ConnochaetOS Makes Slackware Truly Free and a Bit Easier

By Jack M. Germain

ConnochaetOS is a nice entry into a pure, free Linux experience. Most people mistakenly equate open source with “free,” as in pay nothing. Experienced Linux users know, however, that the open source concept separates the price of the software from the cost of obtaining enterprise-level modifications and support. The notion of “free” does not mean there’s no cost to get it. Open source licenses prevent anyone from selling or owning the code. They allow the software to be used, modified and shared under defined terms and conditions.

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Auto Grade Linux Steers Closer to an In-Car Infotainment Standard

By Jack M. Germain

Automotive Grade Linux on Monday announced the industry’s first open in-vehicle infotainment, or IVI, software specification requirements. The release of AGL Requirements Specification 1.0 is a major milestone. It moves the auto industry toward adoption of a de facto platform that uses open source development methodologies to create a safe and reliable connected-car experience. It allows OEMs and suppliers to identify gaps between the specification and code, and to provide input directly to the developer community.

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Scrappy Hound Stalks Siri and Cortana

By Quinten Plummer

SoundHound on Tuesday launched a private beta of Hound — a personal assistant similar to Siri, Google Now and Cortana — and began fielding requests for invites. SoundHound built its music ID service on voice and pattern recognition technologies. In developing Hound, SoundHound has retrofitted that technology’s framework with what it calls its “Speech-to-Meaning” engine. The Speech-to-Meaning engine empowers Hound to understand complex requests from users much better than rival software, according to SoundHound.

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Nintendo Scotches Android Console Rumor

By Quinten Plummer

Nintendo not only has embraced the idea of releasing its iconic intellectual properties for mobile devices, but also is planning to base its next videogame console on a version of the Android operating system, according to a Japanese-language business publication.
The outlet recently was proven right after reporting that Nintendo planned to expand to smartphones and tablets. This time around, the publication claimed an inside source revealed that Nintendo’s next console, code named “NX,” will run on Android.

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Docker and Containers: An Ecosystem in Motion

By Jay Lyman

The community around Docker and containers is drawing interest from large enterprise and service provider end users, as well as involvement from dozens of vendors, including those pursuing various container alternatives. 451 Research has published some new research and analysis on this nascent open source software community in its latest long-format report, “Now Shipping: The Docker and Containers Ecosystem Rapidly Takes Shape.” The report provides a current and forward-looking view of the community and market around Docker and containers.

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Chromixium Adds Polish to Chrome

By Jack M. Germain

Chromixium is a new Linux distro that goes one big step further than the few existing distros catering to the Chrome OS. It one-ups Google’s semi-proprietary Chrome OS locked into the popular Chromebook hardware. Chromixium sole developer Rich Jack’s innovative version 1.0, released last month, is a Chrome OS clone that runs on nearly any aging or newer computer with the user’s choice of the fully open-sourced Chromium Web browser or Google’s Chrome browser.

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Google’s I/O Steers Devs to Photos, IoT, Maps and More

By John P. Mello Jr.

Google on Thursday kicked off its I/O developers conference with the introduction of a new app for better managing, organizing and storing photos, as well as an Android spinoff for the Internet of Things, and an offline feature for Maps. The new Google Photo application allows shutterbugs to back up photos automatically from any device to a personal home site on the Net. There the images can be organized automatically by a number of criteria — faces, places and such.

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