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Submission + - Nintendo Switch runs on Open Source software (cio.com)

sfcrazy writes: It's worth noting that open source dominates the gaming industry: Nintendo Switch, like the PlayStation, runs on FreeBSD; Nvidia Shield TV and Steam Machine both run on Linux kernel. Xbox, which uses the proprietary kernel by Microsoft, seems to be the only exception. Nintendo Switch also uses software components from open source projects, including Google’s Android and Apple’s WebKit.

Submission + - Your smart fridge may kill you: The dark side of IoT (infoworld.com)

sfcrazy writes: As a science fiction writer, I can think of dozens of scenarios where an insecure fridge can literally kill you. I am working on a techno-thriller where a group of hackers take control of an unpatched smart fridge and turns the freezer down every night. All the meat stored in the freezer rots. The owner throws a party, inviting 20 colleagues from office. All get severe food poisoning from meat and poultry. Two die. Exactly what the group of hackers achieved by doing that is the plot of the story which I am not going to reveal here. But the point is, it's possible.

Submission + - Are your 3D prints failing? Try this first (cio.com)

sfcrazy writes: I have spools of filament hanging from a rod in a closet. The plastic attracts specs of dirt and creates a thin layer on the filament. When this filament passes through the extruder, the dirt sticks inside the nozzle and interferes with the flow of the molten plastic, that eventually leads to blockage.

There is no way to create a dust-free environment at home, especially when you have pets, but it’s every easy to get a filter for your filaments. You don’t have to buy the filter, you can ‘print’ it.

Submission + - What makes Prusa i3 MK2 the best 3D printer? (cio.com)

sfcrazy writes: Prusa i3 is a fully open sourced fused deposition modeling printer developed by Josef Prusa from Czechia. One of the coolest things about this printer, compared to others on the market, is that due to open source hardware and software, I can buy parts from any hardware vendor and use it on my printer. The only custom parts are the PINDA probe and the heated bed that’s designed and sold by Prusa.

Submission + - First KDE neon powered laptop is here (cio.com)

sfcrazy writes: The KDE community is working with a Spanish laptop maker to bring KDE desktop-powered laptops to market. Founded by Alejandro López, Grupo Odín is a small business in Spain that sells high-quality laptops with Linux preloaded on them. Their goal is not to make a lot of money, but to bring Linux to more users.

A majority of desktop Linux users buy Windows laptops, wipe the hard drive and install Linux on them. But then they are on their own with no support from the company that sold them the laptop. By contrast, López offers complete support for his hardware.

Submission + - SUSE is working on a container operating system called Micro OS (thenewstack.io)

sfcrazy writes: In an interview, SUSE’s new CTO, Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo told The New Stack that there are many customers who are running legacy systems but they want to migrate to modern technologies over time. Today, if you want to start from scratch, you will start with containers. “We want to make sure that companies that have legacy infrastructure and legacy applications can move to modern technologies, where container as a service is offered through that OS itself,” said “Dr. T” (as he is known in SUSE circles). That’s what CaaSP with MicroOS is being designed to do.

Micro OS will offer transactional updates similar to Core OS, where users can roll back to older version if something fails. The big difference is that it use BTRFS snapshots to achieve that.

Submission + - It's official, Linux 0.01 was released on September 17, 1991 (cio.com)

sfcrazy writes: While everyone knows Linux was announced on August 25, 1991 nothing is known about the first actual release of the kernel. But now we know. Torvalds posted a note on his Google+, bringing an end to the mystery: Today is the 25th anniversary of the Linux-0.01 release, I do believe. Normally, the anniversary is counted from the announcement email (August 25), because that was the actual public statement of intent. The 0.01 code drop happened a couple of weeks later, and wasn't publicly announced.

Submission + - GNU GPL protect Linux from fragmentation: Torvalds (cio.com)

sfcrazy writes: During LinuxCon, Torvalds was full of praise for GNU GPL: "The GPL ensures that nobody is ever going to take advantage of your code. It will remain free and nobody can take that away from you. I think that's a big deal for community management."

"FSF [Free Software Foundation] and I don't have a loving relationship, but I love GPL v2," said Torvalds. "I really think the license has been one of the defining factors in the success of Linux because it enforced that you have to give back, which meant that the fragmentation has never been something that has been viable from a technical standpoint."

And he things BSD licence is bad for everyone: "Over the years, I've become convinced that the BSD license is great for code you don't care about," Torvalds said.

Submission + - Developers fork OwnCloud to create Nextcloud (cio.com)

sfcrazy writes: Core developers and founder of ownCloud have forked the project to create a new open source project called Nextcloud. They are also founding a new German company with the same name with Spreedbox founder Niels Mache. The engineers who quit ownCloud, as well as Jos Poortvliet, the former community manager of openSUSE and ownCloud Inc., are joining Nextcloud. They are also setting up a foundation to oversee Nextcloud development. The foundation will own the Nextcloud trademark and it will be licenced to the company for usage. The biggest change that they are making is to eliminate CLAs (Contributor Licence Agreements) so that developers will not be required to sign a CLA to contribute to Nextcloud. CLAs have been a controversial topic within the open source community.

Submission + - Linus Torvalds wins the desktop with Chromebooks (cio.com)

sfcrazy writes: In the first quarter of 2016, Chromebooks outsold Macbooks. Yes, you read that right. Chromebooks beat Macs in overall shipments in the U.S. With that news, Linus Torvalds is ready to declare desktop victory. On Thursday last week, Torvalds posted on his Google+ page: “Hey, either Macs don't count much on the desktop, or we may have to finally lay the 'year of the Linux desktop' joke to rest.”

Submission + - Linux is the largest software development project on the planet: Greg K-H (cio.com) 1

sfcrazy writes: Greg Kroah-Hartmant, the Linux superstar, delivered a keynote at CoreOS Fest where he gave some impressive details on how massive is the Linux project. Kroah-Hartman said the latest release (4.5) made two months ago contains over 21 million lines of code. More impressive than the amount of code, and what truly makes Linux the world's largest software project is the fact that last year around 4,000 developers and at least 440 different companies that contributed to the kernel. Kroah-Hartman said, “It's the largest software development project ever, in the history of computing — by the number of people using it, developing it, and now using it, and the number of companies involved. It's a huge number of people.”

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