Category: Linux

  • Open Source Wrap Up: August 8-14, 2015 Google Launches Showcase for Experimental, Open Source Android Apps Google has launched Android Experiments, a site that showcases apps that use cutting edge technology with clean, modern aesthetics and interfaces. All of the apps hosted on Android Experiments are open source, allowing other developers to learn from these examples and use them to build their own software. The mobile app market has been slow to adopt open source, which prevents a lot of newcomers from creating their first app by making it significantly more challenging to start. Google seeks to address this with Android Experiments by allowing anyone to submit apps to be included in the showcase. New Simple, Cheap, Open Source Nitrate Tester Nitrate pollution as a result of agricultural runoff is a major problem for the world’s waterways. Commercial testing of nitrate levels is an expensive process that involves proprietary tools […]

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  • August 12, 2015 - Javier Martinez Canillas and Brian Warner

    The Samsung OSG Keeps Growing.

    The Samsung Open Source Group consists of only about 50 people spread out over the entire world, and in an organization that employs more than 275,000 it can be a challenge for us to make a large impact on the company as a whole. In order to do this, its vital we hire individuals that play key roles in the open source ecosystem  so that we can continue to integrate greater adoption of open source methodology into the company at large. With that said, it’s a pleasure to introduce our two newest members Javier Martinez Canillas, and Brian Warner. Javier Martinez Canillas I’m very happy to announce I’ve joined the Samsung Open Source Group. As people that have been following the Linux Exynos upstream development probably know, I’ve been working on improving the mainline support for the Samsung Exynos5 based Chromebooks and Exynos5 in general over the last year. Now, […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up: August 1 – 7, 2015 18F Releases Style Guide for Open Source Project Documentation 18F is a US Government organization inside the General Services Administration that helps federal agencies adopt modern approaches to managing and delivering digital services. They’ve worked on initiatives with the Department of Labor, Social Security Administration, Department of Defense, and more to help them adopt modern technologies. A big part of the work 18F does is rooted in open source, and the organization has released a style guide for open source projects. The guide includes information to improve a project’s success on places like GitHub. It covers things like naming the project, writing repo descriptions, writing good README files, and best practices for using a wiki. The guide is full of great information about how to best help potential contributors through proper documentation. Check out the Open Source Style Guide here. US House […]

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  • OSCON is one of the leading conferences in the open source world, and it attracts thousands of visitors every year to Portland, OR. This year’s event wrapped up on Friday, July 24, and the Samsung Open Source Group sent about a dozen representatives to the conference this year to present talks, interact with visitors, and staff a large booth that featured demos of a handful of the open source projects we are involved with. We’re still a pretty small group here at Samsung with less than 50 people scattered throughout the world, so it’s important to us that we raise awareness about the work we do and OSCON is a good opportunity for us to do so. Scratching Our Itches In true open source fashion, Samsung went to OSCON in order to scratch the company’s own itches. In other words, like most companies and organizations, we were there to help […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up: July 25 – 31, 2015 Open Source Continues to be Valuable to Large Enterprises Wipro recently commissioned The Open Source Era: a study from Oxford Economics to provide insight into the future of open source usage in large enterprises. The study surveyed C-level executives and people that report directly to c-level executives from a wide range of industries including financial services, retail and consumer products, healthcare, and government. Here are some notable findings from the study: 52% of respondents say open source is already supporting development of new products and services. 63% of respondents say open source will be critical to agility over the next three years 75% of respondents report problems integrating open source with existing systems. 56% of respondents report problems with a lack of talent for meeting technology goals. These numbers show that despite the widespread success of open source in large enterprises, […]

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  • Tizen+RPI2 got smart

    July 28, 2015 - Mauro Carvalho Chehab

    RPi2: Getting Smart on Tizen

    Once you’ve got Tizen running on your Raspberry PI 2 (RPi2) using the procedures described in Tizen on RPi2: Now Supporting 3D Acceleration, you will probably want to be able to dynamically add/remove packages. It’s a pain to be required to rebuild and flash your OS every time you want to change the included software, so following this tutorial will help make this much easier. This small tutorial shows how to install the smart tool that is shipped on Tizen, but is not installed by default. 1) Add Smart to the RPi2 Image The first step is to add the Smart Package Manager (python-smartpm) to the RPi2 Tizen image. This is the same package manager used on Yocto, and Tizen has its own patches for it. In order to install it, you should apply the following simple patch on your Tizen repository:

    If you are unfamiliar with the patching […]

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  • July 21, 2015 - Mats Wichmann

    An Introduction to Tizen Compliance

    There is a whole world of smart devices out there, and Tizen has been built to run on many of them, including phones, televisions, cameras, appliances, cars, and more. The software that runs on top of these intelligent devices is what powers the new and interesting functionality that make up the Internet of Things. The latest generations of mobile devices have introduced new methods of installing apps in ways that allow them to be used on a wide range of devices, and this article will take a look at how Tizen makes sure that apps run on as many device types as possible through the Tizen Compliance program. How an App is Installed At the root of this is how apps are installed on an operating system. Traditional UNIX/Linux systems have several methods to install applications. One method is to hunt for the source code, build it, and run something […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up July 11 – 17, 2015 The NSA Releases an Open Source Infosec Tool The US National Security Agency (NSA) has a long history of releasing open source tools, and they’ve recently released SIMP: a tool to keep networked systems compliant with security standards. This was released as open source primarily for other governmental organizations to use in order to avoid the need to duplicate work that has already been completed. Currently, only Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS  version 6.6 and 7.1 support the software. Read more at IT News Shashlik: Run Android Apps on Linux Shashlik is a new “Android Simulated Environment” that will server as a launcher to run Android applications on conventional Linux distrbutions. It’s a minimal collection of Android systems and frameworks that can be integrated into desktops, laptops, tablets, TVs and more. It’s official release will be on July 26, 2015 […]

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  • Tizen+RPI2

    July 14, 2015 - Mauro Carvalho Chehab

    Tizen on RPi2: Now Supporting 3D Acceleration

    In Bringing Tizen to a Raspberry PI 2 Near You… I described the work we completed to port Tizen to Raspberry Pi 2 (RPi2). Since then, the Samsung Open Source Group has worked hard to add support for 3D acceleration. UPDATES: Added the -dev images, as they’re now supported. Added bitbake command for building the crosswalk-dev image Added command line for ddrescue The Kernel was updated to Vanilla Tizen Kernel 4.4 This is an update to our original guide that describes how to build a custom Tizen image for the RPi2, and it now includes instructions to enable 3D acceleration. This is based mostly on work completed by our own Derek Foreman. Please note that this uses a driver that is still under development (VC4), written by Eric Anholt from Broadcom, so we don’t recommend its use in production situations. If you don’t want to wait through the build process […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up July 4 – 10, 2015 BBC Unveils the Final Micro:Bit Computer Design The BBC has revealed the final design of its Micro:Bit computer during a launch event in London. This device will be given to every child that starts secondary school in the UK and will serve as an introduction to computer science by including Blockly, Python, and TouchDevelop coding environments. The device contains an ARM Cortex M-O processor, accelerometer, magnetometer, 5×5 LED matrix display, and two face buttons. This device was a joint project from companies including Microsoft, Samsung, Freescale, and Nordic Semiconductor, and it is being released under an open source license. Read more at Wired. The Core Infrastructure Initiative Launches Census Project The Core Infrastructure Initiative is a Linux Foundation collaborative project aimed at improving critical open source components of modern IT systems. The project has announced the launch of the Census Project, […]

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