A complete, standalone operating system developed for the open Web with a primary focus as an open source mobile OS for mobile and tablet devices. Mozilla’s Firefox OS project started out under the name of Boot to Gecko and, like Google’s Chrome OS platform, is based on the Linux operating system at its core.
The Firefox OS emphasizes HTML 5 technology to go along with device capabilities like SMS and Bluetooth support. It’s also optimized for low-end hardware and will be provided to manufacturers for free, helping these companies produce mobile devices that balance a high degree of functionality with low cost. The first batch of mobile devices running Firefox OS is expected to debut in early 2013.
- Apache CouchDB
- database shard (sharding)
A database shard (“sharding”) is the phrase used to describe a horizontal partition in a database or search engine. The idea behind sharding is to split data among multiple machines while ensuring that the data is always accessed from the correct place. Since sharding spreads the database across multiple machines, the database programmer specifies explicit […]
The process of applying a software patch or update to an older version of software than the update was initially intended for. Backporting most frequently refers to a fix for a security flaw applied to an older version of the software that’s still supported by the developer, but one that isn’t the most recent release […]
- a Leap Second Bug
The 2012 Leap Second Bug refers to computer glitches and outages resulting from the leap second that added an extra second to June 30th, 2012 in order to keep atomic clocks in line with the planet Earth. An extra second is periodically added to the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in order to compensate for Earth’s […]
A free service that provides instant messaging, phone calling, video messages and video chatting with up to twelve other users. First released in 2007, ooVoo currently has more than 46 million registered users and is available as a platform-independent Web client as well as for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems and Google […]