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Submission + - Facebook deemed useless and boring by one-third of users->

zacharye writes: In case Facebook’s perpetually sinking post-IPO stock price and a handful of pesky class action lawsuits isn’t causing enough of a headache for the social networking giant, a recent study found that more than one-third of Facebook users find the service useless and boring. A recent poll of Facebook users conducted by Reuters found that 34% of respondents use Facebook less today than they did six months ago. Among the reasons given for the drop in usage: Facebook is ”boring,” “not useful,” or ”not relevant.”...
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Submission + - Interview with Patrick Volkerding, Founder of Slackware Linux->

An anonymous reader writes: In this in-depth interview with LinuxQuestions.org, Patrick Volkerding discusses how he got involved with Linux and Open Source, the succession plan for Slackware, the Slackware development model, his opinion on the current trends in desktop environments, potentially disruptive changes to Linux such as systemd, his favorite beer and much more.
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Comment Re:Linaro's Android Builds (Score 1) 113

No they don't. We have enabled builds but we also have "open only builds": https://android-build.linaro.org/builds/~linaro-android/panda-ics-gcc46-kwg-upstream-open/ [linaro.org] That is a 100% open Panda Android build based on the upstream Linux kernel. No proprietary libs at all. Or this one: https://android-build.linaro.org/builds/~linaro-android/imx6-ics-gcc47-freescalelt-stable-open/ [linaro.org] That's a 100% open iMX6 build against GCC 4.7 that has no proprietary components. So not only is it possible, its being done.

Comment Re:Every ecosystem needs a Debian (Score 2) 113

We already have it at Linaro: Look at this build from Linaro: https://android-build.linaro.org/builds/~linaro-android/panda-ics-gcc46-kwg-upstream-open/ That is a 100% open Panda Android build based on the upstream Linux kernel. No proprietary libs at all. Or this one: https://android-build.linaro.org/builds/~linaro-android/imx6-ics-gcc47-freescalelt-stable-open/ That's a 100% open iMX6 build against GCC 4.7 that has no proprietary components. So not only is it possible, its being done.

Comment Re:"Non-free blobs" is beside the point. (Score 1) 113

I disagree. The blobs are the root problem (at least with ARM chips). Without acceleration, ARM systems are unusable. ARM partitions the system into compute units and optimizes for lots of units cooperating through a shared memory. This is in contrast to Intel which is optimized for centralized processing. This fundamental is why ARM systems use 1/10th the power. Got a little video about it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1WDrhL-vUI

Comment Linaro's Android Builds (Score 2) 113

This is really awesome. People are welcome to take a look Linaro's Android builds, which are aimed at the development boards that most of the SoC manufactures are creating. The builds are easy to try. Insert an SD card into your computer, run one command and bingo! There even easy to build from source. See http://www.linaro.org/engineering/getting-started/low-cost-development-boards for the complete list of boards.

We've got:

AOSP clone (Panda):
AOSP with 4.6 (Panda)
Snowball
iMX6
iMX53
Origen

Comment Re:It runs, but... (Score 1) 20

Yeah. We're working on it. Because of the way we do kernels (always tracking the latest) it becomes hard to get both Graphics and MM working in these builds. See our current plan for this monthly milestone at: https://launchpad.net/linaro-android/+milestone/11.12.

Comment Re:Time saver (Score 1) 20

Yup, ZP for Zach Pfeffer. Linaro Android Platform lead. :) Checkout our work at: https://launchpad.net/linaro-android/+milestone/11.09 https://launchpad.net/linaro-android/+milestone/11.10 https://launchpad.net/linaro-android/+milestone/11.11 ...and our team at: https://wiki.linaro.org/MeetTheTeam and https://wiki.linaro.org/Platform/Android feel free to talk to us on freenode in the #linaro-android channel!

Comment Re:Upstream kernel? (Score 2) 20

By using a series of topic branches including an "Android" tracking branch that contains just those patches needed for core functionality Linaro is able to rebase on most kernel versions, 3.1, 3.2..etc. We keep a Linus HEAD and a last -rc version around, calling Linus HEAD "tracking" builds and -rc "staging" builds. We also have all of the enablement for each board split out into topic branches. These can then get octopus merged or stgit'd into a single tree. For Pandaboard this git has all of this broken out: http://git.linaro.org/gitweb?p=people/andygreen/kernel-tilt.git;a=summary.
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Submission + - Linaro releases Ice Cream Sandwich builds for iMX5->

b0101101001010000 writes: "We've just released preview ICS builds of Freescale's iMX53, ST Ericsson's Snowball, Samsung's Origen and TI's Panda boards (AOSP supports Panda out of the box, this just contains a kernel that based on Linus' HEAD). This should give Android platform developers on these platforms a good base to work from."
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