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World’s smallest 4 megapixel USB3 vision camera and Tux, the Linux mascot

World’s smallest 4 megapixel USB3 vision camera and Tux, the Linux mascot

Ximea just announced the world’s smallest 4 megapixel USB3 vision industrial high-speed camera. Measuring just 26.4 x 26.4 x 21.6-mm, it is the latest addition to the company’s xiQ series USB3 vision cameras, and it is capable of capturing grayscale and color 4 megapixel images at up to 90 frames per second, 5 Gbps data transfers, and integrated I/O. The […]

Tizen 2.0 Alpha code and SDK released

The source code and the SDK for Tizen 2.0 alpha has been released. Tizen is a Linux distribution for mobile platforms cobbled together with parts from the MeeGo project, Moblin and Maemo (all three are now defunct). Tizen’s development is overseen by the Tizen Association, a non-profit organization supported by power-house companies in the industry This alpha release is intended […]

SmartSim: GPL-ed digital logic circuit design and simulation package for Linux and Raspberry Pi

SmartSim: GPL-ed digital logic circuit design and simulation package for Linux and Raspberry Pi

Itching to create complex, digital logic circuits? How about giving SmartSim a try. If the name is new to you, SmartSim is a digital logic circuit design and simulation package that lets you “create your own custom components and including them in other circuits, as if they were any other built-in component. These larger circuits can then also be included […]

How to develop your own Raspberry Pi operating system

Why use an existing operating system if you can bake your own? Well, for one thing, writing an OS is not an easy feat. It requires a lot of knowledge in a lot of areas regarding OS development. And it will take a long time (for some folks, anyway) to get it to the point where it even comes close […]

FXPAL open source’s DisplayCast

FXPAL open source’s DisplayCast

DisplayCast is a screencast and sharing application designed for intranets. It is developed by FXPAL (FX Palo Alto Laboratory). DisplayCast includes a Streamer (the source component that can either share the entire screen or a portion of it); a Player (the real time receiver); and an Archiver (this captures a stream into an H.264 movie). The official description says that […]

s800c is powered by Android and has built-in Wi-Fi

s800c is powered by Android and has built-in Wi-Fi

Android here, Android there, Android everywhere. You just cannot seem to turn anywhere without hearing or reading about Android – for good or bad. For the most part, though, it has been for good. The latest place it showed up is in one of Nikon’s newly released digital camera’s. The Coolpix s800c, which, with the help of Android 2.3 and […]

Gameplay 1.4 has been released

Gameplay 1.4 has been released

Just over three months after Gameplay 1.2 was released, version 1.4 is now available for download. Gameplay is an open-source, cross-platform C++ game framework from BlackBerry developers. While there was no version 1.3, future release versions are 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, etc, and will include support for Linux, vehicle physics, terrain and scene editor. New features in this release are: Lua […]

One more reason to not use Skype for Linux

Even though Skype for Linux is unlike most applications available on any Linux installation, that is, it is a proprietary application, it has long been a popular chat and VoIP application for many users, not for free software purists, but for those that do not care about the core philosophies of free software. If you belong to that group, that […]

Look what Stella brought to CentOS 6.3

Look what Stella brought to CentOS 6.3

There is a new Linux distribution released almost every week, sometimes, even every day. The latest is one called Stella, and the first version is Stella 6.3. Stella is a desktop-focused remix of CentOS, and Stella 6.3 is based on CentOS 6.3. If you are familiar with CentOS, you know that out of the box, it is not really designed […]

$49 Android PC’s ROM, kernel and bootloader released

$49 Android PC’s ROM, kernel and bootloader released

It has just been announced that the ROM, kernel and bootloader for the APC (Android PC) are now available for public download. The APC is an initiative of VIA Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of integrated circuits based in Taiwan. It is a purpose-built Android PC system designed for keyboard and mouse input, and powered by a VIA 800MHz processor, with […]

Another one bites the dust, and goes open source

According to an old saying, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. That, however, does not seem to apply in the proprietary software business, because as we have seen over the years, whenever a proprietary software vendor falls on tough financial times, it closes shop and releases its products under an open source license. HP did it with […]

ROSA Desktop 2012 roadmap approved

The roadmap for ROSA Desktop 2012 has been approved. ROSA Linux is a line of Linux distributions published by ROSA Laboratory, a Linux solutions provider based in Moscow, Russia. The distribution is derived from Mandriva Linux. Aside from ROSA Desktop, which is intended for private desktop users, the company also publishes a desktop edition for enterprise or business users, and […]

iPPea TV: Android 4.0 dongle for HDMI-enabled DTVs

iPPea TV: Android 4.0 dongle for HDMI-enabled DTVs

It seems that every time an Android-based dongle (mini-computer) is released or announced, the price drops lower. And that is a good thing. Very good actually. You probably already read about the HDMI Dongle and the ANDHDM2s. The latest to be announced is the iPPea TV, an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) based dongle from iPPea Inc., a technology outfit […]

Suricata 1.3 released

Suricata 1.3, the latest version of Suricata, has been released. Suricata is an IDS/IPS engine built by the Open Information Security Foundation (OISF), a non-profit foundation funded by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and several private companies. Suricata can load the standard Snort VRT, Emerging Threats or the Emerging Threats Pro rulesets, and can be managed using BASE […]

Help Mandriva choose a name for its community distribution

Mandriva is in the final stages of launching the community edition of Mandriva Linux. And they are asking for your input – to help choose a name for that community edition. What do you need to do? Here is the official announcement: Starting now, we have opened a poll that will let you pick the name of the future distribution […]

Firefox OS: One more for the road

Firefox OS: One more for the road

Choice, as they say, is a good thing. Or you can never have too choices. In the mobile device operating system space, there are plenty to choose from, with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android leading the pack. Not to be left out, the Mozilla Foundation, publishers of the popular, open source Firefox Web browser, plans to add one more mobile […]

Downloads of Apache OpenOffice 3.4.0 top 5 million

Downloads of Apache OpenOffice 3.4.0 top 5 million

Apache 3.4 was released just six weeks ago. Since that time, download rate has been brisk. That is relative, of course, but for a software that is no longer installed by default on Linux distributions, surpassing the 5 million download mark in six weeks is still impressive. If you just dropped in from outer space, Apache OpenOffice, or what used […]

Piwik 1.8 released

Piwik 1.8 released

Piwik is a free software/open source Web analytics software developed in much the same manner as most open source applications – global collaboration of talented coders doing what they love. It is an alternative to Google Analytics and from my experience, better in many respects. If you manage websites and want to have complete control over traffic monitoring, Piwik is […]

Apache OpenOffice 3.4 released

Apache OpenOffice 3.4 released

Apache OpenOffice 3.4, the first (stable) release of the free software office suite since its development was handed over to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), has been released. The announcement was made earlier today. Before coming under the administration of the ASF, OpenOffice.org, as it was known then, was the most popular office suite in the free software community, and […]

Gameplay 1.2, open source game development framework, released

Gameplay 1.2, open source game development framework, released

Gameplay 1.2, a cross-platform, C++ game framework designed for learning and writing mobile and desktop games, has been released. Gameplay is an open source project hosted on Github and developed by Sean Paul and Steve Grenier, both graphics and game developers at Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry® smartphone and PlayBook tablet computer. Aside from the BlackBerry platform, Gameplay […]