We've pointed out over and over and over again that patents are not a proxy for innovation. In fact, there's little to connect the two at all, except potentially for how patents can hinder and hold back the pace of innovation. A new study really helps to drive home how little patents have to do with innovation. Pointed out to us by James Bessen, the study looks at "R&D 100 Awards" from the academic journal, Research & Development from 1977 to 2004. As you might expect, the R&D 100 Awards are given out each year by the journal in an attempt to name the top 100 innovations of the year. If patents were instrumental in driving innovation, you'd certainly expect most of these innovations to be patented.
The eCryptfs pull for the Linux 3.10 kernel has been merged. What's noticeable about this feature pull is the improved encryption performance for modern AMD/Intel CPUs supporting AES-NI...
Aaeon announced a Linux-friendly ‘EPIC’ form-factor SBC (single-board computer) based on a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N2600 processor, which is bottom-mounted for efficient heat transfer. The EPC-CV1 supports up to 2GB RAM, offers dual-display HD video output, provides Gig-Ethernet, USB, serial, and SATA ports, and accommodates a 3G cellular module and SIM. Aaeon expects the EPC-CV1 [...]
As Linux users, we tend to take programs like GIMP for granted. Thankfully, as of version 2.8.2, GIMP is available as a native application for OS X! Because everyone reading this most likely is familiar with how awesome GIMP is for photo editing, it's worth mentioning there is another open-source photo-editing application for OS X named Seashore.
Linux Advocate Ken Starks expresses his discontent with the current state of affairs concerning Linux Kernel wireless regressions. Read why.
Intel has announced the release of an open-source Linux Thermal Daemon package for Linux. Intel's Linux Thermal Daemon is for monitoring and controlling platform temperatures...
On Tuesday, Reuters reported on shareholder unrest in Finland. It appears that the shareholders of Nokia have been reading the riot act to Chief Executive Stephen Elop, demanding he turn the ship around. They’re also suggesting that Nokia’s exclusive deal with Microsoft perhaps isn’t such a good idea:
Charlie's Games developer has confirmed via Twitter that "Scoregasm" is going to be on Steam for Linux.
Linux Advocate Dietrich Schmitz takes a look at Linux Kernel cgroups and how they are a BIG WIN for systemd. Read why.
This week, we look at The Open Compute Project's push into open source networking switches, how to determine if a new software language is a turkey and a developer who thinks he must be a bad programmer because he can't find a job.
I’m happy to announce the Version 3 release of Froide, the open source, Python-based platform for running Freedom of Information portals: allowing you to make requests to public entities by email and track responses, as well as, customize your instance to fit your campaign for government transparency. Froide has been in development for nearly two years. It has powered the FOI portal in Germany for over a year and a half and has recently been used to launch an Austrian FoI site. Full instructions for getting started with Froide can be found here, and the source code is on Github here. This latest release comes with the latest version of the Python web framework Django 1.5 and Bootstrap 2.3. All other dependencies have also been upgraded. Some of the major features include:
While the multiplayer Ego-Shooter Half-Life 2: Deathmatch has been available for Linux for a while now, its single-player counterpart Half-Life 2 including Episode 1, Episode 2 and Lost Coast was just released for Linux.
Today, the many in the world focus on making things as environmentally-friendly as possible to reduce the negative impact daily life has on the environment to protect it for future generations. This includes major corporations, such as Facebook. Facebook is at the forefront of creating greener ways to operate their servers that contain everything that makes the website run for its millions of users. With their state-of-the-art open source data centers, they are helping companies around the world match their stride.
Does Linux really need another application packaging and installment system? Ubuntu will be adding another one for its Ubuntu Touch smartphones and tablets.
I was on holiday, so I was unable to create the Slackware packages for KDE Software Compilation 4.10.3 any sooner than today. This installment of KDE SC was already added to slackware-current earlier this week, but my packages are specifically for users of the stable release, Slackware 14.
Every once in a while, I crawl out from under the rock that is bugzilla and I try and look around at what others are doing in the distro kernel space. Today I was curious how Fedora and Ubuntu compare in how they configure the kernel. I've long thought that for all the focus the kernel gets, it should be the most boring package in an entire distro. It should work, work well, and that is about it. It isn't there to differentiate your distro. It's there to let your distro run. So, will my personal belief stand up, or would I find something in the configs that proves one "distro" is better than another? Let's dive in.
Facebook and friends' Open Compute Project has made servers, motherboards and power supplies more affordable for data centers. Now it tackles perhaps its biggest challenge to date: high-end network switches.
In Linux/UNIX :SetUID, SetGID and Sticky bit are special permissions on files and directories.Using chmod command we can implement the special permissions on file and directories.
Last week there was a poll to find out the answer to the ultimate question "If you could save a limited number of Linux distributions which distributions would you save?". The results are in. The larger distributions clearly came out on top. Read the full review of the poll here.