Ian Murdock in 2008

Last Monday, December 28, Ian Murdock, best known as the father of the Debian project, passed away. Born on April 28, 1973 in Konstanz, in the then West Germany, he launched the Debian project in the spirit of GNU project in 1993. The name is a combination of that of his then-girlfriend, Debra, and his. Debian is mainly a GNU/Linux distribution and over time has become one of the most important with the support of several architectures and a huge bouquet of software.

Google web page about Brillo

At Google I/O, as expected, there was the announcement of Project Brillo, the operating system for the Internet of Things. Google also announced Weave, a protocol that will serve as the standard language for the various devices to communicate with each other. This project is derived from Android but in a version stripped of various components to operate with minimum requirements while maintaining the support to essential services such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 desktop

News came that a few days ago Mandriva SA, the French company that produced open source software for many years including the Mandriva Linux distribution, was put into liquidation. Created as MandrakeSoft, the company was among the pioneers of the use of Linux on the desktop but in recent years abandoned it to try to survive by selling other products.

The C.H.I.P. (Image courtesy Next Thing Co. All rights reserved)

In recent years the range of really tiny and very cheap computers has increased tremendously. A few days ago, a fundraiser started for one of these called C.H.I.P. that immediately had an incredible success. Next Thing Co. is a company based in Oakland, California, USA, which aims to offer a PC for just $9. To do this it needed to raise $50,000 and while I’m writing $943.501 were already pledged. The fundraiser will continue until June 6, 2015.

In Las Vegas, Hewlett-Packard’s CEO Meg Whitman, together with the company’s CTO Martin Fink, unveiled a new computer architecture that aims to revolutionize the sector. The Machine, as at the moment is called the new HP computer, uses hardware of type very different from the current such as photonics instead of copper and memristors instead of the current RAM and storage memories.