Linux Foundation Wants to Pin a Badge on Secure Open Source Software

By Jack M. Germain

The Core Infrastructure Initiative last week announced a program that will offer badges to open software developers who follow best practice software development and security procedures. CII announced the free Badge Program at LinuxCon/CloudOpen North America. The CII, a project of the Linux Foundation, enables technology companies, industry stakeholders and software developers to collaborate on the identification and funding of critical open source projects in need of assistance.

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Nothing Could Be Finer Than Point Linux

By Jack M. Germain

Point Linux 3.0, dubbed “Agni,” combines a solid operating system with a traditional no-frills approach to performance and reliability. In several ways, Point Linux belies the criticisms of Linux desktop newcomers who find that Linux not simple and straightforward to use. Point Linux is easy to install. It has a clear interface. Everything works out of the box. Two reasons for this glowing assessment are Point’s roots in Debian GNU/Linux and its integration of either the GNOME 2 fork desktop MATE or a slightly tweaked version of Xfce.

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Devs Get to Poke Around With Marshmallow

By Richard Adhikari

Google on Monday announced the official SDK for Android 6.0, aka “Marshmallow.” It also opened Google Play for devs to publish apps that target the new API Level 23 in Marshmallow. Google further updated the Android Support Library to v23, giving devs an easier way to make new platform APIs, such as permissions and fingerprint support, backward compatible. “Google is more interested in the journey than the destination,” said Ryan Martin, an analyst at 451 Research.

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Fork Release Intensifies Bitcoin Community Bitterness

By Richard Adhikari

A full release of Bitcoin XT became available on Saturday, heaping fuel on the fire spreading throughout the community. One site went so far as to ban XT-related posts, resulting in allegations that a small cabal had taken control of the community and was suppressing discussion and dissent. The cause of all the furor is a dispute over how to ensure that the Bitcoin system’s capacity keeps up with its rapid growth. On one side are developers who support the just-released fork. On the other are those who favor a network of micropayment channels.

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Open Mainframe Project Pushes Linux’s Limits

By Jack M. Germain

The Linux Foundation on Monday announced the formation of the Open Mainframe Project to advance the development of Linux on the mainframe among academia, government and corporate partners. The foundation announced the software consortium at the LinuxCon/CloudOpen/ContainerCon gathering in Seattle. Linux on the mainframe is nothing new. It has been on the IBM mainframe for the last 15 years. However, the Open Mainframe Project will create a set of tools and resources to drive further development, collaboration and improvements.

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Xiaomi Unveils Redmi Note 2 as US Twinkles in Its Eye

By Richard Adhikari

Xiaomi on Thursday announced its new Redmi Note 2, getting a jump on Samsung’s announcement of two new smartphone entries. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 2 comes with a 2-GHz octacore Mediatek Helio X10 CPU and 16 GB of flash memory. The Redmi Note 2 Prime edition comes with a 2.2-GHz octacore MTK Helio X10 CPU and 32 GB of flash memory.
The phones will start selling this weekend in China at prices equivalent to about $125 to $140. At that price, the Redmi Note 2 is “very competitive,” said Nick Spencer, a senior practice director at ABI Research.

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BQ’s Ubuntu Bows on World Stage

By Jack M. Germain

BQ last week opened an Ubuntu global store accessible to anyone who wants to buy an Aquaris Ubuntu Edition handset. BQ recently launched the BQ Aquaris E4.5 and E5 HD Ubuntu Edition smartphones in Europe. Both BQ and Canonical, which provides commercial support for Ubuntu Linux, have acknowledged network frequency and mobile operator compatibility issues in some countries, including the U.S. The goal is to reach interested Ubuntu community members who would like to get a taste of the Ubuntu mobile experience.

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