Few people would argue that fragmentation is a problem on the Android platform, or at the very least it's sometimes a frustration. The fact that Android is open source and is within reach of any handset/tablet maker who wants to take the source code and run with it is partially what made the OS so popular to begin with. However, with so many Android devices in the wild, many sporting their own custom UIs, it's almost a crap-shoot as to when or even if any particular model will receive a major update, like Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Could paid updates solve this problem?
Maybe it's the holiday season that has big corporations in a giving mood this month, but there's definitely something in the air that's spreading the love of open source software. Whatever it is, Hewlett-Packard caught wind of it last week and flipped the open source switch on webOS, and now Nvidia is announcing plans to provide the source code for the new CUDA LLVM-based compiler to academic researchers and software-tool vendors to help make it easier to add GPU support for more programming languages and support CUDA applications on alternative processor architectures.
When HP named Meg Whitman the new CEO earlier this year, she wasted little time in firmly reversing the course set by Leo Apotheker, her predecessor, and declaring that the company would be keeping its PC business after all. WebOS, however, was a different matter. Whitman’s dragged her feet making a call about the black sheep operating system, leading to intense speculation. Will she sell WebOS? Kill it? Keep it? Turns out the answer as D) None of the above. Today, HP announced that WebOS is going open source.
The folks at Red Hat have made available Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version 6.2 this week, which promises to offer several enhancements across a number of areas, including performance and scalability. For many businesses big and small, RHEL is the go-to Linux distro, and this latest build comes a year after Red Hat introduced RHEL 6.0, which achieved the largest mulit-core Linux configuration results certified to date on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard application benchmark, Red Hat claims.
Doom 3 might not have blown away interactive storytelling standards when it launched on the PC back in 2004, but it definitely raised the bar as far as visuals were concerned. Despite the awesome eye candy, the Internet quickly filled with mildly disgruntled gamers who griped that they could have made a better game by, say, changing up the monster closet-filled gameplay and adding a flashlight to weapons. Well, big talkers, here’s your chance to put your money where your mouth is: yesterday, iD finally released Doom 3’s source code, nearly seven years after the game launched.
A little ahead of schedule, Google has dropped the source code for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) into the public Android Open Source Project repository. Now that the code has been opened up, developers and OEMs alike are free to take the code and modify it as they see fit. This move comes ahead of the release of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first device that will ship with ICS.
A company called BeagleBoard invites you to meet BeagleBone, an $89 open source hardware platform about the size of a credit card. It's intended for electronic enthusiasts looking for a fast, easy, and affordable way to build things like wireless networked autonomous robots, self-teaching electronics education kits, intelligent digital signage, retro gaming devices, home automation, and the list goes on.
Linus Torvalds on Monday announced the release of Linux Kernel 3.1 at the ongoing Kernel summit in Prague. The latest stable version of the Linux Kernel was preceded by as many as ten release candidates. With Kernel.org still trying to recover from the security breach it suffered in August, Linux Kernel 3.1 is the first release to be hosted on code hosting service GitHub.
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a delicious Ice Cream Sandwich? Not even smarmy owls know the answer to that question – yet. Android developers will have a leg up on Tootsie Pop-packing birds sometime soon, as a Google engineer has confirmed that the ICS code will be released once users are able to wrap their hands around Ice Cream Sandwich-enabled phones and tablets.
Does the name Tor Lillqvist sound familiar? If you use the free photo manipulation software known as GIMP on your Windows box in place of Adobe's costly Photoshop suite, you have Lillqvist to thank. He's the SUSE programmer responsible for porting GIMP to Windows and was hired by Novell to do the same with its Evolution software, and now he's turning his attention to LibreOffice.