Category: news & announcements

This is not just about your personal privacy

This is not just about your personal privacy

Aside from revealing the names of specific programs that the government has been using to violate the privacy of all and sundry, to most people who have been keeping track of what’s going on over the past twenty years or more, nothing Edward Snowden has so far revealed is news. I know that a significant percentage of the population don’t […]

How to install S3QL from source on Fedora 19

S3QL is an online file system for UNIX-like operating systems that provide features like compression, encryption, data de-duplication, immutable trees and snapshotting. It can be used to create a local or remote (online) file system and so can be used to backup your data to a supported Cloud storage platform. Google Storage, Amazon S3 and OpenStack are supported online Cloud […]

Ubuntu Edge: Is there life after an unsuccessful crowd-funding campaign?

Ubuntu Edge: Is there life after an unsuccessful crowd-funding campaign?

At exactly 1:59 a.m. (CST) this early Thursday morning, Canonical’s attempt to raise US$32 million directly from end-users via a crowd-funding campaign for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone on Indiegogo came to an unsuccessful end. The money was to have been used to build what has been dubbed a “superphone” that would have been able to run both Android and Ubuntu […]

Plasma Media Center 1.1 and digiKam 3.3

Plasma Media Center 1.1 and digiKam 3.3

Plasma Media Center 1.1 was released today August 20, while digiKam 3.3 was released on August 6. Plasma Media Center is a promising media center application for the K Desktop environment, while digiKam is a popular KDE photo management application, with some editing capabilities. In terms of features, Plasma Media Center (PMC) is not yet at the level of XBMC, […]

Sagemath in the Cloud and Sagemath 5.11

Sagemath in the Cloud and Sagemath 5.11

Sagemath, or just Sage, a Free Software computational mathematics software, has a hosted service that’s in beta testing phase. Sage is a Free Software alternative to Matlab, Magma, Maple, and Mathematica. It is cross-platform and free to download. The Cloud-hosted service aims to provide users a stable platform for doing computational mathematics tasks they would normally be doing on a […]

Ubuntu Edge sets crowdfund record, but could still fail

Ubuntu Edge sets crowdfund record, but could still fail

Ubuntu Edge, the next-generation smartphone that Canonical wants to build by tapping funds directly from end-users, has set the record for the most money raised in a crowdfunded campaign. At more than US$10 million, it passed the previous record (US$10,266,844) set by the Pebble smartwatch. However with just six days to go, the campaign looks likely to also set a […]

Google to Gmail users: Forget about privacy. It’s so dead!

Google to Gmail users: Forget about privacy. It’s so dead!

Here’s a report from The Guardian. Yep, it’s that same UK online news site that’s been making headlines for more than a month. The report cites a court filing by Google in which the Internet giant revealed that Gmail users should have no expectation of privacy. None. The thing does not exist. In the court filing, Google makes the claim […]

Microsoft’s Surface RT is an “Unmitigated Disaster.” What’s wrong with that?

Microsoft’s Surface RT is an “Unmitigated Disaster.” What’s wrong with that?

After Microsoft successfully used Restricted Boot to make dual-booting Linux distributions and Windows 8 on newer desktop and notebook computers a painful adventure. And after the company successfully locked out Linux distributions from ARM tablets running Windows RT, any bad news streaming from Steve Ballmer’s office is sweet music to my ears. So the company lost close to US$1 billion […]

The Android-powered MeMO Pad™ HD 7 is just $149

The Android-powered MeMO Pad™ HD 7 is just $149

There are some 7-inch Android tablets that can be had for less than US$100, some for just US$70. And virtually all the ones I’ve seen in stores are crappy, from no-name manufacturers. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. But prices of these smaller tablets from industry leaders have been creeping lower. HP’s Slate 7 is just […]

I quit using Linux because…

I quit using Linux because…

Here’s a very simple question. What can you infer from the image shown below? Once in a while, a prominent or not so prominent member of the Linux community makes a switch – for one reason or the other – to another operating system, usually to Mac OS X. The latest is Denis Koryavov, the former GUI Development lead for […]

Openfiler is moving to CentOS

Openfiler is moving to CentOS

Openfiler, a Linux distribution designed for building Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems, is being ported to CentOS, a distribution which itself is derived from Red Hat Linux. That means when the port is completed, Openfiler will be using the yum package management system. The current version of Openfiler uses the Conary package management system, a system developed by rPath, Inc., […]

Memo to HP: A backdoor is not a vulnerability

Technion, a blogger who maintains lolware.net, recently disclosed a backdoor in StoreOnce 4210 product, an HP storage hardware for enterprise users. He revealed the username and password of the backdoor here. How did HP respond? By issuing a security bulletin that misleads by passing the backdoor off as a bug – a vulnerability. The complete content of the security bulletin […]

You may now buy the SlateBook x2 for “just” $479

You may now buy the SlateBook x2 for “just” $479

HP’s SlateBook x2, an hybrid computer which combines the features and functions of an ultrabook and a tablet and which was first announced in May, is now shipping. The SlateBook x2 is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor, the same processor that powers many smartphones and tablet computers. Like so many of those smartphones and tablets, it is also powered […]

The Old Reader to shut down – in 2 weeks

Maintainers of The Old Reader have announced that the service will no longer be accepting new registrations, the service itself will be shutting down in two weeks and existing accounts migrated to a private site. The Old Reader, which got that name because it is a continuation of Google’s old RSS reader code, was started as a hobby of sorts […]

Google’s Chromecast and the new Nexus 7

Google’s Chromecast and the new Nexus 7

A new day brings two new hardware from Google. I am referring to the Chromecast and a refreshed Nexus 7 Android tablet computer. Chromecast is Google’s entry into a field where major and minor technology companies have been throwing their hat in to. It’s a USB flash drive-sized device you plug into any high-definition (HD) TV. Once the wireless connection […]

The problem with NoSQL databases

NoSQL databases, whether they are truly “no SQL” or “not only SQL,” defer differ from relational databases in one major respect; they tend to be easier to work with, and are better suited for use with real-time Web applications. That’s why major and minor technology outfits are throwing development effort in the NoSQL field. In the Free Software community, most […]

Apache OpenOffice 4 is here

Apache OpenOffice 4 is here

Apache OpenOffice 4.0 has been released. This is the first major milestone release since the Free and Open Source software Office suite was donated to the Apache Software Foundation by Oracle. It is also the first Apache OpenOffice version that includes code and features merged from IBM’s Symphony. So this is not just a cleanup of the old OpenOffice code […]

FSF interview with the developer of Kunjika

Kunjika is a new, Free Software project that was announced a few days ago (see Announcing Kunjika, a Free Software Stack Overflow clone). It is a modern question and answer platform, a Stack Overflow clone published under the GNU General Public License by Shiv Shankar Dayal, an Instrumentation Engineer and software programmer who is from and resides in India. Kunjika […]

Pixelknot: Steganography app for Android

Pixelknot: Steganography app for Android

With digital privacy, security and anonymity in the public consciousness, thanks to information revealed by Edward Snowden, any tool or application that can help you communicate securely with your friends is always welcome. One such tool that just been released is called Pixelknot. Developed by The Guardian Project for Android devices, Pixelknot is a steganography application “that allows users to […]

Announcing Kunjika, a Free Software Stack Overflow clone

Announcing Kunjika, a Free Software Stack Overflow clone

Kunjika is a modern question and answer forum application that aims to give users the same features available on Stack Overflow. It is the brain-child of Shiv Shankar Dayal, an Instrumentation Engineer and software programmer. Kunjika is written in Python (using the Flask framework), with a Couchbase database, Memcached thrown in and a Jinja2-based templating system. Coding stated about a […]