Open Source Wrap Up July 4 – 10, 2015
BBC Unveils the Final Micro:Bit Computer Design
The BBC has revealed the final design of its Micro:Bit computer during a launch event in London. This device will be given to every child that starts secondary school in the UK and will serve as an introduction to computer science by including Blockly, Python, and TouchDevelop coding environments. The device contains an ARM Cortex M-O processor, accelerometer, magnetometer, 5×5 LED matrix display, and two face buttons. This device was a joint project from companies including Microsoft, Samsung, Freescale, and Nordic Semiconductor, and it is being released under an open source license.
The Core Infrastructure Initiative Launches Census Project
The Core Infrastructure Initiative is a Linux Foundation collaborative project aimed at improving critical open source components of modern IT systems. The project has announced the launch of the Census Project, which is a new effort to identify the components that most need help. It does this by automating the collection and analysis of data from different open source projects to create a risk score for each project based on the results. Projects with higher scores will receive more attention to find ways to improve them, and the ultimate goal is to move towards more holistic, preemptive solutions for open source security.
Bugzilla 5.0 Released
After more than 2 years since the last release, Bugzilla has released version 5.0 of the popular software bug tracking platform. It is being called the most exciting new version in the projects history and includes a wide range of new features and improvements. New features include the ability to tag bug comments, improved group membership checking, improved documentation, a new comment preview mode, a mass edit form for changing bug tags in bulk, and many other new minor improvements. To find out more about this major development, check out the release notes.
The Biggest Linux Release Candidate Ever is Unveiled
Linus Torvalds has unveiled Linux 4.2-rc1 and it comes with a pleasant statistic. This release candidate is the largest ever with more than one million lines of code being added and more than 250,000 being removed. While it’s a close second to v3.15-rc1 in terms of commits, the size of this release demonstrates the continued dominance of the open source development model used by the Linux community. The bulk of the code comes from new AMD GPU register descriptions, but also includes many new drivers, architecture updates, and file system improvements.