Kulture of Design | LAS s31e02

Kulture of Design | LAS s31e02

Project lead of the new KDE Visual Design Group, Jens Reuterberg, joins us to discuss building a culture of design around KDE, driving community consensus, and how they hope to design by collaboration.

Plus: Linux had a strong showing at Mobile World Congress, we’ll round it up, another major game land for Linux…


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Jens Reuterberg

This is the portfolio site of me, Jens Reuterberg (or Ohyran).

We are too small to influence them, but too big not to get sued – is the long and the short of it.

– Picks –

Runs Linux:

Desktop App Pick

Project Tox, also known as Tox, is a FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) instant messaging application aimed to replace Skype.
The goal of this project is to create a configuration-free P2P skype replacement. Configuration-free means that the user will simply have to open the program and without any account configuration will be capable of adding people to his friends list and start conversing with them. There are many so-called skype replacements and all of them are either hard to configure for the normal user or suffer from being way too centralized.

A Vala/Gtk+ graphical user interface for Tox

Weekly Spotlight

Wings of Saint Nazaire is a retro space combat sim in the vein of Wing Commander(tm) and X-Wing(tm) developed today!

— NEWS —

Portal 2 for Linux Beta Released

There are a few bugs but Valve is tracking those on a public Github page.

Important: To play Portal 2 on Linux you must opt-in to the beta. You may do this by right-clicking on Portal 2 (Beta) in Steam, clicking Properties -> Betas and then select ‘beta’ from the drop-down. If you do not do this, Portal 2 will not run on Linux.

Ubuntu wins Tom’s Hardware Best of MWC 2014

Tom’s Hardware noted: Overall, the experience was a lot smoother, and the operating system itself was a pleasure to use, being both intuitive and visually appealing.

Ubuntu Meizu MX3 and BQ Aquaris – First look ahead of UK launch (Wired UK)

Wired.co.uk went hands-on with the two prototype devices at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The MX3 has a 5.1-inch screen.

Provisional specs for the phone include an octa-core chip, a 3-core graphics processor and 2GB of RAM.

It should be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions and will be powered by a 2,400mAh battery.

There are no specific specs available yet for the BQ Aquaris

Canonical’s CEO tells Wired.co.uk:

The marketing strategy for the phones when they officially launch will be a global online campaign. It will be a relatively soft launch, she adds, that will give Ubuntu fans the opportunity to get their hands on the devices first.

Hands-On with the $25 Firefox Phone

Mozilla engineers were able to accomplish this by adjusting the hardware requirements of the operating system to run on a 1 GHz CPU, single core Spreadtrum chipset with only 128 MB of RAM. That’s only 25 to 50 percent of the RAM found in existing entry-level devices on the market

Lawrence Lessig At SCALE12x

At SCALE12x the 12th Southern California Linux Expo in Los Angeles, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig delivered an
opening keynote that challenged the free software community to do
something it does not normally attempt: engage with the political
system. Lessig is perhaps best known as a public advocate for reform
in the US government’s patent and copyright systems and for his activism in intellectual property issues (such as founding
Creative Commons).

As he explained to the SCALE crowd, those affected public policy areas include some key
technology issues—and Lessig’s own commitment to the cause he
credits directly to his friendship with developer Aaron Swartz.

The talk was an unusual one for SCALE, where politics is rarely on the agenda. But the crowd responded with enthusiasm, to the stories of technology policy, and to the analogy of zeroing in on a flaw like a bug and fixing it.

Samsung unveiled three Tizen smartwatches

Set to ship in April, with pricing unknown, the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit will ship with 100 Tizen apps.

Both devices offer the same 1.63-inch, 320 x 320-pixel Super AMOLED screen found on the Galaxy Gear, but they advance to a faster 1GHz, dual-core processor. Memory stays put at 512MB RAM and 4GB flash.

Cutting the price of Windows 8.1 by 70 percent for makers of low-cost computers and tablets

Manufacturers will be charged $15 to license Windows 8.1 and preinstall it on devices that retail for less than $250.

Instead of the usual fee of $50.

We’re told that Microsoft is aiming to position Windows 8.1 with Bing as a free or low-cost upgrade for Windows 7 users. Any upgrade offers will be focused on boosting the number of people using Windows 8.1. This Bing-powered version of Windows 8.1 may also be offered to PC makers as part of recent license cuts for devices under $250.

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  • Fitbit for Linux

  • Lots of really good Howto Linux producer submissions. The audience is full of amazing people.

  • Contact will be made early next week to folks we want to discuss things further with.

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