SteamOS and Debian 8 Jesse

In today's open source roundup: Will SteamOS use Debian 8 Jesse? Plus: Microsoft wants Android apps to run on Windows Phone. And Google's Project Fi app available in Play Store

SteamOS and Debian 8 Jesse

Debian 8 Jesse has been released, and some folks have been wondering if Valve will update SteamOS to Debian 8. It's possible that Valve might do so, but it probably won't happen anytime soon.

Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:

Valve said right from the start that it didn't plan on changing the base or SteamOS from one Debian version to another, especially for the Alchemist branch (Beta), which means that things are not going to change anytime soon. On the other hand, a Valve developer said last year that they might consider an upgrade only after Jessie became stable, which just happened.

The problem with moving from one base to another is that it usually involves upgrading a lot of moving parts and the result is usually not something stable. So, if Valve decides to take the jump, it will take them quite a while to fix everything, which might interfere with their plans of launching the Steam Machines in November.

If we also take into consideration that Debian Wheezy is a long-term support release, it's easy to surmise that it will remain the base for SteamOS, at least for the stable branch that will end up running the consoles.

More at Softpedia

Microsoft wants Android apps run on Windows Phone

Microsoft's Windows Phone is little more than an afterthought for most mobile developers. But the company is trying to drum up interest in Windows Phone by creating a tool for Android apps to run on Windows Phone devices.

The Project Astoria page has details and a signup for developers:

What’s “Project Astoria”?

Following the launch of Windows 10, we will release “Project Astoria” (also referred to as “Project A”), a Universal Windows Platform Bridge toolkit that enables you to build Windows apps for phones by reusing your Android code. With “Project Astoria” you’ll be able to:

Build Windows apps for phones with few code changes

Use a Microsoft interoperability library to integrate Microsoft services into your app with very little effort

Test and debug your app from your preferred IDE

Publish your app and get paid through the Windows Store

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Android redditors reacted to the news about Project Astoria:

Mrv3: "If they run just as well as on Android without any major hiccups then this is huge for Microsoft and Android. By making just one app you have 90%+ of the digital market covered."

Cronugs: "Whereas before you could make one app and only have covered 87.2% ;-)"

CarbonoAtom: "Interesting bid to attract developers to develop windows apps, Guess, Microsoft is stepping up their game this year with so many new projects i.e. Dealing with cyanogenmod, porting Cortana, creating android apps ,etc"

iBasit: "I don't know how they are going to deal with GMS incompatibilities. Windows Phone can't have GMS, they are license by Google to 'compatible' Android devices. That means a Dev would have to replace everything they did under those closed-source APIs. Basically what you do if you want to publish your app on Amazon App Store."

ThatInternetGuy: "Normally, the apps would depend on Google Play APIs for Google services, BUT as the court has ruled against Oracle for Android's own implementation of Java-compatible APIs, API definitions cannot be copyrighted; therefore, Microsoft could legally be able to implement their own APIs compatible to those of Google Play. If Google to sue Microsoft for making compatible APIs, they couldn't be more hypocritical."

More at Reddit

Google's Project Fi app available in Play Store

Google's Project Fi app is now available in the Google Play Store. Project Fi is Google's new wireless service based on a partnership with various carriers.

The Google Play Store has a full description of the Project Fi app:

Project Fi is a new wireless experience from Google designed to help you get the highest-quality connection, enable easy communication across networks and devices, and make the service experience as simple as possible. For more information about Project Fi and how to sign up, visit and request an invite.

If you're a user of Project FI, use this app to:

Activate your Project Fi service
Manage your account and settings
Check your data usage
See your monthly statements
Get in touch with support 24/7

More at Google Play Store

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