Archive for December, 2015

Sidecar, a delivery and ride-hailing pioneer that has struggled to compete with bigger rivals like Uber and Lyft, said it would stop offering services.

Ian Murdock, founder of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution project, has died at the age of 42. His death, announced in a blog post by Docker CEO Ben Golub, came after an apparent encounter with police and a statement posted on Murdock’s Twitter feed that he was going to commit suicide, though no cause of his death has been given.

Paul Tagliamonte, a Debian developer and member of the Debian FTP Team who contributed to a Debian Project memorial post to Murdock, told Ars:

Debian was one of the first operating systems I’ve ever used, starting with Debian 2.2 (“woody”) in middle school. Debian has shaped, in the most literal and direct way, the course of my life. Ian was a figure I looked up to, a central figure in defining the Debian Community, Social Contract, the Debian Free Software Guidelines, and the Open Source Initiative.With his passing, I can only hope he’s found peace, reflect on the things he was able to do for the world, and think about the ways in which he’s touched my life.

Murdock, born in Germany in 1973, founded Debian in 1993 while studying computer science at Purdue University. The distribution gets its name from the combination of his name and that of his then-girlfriend Deborah Lynn. The pair married, and had two children; they divorced in 2007.

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State Senator Jose Peralta, a Democrat, has introduced a state bill to allow use of the devices in New York City, as their popularity has surged in recent months in cities.

Apps are becoming more simply designed, single-purpose, wearable and very aware of your location. Look for more of that in 2016.

After nearly eight months with an Apple Watch, one user says that despite the device’s current limitations, it feels like the future.

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