UK to launch first-ever satellite controlled by a mobile phone… and the scientists have chosen a Google Nexus handset

9 02 2013


British space scientists are gearing up to launch the world’s first satellite run entirely using a mobile phone.

The unique STRaND-1 satellite, developed by researchers from the University of Surrey, will be fully controlled by a Google Nexus phone during part of its six-month space mission.

It will launch into a 785km sun-synchronous orbit on the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from Sriharikota, India, on February 25.

The satellite’s launch will be an interesting test of the oft-repeated claim that the mobile phone in your pocket has more computing power than was used to send a man to the Moon.

At the heart of STRaND-1 is an unmodified Nexus One smartphone running an Android operating system, according to Dr Chris Bridges, the Surrey Space Centre’s lead engineer on the venture.

‘We haven’t gutted the Nexus. We’ve done lots and lots of tests on it; we’ve put our own software on it. But we’ve essentially got a regular phone, connected up the USB to it and put it in the satellite,’ he told the BBC.

The smartphone is pressed up against a side panel of the 30cm-long, 4.3kg cubesat, so that it’s 5MP camera can look out and take pictures of the Earth and the Moon.

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How Linux is Built

4 04 2012

 While Linux is running our phones, friend requests, tweets, financial trades, ATMs and more, most of us don’t know how it’s actually built. This short video takes you inside the process by which the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing is organized. Based on the annual report “Who Writes Linux,” this is a powerful and inspiring story of how Linux has become a community-driven phenomenon.

Android, Linux Coming Together After Having Forged Separate Paths

21 03 2012

While Google’s Android mobile operating system–like a number of mobile OSes–are based on Linux, Android has forged on a separate path of its own. However, Android and Linux may come closer together now after having gone separate ways as the Android code has been readmitted to a staging area for inclusion the Linux kernel, the core Linux code maintained by project founder Linus Torvalds,’ according to a report by Wired.

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Google Wave – I’m in

2 12 2009

Eu já recebi o meu convite.

Tenho três convites para dar.  Existe alguém interessado em testar e/ou ajudar a melhorar este produto da Google?

It’s Time for an International Linux Summit

20 07 2009


Just like the international gang summits in Los Angeles, Linux needs a collective, “sit-down” to discuss the future of this now formidable operating system. I’m not talking about a nice little get together with keynote speakers with high-powered, 10,000 foot views of where Linux is and where it’s going. And I’m not talking about vendor booths touting the latest and greatest Linux toys or big blowout parties from a spectacle-making platinum sponsor.
What we need is a nuts and bolts, sound-proofed room, gathering of the minds and Linux thought leaders to discuss Linux, its current state, its legal standing and its future as an operating system.

It’s time to get serious.

It’s time to focus on the future.

We need key players and contributors from Google, Yahoo, Red Hat, Novell, Debian, Ubuntu, The Linux Foundation, Slackware, CentOS, Oracle, IBM, HP, Intel, AMD, VMware and Citrix to come together and hash out a grand plan for this once niche operating system that’s grown up into the enterprise-level beast that has changed the world.

We need for the best minds in the world to come together in one place for a concentrated focus on creating a Linux map for the next 10 or so years. This map should include the role of Linux in cloud-based computing, virtualization, embedded applications, supercomputing, space exploration, education and energy.

Read the full story at Daniweb

Várias do Blogue “o Vigia”

18 06 2009

1720-5299O tempo por estes lados escasseia e aproveito para deixar o link para algumas noticias que mostram o desenvolvimento do Software Livre por essa Europa fora.

Excluíndo Portugal que teima em atribuir sem concurso público por ajuste directo aos amiguinhos do costume como a JP Sá Couto, Microsoft entre outros, lá fora os nossos vizinhos apostam no Software Livre principalmente na educação.

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