SpaceCracker writes: HP previously announced it will join the [already crowded] cloud IaaS market with it's OpenStack based offering. Now it's publicly available for beta users. OpenStack, is an opensource cloud computing platform founded by Rackspace and NASA that has gained traction from quite a few large players, such as IBM and Red Hat, who wanted to present an alternative to Amazon and VMWare.
Rik Sweeney writes: Schools in England are to scrap the current programme of information and communications technology (ICT) and replace it with an "open source" curriculum in computer science and programming designed with the help of universities and industry after it was described as "harmful and dull".
judgecorp writes: "The British Education Secretary Michael Gove has said that the school ICT curriculum will be scrapped and replaced with programming and real computer science. Britain's schoolchildren have had compulaory ICT (information and communications technology) lessons for some time, but they are hated by staff and pupils alike, amounting to little more than Powerpoint training, using the products rather than understanding the code. There is room for improvement — and the British-designed Raspberry Pi could be part of this, but can the new system break away from the old product-centric regime when it will apparently be sponsored by companies including Google and, er, Microsoft."
Kaj de Vos writes: "The Syllable project, developer of an Amiga/BeOS style desktop operating system and successor to AtheOS, released the first development version of a server companion based on the Linux kernel. It is built in the image of Syllable Desktop as much as possible, but provides a text mode Linux environment. Syllable Server contains a preliminary graphical environment built on the framebuffer device, with DirectFB and SDL on top. The planned graphical environment that is to be ported from Syllable Desktop is not included yet. The installation procedure is short, but is still manual — and resembles the installation procedure for the old AtheOS. Included are tools such as a graphical web browser, a file manager and an editor. One thing Syllable Server is designed for is to function as a light-weight virtualisation platform for running other operating systems (or multiple instances of itself). The QEmu virtualisor/emulator is included, and the KQEmu Accelerator kernel module is integrated into the system. [Screenshot of Syllable Server running on Syllable Desktop, installation and usage instructions, torrent (preferred), installation package (80 MB).] Please use the torrent if you can."
exolon42 writes: This is a mandatory read for every (former or current) Amiga hacker. You have to give it to the Dutch: tulips, cheese, and now a guy named Dennis has recreated the original Amiga chipset in a Xilinx Spartan-3 FPGA, and recently released all sources under the GPL to boot! This includes the design of a PCB containing the FPGA, the required MC68000 and normal PC-style hardware connectors so you can build your own. A thought-provoking fact is that the Verilog-sources for the recreated chips (Denise, Paula, Agnus etc.) are only around 500-1000 lines each... chips in the eighties didn't contain 1 billion transistors!