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This is the main reason why Windows barely gets a look-in in today's cloud world. When I ask FOSS devops-type colleagues about it, their responses range from incredulity to hilarity. Why on Earth would they want to deploy on Windows? What possible advantage would it give them? These guys wield Puppet and Chef to deploy vast swarms of headless virtual Linux systems. Microsoft and proprietary software doesn't feature in their world; some weirdos run Mac laptops but that's about it.
Valve's Linux-based Steam Machines gaming console starts shipping today to a few beta testers. SteamOS, it's Linux for gamers, is scheduled to be released to everyone at the same time.
AirTame is developing an AirPlay-like protocol for PC-to-PC content streaming and screen mirroring, plus a Linux-based dongle for AirTame rendering on TVs.
The new Dell Networking N-series includes new silicon, hardware chassis and a new Linux-based operating system. The new switches include the N2000 and N3000, both 1 GbE switches with 10 GbE uplinks. Dell's refreshed campus portfolio competes in a highly competitive space dominated by Cisco, with HP and Juniper also pushing hard for market share.
The recently released Mint 16, nicknamed Petra, might be the perfect Linux desktop for newcomers.
At its core is Ubuntu 13.10, but on top of this are desktops Mate and Cinnamon, the latter being the Mint project's homegrown user interface.
Ubuntu gives a stable foundations on whichThe recently released Mint 16, nicknamed Petra, might be the perfect Linux desktop for newcomers.
The year 2013 had its own distinct developments, but most of what happened in the last twelve months were continuations of events that were already happening. It was a year of continued development, of trends reaching natural conclusions, rather than of new ones beginning.
Whether you are looking at crowdfunding, games, the continued efforts of Ubuntu or GNOME, women in computing, or the new innovations at open hardware, the impression of 2013 remains the same. You could almost call it 2012, Part 2, except that many of the continuing stories began even earlier.
The KDE Community participated in the Outreach Program for Women (OPW) for the first time this year. It was more successful than expected. KDE got many great applications and mentored 4 students contributing to Free Software. The Outreach Program for Women encourages women to get involved in free and open source software. It provides a supportive community to begin contributing any time throughout the year, and offers focused internship opportunities twice a year with several free software organizations. Unlike the Google Summer of Code (GSoC), the Outreach Program for Women is open to non-students and non-coders.
The second video features Jason Hibbets's full interview with Chris DiBona Open Source Director at Google. Find out how DiBona measures his performance, why he once called open source "brutal," and more on working for Google and the future of open source.
Linux may have lost some of its appeal for migrating XP users when Microsoft made concessions in its latest Windows 8.1 release, suggested Norman Rosenthal, principal and owner of Sterling Rose Consulting. "As long as users can continue to click on a button to put a semblance of the Windows 7 Start menu, users will be hesitant to move to another platform that will require them to learn a new interface."
The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee is back in the season of evaluating features for the next Fedora Linux release.
Eric Brown's sampling of some innovative, new, or newly updated robots ranging from simple kits to a few advanced systems that have yet to leave the laboratory. Click the link, below, to read the full story.
A game studio has shared publicly that Activison is preventing a new game from actively being made for "that platform", a.k.a. Linux.
GNOME Software 3.11.2 also fixes numerous bugs, including a more subtle updates indicator, notifications are no longer displayed for available updates if the main window is active, the new UTF-8 safe searching functionality is now used in GLib, GSettings can now be used for the compatible desktops, and much more.
Red Hat has delivered an early Christmas present for enterprise Linux users out there... Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Beta 1 is now available!
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has taken notes from 10 million wallets. Samsung has announced it has sold 10 million Note 3 phablets in just 60 days -- clearly the new faux-leather styling is a hit.
The original Note was a surprise hit in 2011, as phone fans went nuts for the huge screen and S Pen stylus. Both the original Note and its follow-up the Note 2 also sold over 10 million, but the Note 3 has outstripped both in its rate of sales.