A community build project led by developer Jay Rodgers is making Visual Studio Code, Microsoft’s lightweight source code editor, available for Chromebooks, Raspberry Pi boards, and other devices based on 32-bit or 64-bit ARM processors.Supporting Linux and Chrome OS as well as the DEB (Debian) and RPM package formats, the automated builds of Visual Studio Code are intended for less-common platforms that might not otherwise receive them. Obvious beneficiaries will be IoT developers focused on ARM devices—and the Raspberry Pi in particular—who will find it helpful to have the editor directly on the device they’re programming against. [ Review: Visual Studio 2017 is the best ever. | Cut to the key news and issues in cutting-edge enterprise technology with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter. ]Visual Studio Code extensions should work with the builds. “The rule of thumb is that unless the extensions are using native components, and those native components … [Read more...] about Visual Studio Code comes to Chromebooks, Raspberry Pi
Perhaps it's the rapid pace of change here in the tech world, but it seems scarcely a day can go by without someone declaring some technology or another "dead." Take the netbook, for example. People have been saying for years it's dead; today, however, we have the Chromebook phenomenon. The command line is another popular target, of course, but few can compete with the Linux desktop itself, the death of which has been trumpeted so many times now that Linux Girl has lost count. Amazing how something that's "dead" can keep on satisfying so many users! Well, recently in the Linux community there's been occasion to discuss another purported "death" -- or at least one that's often wished for. The "victim" this time? None other than Perl. 'Quite Alive and Well' "Perl: The language everyone wants to declare dead" is the title of the Linux Advocates post that started the proverbial ball rolling, and roll it did. "It seems that many react and cringe when they hear the word Perl," wrote … [Read more...] about Perl: Jewel in the Rough or Scourge of IT?
Every time the "PC is dead" topic comes up, an old Monty Python movie comes to mind, and I'll bet you can guess which one. PCs are on almost every desk, and the installed base is measured not in the hundreds, thousands, or even tens of thousands -- it is measured in the hundred millions. Brian Krzanich, Intel's latest CEO, last week announced a massive layoff tied to the company's missing its quarterly numbers, and once again the alarm sounded. Was the PC is dead, or was Intel's miss just another new-CEO mistake? (There have been a lot of those of late.) It is becoming really clear to me that there definitely needs to be a class for new CEOs that covers the fundamentals -- at least -- but what I'm finding incredibly annoying is that the industry responsible for analytics and artificial intelligence doesn't seem to be very good at doing causal analysis. I don't think the PC is dead today any more than I did six months ago, but I am becoming concerned that a lot of folks who depend on … [Read more...] about Why Is the PC Industry Trying to Kill the PC?
The Raspberry Pi was created as an educational platform but has become one of the most popular embedded systems platforms on earth with a full copy of Linux and a rabid community of DIY-minded developers. That combination alone makes the Raspberry Pi a natural fit for hacking together enterprise IT applications and devices. Add in its low cost and the ready availability of open source solutions, and you can quickly see how previously expensive systems and devices are suddenly within reach of IT departments willing to experiment with Raspberry Pi, as my first foray into DIY IT Raspberry Pi projects showed. Here we take another deep look at enterprise-worthy Pi projects, as developers have gained more experience on both the hardware and software sides of the Raspberry Pi. [ Get the scoop on the Internet of things at its most fundamental level and find out where it's headed, in InfoWorld's downloadable PDF and ePub. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the … [Read more...] about 10 more Raspberry Pi projects primed for IT
Linux has been around for many years, and has gotten better and better as time has gone by. Yet there are some enduring, inaccurate, and annoying myths about Linux that persist to this day. A Linux redditor started a thread about Linux myths and got some interesting responses from his fellow Linux users: SphtKr: “What Linux myth/misconception really annoys you?” Smileeface: “That it has no / bad accessibility tools. I’m legally blind, and Linux has been an absolute godsend. First Compiz for years, and now KDE 5. It’s got everything I need: full screen magnification (with multiple zoom modes!) to insane levels, per-window color inversion, focus tracking, mouse pinging, detailed window, font, and other UI settings, dark / high-contrast themes that don’t look like shit, text-to-speech - everything. Granted, it used to take two weeks and three drops of your blood to set them up, but it’s pretty much plug and play nowadays.” … [Read more...] about Annoying myths about Linux that won’t go away