The LWN.net Weekly Edition for February 27, 2014 is available.
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
Ars technica provides
some details on the security focused Blackphone. "While Geeksphone is handling the hardware, Silent Circle is handling the software. The Blackphone runs a Google-less version of Android called "PrivatOS." Besides removing the user-tracking Google parts, most of the Blackphone's security and privacy advantages seem to come from the integration of Silent Circle apps.
ZDNet article looking at Mozilla's "Servo" project, an attempt to make
web browsers perform better and more securely on multi-core systems.
"Servo takes a different approach to current browsers. It splits the
work to compute the layout, render content and execute scripts on a web
page into three tasks, each of which it can carry out in parallel.
Videos of the talks at DevConf.cz are available on YouTube.
DevConf.cz took place February 7-9 in Brno, Czech Republic.
An article over at KDE.news looks at the next generation of semantic search for the KDE desktop. "The upcoming release of KDE Applications (version 4.13) will introduce the next step in the effort to improve the performance and stability of search features in KDE software. The improved Semantic Search is lighter on resources and more reliable than it was previously, but, thanks to considerable reuse of existing code, it is mature and offers a complete feature set.
Matthew Garrett comments
on the expulsion of Piston from the Red Hat Summit and its subsequent
return. "To Red Hat's credit, having the CTO immediately and
publicly accept responsibility and offer reparations seems like the best
thing they could possibly do in the situation and demonstrates that there
are members of senior management who clearly understand the importance of
community collaboration to Red Hat's success. But that leaves open the
question of how this happened in the first place."