- Canonical ending support for Kubuntu, reassigning lead developer
Ryan Paul at Ars Technica had news that at first deeply saddened me. I am a long time KDE user and have really enjoyed having a ready made remix of Ubuntu with KDE as the stock desktop environment. The details matter as they usually do. KDE as a project is independent of Canonical and as far as I am aware is still very active and healthy; the announcement is just about the KDE based remix. The remix won’t end necessarily either, it will just be up to the community to support it past the upcoming 12.04 release of Ubuntu. Paul thoughtfully includes a link where anyone, like me, interested in supporting Kubuntu and KDE can learn more.
- Google wants to do away with online certificate checks
The H Security posted a story where the particulars are again important to read closely. Chrome will continue to have a means of dealing with revoked certificates and other changes affecting the primary security mechanism in web browsers. They are disabling a channel they deem to no longer be working well and instead will use the same mechanism through which the browser updates itself to distribute notices requiring changes to each browser’s database of trusted certificates.
- Navigating the legality of autonomous vehicles
Autopia at Wired.com has an excellent piece by Tom Vanderbilt digging into the legal questions that arise from Google’s research efforts into self driving cars. Questions like these are only going to get more pressing. They fascinate because they are no longer purely the realm of science fiction. I can easily imagine the case where one of the existing cars able to self park is involved in an accident and begs interesting questions of fault and liability.
- LibreOffice developer shows prototype Android and HTML5 ports, Ars Technica
- Google ‘Solve For X’ Website Goes Live, Slashdot
- KDE publishes a book for beginner developers, KDE.news via Slashdot
- Red Hat appoints Robyn Bergeron first female Fedora project leader, Slashdot
- Google Makes Its Chrome Browser Mobile, NYTimes.com