Mesa Driver Gets KDE KWin Optimizations

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...

Ubuntu 13.04 To Axe The Wubi Windows Installer

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...

AMD Works On Linux Power Savings For Future CPUs

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.

GNOME 3.8 brings polish and new Classic Mode

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 pledges non-assertion on MapReduce patents for open source

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.

Unreal gaming from within the browser

Having recently introduced asm.js as a way of running C/C++ applications using a highly optimisable subset of JavaScript, Mozilla has joined Epic Games to present the technology being applied to a well-known platform at the Games Developer Conference in San Francisco. A port of the Unreal Engine 3 game engine to JavaScript allows games to be played in the browser without a Flash plug-in. The port only uses HTML5, WebGL and JavaScript technologies, and asm.js ensures that the games are almost fast enough to meet the performance levels of native implementations.

Finally! Roku gets a 2D facelift (video)

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.

Web-based spell checking comes to Chrome 26

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

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