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July 2013

Is the Ubuntu Edge phone doomed?

Filed under
Ubuntu
Gadgets
  • Is the Ubuntu Edge phone doomed?
  • The Ubuntu Edge campaign is in trouble, and here’s why
  • Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Funding Tapers Off

A year of Linux desktop at Westcliff High School

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Linux
Interviews

opensource.com: Around a year ago, a school in the southeast of England, Westcliff High School for Girls Academy (WHSG), began switching its student-facing computers to Linux, with KDE providing the desktop software. The school's Network Manager, Malcolm Moore, contacted us at the time. Now, a year on, he got in touch again to let us know how he and the students find life in a world without Windows.

Korora Linux: More Than Just Another Fedora Clone

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Linux

linuxinsider.com: I was much more impressed with Korora's KDE desktop version than the GNOME version. The KDE menu provided ready access to all of the features and software. Plus, the KDE desktop has a panel bar at the bottom of the screen.

Case study: Nexor dumps ageing proprietary operating system for open source OS

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Linux

computerweekly.com: A robust IT platform is critical for Nexor, which provides IT services and email gateways to defence and intelligence and government organisations. But the company was finding it increasingly difficult to deliver IT services and develop products on an ageing, proprietary operating system. It overcame the IT limitations by migrating to the open source Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system (OS).

Oracle's Unbreakable Linux website takes a break

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Linux
Software
Web

theregister.co.uk: It might be dubbed "unbreakable", but Oracle’s Unbreakable Linux website is certainly stoppable.

62 Top500 supercomputers run SUSE

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SUSE

novell.com: The recently released November Top500 list once again demonstrates that Linux dominates HPC – nearly 90 percent of the Top500 systems run on Linux. Sixty-two of the supercomputers are proven to run some version (including such variants as UNICOS/lc and CNL) of SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell.

Also: SUSE's George Shi Explains Linux Enterprise 11 SP3 Role in Mission-Critical Computing

Telstra eyes Firefox OS and Ubuntu

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Moz/FF
Ubuntu
Gadgets

zdnet.com: Telstra has said that it is looking beyond iOS, Android, Windows, and BlackBerry to Firefox and Ubuntu for future phones.

Pwned again: An exclusive look at Pwnie Express’ newest hack-in-a-box

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Linux
Hardware

arstechnica.com: The new Pwn Plug looks less like a DC power supply plug—the form factor of its predecessor—and more like a small Wi-Fi access point or router. But inside, it's really a Linux-powered NSA-in-a-box, providing white hat hackers and corporate network security professionals a "drop box" system that can be remotely controlled over a covert Internet channel or a cellular data connection.

some leftovers:

Filed under
News
  • Martin Michlmayr gets the O'Reilly Open Source Award
  • Announcing Season of KDE 2013
  • Gnash Flash Player Still Advancing, But No New Release
  • The Old Reader to shut down – in 2 weeks, Old Reader Alternatives
  • Twitter reportedly hiring for its new office in Sunnyvale
  • Whisker Menu Update Brings Support for Keyboard shortcuts & more
  • NVIDIA's Linux Driver On Ubuntu Is Very Competitive With Windows 8
  • Mandriva announces New ServicePlace
  • Version 4.1 pushes LibreOffice across the 500 border, Contest Results
  • What inspires Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst?
  • Gentoo Vanilla sources stabilization policy change
  • Marble: an open source alternative to Google Earth
  • AudioCD. Week 6.

The State of the Linux Desktop

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Linux
Software

datamation.com: Nobody has noticed until now, but sometime in the first months of 2013, the Linux desktop slipped into a new era. So far, though, the characteristics of that era have been haphazardly defined—when they have been defined at all.

More in Tux Machines

QNX 7 Can Be Fitted With A Qt5 Desktop

  • QNX 7 Can Be Fitted With A Qt5 Desktop
    While QNX remains targeted as an operating system for mobile/embedded solutions, a BlackBerry developer in his spare time has fitted QNX 7 with a Qt5 desktop. QNX 6 and prior had a desktop option, but was removed in QNX 7, which was released this past March. QNX 7.0 also brought support for 64-bit (and maintaining 32-bit) Intel x86 and ARM platforms along with C++14 support. For those wanting to experiment with QNX 7, a BlackBerry kernel developer has been working on making this operating system more desktop friendly.
  • Building a BlackBerry QNX 7 Desktop
    Having Qt allowed me to port one of my favourite applications, SpeedCrunch. It was a simple matter of running ‘qmake’ followed by ‘make’. Next, I ported the QTermWidget library so that I could have terminal windows.

Kernel Space/Linux

  • Kernel explained
  • [Older] [Video] Audio on Linux: The End of a Golden Age?
  • State of Sway April 2017
    Development on Sway continues. I thought we would have slowed down a lot more by now, but every release still comes with new features - Sway 0.12 added redshift support and binary space partitioning layouts. Sway 0.13.0 is coming soon and includes, among other things, nvidia proprietary driver support. We already have some interesting features slated for Sway 0.14.0, too! Today Sway has 21,446 lines of C (and 4,261 lines of header files) written by 81 authors across 2,263 commits. These were written through 653 pull requests and 529 issues. Sway packages are available today in the official repos of pretty much every distribution except for Debian derivatives, and a PPA is available for those guys.

Supporting Burning Platforms

  • Surface revenue does a U-boat, and dives

    Revenue generated by Microsoft's Surface hardware during the March quarter was down 26% from the same period the year before, the company said yesterday as it briefed Wall Street.

    For the quarter, Surface produced $831 million, some $285 million less than the March quarter of 2016, for the largest year-over-year dollar decline ever.

  • Acer said to me: "do not use our products with Linux. Find another manufacturer"
    Last year, I bought an Acer notebook and it came with Windows 10. As I didn't want spyware neither bloatware, I got Linux installed and asked for a refund of the OEM license. After a little of talking, they were wanting to charge me US$100 (to remove the license, which I already had wiped, as I got FDE Linux installed) to refund US$70 of the OEM license. This year, wondering to buy a new Acer notebook, I asked them again if they would refund me the OEM license without all the hassle (as they did pay me the US$70, without me having to pay the US$100).

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