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+ - SecondReality source code released to public domain

Submitted by JucaBlues
JucaBlues writes: The demoscene has been for a long time a mostly secretive computer art form, with not much public source code demonstrating the tricks used to perform awesome graphics, music and sound effects in a wide range of hardware devices. This August 1st, 2013, the world got the chance to take a look inside the classic SecondReality demo, by the Future Crew. The source code was published on GitHub with a statement releasing it to the public domain. Hopefully, for the sake of documenting the history of computer software development, we'll see more code releases like this one in the future.

If you are the owner of a copy of old computer software source code, please consider doing the same.
GNU is Not Unix

+ - Linux-Libre becomes an official GNU package; Linux-Libre-3.3-gnu released->

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JucaBlues writes: "Linux, the kernel developed and distributed by Linus Torvalds et al, contains non-Free Software, i.e., software that does not respect your essential freedoms, and it induces you to install additional non-Free Software that it doesn't contain.

Linux-libre is a project to maintain and publish 100% Free distributions of Linux, suitable for use in Free System Distributions, removing software that is included without source code, with obfuscated or obscured source code, under non-Free Software licenses, that do not permit you to change the software so that it does what you wish, and that induces or requires you to install additional pieces of non-Free Software.

Recently Linux-Libre has been formally accepted as an official part of the GNU Project. The first release of Linux-libre since its dubbing as a GNU package is now available from the download links off of"

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Comment: Re:Version 0.48? (Score 2) 91

by JucaBlues (#35343360) Attached to: Book Review: Inkscape 0.48 Essentials for Web Designers

In other words, this group of developers has been attempting to implement SVG since the W3C started developing it, and hasn't succeeded yet.

Actually, our SVG implementation is almost complete, only lacking a few things. I believe that the most important and substantial thing that we still do not support are the animation tags. As Inkscape is nowadays a drawing application (not an animation app yet), then I think it is not reasonable to say that we haven't succeeded in SVG implementation yet. We have solid support for the subset of SVG features that are needed for a drawing app. And this subset is substantially large.

You can expect to see animation support in some future version, and then we'll probably see an Inkscape 1.0 later, when the standard finally gets fully implemented.

Comment: Re:Version 0.48? (Score 5, Informative) 91

by JucaBlues (#35341594) Attached to: Book Review: Inkscape 0.48 Essentials for Web Designers
The version number 0.48 does not mean 48% done. Inkscape developers have chosen a version numbering scheme based on the following simple rule: We'll release Inkscape 1.0 whenever Inkscape fully supports the SVG standard. Until then we'll keep increasing the secondary number on each new release. When I joined the development team, Inkscape 0.45 did not support SVG Fonts and SVG Filters. SVG Fonts are partially implemented now and SVG Filters are fully supported (except for some minor issues). And off course there is all the work done by all the other developers too.
Hardware Hacking

+ - Free tools for Hardware Development ?

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JucaBlues writes: "I am a newbie on reconfigurable hardware development. But I have a strong software development background. I want to use 100% free software tools (with source code and an OSI-approved software license). Which FPGA development board would you suggest me to buy? If that is impossible nowadays, which development environment would be closer to this scenario? I'd like to know which pieces of hardware development tools are still missing in the free software world."

Comment: Re:so in other words (Score 1) 963

by JucaBlues (#24637381) Attached to: Why Is Adobe Flash On Linux Still Broken?
I haven't read all the code in my system. But lots of people certainly have read lots of portions of it, so I can expect that somebody trying to put malicious code there would have to think twice before trying that. Sooner or later somebody will see that, so it is less likely it will be put there intentionally. And if it is there indeed, then there is big chance somebody will fix it. None of this can be asserted about proprietary software.
Sun Microsystems

+ - Java Updates Offering OpenOffice

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JucaBlues writes: "A Java Updates popup is offering FREE copies of for Windows users. "To get a FREE copy of OpenOffice, the global standard in free Microsoft Office compatible productivity software, just click the More Information link below." A link labeled 'More Information' leads to a website (in brazilian portuguese) promoting OOorg (BROffice in Brazil)."

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