Google has announced the accepted projects list for its 2011 Google Summer of Code (GSOC) Program.
417 applications were reviewed and 175 open source projects were chosen and out of the 175 projects that were selected 50 of those are new to Google Summer of Code—a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects.
AbiWord,Apertium, Blender Foundation, Catroid Project, Climate Code Foundation,Debian Project, Electronic Frontier Foundation/The Tor Project, FreeBSD, GNOME Project, and Haiku are just a few of the projects that were accepted for GSOC 2011.
Ryan Rix emailed the Fedora announce mailing list to let users know Fedora was one of the projects that had been selected" while Daniel Holbach informed Ubuntu users via his blog that Ubuntu had not been selected.
A complete list of projects and more information about Google Summer of Code 2011:
2.- 2012 Best Linux Distributions For Your Computer.
Linux is one of the leading operating system and now it is available in several different distributions, all tailored to specific needs and wants.
Some Linux distributions are light-weight which will run fine on your old laptop, some are targeted at people who just want to try out linux, along with other main operating systems for learning or similar, while other desktop distros(like Ubuntu) includes a more comprehensive collection of software applications and also support a wide variety of hardware devices.
Some of the most popular linux distributors are Ubuntu(based on Debian), Fedora, LinuxMint, openSUSE and Debian and you’ll be surprised to know that so far there are over 650 distros in the worls according to Distrowatch, a site that tracks popularity of various linux distributors.
Determining the best linux distro for your requirement thus becomes difficult, so I have here simplified it for you. I have categorized it into following sections:
3.- 50 best examples of select your language pages.
Select Your Language Page is that single page you see when you arrived for the first time on a website like cocacola.com or nintendo.com, a pre-home page, with a list of options: language, country, region, etc, normally related to a big brand or name with presence all over the world or some many others sites with the idea of being seen in any country, like mini-sites or promotional sites even personal portfolios.
There are many sites who redirect you automatically to a language by your physical location, and this could be easy in normal cases but in some cases this not the best option. Let’s say you are from South America but you are in a pleasure travel by China and you don’t know a single word of Chinese, but for any reason you want to go to whateveryouwanttoputhere.com and… Taraaa, is in Chinese.
The reason, if they track your location they can know where you are and intermediately redirect you to the Chinese version of the site… three seconds later you just quit the site because you don’t like the Chinese version. But if they have givento you a Select Your Language Page, you would have made just one more click and you’d be stay much longer on that site. That’s what we all want on our site keep our visitors.
4.- Linux Kernel 3.9 Has Been Officially Released.
After eight Release Candidate versions, Linus Torvalds proudly announced a couple of hours ago, April 28, the immediate availability for download of the highly anticipated Linux 3.9 kernel.
Linux kernel 3.9 brings numerous breathtaking features, among which we can mention improved support for F2FS (Flash Friendly File-System), improved ARM support, new drivers, which bring support for more hardware, and much more.
"Anyway. Whatever the reason, this week has been very quiet, which makes me much more comfortable doing the final 3.9 release, so I guess the last -rc8 ended up working. Because not only aren't there very many commits here, even the ones that made it really are tiny and not pretty obscure and not very interesting."
"Also, this obviously means that the merge window is open. I won't be merging anything today, but if you start sending me your pull requests (Konrad already sent in his Xen pull request for the 3.10 merge window a week ago), tomorrow the flood gates start opening," Linus Torvalds said in the official announcement.
5.- Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to organize, store, manage and search for bookmarks of resources online.
Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to organize, store, manage and search for bookmarks of resources online. Unlike file sharing, the resources themselves aren't shared, merely bookmarks that reference them.
Descriptions may be added to these bookmarks in the form of metadata, so users may understand the content of the resource without first needing to download it for themselves.
Such descriptions may be free text comments, votes in favour of or against its quality, or tags that collectively or collaboratively become a folksonomy. Folksonomy is also called social tagging, "the process by which many users add metadata in the form of keywords to shared content".
In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine.
Most social bookmark services encourage users to organize their bookmarks with informal tags instead of the traditional browser-based system of folders, although some services feature categories/folders or a combination of folders and tags.
They also enable viewing bookmarks associated with a chosen tag, and include information about the number of users who have bookmarked them. Some social bookmarking services also draw inferences from the relationship of tags to create clusters of tags or bookmarks.
6.- FreeNAS is a tiny FreeBSD-based operating system which provides free Network-Attached Storage (NAS) services (CIFS, FTP and NFS).
FreeNAS is an Open Source Storage Platform based on FreeBSD and supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems.
FreeNAS8 includes ZFS, which supports high storage capacities and integrates file systems and volume management into a single piece of software.
FreeNAS is a free network-attached storage server, supporting: CIFS (Samba), FTP, NFS, rsync, AFP protocols, iSCSI, S.M.A.R.T., local user authentication, and software RAID (0,1,5), with a web-based configuration interface. FreeNAS takes less than 64 MB once installed on CompactFlash, hard drive or USB flash drive. FreeNAS is currently distributed as an ISO image and in source form. Through version 7.x, it was possible to run FreeNAS from a Live CD, with the configuration files stored on an MS-DOS-formatted floppy disk or USB thumb drive. There is also a VMware disk image available. With the release of 8.x, Live CD isn't currently supported. FreeNas 8.x needs to be installed on a Compact Flash, USB, or dedicated hard drive. Using the dedicated hard drive will use that drive just for the operating system, and files cannot be stored on it.
The minimal FreeBSD 7.2 distribution, web interface, PHP scripts, and documentation are based on m0n0wall. FreeNAS is released under the BSD license. It was reported December 2009 that FreeBSD based development would be halted and put into 'maintenance-only mode' with Debian Linux as the new development target OS. This decision was reverted shortly afterwards, when iXsystems offered to sponsor the further development of FreeNAS.
7.- The OpenBSD project produces a FREE, multi-platform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like operating system.
The OpenBSD project produces a FREE, multi-platform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like operating system. Our efforts emphasize portability, standardization, correctness, proactive security and integrated cryptography.
OpenBSD supports binary emulation of most programs from SVR4 (Solaris), FreeBSD, Linux, BSD/OS, SunOS and HP-UX. OpenBSD is freely available from our FTP sites, and also available in an inexpensive 3-CD set.
Updates (via Distrowatch):
Theo de Raadt has announced the release of OpenBSD 4.8. Some of the more interesting improvements in hardware support and software updates of this release include: "ACPI-based suspend/resume works on most machines with Intel/ATI video, machines using NVIDIA graphics will not resume the graphics; OpenSSH 5.6 with many new features and bug fixes; Mandoc 1.10.5, a utility used to build all manuals in the base system and in Xenocara from mdoc and man sources; over 6,400 ports, major robustness and speed improvements in package tools; package highlights - GNOME 2.30.2, KDE 3.5.10, Xfce 4.6.2, MySQL 5.1.48, PostgreSQL 8.4.4, Postfix 2.7.1, Mozilla Firefox 3.6.8 and 3.5.11, OpenOffice.org 3.2.1, PHP 5.2.13, major components - Xenocara (based on X.Org 7.5 with X.Org Server 1.8 + patches, FreeType 2.3.12), GCC 2.95.3, 3.3.5 and 4.2.1 + patches, Perl 5.10.1, our improved and secured version of Apache 1.3, with SSL/TLS and DSO support...." See the OpenBSD 4.8 release page for more details. Download: i386/install48.iso (212MB, SHA256), amd64/install48.iso (225MB SHA256).8.- ZynAddSubFX is a very cool and amazingly powerful software synth.
ZynAddSubFX is a open source software synthesizer capable of making a countless number of instruments, from some common heard from expensive hardware to interesting sounds that you'll boost to an amazing universe of sounds.
The project was started in March 2002 by Nasca Octavian Paul. He began to write ZynAddSubFX in order to create a synthesizer which could produce beautiful sounds, while being freely available to anybody who needs it.
For sound generation it has three hybrid synth engines that combine additive, subtractive, Fourier and other synthesis methods. No external samples are used to produce the sound; everything is done by synthesis. The synthesizer has effects like reverberation, echo, chorus, distortion, equalization and others, and supports microtonal tunings.
The author of ZynAddSubFX is a Romanian programmer, Nasca Octavian Paul. The project was started in March 2002 and the first public release was version 1.0.0 on September 25, 2002.
A limited Mac OS X version was released by Ben Powers.
A VST port implementation is now available, being maintained by jackoo [Vlad Ionescu] on the KVR Audio Forums.[ The VST version is still in beta development, but has been tested with hosts such as VSTHost, EnergyXT 1.41, Cubase and Reaper. The latest version features a 'MidiLearn' mechanism (which enables users to assign CC messages to various controls), and multiple outputs.
9.- TuxPaint, open source drawing program for young children.
Tux Paint is a free, award-winning drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6).
It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.
Kids are presented with a blank canvas and a variety of drawing tools to help them be creative.
(See the full list of features.)
Download Tux Paint packages or source for Linux:
- Debian GNU/Linux Packages
- Debian users can simply download pre-compiled Tux Paint packages for their release and architecture from their preferred Debian archive mirror. Backports of recent versions of Tux Paint for older Debian releases are also provided through backports.org.
- Ubuntu Linux Packages
- Ubuntu users can download pre-compiled Tux Paint packages for their release and architecture from Launchpad.
10.- GPic Image View,A Simple And Fast Image Viewer With Low Memory Usage.
This little program is not aimed to be powerful or feature-rich.
It's aimed to replace the default image viewer of current desktop systems.
Fast-startup, low memory usage, and simple user interface make it a good choice for default viewer.
This application requires GTK+ version 2.6.x.
Latest Version: 0.1.11
Fix some bugs.
How to set gpicview to default image viewer? Use following command line:
xdg-mime default gpicview.desktop `grep 'MimeType=' /usr/share/applications/gpicview.desktop | sed -e 's/.*=//' -e 's/;/ /g'`
NOTE: xdg-utils is needed here. It's a tool released by Portland project of Freedesktop.org. Most modern Linux distros have this tool installed by default.