sfcrazy writes: For a couple of years now I've been hearing rumors about YaST being switched to Ruby from the proprietary YCP language. However, up to recently I haven't stumbled across any substantiating evidence. Fact of the matter now though is that it is happening, and the next openSUSE release may even use the new Ruby based YaST.
sfcrazy writes: KDE’s Plasma is one of the most popular desktop environment in the GNU/Linux world. The community was also working on a Windows port of KDE Plasma so that these users can also take advantage of KDE’s technologies. The Windows project was in the state of limbo for quite some time and now KDE SC 4.10.2 is available for Windows.
sfcrazy writes: There are genuine reasons why some people prefer Gnome or Xfce over KDE (though a survey shows KDE's Plasma to be among the most popular desktop environments, leaving Xfce and Gnome miles behind). There can be a demand for a stripped down, lightweight KDE distro which can compete with the likes of Xfce and Gnome so that such users can get a lightweight KDE experience without making the compromises (subjective) they have to with Gnome or Xfce.
That's exactly what some KDE developers are doing. Will Stephenson (along with other KDE developers Klaas Freitag, Jos Poortvliet, Raymond Wooninck, umski and Andres Silva) is working on a KDE package called KlyDE.
sfcrazy writes: Microsoft has signed yet another 'bogus' patent deal with Taiwan's Foxconn, the world's lagest electronics maker. Since Microsoft signs an NDA we never get to see which 'patents' is Android violating, it could be tiny things like FAT partition. Since we also don't know how much Microsoft gets per device, it could be few pennies per device. These deals are less about money and more about PR stunts, a game Microsoft loves to play.
From what I see this is applicable only to those who applied through the Explorer program. The question is if Google is violating the first sale doctrine by refusing users to resell the device they paid for and bought?
sfcrazy writes: Filing bug reports is one of the best ways for a user to contribute to his favorite app and make it better. However at times lack of proper bug report makes it harder for a developer to understand what problems a user is facing. So as important as it is to file a bug report, it's more important to file it correctly. Incorrect bug report irritates a user as he feels that no one pays attention to his report and discourages him to file a report in future. At the same time it irritates a developer because he wants to know what's wrong, help the user and make the application better he doesn't even understand what the problem is.
sfcrazy writes: Subsurface, the dive-tracking program written by none other than Linus Torvalds, is considering moving to Qt. Dirk Hohndel writes on his Google + page: Subsurface is seriously considering a move to Qt but doing so without at least one or two experienced Qt developers as part of the team seems pretty foolish to me. So if you have worked with Qt in the past and are interested in scuba diving (or interested in a new fast moving project to participate in), please drop me a line / comment here.
sfcrazy writes: openSUSE 12.3 has been released on time and this release shows how it's getting better and better with time. openSUSE is investing quite a lot of resources in ARM and ARM 64bit, which makes sense as ARM is about to make inroads into the server space where SUSE is one of the market leaders behind Red Hat. As we speak there are at over 4,000 build packages for ARM which puts openSUSE ahead of any Linux distribution which supports ARM's AArch64 architecture. openSUSE 12.3 can be downloaded from here.