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  • How and why EasyOS is different

    Fri 5:23pm By Thom Holwerda
    EasyOS is designed from scratch to support containers. Any app can run in a container, in fact an entire desktop can run in a container. Container management is by a simple GUI, no messing around on the commandline. The container mechanism is named Easy…
  • Full video of Nokia Android Feature phone with Google Assistant support emerges

    Fri 4:48pm By Thom Holwerda
    Full video of what shows a Nokia feature phone running Android 8.1 has now emerged. The unknown Nokia feature phone prototype is not running KaiOS and rather one can clearly notice Android 8.1 mentioned in the system settings. It wouldn’t surprise me if…
  • A new iOS arrives, along with a few bugs

    Thu 7:35pm By Thom Holwerda
    Something atypical for Apple is iOS 13’s notably buggy rollout. Since June, when Apple hosted its annual WWDC software shindig, the company has been releasing developer and public beta versions of its new OS for iPhones. This is usually a fertile time for…
  • LLVM 9.0.0 released

    Thu 6:15pm By Thom Holwerda
    This release is the result of the LLVM community’s work over the past six months (up to trunk r366426 plus commits on the branch). Some highlights include: – Support for asm goto, enabling for example the mainline Linux kernel for x86_64 to build with…
  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro goes official without Google apps

    Thu 5:36pm By Thom Holwerda
    Obviously, the most notable aspect of the Chinese-made handset is the distinct lack of official access to Google apps and services. This is the first flagship to be released by Huawei since being blacklisted by the US government, therefore it is the first new…
  • A reflection on the departure of RMS

    Wed 7:45pm By Thom Holwerda
    Thomas Bushnell (?): But I’ll give you a personal take. By my reckoning, I worked for RMS longer than any other programmer. There has been some bad reporting, and that’s a problem. While I have not waded through the entire email thread Selam G. has posted,…
  • Ironically, too many video streaming choices may drive users back to piracy

    Wed 7:20am By Thom Holwerda
    Karl Bode at Techdirt: But we’ve also noted that, ironically, the glut of video choices–more specifically the glut of streaming exclusivity silos–risks driving users back to piracy. Studies predict that every broadcaster and their uncle will have…
  • Moving Firefox to a faster 4-week release cycle

    Tue 8:31pm By Thom Holwerda
    And today we’re excited to announce that we’re moving to a four-week release cycle! We’re adjusting our cadence to increase our agility, and bring you new features more quickly. In recent quarters, we’ve had many requests to take features to market…
  • An oral history of ‘Snake’ on Nokia

    Tue 2:37pm By Thom Holwerda
    Taneli Armanto doesn’t like to tell people he changed the world. In fact, unless you’re a family friend, I’d bet you haven’t heard of the guy. He never usually mentions his greatest achievement, but of course his kids will take any opportunity to brag…
  • Richard Stallman resigns from FSF, MIT after defending child rape

    Tue 5:11am By Thom Holwerda
    Richard Stallman has resigned as president of and from the board of directors of the Free Software Foundation. The move comes after several reports on deeply inappropriate behaviour towards women, as well as a spirited defense of convicted child trafficker and…
  • PineTime is a $25 smartwatch/companion for PinePhone Linux phone

    Mon 7:03pm By Thom Holwerda
    We’ve recently seen Linux smartphones are coming in a few weeks or months, but the $150 PinePhone may not come alone, and soon be joined by a $25 companion, namely PineTime smartwatch. That’s what we learned through a tweet by Pine64 explaining the…
  • Amazon changed search algorithm in ways that boost its own products

    Mon 4:17pm By Thom Holwerda
    Amazon.com has adjusted its product-search system to more prominently feature listings that are more profitable for the company, said people who worked on the project—a move, contested internally, that could favor Amazon’s own brands. Late last year, these…
  • Linux 5.3 released

    Sun 8:39pm By diegocg
    Linux 5.3 has been released. This release includes support for AMD Navi GPUs; support for the umwait x86 instructions that let processes wait for short amounts of time without spinning loops; a ‘utilization clamping’ mechanism that is used to boost…
  • IBM introduces next-gen Z Mainframe: the z15

    Sun 8:37pm By Thom Holwerda
    On Thursday IBM unveiled their new mainframe, the z15. Overall, the z15 represents an evolutionary change over its predecessor, the z14. However, there are plenty of enhancements across the board. This goes way over my head, but it’s still immensely cool.
  • Volkswagen’s bold plan to create a new car operating system

    Sun 7:23pm By Thom Holwerda
    Eventually, that’s going to mean a single software stack common across VW Group’s vehicles—everything from the instrument displays and the infotainment to powertrain and chassis management (think traction and stability control or advanced driver…