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Dynamic Language Roundup: Python's GIL Gets Overhauled but not Removed, Squeak Comes to Android

by Werner Schuster on  Jan 24, 2010 1

The Unladen Swallow project that aims to speed up Python has proposed to be merged into mainstream Python. One of Unladen Swallow's goals was to remove the GIL; a new implementation of Python's GIL by Antoine Pitrou will be fairer and less intrusive on multicore CPUs. Also: Squeak Smalltalk has been ported to Android.

Moonlight 2.0 Comes with a New Covenant

by Abel Avram on  Dec 23, 2009 2

Moonlight 2.0 (final version) comes with a promise from Microsoft to help the developing of Moonlight 3 and 4, and a new MS Covenant to end users protecting them from patent infringement by using Moonlight.

Chrome News: Mac and Linux Beta, Extensions and Web Sockets

by Abel Avram on  Dec 10, 2009

Google Chrome’s latest additions are: Chrome Beta for Max and Linux, Extensions for Windows and Linux, and Web Sockets.

Miguel de Icaza’s Keynote at Monospace

by Abel Avram on  Oct 29, 2009 3

Michael Cote, aka RedMonk, has provided an audio recording of Miguel de Icaza’s keynote at Monospace. Miguel talked about Mono’s history, some plans for the future, Silverlight, and he gave a demo of building a Linux appliance.

Intel Is Porting Silverlight to Moblin, a Linux OS

by Abel Avram on  Sep 24, 2009

Intel has showcased IIS Smooth Streaming running on Windows 7 but also on a Moblin device based on their Atom processor on September 23rd during Intel Development Forum 2009. This indicates an effort to port Silverlight to Linux separate than Moonlight.

Microsoft Is Still Committed to Maintain the Linux Drivers It Has Contributed

by Abel Avram on  Sep 15, 2009

Greg Kroah-Hartman has written recently that Microsoft is not validating the Linux kernel patches he has submitted. Sam Ranji assures us that Microsoft has been busy testing those 200 patches.

Moonlight 2.0 Beta 1 Contains Features from Silverlight 3.0

by Abel Avram on  Aug 18, 2009

Moonlight, the open source implementation of Microsoft’s Silverlight for Linux and Unix/X11 systems, has reached version 2.0 Beta 1. Moonlight 2.0 API is a superset of Silverlight 2.0 API because it contains features from Silverlight 3.0.

Generating Linux Appliances from Visual Studio

by Abel Avram on  Jul 30, 2009

Novell has released SUSE Studio, a tool used for creating Linux appliances. Related to that, the Mono team has created a plug-in to generate such SUSE powered appliances from within Visual Studio.

HyperSpace, a Browsing Environment with a Small Footprint

by Abel Avram on  Jul 29, 2009 4

Phoenix Technologies has created HyperSpace, a small OS that supports only browsing. HyperSpace precedes Google Chrome OS which is supposed to offer the same functionality with some differences.

Microsoft Is Contributing 20,000 Lines of Code to the Linux Kernel

by Abel Avram on  Jul 22, 2009

Microsoft is contributing 3 Linux device drivers, 20,000 lines of code, to the Linux kernel 2.6.32 under GPLv2 license.

Flex Builder for Linux Dead?

by Jon Rose on  May 01, 2009 23

Over the last few years, Adobe has taken a number of steps to entice a broad range of enterprise developers to use the Flex development platform. With all Adobe's extra work to court open source minded developers, it is surprising to hear the rumblings this week about the end of Flex Builder Linux.

Red Hat and Microsoft Get Together in the Virtualization Arena

by Abel Avram on  Mar 12, 2009 1

Red Hat has announced an agreement with Microsoft to support each other’s guests on their virtualization servers including coordinated technical support.

Moonlight 1.0 RTM Has Been Released

by Abel Avram on  Feb 12, 2009

Moonlight, the open source Silverlight implementation for Linux, has been sent to manufacturing. It can be downloaded as a Firefox plug-in running on most Linux distributions. Moonlight 1.0 uses Microsoft Media Pack 2 to play the media files.

VMware Open Sources the View Client

by Abel Avram on  Feb 04, 2009

VMware has open sourced its View Client software which enables connections from Linux clients to remote Windows desktops managed by VMware View. VMware would like to see their partners developing the client for non-x86 devices using operating systems other than Windows XP or Linux.

DebGem: Ruby Gems for Debian

by Mirko Stocker on  Jan 13, 2009 5

DebGem is a new service from Phusion that properly integrates Ruby Gems into Debian-based Linux distributions. We talked to Hongli Lai and Ninh Bui from Phusion to learn more about the project.

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