The themes of a lot of our Raspberry Pi guides revolve around the size and portability of the Pi itself, lending it to tasks you may have used a full-sized or small computer for in the past that the Pi can now take over. Having your own private cloud is another excellent use of the Raspberry Pi’s capabilities, because you can store it hidden away somewhere and it will require very little day- to-day maintenance.
Something I've spent a few hours on in the last month is a small python library, that I am calling PyPair, that allows you to easily manage a Swiss-System Tournament. For those unfamiliar with this concept:
Smaller than a credit card, BITalino is a low-cost hardware and open source software toolkit, aligned with the DIY (do-it-yourself) movement. It enables anyone to create quirky and serious projects alike for wearable health tracking devices. The base kit includes sensors to measure your muscles, heart, nervous system, motion, and ambient light—and it includes a microcontroller, Bluetooth, power management module, and all the accessories needed to start working.
If you want to spark a religious war, express an unshakeable preference for a programming language, and by preference, make your favourite something relatively obscure, like Erlang. It turns out, according to a study by a bunch of UC Davis boffins, the differences in code quality between languages are pretty small.
The new Click packages that are already used on the Ubunu Touch platform by Canonical are also coming to the desktop and they might be able to change the Linux packaging paradigm.
Look beyond London, and one of the largest concentrations in Europe of all things innovative in IT is Manchester, which – despite having a quarter of London’s population, and little of the media and government attention – has a thriving tech start-up scene supported by a range of groups covering every technology or business methodology; the Lean Agile Manchester meet-up group alone has nearly 400 members.
Firefox for mobile, codenamed Fennec, is the build of the Mozilla Firefox web browser for devices such as Android smartphones and tablet computers. Fennec is available in multiple languages, and just a few months ago, was launched in the Hindi language along with others like: Assamese, Bengali (India), Gujarati, Kannada, Maithili, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu.
As has become regrettably typical for the Fedora project, the first Fedora 21 beta is well behind schedule. According to the current schedule on the Fedora wiki, the final version will arrive about a month late, on 9 December. That is if nothing goes wrong during the beta testing phase that's just started.
Linux Australia, the umbrella group for Linux user groups in the country, has imposed a censorship regime on its mailing list, with regulations that run to nearly 1000 words to govern them.
Canonical, the company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, says it's working on a new "virtualization experience" based on container technologies – but just how it will operate remains something of a mystery. Canonical founder and erstwhile space tourist Mark Shuttleworth announced the new effort, dubbed LXD and pronounced "lex-dee," during a keynote speech at the OpenStack Expo in Paris on Tuesday.
Intel users should see a major improvement with their hardware after a group of developers from LunarG found out that there was a bottleneck in the DRM driver.
The Salix Live team is proud to announce the immediate release of Salix Live Xfce 14.1. We haven't had a live release for quite a while, this being our first official live release in more than two years. During the last few months there has been a lot of action behind the scenes to get this ready. The live system creation scripts that we were using up to the 13.37 release (called SaLT), while originally created with the idea to become a one-stop solution for creating our live releases without much trouble, had become a burden to use. After a lot of trying to get them work with newer releases, we decided that we should switch to a better, easier to use system. This is based on the Slackware Live Scripts, which is also what powers other Slackware-based live systems as well.
Diamond Systems released the EMX standard in 2011 as an industry standard supported by its EmbeddedXpress.org organization. The only EMX format SBC we’ve seen so far, however, is Diamond’s Intel Atom E680T-based Altair SBC, which is a true single-board design. Now, Diamond is offering a ruggedized, EMX-sized, sandwich-style SBC that incorporates COM Express Basic modules powered by Intel’s 3rd Generation “Ivy Bridge” Core CPUs. The “Vega” SBC is designed for rugged industrial, medical, on-vehicle, and military applications, and is also offered as part of a rugged “Raptor-Vega” embedded PC (see farther below)
Canonical is launching a new container-based virtualization hypervisor for its open source Ubuntu Linux operating system, called LXD. How will it get along with Docker?
In today's open source roundup: The Kano Linux kit makes learning to build and use computers fun for children. Plus: Three streaming music clients for Linux, and the eNcade is a portable retro gaming console.
Micro/sys unveiled an EPIC-sized “SBC4661? SBC that combines a Freescale i.MX6 Quad SoC with a Xilinx Kintex-7 FPGA, and offers extensive camera support. The last time we heard from Micro/sys, George W. Bush was president, and Intel still had a processor architecture called XScale. Like the circa-2008, XScale-based RCB1626 single board computer, the new SBC4661 runs Linux and uses the StackableUSB expansion interface.
Proxygen appears under a BSD license. Facebook has rolled out another chunk of open-source code, this time a C++ HTTP stack called Proxygen, which includes a web server.…
Securing the cloud isn't just about protecting the network layer from external attacks; it's also about being able to detect fraudulent activities running on the cloud. At the OpenStack Summit here, a group of researchers presented their findings on how to use the OpenStack Ceilometer project—used primarily for billing and metering of cloud usage—to detect fraud.
It turns out that we like cookie cutter distros, except when we don’t. We like a newly adopted distro to work exactly the way the one we were using before worked, except when we don’t. We want to be able to move back and forth between Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian with ease, without having to learn slightly new ways of doing things on each distro, except when we don’t.
Ubuntu's new hypervisor for containers, LXD, is not a Docker rival nor is it an Ubuntu-only project.