Category: news & announcements

OpenShift Enterprise 1.0 announced

OpenShift is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) product from Red Hat, Inc., a leading open source technology software outfit based in Raleigh, North Carolina. OpenShift is both a cloud platform and a free application that you can run on your hardware. OpenShift Enterprise 1.0 is the next phase in the growth of the platform, and makes it available for small and big […]

What’s new in Kate

What’s new in Kate

Kate is a professional text editor for the K Desktop Environment (KDE). It is one of the most feature-rich and advanced text editors available on any of the Free Software desktop environments. The name is derived from KDE Advanced Text Editor. The latest news about Kate comes from a posting by Dominik Haumann on the KDE website based on code-commits […]

German govt comes out against Trusted Computing and Secure Boot

Trusted Computing and Secure Boot, especially Secure Boot, are supposed to boost the security of devices that you own. Yes, devices that you own! However, judging from the manner that Secure Boot has been implemented, it sure feels like you do not own that device you bought with your money. Hence the phrase Restricted Boot is more apt. And since […]

OSSEC 2.7 released

OSSEC is Free Software, a GPL-licensed, host-based intrusion detection system (HIDS) that operates on a client-server model. Its development is sponsored by Trend Micro, a software security outfit based in Tokyo, Japan. OSSEC is cross-platform, with binary packages available for all Linux distributions, the BSDs, Windows, Solaris, Mac OS, VMWare ESX, AIX, and HP-UX. OSSEC 2.7 is the latest, stable […]

CYOD, BYOD

In the CYOD world, users are given a choice between several, purposefully selected Operating Systems. Depending on the environment, iOS and Android are offered with a wide variety of third OS choices (Blackberry, Windows, or maybe WebOS). If users have a device that fits into one of these categories, they are welcome to connect it. The reason for this is […]

ZShaolin keeps getting better. Now has vim, nmap, git, rsync, and ssh

Remember ZShaolin? Yep, it’s that Android ninja tool that gives you zsh and a whole bunch of command-line applications on your Android device, minus the need to root it. I first brought it to your attention via this article. Five days later, a new version has been released. And if you were happy with the features the first one shipped […]

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 […]