Friday, 27 November 2015

ArcheOS 6: Hypatia!

Now we have the new codename for ArcheOS-next release!

... and the winner is:

 Hypatia !

Detail from The School of Athens, by Raffaello Sanzio (which a popular tradition identifies with Hypatia). Image under Public Domain (from wikipedi, user Yamara)

Thank you all for voting! Now we can start in fixing the package migration for ArcheOS 5 (Theodoric) to the new one, working on archeos-meta code.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

ArcheOS-next codename poll

Due to development problems, we noticed that we will need a new codename for ArcheOS-next earlier than we thought (despite what I wrote in this post). For this reason we have to stop collecting new proposal and start already with the poll, so that we will be able to complete some packages migration from ArcheOS Theodirc to the new version as soon as possible.
Up to now candidates for the ArcheOS-next codename are:

  1. Ishtar (
  2. Cleopatra (
  3. Hypatia (
  4. Lucy (
  5. Artemisia I of Caria (
  6. Hatshepsut (
  7. Zenobia (
  8. Semiramis (
  9. Zhao of Pingyang (
  10. Boudica (   

Please note that we removed the option Jeanne (d’Arc) because, as reported by our friends in France, she is now connected with a political party in France, so that choice could be misunderstood in that country.

ArcheOS new issue on GitHub repository (how to)

In order to simplify reports regarding ArcheOS from the community, I just uploaded on YouTube a short videotutorial which shows how to register a new issue on our main repository on GitHub.

Here is the video:

I am sorry for the low quality, but I think you can understand the single steps. Next time I will try to do it better :).
Have a nice day!

Monday, 23 November 2015

ArcheOS-next (new release) codename

Since we started again in developing ArcheOS, we will soon need a new name for the next release (it is important also to maintain a certain continuity with what has been done for ArcheOS Theodoric).
For this new version we would like to have the name of a woman, as until now we just chose male historical figures (it should be a sort of tribute to all our female colleagues around the world).
If you want to participate in choosing the next codename for ArcheOS, just send us your ideas using one of our traditional channels (FaceBook, the development Mailing List, or ATOR itself, commenting this post). We will collect the names during this week and later we will set up a poll to choose the winner, like we did last time
The "candidates" should be female notable and historical figures, better if somehow in continuity with the old codenames we used (Akhenaton, Sargon, Xenophon, Caesar and Theodoric).
We are waiting for your proposal. Thank you very much!

The Halicarnassus relief with two "gladiatrices", thefemale counterpart of gladiators
(image from Wikipedia released under Public Domain by the user RsAzevedo)

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Australopithecus sediba

The Australopithecus sediba is another important reconstruction done for the open source exhibition "Facce. I molti volti della storia umana" [1]. In getting access to the cast and in producing the 3D model of the skull, to start the to work of the facial restitution, we have been supported by Prof. Telmo Pievani, who put us in connection with the exposition "Homo sapiens" (and with its scientific material). Once the digital model of the cranium has been produced with photographic (SfM/MVSR [2]) techniques, +Cícero Moraes could proceed with the protocol we developed about Forensic Facial Reconstruction [4] of Homini (Paleoart) with coherent anatomical deformation of a Pan troglodytes CT scan [3].
In order to go on with the free sharing and disclosure, under open licenses (Creative Commons Attribution International: CC-BY-4.0), of the material we produced during the preparation of the exhibition "Facce", I uploaded today the result of this FFR in Wikimedia Commons.
Here below is the final image, which has been developed thanks to a joned effort of Luca Bezzi (Arc-Team) and Nicola Carrara (Anthropological Museum of the University of Padua), for 3D model of the skull; +Cícero Moraes (Arc-Team) for the main work of 3D FFR modeling; Prof. Telmo Pievani (University of Padua, Biology Department), for scientific validation.

Facial Reconstruction of the Australopithecus sediba

The anatomical deformation technique, used for the facial reconstruction of the Australopithecus sediba, is well illustrated in the following video (by +Cícero Moraes):


[1] FaceBook, ATOR 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, TV7, oggiscienza, Archeomatica

[2] ATOR 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19

[3] ATOR 1, 2

[4] ATOR 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Sunday, 18 October 2015

ArcheOS at Linux Day 2015

"Saturday, October 24 returns the main Italian event dedicated to GNU/Linux, free software, open culture and sharing: dozens of events all over Italy, hundreds of volunteers and thousands of visitors will be involved  to celebrate digital freedom!"

This incipit comes from the official website of the event and summarizes what the Linux Day has been until now. As this year there will be also an event regarding ArcheOS (presented by +Leonardo Zampi  in the city of Florence, at the organization Libera Informatica), I took the occasion to write a post with some links regarding the archaeological GNU/Linux distro, so that this material will be available for anyone who would like to show also this particular branch of the FLOSS universe.

Let's start form the official website, which has been completely renovated by +Fabrizio Furnari and +Romain Janvier, accessible at this address:

The main website

As you can read there, we have two mailing list: one for the users and the other for developers.

If you are familiar with it, you can also contact us on our IRC Channel at FreeNode (#archeos).

For those people who would like to work on the code, we use GitHub to develop the main system as well as all the related software projects (source packages, patches, small applications, GUI, etc...).

Finally (for the users), thanks to the collaboration of the University of Innsbruck (Near East and Ancient History Department), we have a wiki system in which we are slowly uploading tutorial and videotutorial. The website is available at this address:, but currently is under migration on a new server and will be not accessible for the next couple of weeks. I will keep this post update about the progress of this operation as soon as I will have news.

In the next days I hope to find the time collect more material regarding ArcheOS and to write a post about articles and presentations of the last years. Stay tuned!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Slide transition speed in impress.js

One of ATOR's purposes is to serve as some kind of reminder for all the tricks and actions we find out during our hacking sessions.

Today I'm preparing a presentation  with impress.js.

After my last lecture a listener told me that the transition speed between the single slides of my presentation was to fast.
I was moving across aerial photos, zooming in and out on points of interest.

After some groping in the dark I found the solution on github.

It's very easy:

Look for your impress.js file, open it with an editor and look for the tag "transitionDuration".
You will find it among the defauld config values, it's expressed in milliseconds. 6000 means 6 seconds of transition time.

Consider that this option defines an equal transition time for the whole presentation.
It's also possible to set different speed for every single slide transition.
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