The Internet Without Connection, Free Endless OS For Emerging Markets
There are four billion people on the planet without PCs or access to affordable personal computers. That figure should surely be tempered with some contextualization i.e. not everybody actually wants to have an Internet connection and many traditional, native or bucolic ways of live do still exist on the planet.
Regardless, there are a batch of global initiatives in existence which seek to give computer access to every man, woman and especially child.
Endless OS is one such project. The free operating system has been designed explicitly to work in the expensive or restrictive Internet data conditions that often exist in emerging markets where fabulously affordable broadband has yet to arrive. The software itself is built to provide useful information and educational content, with or without an Internet connection.
The Q4OS team have informed Softpedia today, June 27, 2016, about the immediate availability for download of a new maintenance release in the stable "Orion" series of the Debian-based GNU/Linux operating system.
Q4OS 1.4.12 "Orion" is now the latest and most advanced version of the distribution build around the Trinity desktop environment, and it has received all the important security patches and software updates from the upstream Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 "Jessie" repositories, along with a couple of other improvements requested by users.
The fifth weekly test release to the Linux 4.7 kernel is now available for testing.
As of writing this article, Linus Torvalds has yet to send out an official 4.7-rc5 announcement but it's available for those interested in the latest installment of the kernel that's codenamed the Psychotic Stoned Sheep.
Another week, another -rc.
Hmm. I think things are calming down, although with almost two thirds
of the commits coming in since Friday morning, it doesn't feel that
way - my Fridays end up feeling very busy. But looking at the numbers,
we're pretty much where we normally are at this time of the rc series.
The stats looks fairly normal: about half the patch is drivers,
roughly a quarter is architecture updates, and the remainder is
"misc": filesystems, scheduler, mm, etc.
The bulk of the drivers is GPU updates, but there's a smattering of
rdma, hwmon, Xen, gpio, sound.
The architecture side is powerpc, x86, some arm64, and some noise all
over from some MM cleanups..
Go out and test. By -rc5, we really should be starting to be getting
And please, if Thorsten Leemhuis is tracking one of your regressions,
can you make sure to double-check it and see if it remains? It's
lovely to have a regression tracker again, but it would also be really
good to make sure that the ones that are solved get closed.