sfcrazy writes: Jonathan is going to announce a new project at FOSDEM that brings KDE experience to user. There is Fedora that offers latest from Gnome but there is no such distro that offers the same level of integration with KDE software; yes there is openSUSE but it offers KDE as an option. So Kubuntu based KDE neon is a project to give KDE users and contributors a way to get KDE’s desktop software while it’s still fresh. It’ll be providing packages of the latest KDE software so users can install it and stay up to date on a stable base.
sfcrazy writes: A story in CIO reads: Despite the new Plasma 5, improved Gnome and elementary OS, Linux distros have reached stagnation. New distros try new UIs, but in terms of what you can do on Linux, desktop Linux remains where it was a year ago. Then Swapnil Bhartiya, the author of the story predicts: As our computing is moving to the cloud and ‘software as service,’ more Linux users will switch to Chrome OS and Android as their primary system.
How many Linux users have moved to Chrome OS? I know one SJVN who now shows his Chromebook everywhere and there are many more.
sfcrazy writes: Microsoft yesterday updated their Microsoft Word app for iOS that brings the much needed ODF support to the iOS devices. Now users can open/import ODF files in Microsoft Word on iOS devices. I tested a file and it worked fine. On the contrary Google Docs still doesn't support ODF on mobile devices.
sfcrazy writes: ITWorld reports that Collabora Productivity, a UK-based consulting company has collaborated with ownCloud Inc. to release a developer edition of online LibreOffice, which they call CODE (Collabora Online Development Edition).
The site further reported, The office suite implementation runs on ownCloud server. That’s where all the processing and heavy lifting is done. The rendering happens at the client side. Currently there are three apps: writer (equivalent to MS Word), spreadsheet (Excel) and presentation (PowerPoint). At the moment users can create new documents and edit them. Other functionality, such as collaborative editing, is in the pipeline.
sfcrazy writes: Adobe silently updated it’s Lightroom app for iOS devices breaking it away from the Creative Cloud subscription, and giving it away for free to users. Earlier users needed a subscription with Adobe’s Creative Cloud plans. The updates which were pushed on Oct 5 have the #1 change as “Free Lightroom! Unleash your creativity with free access to Lightroom for as long as you’d like on your smartphone or tablet”.
sfcrazy writes: According to a patent filed with the USPTO, the company is working on using existing coils in the devices for inductive charging. Such coils are found in components like speakers, microphones and heptic devices. Apple is planning to use a secondary frequency for charging so that the primary task of these devices is not affected.
One big challenge ahead of Apple is efficiency: coils found in these devices are small which means extremely slow charging time. However, it’s just a patent filing, it doesn’t necessarily mean it would translate into a working method on future iDevices.
sfcrazy writes: India has just launched its very first space observatory–Astrosat. It is a multi-wavelength space observatory which detects Ultraviolet light. While orbiting the Earth it will send back data on black holes, binary star systems containing neutron stars, magnetic fields of neutron stars and more.
itwbennett writes: After just under 8 years at Canonical where he was Community Manager of Ubuntu, Jono Bacon left in search of a new challenge. Now, a year and a half into his tenure at the XPRIZE Foundation as Senior Director of Community, Bacon reflects on the changing nature of community and how he is working to bring the 'anybody can play a role in a bigger picture' aspect of open source to 'solve the grand challenges facing humanity.'
sfcrazy writes: Yesterday Apple announced that it is turning Apple TV into a platform, opening it up for third party developers. They have already published the beta of tvOS and tvOS SDK, which developers can play with. Which means Plex is now a possibility on Apple TV. The founder of Plex said, “There is no question we will be able to offer Plex on the platform. There are multiple ways to go about it, based on the tvOS SDK we now have access to. We are now evaluating the best path for Plex and will begin work in earnest once we have evaluated the options. The ability to access great and proven iOS frameworks on the device is great for developers like us — we know the stuff is solid and will perform really well. Our goal is to enable people to enjoy Plex on the hardware platforms of their choice, and there is no doubt this will be a top platform for us.”
sfcrazy writes: Thomas Pfeiffer writes: About a month ago, Eric Griffith posted an article on Phoronix where he compared Fedora’s KDE spin to the main Fedora Workstation which uses GNOME. In that article, Eric described a number of issues that he became fully aware of when comparing his favorite desktop environment, Plasma (and the KDE applications he regularly uses) with GNOME’s counterparts.
I read that article, shared it with other KDE designers and developers, and we came to the conclusion that yes, at least some of the issues he describes there are perfectly valid and clearly documented. And since KDE does listen to user feedback if it makes sense, we decided we should do something about it.
sfcrazy writes: Linus Torvalds made a surprise appearance for a Keynote discussion at LinuxCon 2015. He talked about many topics, including security. Linus said security in most cases is bugs which are exploited by some clever person. But can we get rid of bugs, and as a result security holes? So can Linux get rid of such bugs? Not realistically. It’s just impossible to write any software free of bugs. The thing is to catch them as soon as you can. “The thing is, you are never going to get rid of bugs,” Linus said. It’s also hard to know ahead of time that the bug in your software can be a security issue. And he’s absolutely right. “If you think of it that way, then you just know that bugs are inevitable; security is never going to be perfect,” he added
sfcrazy writes: Today, during the Akademy event, the KDE Community announced Plasma Mobile project. It's a Free (as in Freedom and beer), user-friendly, privacy-enabling and customizable platform for mobile devices. Plasma Mobile claims to be developed in an open process, and considering the community behind it, I don't doubt it.
Michael Tiemann writes: An article published in PLOS One finds increased hospital admissions significantly correlated to living in the same ZIP CODE as active fracking sites. The data comes from three counties in Pennsylvania, whose ZIP CODEs mostly had no fracking sites in 2007 and transitioned to a majority of ZIP CODEs with at least one fracking site. While the statistical and medical data are compelling, and speak to a significant correlation, the graphical and informational figures flunk every Tufte test, which is unfortunate. Nevertheless, with open data and Creative Commons licensing, the paper could be rewritten to provide a more compelling explanation about the dangers of fracking to people who live within its vicinity, and perhaps motivate more stringent regulations to protect them from both immediate and long-term harm.
itwbennett writes: OpenBSD Journal on Tuesday announced that Microsoft has become the OpenBSD Foundation's first-ever Gold contributor (Google and Facebook are both Silver contributors). The move makes good on an earlier comment by Angel Calvo in a post on the Windows PowerShell Blog that they won't be just adopting the openSSH, they will also be contributing to it. (OpenSSH is an OpenBSD Foundation project.) The dollar amount of the contribution won't blow you away, though: $25,000-$50,000 will get you the Gold.