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Blackberry

Submission + - RIM commit to open source Blackberry 10 Native SDK (socialbarrel.com)

MonsterTrimble writes: "Has open source become the last ditch effort at software survival? ".0
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Research In Motion (RIM) has announced that its BlackBerry 10 Native Software Development Kit (SDK) will be bound to open source. ...“One of the biggest complaints I heard when I joined the company was from developers who said you know I can’t use open source on Blackberry OS and that means it takes longer to write code for Blackberry and makes it more expensive,” said Alec Saunders, VP of Developer Relations at RIM. “You know what, we’re super committed to open source.”""

United Kingdom

Submission + - Hobbit home in Wales (gaia-health.com) 1

MonsterTrimble writes: "From the article: "Simon Dale is a family man in Wales, the western part of Great Britain. His interest in self-sustainability and an ecological awareness led him to dig out and build his own home—one of the loveliest, warmest, most inviting dwellings you could ever imagine. And it cost him only £3,000, about $4,700 American dollars!""
Android

Submission + - Ice Cream Sandwich & Honeycomb Source released (techlaze.com) 1

MonsterTrimble writes: "Google has released the source code for both Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich. On ICS: "The source code, which is technically Android 4.0.1, comes with a slew of new features. Changes include a refined UI, revamped home screen, new fonts, improved voice engine and much more. ICS, unlike its predecessors, will work seamlessly across tablets as well as smartphones perhaps alleviating the fragmentation problem to a certain extent.""
Google

Submission + - Google Closing Labs (cnn.com)

MonsterTrimble writes: "Google Labs, the experimental site for new products, is being closed although many offshoots which have places in Gmail & Maps will remain. From the article: 'As for why Google Labs is getting shut down, Freidenfelds suggested paying a little attention to CEO Larry Page's comments in the company's recent earnings call about focusing resources:

"Greater focus has also been another big feature for me this quarter — more wood behind fewer arrows. Last month, for example, we announced that we will be closing Google Health and Google PowerMeter." '"

Chromium

Submission + - Road to Oneiric Ocelot (unixmen.com)

MonsterTrimble writes: "With the release last week of Natty Narwhal, Ubuntu is moving towards the 11.10 release, code named Oneiric Ocelot. With the improvements in Unity, there are a number of changes, including moving from Evolution to Thunderbird, Unity 2D as Default and from Firefox to Chromium."

Submission + - FSF Developing Facebook Fighter (itwire.com)

MonsterTrimble writes: "The Free Software Foundation is developing social networking software with an eye on "offering privacy and freedom to its users". From the article: "At the core of GNU social is a piece that Lee likes to call the relationship manager. "This handles all your social connections, and lets you set how you want privacy and your relationships with others to be handled by default. For example, a celebrity may wish to set their GNU social set-up to accept friend requests from everyone, but show them very little in exchange. Being able to easily and efficiently deal with different people — from fans, to family and all that's between in a clear, privacy-minded way is key. ""

Submission + - Thunderbird - Too Little, Too Late? (linux-mag.com)

MonsterTrimble writes: "From the Article:

"A few weeks ago, the Mozilla Messaging folks released the second beta for Thunderbird 3.1. The list of features amount to some nice improvements, but nothing revolutionary. One has to wonder if Thunderbird will ever be relevant to a wide audience, or if the Mozilla Messaging team should be focusing on doing more than incremental improvements to an old-school mailer."

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Ubuntu

Submission + - Ubuntu LTS experiences X.org memory leak (phoronix.com)

MonsterTrimble writes: "Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Beta 2 is experiencing a major memory leak due to patches for X.org.

"An X.Org Server update that was pushed into the Lucid repository last week has resulted in the system being slower and slower as its left on until it reaches a point where the system is no longer usable. ... In order to make the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS deadline, the developers are looking at just reverting three of the patches, which brings the GLX version back to 1.2. Ubuntu developers are now desperate for those willing to test out this updated X.Org Server package so they can determine by this Friday whether to ship it with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS or doing an early SRU (Stable Release Update). Right now this X.Org Server that's being tested is living in the ubuntu-x-swat PPA. "

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Google

Submission + - Android's possible readmission to Linux Kernel (theregister.co.uk)

MonsterTrimble writes: "At the Linux Collaboration Summit, Google and Linux Kernel Developers are meeting to discuss the issues surrounding the Android fork and how it can be re-admitted to the mainline kernel. From the article:
"James Bottomley, Linux SCSI subsystem maintainer and Novell distinguished engineer, said during the kernel panel forks are prevalent in embedded systems where companies use the fork once then "throw it away. Google is not the first to have done something like this by far, just the one that’s made the most publicity." Bottomley said. "Hopefully the function of this collaboration summit is there is some collaboration over the next two days and we might actually solve it.""

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