Facebook will open source Pop animation engine that powers Paper app

In today's open source roundup: Facebook will open source Pop animation engine. Plus: Firefox 29 released, and DistroWatch reviews Ubuntu 14.04

Facebook's Paper app has gotten a lot of media and user attention lately. Some of it has been quite positive, while other commentary has criticized Facebook for using the same name as another Paper app. The company will soon be open sourcing the Pop animation engine that powers Paper.

According to TechCrunch:

Facebook today announced that it is open-sourcing the Pop animation engine that powers most of the user interface of its Paper app. The code is now available under a BSD license on GitHub.

Pop joins Facebook’s growing arsenal of open source tools for iOS, including KVOController, Shimmer, and Tweaks. That’s only a small slice of Facebook’s overall open source library, of course, which also includes the likes of the HipHop virtual machine, the Open Compute project and the Tornado Python web framework originally developed at FriendFeed.

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It's great that Facebook is doing this, but that company still creeps me out. I closed my Facebook account a while back and still prefer not to have anything to do with it. However, I should give credit where credit is due so kudos to Facebook for open sourcing Pop. Now if they could just focus on those pesky privacy issues related to their main product.

Firefox 29 available for download

WebUpd8 reports that Firefox 29 is now available for download and contains some significant changes.

According to WebUpd8:

Mozilla has released Firefox 29 (stable) today. The new version includes a new user interface known as Australis, along with many other changes. The first thing you'll notice when using the latest Firefox 29 with its new Australis UI is that it uses curved tabs and there's a clear distinction between foreground and background tabs.

Other changes include:

An interactive onboarding tour to guide users through new interface changes;

The ability to set up Firefox Sync by creating a Firefox account;

Gamepad API finalized and enabled;

Clicking on a W3C Web Notification will switch to the originating tab;

navigator.plugins is no longer enumerable, for user privacy;

'box-sizing' (dropping the -moz- prefix) implemented;

Console object available in Web Workers;

Promises enabled by default;

SharedWorker enabled by default;

Enabled ECMAScript Internationalization API.

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It looks like Firefox 29 is going to rock some people's worlds. I haven't had a chance to use it, but I'll give it a shot later today. I suspect that some people might not like the Australis UI but I'm willing to try it before drawing any conclusions. Post your thoughts about Firefox 29 in the comments below, I'm curious to know what people think of it. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

DistroWatch reviews Ubuntu 14.04

DistroWatch has a review of Ubuntu 14.04 and their impressions are mostly positive.

According to DistroWatch:

Despite a few application crashes, most notably with Totem, most of my experiences with Ubuntu 14.04 were positive. This feels like a faster, more flexible version of Unity and there are lots of modern software packages in the repositories. I do miss Ubuntu One and I would prefer Ubuntu ship with on-line dash searches disabled by default. However, I will admit there are plenty of other on-line file synchronization services out there and it is easy enough to disabled on-line searches for those of us concerned about privacy.

Unity is heavier than most other desktops, such as Xfce, MATE or LXDE and so I probably wouldn't recommend Ubuntu for people using older hardware. For people with fairly modern systems though, capable of 3-D video support, I think Ubuntu 14.04 is a really good desktop system. I think it is easy enough to discover that it will appeal to newcomers and it is probably powerful enough (and configurable enough) to appeal to more experienced users.

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Ubuntu 14.04 Review
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What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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