Migration

I have moved over to wordpress.com for my wordpress blog; its mainly an archive while I change platforms on my main blog site.

Slacko and Slacko64 are released!

I have the pleasure of announcing 2 new stable releases from the Slacko Puppy Linux family.

Slacko64 6.3.0 and Slacko 6.3.0

Slacko64 is the very first 64 bit official Puppy Linux to be released. I have been running it myself for over 18 months and I have finally brought it up to release status. It has a brand new theme I call “Buntoo”, which is basically an Ubuntu Unity knock off but with Rox Filer, GTK2 and JWM!  😉

Slacko (the 32 bit version) is an upgrade for the last stable release – Slacko 5.7. It has all the same features as Slacko64 but with a different default theme, however the buntoo theme can be applied from a new program called PTheme. Look for it in the menu.

The Slacko 6.3.0 family uses libraries and binaries from the upstream stable Slackware (64)-14.1 so any program built for slackware should run in Slacko as long as dependencies are met.

For more information and download links visit the new Slacko website.

I hope you enjoy using it as much as I did making it!

Mick.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Android developers announced today that they have updated the Jelly Bean version of their phone and tablet OS with bugfixes and new features.

This development has been much anticipated and it coincides with hardware releases from Google of the newNexus 7 and Chromecast TV stick.

New develpoper features of Jelly Bean 4.3 include;

  • OpenGL ES 3.0 — Game developers can now take advantage of OpenGL ES 3.0 and EGL extensions as standard features of Android, with access from either framework or native APIs.
  • Bluetooth Smart — Now your apps can communicate with the many types of low-power Bluetooth Smart devices and sensors available today, to provide new features for fitness, medical, location, proximity, and more.
  • Restricted profiles — Tablet owners can create restricted profiles to limit access to apps, for family, friends, kiosks, and more. Your app can offer various types of restrictions to let tablet owners control its capabilities in each profile.
  • New media capabilities — A modular DRM framework enables media application developers to more easily integrate DRM into their own streaming protocols such as MPEG DASH. Apps can also access a built-in VP8 encoder from framework or native APIs for high-quality video capture.
  • Notification access — Your apps can now access and interact with the stream of status bar notifications as they are posted. You can display them in any way you want, including routing them to nearby Bluetooth devices, and you can update and dismiss notifications as needed.
  • Improved profiling tools — New tags in the Systrace tool and on-screen GPU profiling give you new ways to build great performance into your app.

 

As for the consumer, both business and private, this means that;

  • apps should get better notification support
  • the possibility of restricting profiles in the case of multiple users is vastly improved
  • games should get better with improved graphics performance
  • bluetooth support in apps should improve.

among other improvements.

If you have a Nexus 4, 7 or 10 the rollout of 4.3 should hit your device over the next few weeks. For those that are impatient and want to flash their device (warning: this does involve some risk so be sure to do your homework) you can download an image for your particular device from the Google Developers website.

All sources direct from Google.

Have fun!