02 Apr

Last Flash Player Release for Linux

in Flash, Flash Player, Gnash, Linux, News, Open Source

Last Release of Flash Player on Linux

Adobe released the last version of their Flash client for Linux last week, version 11.2. While this new release contains a host of new features, it is also the end of the Flash on Linux era.

This is mixed news for Linux users, as they will now have to depend on the open source implementations of Flash Player if any new features of Flash are to be supported. It is great that Linux users will be able to use open source implementations, but sadly these implementations lag far behind the official client, and they don't even support all of the previous releases' features.

01 Apr

Geeks and God is Still Alive!

in Blog, Geeks and God, News, Podcast

Geeks and God

For many years, the Geeks and God podcast was a great place to learn more about using Drupal in the church or in Christian ministries. After a hiatus of a couple of months, some of the most active members of the community took over and brought us more tips and tricks. This time they decided to branch out and talk about more than just Drupal and web hosting. They even interviewed me about OpenLP once!

15 Mar

Vivalvi: The Spark, Renamed

in Aaron Seigo, Free Software, KDE, Linux, MakePlayLive, News, Open Source, Open Source Software, Spark, Tablet, Vivaldi

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about the new all-free-software tablet from KDE developer Aaron Seigo called the Spark. Unfortunately MakePlayLive, the company manufacturing the tablet, ran into some issues with the name being trademarked, and has had to choose a new name. After much deliberation, they decided to choose a name "... with a musical theme that celebrates some of the brightest lights in human history when it comes to making, playing and living interesting lives."

Thus, the Spark has been reborn the Vivaldi!

10 Mar

You Get What You [Didn't] Pay For

in Article, Bugs, Free, Money, Open Source, Problems, Software

Open Source Code Has Less Bugs

Linux and Open Source software is growing and gaining more and more recognition these days. Most folk who work in the technical sector have at least heard of open source software, even if they haven't used it. But with more and more visibility, open source projects get more and more FUD from detractors. One of the most commonly heard sayings with regard to OSS is, "well, you get what you paid for!" followed by, "If you want to use something that's free, how can you expect it to be anywhere near as good as one of the paid products?"

Quite honestly, that's the biggest bunch of baloney. In some cases, the software is not yet ready to be used, but because of the open source mantra of "release early, release often," most projects put releases out as soon as possible for others to look and and hopefully turn to helping the project. When dealing with mature applications, it is almost never the case. I've always maintained that open source code is better than proprietary code, though I've never been able to prove it. Now, at long last, a study has confirmed what I have always said: there are less bugs in open source applications than in closed source proprietary applications.

06 Mar

Alternatives to Adobe Flash Player on Linux

in Adobe, Article, Chrome, Flash, Google, Linux, Open Source, Software

Flash Player Alternatives

It seems that Adobe is getting less and less cozy with Linux, despite having built 64 bit support for Flash initially only on Linux. Adobe recently announced that they are no longer releasing Flash Player for Linux other than bundled with Google Chrome. Support for the current version of Flash Player, version 11.2, will continue for 5 years in the form of security updates.

This is yet another slap in the face for Linux users, with Adobe previously withdrawing the Linux version of Adobe AIR, which many open source developers latched onto when it was first unveiled.

04 Mar

Top stories for the week ending 3 March 2012

These are the top stories from the past week's editions of Christians in OSS Daily.
Please note that these stories are automatically selected, and therefore do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and values of the Christians in OSS blog.

Living and Loving the Acer Aspire One 522 | Blogs

What an odd situation this is. For the past week or so, the only netbook / notebook I have been carrying with me is the Aspire One 522. Never mind that the display resolution is "only" 1024x600. Ne...

Posted on 25 February 2012

Facebook: Requesting vs. Suggesting | ChurchMag

Recently, my blog has been asking people to participate in different polls we do on our Facebook page and I made the decision to send the question to all of my own Facebook friends. After the fifth...

Posted on 26 February 2012

#002: 10 Ways to Boost Your Energy Level [Podcast]

#002: 10 Ways to Boost Your Energy Level [Podcast]

Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to my free email updates. For a limited time, I will give you a copy of my brand new e-book, Creating Your Personal Life Plan, just for...

Posted on 27 February 2012

Choqok User Survey 2012

Choqok User Survey 2012

Recently, We wanted to do some decisions for Choqok road map and what to do next? We found out that after more than 3 years, Choqok now has a growing number of users, But unfortunately we don’t hav...

Posted on 28 February 2012

Mobile Linux: It's Not Just Android Anymore

 It's Not Just Android Anymore

The mobile world has been good to Linux, whose Android derivative has enjoyed a success that few could have predicted just a few short years ago. And indeed, until very recently, Android was Linux'...

Posted on 29 February 2012

Bible Becomes 2011 Bestseller in Norway

Bible Becomes 2011 Bestseller in Norway

Right when you thought the only versions of the Bible that have yet to be translated were deep in India or lost tribes in South America, Norway drops the first Norwegian translation of the Bible in...

Posted on 1 March 2012

With Raspberry Pi and Cotton Candy, Linux Launches a Revolution

With Raspberry Pi and Cotton Candy, Linux Launches a Revolution

All the world may be agog over Microsoft's Windows 8 previews this week, but at the same time a quiet revolution is taking place. It's powered by Linux, it costs a fraction of Windows' price, and i...

Posted on 2 March 2012

Mobile World Congress 2012 Invaded By Andoids

Mobile World Congress 2012 Invaded By Andoids

Mobile World Congress 2012 was clearly dominated by Android -- one may even call it Android World Congress. We were greeted by a human sized robot at the Barcelona airports, and then you can see An...

Posted on 3 March 2012

02 Mar

Learning Python - Part 2

in Article, Development, Open Source, Programming, Python, Software

In the first lesson we introduced Python, the CPython interactive interpreter, and wrote a very simple program. This lesson we'll look at choosing a good editor, rewriting our previous program into a script and Python's basic types.

28 Feb

Thumb Drive Linux Computer Available for Pre-order

in Bluetooth, Cotton Candy, FXI, HDMI, Linux, News, Open Source, USB, Wireless

FXI Cotton Candy

The Linux world sure is buzzing at the moment! From the Raspberry Pi, to Ubuntu for Android, through to the Spark, things really do seem to be hotting up around the Linux platform.

Not to be outdone, another company has just opened pre-orders for their Linux product, a tiny computer that looks like a USB thumbdrive and runs Linux. The Cotton Candy, from Norwegian company FXI Technologies, has a USB connector on one side to power it, and an HDMI connector on the other to plug into a display. The small device sports a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a Mali 400MP GPU that allows it to decode HD video.

It also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so that you can control the system using wireless peripherals like a keyboard and/or mouse, with a smartphone and a special app, or by leveraging a laptop's keyboard and touchpad.

Apparently the Cotton Candy can run either Ubuntu or Android 4.0.

26 Feb

Top stories for the week ending 25 February 2012

These are the top stories from the past week's editions of Christians in OSS Daily.
Please note that these stories are automatically selected, and therefore do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and values of the Christians in OSS blog.

Drupal Support and Cloud Services - Drupal search engine optimization

Drupal Support and Cloud Services - Drupal search engine optimization

Improve search rankings, increase organic search traffic and maximize SEO quality of your Drupal site.

Posted on 18 February 2012

Unity-2D 5.4 landed in Ubuntu 12.04 with redesigned buttons and new features

Unity-2D 5.4 landed in Ubuntu 12.04 with redesigned buttons and new features

Unity 5.4 has already been released, adding new features (including a new lens, Unity Video lens) and overall polish. Unity-2D shares code with Unity, thus being more and more closer to its develop...

Posted on 19 February 2012

Don’t Leave God Out of Your Plans

Don’t Leave God Out of Your Plans

Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to my free email updates. For a limited time, I will give you a copy of my brand new e-book, Creating Your Personal Life Plan, just for...

Posted on 20 February 2012

OpenSUSE: An Artist's Heaven, Make You Tablet Pen Work Under Linux

 An Artist's Heaven, Make You Tablet Pen Work Under Linux

Tablet pens are one of the finest tools an artist can have in this digital age. I am not an artist per say; I am a wannabe. I own an iBall Tablet pen, which I used for sketching. I was using it und...

Posted on 21 February 2012

The Next Step in Ubuntu’s Multi-Device Plan

The Next Step in Ubuntu’s Multi-Device Plan

Meet ‘Ubuntu for Android’ – a side-by-side pairing of the Android and Ubuntu OSes on a single phone, the latest part of Canonical’s ‘multi-device’ future for Ubuntu.When in your pocket the phone is...

Posted on 22 February 2012

Ubuntu 12.04 Gnome Control Center - (New Update!)

Ubuntu 12.04 Gnome Control Center - (New Update!)

As part of the on going work to improve the Gnome Control Center, there has been an update today which brings some new features.Improved Power MenuAs you can see, the power menu now visually commun...

Posted on 23 February 2012

The Primary DIfference Between the Wise and Foolish

The Primary DIfference Between the Wise and Foolish

Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to my free email updates. For a limited time, I will give you a copy of my brand new e-book, Creating Your Personal Life Plan, just for...

Posted on 24 February 2012

Living and Loving the Acer Aspire One 522 | Blogs

What an odd situation this is. For the past week or so, the only netbook / notebook I have been carrying with me is the Aspire One 522. Never mind that the display resolution is "only" 1024x600. Ne...

Posted on 25 February 2012

24 Feb

Review: Net Responsibility, Accountability Software for Linux

in Accountability, Internet, Internet Accountability, Kubuntu, Linux, Open Source, Review, Ubuntu

Open Source Internet Accountability

Interestingly, one of the more common questions I get from Christian friends who are thinking about moving to Linux is, "Is there an open source replacement for CovenantEyes or SafeEyes?" I confess that in the past I didn't have an answer for them. Fortunately I came across Net Responsibility a few months ago, and I've been testing it out.

The latest release of Net Responsibility is version 3. This is a complete rewrite in C++ to improve performance, reliability and accuracy. It installs as a service on Linux and starts up automatically when your computer is switched on.

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