20 October 2010

Nokia N8 and the fall of Symbian

The light side to this killing Symbian business would be that Nokia has no choice but to focus on MeeGo, and with a bit of skill in leadership, product design and marketing, it could become a somewhat popular smartphone platform with an engaged developer community.

Meego is based on some of the same software which currently makes Linux a worthless piece of shit on the desktop (yeah, I know Arch Linux is perfect for your command center in mom’s basement, but it’s significantly less so for wide consumer use and corporate deployment). Nokia throwing all it’s weight at Meego could potentially make a lot of difference for everything related to X11 based Linux desktops on consumer devices. Android is a Linux kernel, BSD userland and something completely different than what most people mean when they refer to “Linux”.

Right now, Meego is of course deader than Symbian as the application market i minimal, and nobody will care until the likes of Evernote, Spotify and whatever kids are playing these days runs on Meego. There’s at least metric buttloads of software written for Symbian over the years.

[via:Mathias Lindholm]

24 September 2010

Piraattiliike ei koostu junteista

8 June 2010

Notepad++ leaves SourceForge over export restrictions policy.

[via:Hacker News]

20 May 2010

“Google, Mozilla and Opera announced a new open video format today called WebM. As part of the WebM project, Google is is freely licensing the VP8 compression technology. This new open video format will use a modified Matroska video container (.webm). WebM format support is available today in Firefox, Chromium, and Opera development builds. All videos that are 720p or larger, uploaded to YouTube after May 19th, will be be encoded in WebM.”

WebM uses the open Ogg Vorbis sound codec.

[via:Jani Uusitalo]

22 April 2010

White House open sources Drupal modules

[via:Waxy]

7 April 2010

Qubes: a Xen/Linux based, open source local virtual machine based desktop OS

Read the introduction post on Rutkowska’s blog (which you might have stumbled over before if you remember Blue Pill).

The project sounds tremendously interesting as it might end up giving anyone access to strong desktop security/sandboxing of a type already available in an “enterpricey” form in products like Citrix XenDesktop.

[via:Mikko Hypponen]

31 January 2010

Facebook Rewrites PHP Runtime For Speed

[via:Slashdot]

20 January 2010

The Open-PC project

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

18 December 2009

Swedish Pirate Party launches instance of the Etherpad open source code

The code was released by Google a few hours ago, Piratpartiet‘s announcement is published over here (Google translation).

The original Etherpad service had in a short time become a killer application for collaborative work within at least the Swedish, and according to my personal experience, in the Finnish Pirate Party as well. Google’s initial plan was probably to use Etherpad’s tech with Wave and to shut down the original service entirely.

The Etherpad open source project is available here.

[via:Max Gnipping]

6 December 2009

Etherpad to remain active until code is open sourced

Google bought this lovely web based multiplayer notepad the other day, with an initial plan to shut the whole thing down, but people complained. If you need to work on text or code with other people, try Etherpad, it really is Fully Qualified Awesome.

The AppJet framework, on which Etherpad is based, is probably something Google needs for allowing third parties to develop on the Wave platform. The framework is Java based, which in other words means that self-hosting a future open version might be a bit trickier than setting up WordPress on your typical ten dollar web host.

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

25 October 2009

Whitehouse.gov migrated to Drupal

Some details and name-dropping.

[via:kenkku]

24 July 2009

Richard Stallman on the Swedish Pirate Party’s potential negative impact on Free Software

See also: rms

[via:IDG.se]

8 March 2009

Free Chromium builds without Google Chrome’s EULA asshattery

Chromium is the free software base on which Google’s new browser is built.

[via:Tietokone]

28 February 2009

Despotify: an open source, Proof of Concept Spotify client

See also: Spotify

[via:rubinju]

23 November 2008

Handbrake 0.9.3 released: Linux GUI available (Ubuntu 8.10 .deb packages included)

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.”

This is a must have tool for anyone who needs to convert video for playback on specific devices, for online publishing or backup purposes. Thanks to its multi-threaded nature, it works efficiently with modern multi-core CPUs. The new release is notable for Linux users, as earlier versions lacked a graphical user interface for this platform.

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