This time it’s involving a change with Android. European FSF (Free Software Foundation) member Tortsen Grote claims that the SDK (software development kit) is no longer free as in free speech. Steven Vaughan-Nichols of ZDnet.com counters that Mr. Grote has misinterpreted the license. He goes on to push the work of Replicant as a solution for those that desire libre (free as in free speech) Android source code and software.
Before going into further detail I’ll simplify the issue. Google said you can’t make certain changes to the compiled (software you can run with just a double click instead of building yourself) sdk and that has offended Mr. Grote, an advocate of libre software. He can still download the source code, build it himself, modify it and redistribute if he wishes to do so – it is not even difficult, obscene or undesirable for a FSF activist to compile their own software. Continue reading →
Yet it seems like my screen is more battery hungry when compared to stock Android. At stock I’m limited to Gingerbread (Android 2.3) but my phone with its 2x size battery (3500 mAh) will last from morning to bedtime with energy to spare. Using Jellybean (Android 4.1) I’ll often need to recharge my phone before the middle of the day.
It may not be the developers fault that I experience this discrepancy in my experience. In fact, I’m blaming Motorola for not supporting my MoPho. The company originally promised to update my phone to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) then rescinded the offer at the last minute. Not only that but they refuse to release drivers and data needed so that the community may be better able to support their devices themselves. To learn more about Motorolas broken promises, visit Support My Moto.
Recently I announced that I was going to try using PC-BSD as a desktop operating system and that I would read the manual. It’s been pretty insightful so far, I really have been reading it and following up on small tidbits from the manual with more research. I didn’t do this much research before diving into Windows XP or 7. I also did virtually zerZorin to the world of tough love that is Arch. Continue reading →
After all, most of you reading this will assume that the “Free” part of the Free Software Movement to refer to currency and not ideals. You wouldn’t be wrong for initially believing this, free is used as a moniker to highlight stuff that costs nothing. The only time you’re not seeing “Free Beer” is when you’re reading about “Free Speech”. The Free Software Movement is a group that argues for the rights of software users to be able to modify and have access to their software in the same way that owners of cars have rights to change absolutely anything about it. Continue reading →
Hello folks, I’m sure that you’re all aware that Windows 8 has just released. I’ve been using the Consumer Preview for the past couple of months and have more positive than negative things to say about Windows 8. Even so, I miss the level of configuration and understanding offered by GNU Linux – specifically Ubuntu. I originally planned to split my hard drive and dualboot so that I could compare Ubuntu 12.10/KDE Fedora 17 Spin with Windows 8. Instead, I’ve decided to give PC-BSD another go with its’ 9.1 release.
I know that I may have lost some of you there, I’ll explain this briefly. GNU\Linux or just Linux (as it’s used on this blog and popularly in many other places) are the core framework of desktop operating systems that compete with the merits of Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. A major difference between Linux and Windows/Mac is that the core is usable and modifiable by anyone that wants access to it, in fact the community openly encourages it. Just imagine if the core of Windows XP was made available and that anyone could release a Windows XP system that had a level of interoperability between all of the versions that multiple people made. That’s Linux in a nutshell, both different and united to an extent. The truth behind it is much more meticulous to the point where interoperability is a feature that must be worked at significantly more than what Microsoft and Apple offer with their systems.