Why Is Linux Foundation’s Latest Change A Bad News For Linux And Open Source?

Why Is Linux Foundation’s Latest Change A Bad News For Linux And Open Source?

the linux foundationShort Bytes: Up until recently, the Linux Foundation allowed the individual members to elect two board members and ensure that the voice of Linux community is considered at the board meetings. In a shocking change, the Foundation has erased this clause and decided to benefit the corporate companies rather that whole community.

The Linux Foundation was created as a non-profit technology organization to protect, promote, and advance Linux development and collaboration. The Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux founder Linus Torvalds and supports the open source technologies. While the organization works hard to ensure that Linux gets enough recognition, it is fueled by the work and support of its community.

A recent change in the way Linux Foundation elects its representatives has sparked a controversy in the Linux and open source community. Before telling you about the change in representation that was uncovered by Mattew Garrett, a kernel contributor and social activist, I’ll be telling you how Linux Foundation’s board was chosen just a week ago.

Up until how were Linux Foundation board members elected?

10 by platinum members (platinum membership costs $ 500,000 a year), 3 by gold members (gold membership costs $ 100,000 a year), 1 by silver members (silver membership costs between $ 5,000 and $ 20,000 a year, depending on company size), and 2 by individual members (individual membership costs $ 99 a year)

The Linux Foundation, understandably, needs funds from platinum, gold, and silver members to operate and work in order to propagate Linux and the open source philosophy. Additionally, the election of two board members by individual members helped to bring in the community perspectives into the decision-making at the board level.

Change in the community representation in Linux Foundation board

Matthew Garrett noticed a big change in the community representation this Friday. Organization’s by-laws were amended to erase the provision of the selection of 2 board members by individual members. The new version of by-laws states that no affiliate member may be involved in the election of directors. Read the older version here and compare.

This change is also reflected in the definition of affiliate members and advantages provided to them. Known as “Individual Membership” until last year, it gave you “the ability to run for and vote for a Linux Foundation board seat and influence the direction of the foundation”. The plan has been revised to bring a weaker position called “Individual Supporter“, taking away the voting rights of individual members.

the erased clause in by-laws

The erased clause in by-laws

Coincidently, everything happened after Karen Sandler — executive director of Software Freedom Conservancy, an organization working for GPL enforcement — announced her plan to stand for the Linux Foundation board membership. Notably, the Linux Foundation hasn’t shown much excitement about GPL enforcement in the past and the SFC is itself funding a lawsuit against one member of Foundation for violating GPL terms.

This could be one of those just-a-coincidence incidents, but it seems that the Linux Foundation doesn’t like the community representation anymore in its board. This step also raises questions on Foundation and its love for corporates.

This negative step ignores the Linux community that performs an important task of writing parts of Linux kernel and promoting it. I wonder what Linus Torvalds has to say about this issue. Most importantly, what are your feeling about this change in Linux Foundation’s policies? Do tell us in the comments below.

Also read: Security Tips by the Expert: How Linux Foundation Protects its Computers

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Laser ‘freeze ray’ could change cooling biology labs, computer processors

Laser ‘freeze ray’ could change cooling biology labs, computer processors

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Laser cooling isn’t a new idea, but this is the first time it’s actually worked in real-world conditions.

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How To Change Your Facebook Profile Picture In Support Of Paris Attack Victims

How To Change Your Facebook Profile Picture In Support Of Paris Attack Victims

Profile-Picture-ParisShort Bytes: Facebook and Twitter are often criticized for photo filter activism and hashtags. But in difficult times, every small pinch of support helps. Facebook has given you the option to express your support for Paris with Facebook’s French flag photo filter.

In response to the unfortunate terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night, Facebook has added an option to add a photo filter to show your support for France.

Using this tool, users can easily superimpose a French flag over their profile pictures. Facebook has also brought a safety check tool to help users tell their friends and family about their safety.

This photo filter is similar to the previous photo filters offered to show support for Digital India and same sex marriage legalization in the US.

This option is available on the Web as well as mobile. While using this filter, you can set the option to expire in a number of durations – 1-hour, 1-day, 1-week or more.

Just follow this link and click on ‘Try it’ to add a French flag filter to support Paris.

Stay tall, stay strong Paris!

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15 Best iOS 9 Features That Will Change Your iPhone and iPad

15 Best iOS 9 Features That Will Change Your iPhone and iPad

ios-9-apple-best-featureShort Bytes: iOS 9 will be released officially very soon and it has tons of small and big improvements changes that will change the way you use your Apple device. Based upon my experience of the iOS 9 public beta, I’m going to tell you about the best iOS 9 features.

Just a couple of days ago we got the news of the upcoming iPhone launch event to be held on September 9. Apart from the new iPhone and iPad, we’ll also witness the official launch of the new iOS 9. The new OS isn’t some kind of complete overhaul, but it has lots of humble changes that will surely create an impact on iOS users.

Currently, iOS 9 is in public beta and I’ve been trying out the OS from past one week. In this article, I’ve mentioned some biggest changes in iOS 9 and the features that will change the way you’ll use your device.

Take a look at the iOS 9 features and tell us your favorites:

1. Low power mode for extra battery and better battery life:

I decided to write this iOS 9 feature before any other as it will be appreciated and loved by most of you. The new low power mode will make your phone run longer by disabling mail fetch, background app refresh, lower visual effects and automatic downloads. The great news is that you can still use almost all useful features of your phone like Wi-Fi, Location Services, Bluetooth, GPS etc. In the new power saver mode, the screen sleeps a little quicker along with other subtle changes to give you extra juice.

2. iOS 9 update for everyone and smaller in size:

This isn’t exactly an iOS 9 feature, but it’s surely worth mentioning. Usually, every new iOS version isn’t available for all previous generations of iOS devices. But, iOS 9 will be available for devices like iPad 2, iPhone 4S, iPad Mini and iPad touch 5th gen- i.e. all will be getting the features of iOS 9 with the new update.

Another exciting iOS 9 feature is that the iOS update will be smaller in size and it’ll be needing just 1.3GB of space to download and install. This is surprisingly 3.5x smaller than iOS 8.

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3. Better organization of your pictures:

iOS 9 will come with an improvement that will organize all your pictures. Another great iOS feature places all the pictures taken from the front camera in a “Selfies” folder. Also, the screenshots taken by the power button and home button get placed in their own designated folder.

4. Search suggestions in iOS 9:

With iOS 9, Apple is gearing up for a mobile OS that is smarter than ever and comes with more relevant searches. New search suggestions make this experience more Google Now-like. You can just swipe from your main screen to get a recommendation and news curated just for you.

5. Card-like app switching:

The app switcher is a cool aesthetic iOS 9 feature that makes your life easier by improving the way you open the apps. I found this feature pretty useful and clean-looking. When you get your iOS 9 update, do tell us about the features you love the most.

6. Split-screen multitasking iOS 9 feature:

With iOS 9, you can perform real side-by-side multitasking if you have newer iPads (Split View on iPad Air 2, Slide Over on iPad Minu 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, and iPad Air 2).

This is a very useful feature as you can surf the web and write emails together on a single screen. Or, you can take part in a FaceTime chat with your spouse and do some office work side by side. For the time being, the Apple’s home-grown apps will be supported and slowly the functionality is expected to arrive on other apps.

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7.  Transit directions in Apple Maps:

This iOS 9 feature is something that will give you a taste of improvement in the still-developing Apple Maps. With iOS 9, the app be getting transit directions in  Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto, and Washington D.C., as well as over 300 cities in China, including Beijing, Chengdu, and Shanghai. This info will include detailed transit information to the iOS 9 users and the feature will be eventually expanded to include more locations.

8. Siri with better search and contextual questions:

More stress on Siri is an iOS 9 feature that can’t be neglected. Apple’s digital assistant is getting more improvement and smarter. iOS 9 aims to bring the contextual search ability of Siri to the same level as Google Now and Cortana. Now, Siri is faster and prompt in responding to search questions about the contents of your iPhone running iOS 9.

9. Apple News app:

Flipboard-style Apple News is a great and exclusive iOS 9 feature. You can choose the channels and news category you are interested in, and the Apple News app shows you the best stories to you.

The smart Apple News app also floats suggestions based on your reading history and it improves as you use it. Give the Apple News a try in iOS 9 and tell us your experience while reading the news from fossBytes.

10. CarPlay in iOS:

With iOS 9, iPhone users will be able to connect their devices with their vehicles that support WiFi connections. It will also support your car maker’s apps and thus it will integrate with the already present app.

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11. Android to iOS switch is easy:

The Move to iOS app will make your decision a lot easier if you want to ditch your Android device for an iPhone. This app will transfer contacts, message history, videos, photos, bookmarks, calendar, wallpaper, songs, books, and whatnot.

12. Improved Notes app:

This iOS 9 feature will be loved by those who are habitual of creating notes and check-off lists. The improved Notes app now supports images and doodles to let your creativity flow. All the changes made in your notes will be synced using iCloud via all Apple devices.

13. Notification Menu in iOS 9:

Earlier, iOS organized the notification by apps. In iOS 9, the notifications are always organized chronologically with the newest one at the top. I personally liked this change as it increases your efficiency and it makes a lot of sense.

14. The Back button and Shift key:

Another useful addition in iOS 9. Whenever you switch to a new app, iOS 9 brings a small button at the top left corner that lets you go back to the previous app. Suppose you are using Twitter and you get a notification from Facebook, just open the notification and go back to Twitter with just a single tap.

The small change in the Shift key will be instantly noticed by you as you’ll start typing something. Now the case of the letters change with the shift key. Earlier, the letters were always capitalized even when the shift key wasn’t enabled and this created a confusion.

15. Security in iOS 9:

Last but not the least, Apple has focused more on security in iOS 9. In the new OS, users will need a six-digit passcode on devices that use Touch ID instead of four digits. The users with two-factor authentication will need to enter the verification code while signing in from a new browser or device. This verification code is automatically generated and sent on you Apple device.

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Did you find this article helpful? Tell us in the comments below. Also, tell us your favorite features from iOS 9.

Also read: iPhone Users Can Try Out Samsung Phones for $ 1 as 30-Day Trial

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How To Change Cortana’s Bing Search to Google in Windows 10 Using Bing2Google

How To Change Cortana’s Bing Search to Google in Windows 10 Using Bing2Google

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Short Bytes : Bing search is deeply integrated in Windows 10 and you can’t change this search engine from your Cortana desktop search. Answering this problem, Bing2Google extension for Chrome does this in just in a click. 

Windows 10 was rolled out on July 29 and people have upgraded their PCs using the free upgrade offer. To make the upgrade process easy, Microsoft even released a tool to download Windows 10 instantly on Windows 7 and 8 PCs. Today, Microsoft said that 14 million people have installed Windows 10 on their PCs. Windows 10 comes with its very own digital assistant Cortana that searches your queries and acts according to your voice commands and gives useful results. But, just the way you can’t change the default search provider in Google Now and Siri, Cortana resists change and provides Bing search results.

Cortana’s desktop web search works pretty well but what if you had the option to replace Bing with Google? Your prayers have been heard and Bing2Google extension for Chrome is here is change Cortana’s Bing search to Google in Windows 10.

Before downloading this extension, make sure that Google Chrome is your default web browser in Windows 10. This could be done by following few simple steps to change the default browser.

Now I’ll assume that you’ve changed your default browser to Chrome in Windows 10. Search for Bing2Google Chrome extension on the web or Chrome app store.

Now, install Bing2Google extension.

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This Bing2Google extension redirects your Bing searches to Google searches, this forcing Cortana to search using a Bing alternative.

Note that this will also replace Bing search from Microsoft Edge’s default search.

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How Your Keyboard Spacebar is Going to Change Forever With SmartBar?

How Your Keyboard Spacebar is Going to Change Forever With SmartBar?

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The keyboard spacebar is one of the most used buttons on the keyboard, but Synaptics, the company behind some of the cutting-edge innovations in touch technology wants to change the way we use our spacebars forever.

Synaptics has come up with a plan to make the best of the use of the humble space bar, which comes at the natural resting position of our thumbs on the keyboard. The strategy is to convert spacebar into a SmartBar which will use various touch gestures for quick editing, zoom and can be customized through the macro editor for other functions.

SmartBar offers various features that would ease the writing work. A single swipe of the thumb on the SmartBar will select the whole word. Similarly zooming the screen by using the motion of two thumbs would. Also, the SmartBar would change the gaming scenario as it can be programmed with the logical buttons and other keys for smart functions.

SmartBar-Synaptics

Tt eSPORTS, a gaming accessory developer has agreed to partner with Synaptics on the idea to revolutionize Spacebar into a modern and much more useful SmartBar. As per the statements of the spokespersons of both the companies, this little change in the interface would bring an increase in the employees’ productivity. Most of the parts of a regular PC have been modernized and made incredibly suave. The screens are HD and the processors are

Most of the parts of a regular PC have been modernized and made incredibly suave. The screens are HD and the processors are superfast, shouldn’t the keyboard too change for the better?

Apple has already patented for itself a “fusion keyboard” which is a hybrid keyboard with physical as well as touch-based inputs.

Would you like a new Smart Keyboard too?? Tell us in comments below.

Source: Synaptics, Picjumbo

Also read: Windows 10 PCs Are Getting Separate Button for Cortana

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