Open Recall: Doppio, CraigsList and OSM, Red Hat crop circles, Portable Apps
Source: Red Hat Open Recall is a space on The H for those things that are too small to package as news but are worth the linkage. This edition looks at a JVM in CoffeeScript, OpenStreetMaps on Craigslist, Red Hat crop circles, UEFI Secure Boot for smaller distros, HP hiring new WebOS employees and a new release of the PortableApps.com Platform.
- Doppio – Written in CoffeeScript, Doppio is a project for getting Java running in the browser without requiring any plugins. The project, which began as a mid-term project for a Graduate Systems Seminar, is described by its developers as "a fairly complete VM and an implementation of the javap bytecode disassembler", which is already "complete enough to run implementations of GNU Diff, LZW compression, and the Java 4 compiler". A demo is provided and MIT-licensed source code for Doppio is available on the project's GitHub page.
- Craigslist extends OpenStreetMaps use – The classified advertising site Craigslist is expanding its use of maps from the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project. Last week, the company behind the site introduced a new Map View feature to more of its sites that shows the location of apartment listings across a number of US cities including Los Angeles and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Craigslist quietly began using OpenStreetMap at the end of August for some ads in the San Francisco Bay area and Portland, Oregon.
- Red Hat crop circles – To welcome attendees to VMworld in Barcelona, Red Hat has paid to have a massive logo set in a nearby field that can be seen when flying into the local airport. The Red Hat Shadowman logo itself is 60×60 meters and is in a field that covers a total of 10,000 square meters. A Spanish-language video is available on YouTube that shows how the giant ad was created.
- UEFI Secure Boot for smaller distros – In a blog post, Red Hat's Matthew Garrett discusses how smaller Linux distributions could implement a shim bootloader and handle UEFI Secure Boot. Possible solutions suggested by Garrett include requiring Secure Boot to be disabled or requiring systems to be placed in Setup Mode, and shipping them with a signed bootloader that can add keys to its own database. The first two of these each have the problem that the UI each will vary significantly between machines, making it harder to document. While the last has a consistent UI, Garrett notes that its "primary disadvantage is that the distribution won't be able to rebuild shim and will have to ship a pre-compiled binary".
- HP seeking new WebOS employees – After releasing version 1.0 of Open WebOS at the end of last month, HP is now looking to hire more than 50 WebOS engineers to work on the open source mobile operating system at its Sunnyvale, California and Shanghai, China campuses. Available full time positions include Senior Visual Designer, Product Manager and Software Engineer openings. In February of this year, the company laid off more than 270 employees from its webOS division, stating that "it no longer needs many of the engineering and other related positions that it required before".
- PortableApps.com 11.1 released – A new version of the PortableApps.com Platform has been released with real-time autorun.inf malware detection and support for drive error checking from the Help menu. Code-named "Curiousity", the update also includes an option to change the platform's hotkey via the INI file and various bug fixes, as well as updated Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latvian, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Slovak translations.