We’re nearing the end of the first half of 2016, and that means a lot of new Android smartphones have been announced. Starting off the year was the Huawei Mate 8 and Honor 5X at CES in January, of course followed later by Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and S7 edge as well as the LG G5 in February at Mobile World Congress. But which ones are the best buys? Keep reading to find out…
Whether you like a pocket-sized phone that offers more in terms of raw features, or a phablet-sized phone that sticks to stock Android, you’re sure to find something to fit your preference when you go with Android. The platform can be found on more than 80% of smartphones on the planet, and there’s a reason for that.
As we approach Google I/O 2016, where we’ll learn more about Android N, Marshmallow continues its steady rise and is now on 7.5% of all devices.
With FESCo having decided not to schedule a mass rebuild for Fedora 25 due out at the end of the year, some developers are unhappy and feel its sacrificing quality over trying to push out a release on time.
It was decided earlier this year not to schedule in a mass rebuild of all packages for Fedora 25 since it's a time consuming process and the developers aim to ship Fedora 25 before the end-of-year holidays without having to drag out the release into the new year. As such, any changes that would necessitate a rebuild of all F25 RPMs should be diverted to Fedora 26.
Couple of years back we moved dgplug into a static website. But still there are requirements when we do want to update parts of the site in a timely manner. We also wanted to track the changes. We tried to maintain a sphinx based docs, but somehow we never managed to do well in that case.
ChaletOS, which “came from the style of the mountain houses in Switzerland” is a beautifully-crafted Linux distro that aims to ease the transition of users from other operating systems (specifically Windows) to Linux.
While this concept is not new, it has been one of the things that drives the Linux industry towards usability, user-friendliness and perfection.
Neil Trevett, President of The Khronos Group, presented at the International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL) last month in Vienna about the state of the union for OpenCL.
While the OpenWRT project is a very well known embedded Linux distribution primarily for network devices, a number of their own developers have decided to fork away from the project.
In what appears to be a move to have new project leaders, a group of OpenWRT developers announced LEDE, their fork of the project. LEDE considers itself a spin-off of OpenWRT with many of the same goals. LEDE is short for the Linux Embedded Development Environment.
Today, May 3, 2016, Canonical has issued a new Ubuntu security notice to inform the community about the availability of new OpenSSL versions that patch various vulnerabilities discovered upstream by various developers.
The OpenSSL security notice is valid for the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin). It details a total of five security issues that have been fixed in OpenSSL, which contains the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) cryptographic library and tools.
You might not have noticed, but it’s been a wee while since we last featured an ‘Ubuntu in the Wild’ spot (excusing my little editorial last month).
The gap isn’t because Ubuntu isn’t being spotlighted in projects. It was more that a couple of readers were vocal in telling us such articles were trivial and didn’t call for a post. So, for the past year or two we’ve been tweeting the odd Ubuntu in the Wild spot rather than posting a blog post about it.
Expect to see a larger Ubuntu desktop installation image size by the time the Yakkety Yak is released later this year.
Ubuntu Developers are currently discussing a new size limit for the main distribution image, as well those of the distribution’s official flavours.
There are other important benefits. Linux containers package just about any type of server application to run everywhere – on your desktop, in a cloud, or anywhere Linux is available – regardless of kernel version or Linux distribution. Containers also can have a considerably smaller footprint than VMs, which means your systems can see higher densities and run more cost effectively with containers than with VMs on the same host.
Huawei's promised to bring a "flagship" phone to the US this year. The Chinese company built the Nexus 6P, Google's current flagship, but the name "Huawei" won't be familiar to most US consumers, judging their Android phone options. In the meantime, Huawei is boosting its Stateside credibility with two new Android Wear watches: the Jewel (pictured above) and the Elegant (below), both aimed at women.
Xubuntu 16.04 felt very polished, snappy and easy for me. There were no issues or bugs that I noticed while running it in a Live mode.
The only downside that I would like to mention is the set of applications. It is minimalistic, if not barebones. Many useful tools should be installed by the user from the repositories. Of course, it's not a problem if you know the applications you need. Otherwise, you need to search first. That makes me think that Xubuntu 16.04 is not oriented to the Linux beginners.
A veteran of the web publishing and sports media industries, Jeff Diecks leads professional services and client delivery at Mediacurrent and is an active member of the Drupal community. Jeff also organizes events for his local Louisiana Drupal Users Group and Drupalcamp New Orleans.
I was able to catch up with Jeff ahead of DrupalCon New Orleans 2016, where he'll share insights on site building tools to solve common university needs.
Intrinsyc’s Automotive Development Platform S820A runs Android 6.0 on a Snapdragon 820A, and offers a 4K touchscreen, plus WiFi, BT, GPS, and optional LTE.
Last December, Intrinsyc launched three Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” dev kits in phone, tablet, and embedded board form factors for Qualcomm’s 14nm Snapdragon 820 SoC. Now, the company has announced a Marshmallow kit for automotive applications running the similar, automotive focused Snapdragon 820A SoC. The Intrinsyc Snapdragon Automotive Development Platform (ADP) S820A kit is aimed at automotive OEMs, Tier1s, and ecosystem partners building in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
Today, May 3, 2016, Linux Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Linux and open source projects, has announced the general availability of its free badge program.
Finnish mobile startup Jolla, the maker of Sailfish OS, has secured $12m in funding which should keep the firm afloat until the end of the year.
The company announced the new round today, which will alleviate some of the financial troubles that have caused it to abandon the Jolla tablet, lay off staff, and apply for debt restructuring in Finland. The company split its hardware and software businesses last July.
Version 2.0 of Jenkins, the open source automation server and continuous delivery software development platform, was released last week, a decade after it began life as Hudson, a Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) project.
With the rising popularity of DevOps as a software development and delivery methodology, its community has been focused on making Jenkins easier to use, support delivery pipelines as code, and making it simpler to select and manage the many plugins that are a central part of the Jenkins ecosystem. These changes, the developers insist, are sufficiently large to merit a new version badge - although they are keen to point out that version 2.0 is completely backwards compatible with earlier iterations.
The Ubuntu Online Summit started just a few moments ago, and you can watch the Ubuntu Engineering team live right now talking about the features planned for the next Ubuntu release.
We reported last week that the development of the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) operating system had begun, with daily live ISO images being made available for early adopters and public testers who want to track the development cycle of the upcoming Ubuntu release.
This latest data puts the overall Linux market-share at 0.90%, which they indicate as a +0.06% compared to the month prior. Well, back in March, Steam on Linux dropped by 0.06% compared to February, so it's basically the same level as back then.
Are you a fan of multiplayer games? Well it looks like The Ship: Remasted (that's not a typo!) is heading to Linux and it could even be soon. It sounds pretty hilarious too, really want to try it with a few of you.
If you're a fan of games like Risk you might want to have a look into the free to play Age of Conquest IV (Steam, official website) which recently released.
I hadn't heard of Corpse Party myself until a few days ago, but it seems this popular series is getting a Linux entry. Corpse Party is currently being ported to Linux!
Oh boy, not long after the release of Tomb Raider and Feral Interactive have started teasing a new port again.
The Linux Foundation has released the first round of CII Best Practices badges as part of a program designed to improve the quality and security of open-source software.
Announced on Tuesday, the non-profit said the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), a project which brings tech firms, developers and stakeholders together to create best practice specifications and improve the security of critical open-source projects, has now entered a new stage with the issue of CII badges to a select number of open-source software.
The best way to establish how vulnerable your network is to a hacker attack is to subject it to a penetration test carried out by outside experts. (You must get a qualified third party to help with penetration testing, of course, and eSecurity Planet recently published an article on finding the right penetration testing company.)
In May last year, a new attack on the Diffie Hellman algorithm was released, called Logjam. At the time, I was working on a security team, so it was our responsiblity to check that none of our servers would be affected. We ran through our TLS config and decided it was safe, but also needed to check that our SSH config was too. That confused me – where in SSH is Diffie Hellman? In fact, come to think of it, how does SSH work at all? As a fun side project, I decided to answer that question by writing a very basic SSH client of my own.
The International Open Data Day brings together citizens and developers in major cities around the world to develop tools and applications based on Open Data. In 2016, Open Data Day took place on the 5-6 March.
Dutch government organisations are generally unable to process requests under the new 'Law for re-use of government information' in a timely and correct manner. According to inventories made by the Open State Foundation and Open Archives, government at all levels took months to decide on the requests, had problems providing the information in an open and machine-readable format, and failed to forward requests that should be handled by other organisations.
The issue was brought before Péterfalvi Attila, President of the National Authority for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, by Tóth Bertalan, Deputy Faction Leader for the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP). Tóth argued that citizens are restricted in exercising their right of access to public information if an agency asks that much money for its data.