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30 April 2013, 10:53

Open Recall: FuSE, Google Glass source and Skolelinux

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Open Recall is a space on The H for those things that are too small to package as news but are worth covering. In this edition: the Fuduntu developers name their successor distribution, Google releases the kernel source code for Glass, Skolelinux 7.0 Alpha 0, Midori implements Wayland support, and a Wi-Fi adapter that respects your freedom.

  • Fuduntu successor named – The remaining members of the Fuduntu distribution development team have decided to base their successor project on openSUSE. They have picked "FuSE" as a new name and are currently in the process of clearing that name with SUSE. The developers have also agreed that, contrary to previous plans, there will be no further Fuduntu releases and that the distribution has reached its end of life effective immediately.

  • Google Glass kernel source released – Google has released the GPLv2-licensed source code for the Linux kernel used as part of its Google Glass devices. The source code is available from the glass-omap-xrr02 branch in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) kernel tree. Google Glass is currently being tested in a closed beta program and the devices are not yet available for purchase.

  • First alpha of Skolelinux 7.0 – The developers of Skolelinux, which is perhaps better known as the Debian-Edu project, have released the first version of their distribution based on Debian 7.0 "Wheezy". Skolelinux 7.0 Alpha 0 is the first release of the distribution since Skolelinux 6.0.4 was released in March 2012. An install image for the experimental release can be downloaded from the Skolelinux FTP server.

  • Midori introduces Wayland support – According to a posting on the mailing list, the developers of the lightweight Midori browser have now implemented Wayland support for their browser. The feature is not very useful for end users yet, however, as the developers are still waiting for some upstream fixes in WebKit and GTK3 to take place.

  • A Wi-Fi adapter that respects your freedom – The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has certified the TPE-N150USB wireless N USB adapter sold by ThinkPenguin with its Respects Your Freedom (RYF) certification. Source code for the device's drivers and firmware is released under free software licences and, according to the FSF, the company promises "not only that their certified device is and will continue to be compatible with free software operating systems, but also to promote this fact to their potential customers". The TPE-N150USB uses an Atheros AR9271 chipset.



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