• 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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  • Open Source Wrap Up: July 18 – 24, 2015 Google Releases Kubernetes 1.0 Google has announced the release of Kubernetes 1.0 at OSCON. Kubernetes is a container deployment and management tool that has been under development by Google for a few years. This program has been the basis for running many of Google’s apps including their search, Gmail, Google Docs, and more. This release is a part of Google’s effort to get support for Kubernetes on more platforms including OpenStack and Microsoft Azure. The project has been Google’s most successful open source project and includes more than 14,000 commits from more than 400 contributors. Read more at ZDNet. IBM Launches developerWorks Open IBM has announced the launch of developerWorks Open, a new program aimed at improving adoption and development of new cloud innovations and mobile technologies. The project seeks to bridge the gap between open source developers and business needs […]

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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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  • July 6, 2015 - Anton Obzhirov and Julien Isorce

    Announcing a New Gstreamer Backend for Chromium

    We’re excited to announce the open source release of a built-in GStreamer backend for Chromium that is now available on GitHub. This is the result of a research project that was kicked off last April by the Web Engine R&D team located in the Samsung UK office. One of our initial goals for this project was to make it open source, but we decided we needed to get basic playback working with sandboxing first in order to generate interest after its open source launch. Our solution is the first of its kind and enables all of the versatility and flexibility of GStreamer on the Chromium media player. We seek involvement from any company, organization, or individual that uses GStreamer as their main multimedia engine. How Did We Build It? Our design follows the sandbox requirements of the Chromium infrastructure, meaning it can only access the resources that are vital to […]

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  • Open Source Wrap Up: June 27 – July 2, 2015 Linux Foundation Announces R Consortium The Linux Foundation (LF) has announced the launch of the R Consortium, a collaborative project aimed at strengthening the technical and user communities of the R programming language. R is an open source programming language used by statisticians and data scientists to extract value from data, and it is used by millions of researchers around the world. This is the newest collaborative project of the many that have been launched by the LF, which all focus on the promotion and development of their respective communities. To learn more about the R Consortium, visit the project website. Tizen 3.0 Common 2015.Q2 is Released The Tizen community has announced the release of Tizen 3.0 Common 2015.Q2. This release features a number of upgrades and improvements; most notably, major changes have been made to system security. The Crosswalk […]

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