As discussed in the last tutorial, you can write your own code to enable multi-touch manually. However, in the case of common multi-touch gestures, like double-tap, scroll, and fling, you can also simplify matters by taking advantage of the built-in GestureDetector.
It is tough to find a choppier business than the supercomputer market, and Cray CEO Peter Ungaro had to remind Wall Street once again to not judge the company on a single quarter, and particularly on the first quarter that it has just turned in.
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Ten weeks to the day after the arrival of version 3.8, Linux creator Linus Torvalds on Monday released version 3.9 of the Linux kernel. Here are six interesting new features from Linux.com writer Katherine Noyes.
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Benefits claimants signing up for disability living allowance online are told they cannot use modern browsers, smartphones or even Macs.
A public beta of Lightworks, the professional-grade video editor from Editshare, is now officially available for download.
No more limited dry-runs, or badly-communicated access to alpha builds; the app can be downloaded and installed for free on 64bit Ubuntu-based Linux distributions, including the newly released Ubuntu 13.04.Long Wait
If it seems like you’ve been waiting for this day for years it’s because you have. The first Linux release was promised way back in 2011.
But we can forgive Editshare, the company behind the app, for their various delays because Lightworks isn’t ‘just’ another video editor. The ‘professional-grade’ tool has been used in the editing of many well-known television programmes and film industries for years it has a prestigious reputation – one that now graces Linux desktops.
The video editor is free to download and use, with a PRO paid plan offering extra features and codec support for $60/y.
- It’s 64bit Only
- Requires ATI or Nvidia graphics card & drivers
- Only “officially” supported on Ubuntu & Linux Mint
- Not all tools work/are included on Linux
- Requires Lightworks account (free)
- Includes seven day PRO license trial
On top of this note the following ‘known issues’ concerning the following formats:
- No H.264 MOV, Quicktime/MPEG4 & AVI export options
- No support for .WMV
- AVI playback issues
Want in? You’ll find the download sign-up form and additional information behind the button below.
After installing be sure to check out the ‘Getting Started’ guide below. While it was made for the Windows beta it can be used step-for-step with the Linux version – just ignore any instructions on opening the app from the Start Menu ;)
While the world was busying downloading Ubuntu 13.04 last week, time quietly ran out on a crowd-funding campaign for Linux e-mail app Geary.
Its bid to raise $100,000 towards future development was slightly audacious, if well intentioned. But it stalled, ending on a very clean $50,860 from over 1000 donators.
Open-source projects raising money in this fashion isn’t without precedent. Just a few weeks before Yorba’s effort, Linux video editor Openshot successfully busted past its goal of $20,000 for future development, ending up with almost double.
So why did Geary fail where so many other cash raisers – often for far less useful things – have succeeded? Let’s take a look at some possible reasons…“$100,000 Was Too Much”
‘Did $100,000 seem too much to ask for what was being offered?’
By far and away the most repeated reasoning against donating was that the $100,000 seemed too much to ask for what was being offered.
Yorba were always very upfront about how expensive the process of making ‘quality software’ was – something many people don’t realise. They argued that $100,000 was the ‘bare minimum’ needed to implement their planned roster of features, pay for staff, and cover other expenses.
But did this phrase of ‘bare minimum’ make some step back? If $100k was a ‘minimum’ level, what would happen after the cash ran out? Another fundraiser? Uncertainty doesn’t woo, not when cash involved.“The Proposition Wasn’t Unique”
Putting aside the size of the prize being sought, another argument I ran into on social networks and in blog comments was that saying Geary isn’t unique enough.
Uniqueness is subjective. But there’s no denying that Geary approaches desktop e-mail in a less “traditional” way to other, more established e-mail clients. But many just don’t see it. They will simply see another e-mail client wanting to do things its own way instead of building on what’s already available.
Linux, they say, doesn’t need ’yet another e-mail client’. Evolution, Sylpheed, Claws Mail, Thunderbird and the like already have many of the features Geary was seeking money to add.“People Consider it an Elementary App”
“Geary? That’s an elementary app, right?”
I’ve heard the above statement a few times, and it’s not without foundation: Yorba and the elementary folks “teamed up” late last year to work on the design of Geary. As such there are a few elementary-specific flourishes in the app, like its cog menu. This menu, whilst useful, does lacks traditional “app menu” support (in its various formats) on more widely used desktop environments like GNOME Shell, Unity and Cinnamon.
The jarring of design approaches aside, it’s conceivable that some who saw the campaign simply thought: “I don’t use elementary, so this wouldn’t benefit me.”
A shame if so.“They Chose The Wrong Platform”
I have a Kickstarter account; everything is set-up so when I see a project I like I can quickly click a button to throw money at the screen. Easy. As. Pie.
But for Geary’s fundraiser Yorba chose the less well-known IndieGoGo site. While still a popular route to raise money it pales in the shadow of the indomitable Kickstarter.
So it’s probable that some of those coming across the campaign wanted to donate but simply didn’t savour the idea of having to sign up for yet another account, add payment info to it, fill in contact details, etc. In fact, truth be told, this inconvenience stopped me donating straight away.“Not Enough Press”
‘Geary’s Campaign Even Made it On To TechCrunch.’
Of all the examples on this list this final one is the least likely. Coverage of Geary’s fundraiser graced many technology publications, linux blogs, and was constantly being Tweeted and reshared on Google+. It even made it on to Techcrunch – one of the largest “tech news sites” in the world – not an easy feat!Future
Whatever the post-mortem yields, the cold fact is that Yorba don’t have the money they sought, though direct donations to the non-profit are likely to have increased after donators got their pledges refunded.
The good news for Geary fans like me is that Yorba say they are already working ‘to find other sources of income to cover our costs.’
“But obviously we can only continue if we can keep making ends meet.”
Did you donate to Geary’s fundraiser? If not, what put you off? What do you think would have helped the campaign to succeed?
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A number of Android-powered smartwatches are already on the market, and there's at least one (Leikr) that runs Linux. This slideshow reveals devices of note, as well as two intriguing open source, Kickstarter-funded watches that don't run a formal OS but offer hooks to Linux and Android.
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Come 2015, we’re told, the netbook will be dead and gone, out-evolved by the more fleet of foot, more desirable media tablet.
Ubuntu 13.04 was released last week – but, unusually, to muted and minimal press coverage compared to previous releases.
The Linux Action Show asked whether Ubuntu 13,04 is the most boring release in the history of Ubuntu. A quick glance at the column inches dedicated to this update would indicate yes. Even outlets who normally offer in-depth run-downs of Ubuntu have struggled to get a hold on this release, with many instead opting for more perfunctory “It’s out & this is what the press release says” overviews than bothering with the formality of a review.
But a few stalwarts have risen to the occasion…
‘Ubuntu 13.04 is a bit of an anti-climax.’
Zdnet‘s Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols speaks positively about the performance improvements including in Raring, saying that, on a test machine of his own, ‘Unity [is] much faster than before on the same box’.
Fellow Zdnet writer Terry Relph-Knight is a bit more strained, and gives the release 6/10. He argues that while 13.04 is a ‘good, solid release‘ it’s also ‘a bit of an anti-climax’ in terms of new features and changes.
This ambivalence is also in play over on PCPro, whose description of Ubuntu 13.04 as a ‘modest update’ that brings ’no major enhancements’ to the desktop is unlikely to result in an influx of new users to Ubuntu.
Several reviewers, including Jon Brodkin of ArsTechnica, pick up what isn’t included in 13.04. Brodkin notes that the removal of the workspace switcher in Unity’s Launcher is likely to be ‘disconcerting’ to some users.
‘A victim of confusion and mixed motives.’
Datamation‘s Bryce Byfield is far more cutting in his analysis of the release, calling it a ‘victim of confusion’ and ‘mixed motives’ as Canonical attempt to reconcile ‘the principles of simplicity and efficiency [with] its new priority of profitability.’
But it’s Fabian A. Scherschel of the H-Online who hits the nail on the head of this release by concluding that ‘due to the limited number of features [in 13.04] it will be hard for some ..to decide whether they actually want to upgrade.’