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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 […]

Calligra 2.4.0 released

Calligra 2.4.0 released

After a long developmental period, Calligra 2.4.0, the first stable version of Calligra, has been released. Calligra is a Qt-based graphic and office suite forked from KOffice in 2010. Note: In some quarters, Calligra is said to be a continuation of KOffice, rather than a fork. Besides a complete set of office productivity application that you will find on most […]

Create an app for MintChip and win 10 oz of GOLD or 1 Gold Wafer

No, this has nothing to do with Linux Mint or Linux Mint Debian Edition. What it is, is an attempt by the Royal Canadian Mint to create an alternative digital or crypto-currency. Think of MintChip as Bitcoin, but backed by a country. Bitcoin is the open source application and project operating under the MIT license with the goal of creating […]

Jitsi 1.0 released

Jitsi 1.0 released

Version 1.0 of Jitsi, an audio/video and chat communicator, has been released. This comes after four months of active development, bug hunting and fixing. Jitsi offers several advanced communication features, including secure video calls using ZRTP, conferencing, chat, file transfer, and cross-platform remote desktop sharing. It is available under the LGPL license. The list of new features and bugs fixed […]

Android Ice Cream Sandwich ported to x86 tablets, netbooks and notebooks

Linpus Technologies, Inc., a Linux software solutions provider based in Taipei, Taiwan, just announced that they have ported Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest edition of Android, to run on x86 tablet, netbook and notebook computers. Linpus is the publisher of several Linux distributions, including Linpus Lite Desktop Edition, Linpus QuickOS and Linpus Lite PCTV. The latest edition of Linpus Lite […]

Endian Firewall Community 2.5.1 released

Endian Firewall Community is a free edition of Endian Firewall, a security-focused Linux distribution developed by Endian S.r.l., a Linux solutions provider based in Bolzano Italy. Endian Firewall Community is designed for small, non-profit organizations and SOHO (Small-/Home-Office) deployments. The latest version, Endian Firewall Community 2.5.1, released today, comes with several feature enhancements, including support for most modern UMTS/3G USB […]

Hardware Encryption Developed for New Computer Memory Technology

Security concerns are one of the key obstacles to the adoption of new non-volatile main memory (NVMM) technology in next-generation computers, which would improve computer start times and boost memory capacity. But now researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new encryption hardware for use with NVMM to protect personal information and other data. NVMM technologies, such as phase-change […]

Astaro has been acquired by Sophos

Astaro, the German company behind the suite of Linux-based network and host-based security applications and devices, has been acquired by Sophos, a UK-based provider of enterprise network and endpoint security solutions. An email to that effect was sent to Astaro’s users and partners today. Excerpts from the email reads: Dear Astaro Customers and Users, In 2009 we began to expand […]

U.S. To Introduce Draconian Anti-Piracy Censorship Bill

The U.S. Government is determined to put an end to online piracy. In an attempt to give copyright holders and the authorities all the tools required to disable access to so-called rogue sites, lawmakers will soon introduce the PROTECT IP Act. Through domain seizures, ISP blockades, search engine censorship, and cutting funding of allegedly copyright infringing websites, the bill takes […]

The National Archives releases new version of file-identification software DROID

On 7 March 2011, the National Archives launched the newest version of Digital Record Object Identification (DROID), an open source, file-identification and digital data management tool for the public and private sectors, and for individuals to download and use. DROID can scan millions of files at a time and correctly identify hundreds of different file formats, including most document, audio […]

Shopping Online, Privacy, Data Protection and Third-Party Tracking

In the wake of yet another e-commerce data breach in which the names and email addresses of millions of online shoppers and credit card users have been accessed illegally, researchers in the US suggest that privacy discussions, and ultimately legislation must urgently focus on the expanding roles of third-parties handling pervasive online customer profiles. Nancy King of the College of […]

Moving to open source would save government one to four billion

The Dutch could save one to four billion Euro per year, if their public administrations would move to open source software, according to calculations done by the ministry of the Interior. The ministry deemed the report ‘unsound’ and wanted to keep it under wraps, but members of the Parliament demanded access to the report. “I knew that enhancing competition would […]

Open-Source Software Is Actually More Secure for Health Care IT

Globally the sale of health care information systems is a multibillion dollar industry. The vast costs, frequent failed systems, and inability of systems to talk to each other regularly attract media comment. However policy makers still shy away from a class of software, Open Source, that could address many of these problems, because of worries about the safety and security […]

Identifying ‘Anonymous’ Email Authors

A team of researchers from Concordia University has developed an effective new technique to determine the authorship of anonymous emails. Tests showed their method has a high level of accuracy — and unlike many other methods of ascertaining authorship, it can provide presentable evidence in courts of law. Findings on the new technique are published in the journal Digital Investigation. […]

First migration of a Greek Public Organization to Free Software

The Musical Studies Department (MSD) of the Ionian University in Corfu has recently taken the initiative to become the first ever Public Organization and educational Institution in Greece that officially embraces Free and Open Source Software in its infrastructure. The project of migration of the MSD to open software applications was run after a decision of the Department’s General Assembly […]

Dummy-Proof BitTorrent Download Client

To make BitTorrent appeal to an even wider audience, uTorrent parent company BitTorrent Inc. has released a brand new BitTorrent client today. Codenamed Chrysalis, the new piece of software is aimed at novice BitTorrent users who are generally overwhelmed by the traditional interface of uTorrent and the mainline client. In the months to come Chrysalis will replace BitTorrent’s mainline client. […]

Honeypot To Combat Piracy

Rights holders often take extreme measures to combat piracy, but that a Government institution creates a ‘pirate’ honeypot is quite exceptional. In Portugal, a collaboration between a Ministry of Culture affiliated organization and the local music industry has resulted in a protocol that calls for such a honeypot, in order to shame, scare and threaten those who download music without […]

Exciting developments in GNU Radio

GNU Radio had a pretty good year in 2010, and we are already on track for an even more productive year in 2011. While we only produced one release in 2010, a large amount of work went into our source repository to improve the quality and stability of the project, and we are on track for a new release soon […]

public sector major driver open source desktop

Spain’s public administrations are an important driver for the advance of open source software on desktop computers. That is one of the conclusions of a desktop migration guide published by the IT department of the city of Zaragoza. Many Spanish public administrations have already adopted a free and open source desktop system, the report notes, listing implementations done by the […]

Slovenian public administrations moving to open source desktops

Public administrations in Slovenia are to increase their use of free and open source software on their desktop computers. Around 2015, 80 percent of the government’s offices should be using this type of desktop software, according to a plan published by the Ministry of Public Administration in January. The open source software stack to be implemented includes open source office […]