Most Affordable Linux Computer Ever, Humanitarian Open Source, and New Updates to EFL

Open Source Weekly Wrap Up: May 2 – 8, 2015

Enlightenment Foundation Libraries 1.14 Released

After three months of development, Enlightenment Foundation Libaries (EFL) 1.14 has been released. EFL is a set of free and open source graphics libraries that are used to construct user interfaces for a variety of products, including TV’s, mobile devices, wearable electronics, and desktop systems. In 12 weeks the project had over 1200 commits from 77 authors – nearly double the number from the previous release. This release includes numerous bug fixes, code optimization for better speed with a smaller memory footprint, as well as new features for many of the components including Elementary, Evas, and Emotion. We’ll feature a more detailed post on this development next week.

Read More at the EFL Official Announcement

Open Source Helps Rebuild Nepal’s Historic Sites

The 7.9 magnitude earthquake last week in Nepal has put many of the nation’s citizens in a grim situation with more than 6,000 confirmed dead and many survivors still awaiting the arrival of outside aid. With the recovery underway, The World Monuments Fund (WMF) and the Getty Conservation focus on restoring the cultural infrastructure that has been destroyed, including temples, monuments, and public spaces through their own open source tool Arches. Arches is a heritage inventory management system that works as a collaborative tool for documenting the “before” status of infrastructure so it can be compared to its status after a disaster to identify where to focus recovery efforts. The tool was first developed in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and is built upon a tool that was originally designed to track of information about cultural monuments in Iraq.

Read More at Gizmodo.

Outreachy Announces Participants for Next Round of Open Source Development

Outreachy, the program formerly called the Gnome Outreach Program for Women, has announced the 30 participants that have been selected to intern for open source projects over the coming months. 34 participants were selected for 30 different open source projects, and are paid a stipend of $5,500 to work full-time with a mentor over a 3 month period. Notable projects in this round of development include OpenStreetMap, OpenStack, Perl, FFmpeg, GStreamer, Debian, and Wikimedia.  Our own Reynaldo Verdejo and Thiago Sousa Santos are helping by mentoring the participant for the GStreamer project.

Read More on the Outreachy Wiki.

The $9 Open Source Computer that Runs Linux

C.H.I.P is a new open source, single-board computer that has been launched on Kickstarter. The most interesting aspect of this project is the extremely low cost, only $9 USD. That low cost still packs a 1Ghz R8 ARM processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of storage. It also includes a USB port, a composite video port, and a micro USB port in addition to optional shields that can add support for HDMI or VGA video output. The low cost is achieved by working closely with a semiconductor manufacturer in China that specializes in low-cost processors.

It can run any distribution of Linux, but the team behind it at Next Thing Co. focuses on supporting Debian.  C.H.I.P has a number of available components including a battery and a small, portable computer named PocketC.H.I.P that includes a keyboard and display. The Kickstarter launched only two days ago, on May 7th, but has already surpassed the $50,000 goal substantially, with more than $200,000 being raised so far.

Read more at Make.

Author: Ben Lloyd Pearson

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