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Projects on the Move
Voice over IP on the Internet gives communication a personal touch, but it takes applications like Cheese and WebcamStudio to exploit the creative potential of Internet telephony.
The Internet has spoiled many a futurologist's predictions. Video phones were still very much the domain of science fiction in the 1990s. Then, suddenly, broadband Internet hit the mass market, closely followed by cheap webcams. Almost overnight, video conferencing became an affordable reality for home users.
Webcams became part of the digital citizen's standard equipment with the introduction of netbooks. Now Linux users can join in the fun because driver support has finally caught up with reality. Furthermore, creative spirits have discovered the potential of webcams beyond run-of-the-mill telecommunications.
Linux and Webcams
When Linux users buy a webcam, whether it is integrated with a notebook or as an external hardware device, the driver CD will not typically include usable software for the user's choice of operating system. Very few manufacturers provide webcam drivers for Linux. Despite this, developments are positive; Linux developers have created drivers for many of the newer webcams.
Vendor D-Wave scores big with a sale to NASA's Quantum Intelligence Lab.
Many package updates and Steam integration highlight the latest from the Mandriva-based community Linux.
Richard Stallman calls for the W3C to remain independent of vendor interests.
The new release supports nine architectures, 73 human languages, and zero non-Free components.
Fedora developers release the first alpha version of Fedora 19, known as Schrödinger’s Cat, for general testing. The final release is expected in July 2013.
ack is a grep-like, command-line tool that has been optimized for programmers to search large trees of source code.
New features in SUSE Studio 1.3 include enhanced cloud integration, VM platform support, and lifecycle management.
The Linux Foundation recently announced that the Xen Project is becoming a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project.
Open source version of LiveCode is now available for developing apps, games, and utilities for all major platforms.
OpenDaylight is an open source software-defined networking project committed to furthering adoption of SDN and accelerating innovation in a vendor-neutral and open environment.