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Chromium OS for Raspberry Pi 2 0.5 Launches with Faster Storage, New Kernel

posted onApril 22, 2016
by l33tdawg

Dubbed "Sam Kinison," Chromium OS for Raspberry Pi 2 0.5 comes approximately two months from the release of the previous version, 0.4 "Lenny Bruce," which introduced a redesigned kernel, LZ4 compression, a custom BFS scheduler optimized for desktop systems, and numerous latency improvements.

The development of the Chromium OS for Raspberry Pi 2 single-board computer continues at a fast pace thanks to the dedicated team of developers behind this unique and very promising project, which now has an official homepage and aims to come to all SBCs (single-board computers).

Facebook rolls out React 15 upgrade to JavaScript library

posted onApril 11, 2016
by l33tdawg

Facebook is offering a stable release of React 15.0, the latest version of the company's highly touted JavaScript library for developing UIs, highlighted by improvements for the DOM (document object model) and SVG (scalable vector graphics).

As part of its virtual DOM effort, version 15 supports all SVG attributes recognized by today's browsers. "Historically our support for SVG has been incomplete, and many tags and attributes were missing. We heard you," said Dan Abramov, a software engineer at Facebook. React now includes the full SVG specification.

Switzerland-based Wire adds video call encryption

posted onMarch 14, 2016
by l33tdawg

Switzerland-based Wire is a package of private communications services which this month took on newer capabilities. It is an encrypted messaging app that first launched in December 2014 but it has been given additional secure messaging capabilities. It not only has end-to-end encryption for messaging traffic but end-to-end encrypted video.

Best Open Source Software for Windows 10

posted onMarch 9, 2016
by l33tdawg

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a huge Windows fan. That said, I work with many folks who are. Which gets me thinking about open source applications that would be a best fit for their Windows 10 installations. In this article, I'll share my top picks for Windows 10 open source software.

Hey, just because someone is using Windows doesn't mean they can't still enjoy the benefits of great open source software! Right?

One-in-three developers fear A.I. will replace them

posted onMarch 9, 2016
by l33tdawg

What keeps software developers up at night, other than coding? The fear that artificial intelligence systems can replace them, according to a new survey.

Evans Data Corp., in a survey of 550 software developers, asked them about the most worrisome thing in their careers. A plurality, 29 percent, chose this answer: "I and my development efforts are replaced by artificial intelligence."

New Programming Languages Keep Chipping Away at the Old

posted onFebruary 24, 2016
by l33tdawg

Developers are starting to make up their minds about which new programming languages they like best.

Several new languages have been introduced in recent years, including Google’s Go, Mozilla’s Rust, the scientific language Julia, and of course Apple’s Swift. These languages shook up the tech industry as new technologies like Go leapfrogged more established languages in popularity. Now that action may be slowing down, according to new data published by IT analysis firm RedMonk.

Craig Federighi talks open source Swift and what’s coming in version 3.0

posted onDecember 4, 2015
by l33tdawg

When Apple unveiled Swift 2.0 at WWDC back in June, one of the bigger announcements was that the language would be going open source by the end of the year. The time has come—­just a few weeks before its self-imposed deadline, Apple has launched and is releasing a big chunk of code (as well as some guidance for Swift 3.0) to the public.

Ars had a chance to chat with Apple Software Engineering SVP Craig Federighi about Swift’s openness, the future evolution of the language, and when developers can expect it to mature and settle down.