Tag Archive | Open Source

Pretty Computing Machines Designed For Linux #slimbook

While I’m sure this has been done before; I haven’t seen something pre-built that’s quite as shiny.

We assemble computers searching for excellent quality and warranty service, at a reasonable price. [Currently: I’m not sure anyone in with this customer base can definitely offer this. Anyway:] So much so, that in 2018 we were awarded Best Open Source Service / Solution Provider at the OpenExpo Europe 2018.”

https://slimbook.es/en/us

Now this is interesting… #pinephone

An Open Source Smart Phone Supported by All Major Linux Phone Projects…Perhaps you’re in a line of work where security is a must, or [you are] a hard-core Linux enthusiast, or perhaps you’ve just got enough of Android and iOS and you’re ready for something else – the PinePhone may be the next Phone for you.

See Pine64.org / PinePhone

Perhaps not quite up there in terms of “operable” hardware, but I will be watching this…

Like Working Phones? Dislike Google or Corporations? Check this out…

Found this on ghacks.net earlier this week:

Mozilla and KaiOS Technologies announced a partnership this week that will benefit both companies. KaiOS is based on a relatively old version of Mozilla’s Gecko engine; version 48, released in 2016 is still the base of the operating system. While the technology works fine for the most part, important features and developments such as TLS 1.3, WebAssembly, or Progressive Web Apps, are not supported by the current version.

The partnership will change that as Mozilla and KaiOS plan to introduce these new features in the mobile operating system. All changes will be released as open source according to the press release on the KaiOS website.”

https://www.ghacks.net/2020/03/14/firefox-os-successor-mozilla-and-kaios-announce-partnership/

This may (finally) mean that the Big G has some competition in the mobile market; and coming from a combination of a clearly hungry techco (in KaiOS Technologies) and ultimately the longest lasting advocate for open standards in web tech (i.e. Mozilla) surely this can’t be a bad thing?

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RacketBoy writes: “MISTer FPGA: The Future Of Retro Game Emulation and Preservation?”

…the most discerning retro gamers are increasingly looking at the world of FPGA for opportunities to bring the conveniences of emulation to a hardware that is closer to original console hardware.”

http://www.racketboy.com/retro/mister-fpga-the-future-of-retro-game-emulation-and-preservation

This huge article is definitely worth a look for anyone wanting to find out about “Hardware Emulation” in general. The original author does peddle the party-line for his favourite project a fair bit; but stick with it.

BlackBerry Androids?!

It turns out, while releasing BBM to other platforms, BlackBerry are expanding the scope of required skills for software-development on their flagship range: http://developer.blackberry.com/android.

As long as your code is written for the Android SDK v2.3.3, and you use BB’s own encapsulation tool, your code should run directly on BB OS10!

 

Mobile Open-source community flare-up

Less than two months have passed (which makes about six since Nokia made yet another announcement) since I first wrote about this.

Now it appears Nokia have moved firmly over to releasing handsets heavily biased (if not locked to) Windows Phone 7

Now officially titled “MeeGo“, I find it a little disheartening to find all clicks for maemo.nokia.com to now redirect to swipe.nokia.com (presumably advertising the “N9”)… Read More…