|Story||Chromebooks rising, SteamOS stalling, Linux's civil war: The World Beyond Windows' 10 biggest stories of the year||Roy Schestowitz||22/12/2014 - 11:59am|
|Story||North Korea’s Red Star Linux goes for a Mac OS X look||Roy Schestowitz||22/12/2014 - 11:53am|
|Story||CentOS 7: The perfect gift for the Linux do-it-yourselfer||Roy Schestowitz||22/12/2014 - 11:52am|
|Story||The Machine with Open Source Carbon OS is the Next Big Thing – if HP can deliver||Roy Schestowitz||22/12/2014 - 11:15am|
|Story||YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?||Roy Schestowitz||22/12/2014 - 11:12am|
|Story||Jolla's Sailfish OS Update 10 Is Now Available||Roy Schestowitz||22/12/2014 - 11:03am|
|Story||Forget Google's robot cars, now it's on to ANDROID cars||Roy Schestowitz||22/12/2014 - 10:52am|
|Story||today's howtos||Roy Schestowitz||22/12/2014 - 2:50am|
|Story||Leftovers: Gaming||Roy Schestowitz||22/12/2014 - 2:50am|
|Story||Must Have Android Apps That Aren’t So Well Known||Roy Schestowitz||22/12/2014 - 2:17am|
Chromebooks rising, SteamOS stalling, Linux's civil war: The World Beyond Windows' 10 biggest stories of the yearSubmitted by Roy Schestowitz on Monday 22nd of December 2014 11:59:03 AM Filed under
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Microsoft has nothing but good things to say about Linux. Windows 10 is abandoning many of the more jarring changes of Windows 8—while simultaneously copying features from Linux.
Windows 10 includes virtual desktops, a centralized notification center, and a vision of apps that can run in windows when you’re using a proper PC, or full-screen when you’re using a mobile device. It’s a smattering of ideas from 15-year-old Linux desktops, GNOME Shell, and Ubuntu’s vision of convergence.
It seems that even the somewhat "traditional" North Korean tech aesthetics is getting an update. Thanks to a former lecturer at Pyongyang, we are getting a glimpse of what the officially sanctioned operating system of North Korea, Red Star Linux, now looks like, almost half a decade since the OS was first leaked outside the secretive regime. Apparently, like the rest of the tech world, the Linux-based OS has moved away from a Windows 7, nay Window XP even, look towards a more stylish OS X.
Although differentiation is tough in Linux distributions today, CentOS 7 has carved out a niche as the free and open alter ego to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). We found that CentOS, which is mandated to be binary-compatible with Red Hat 7, shares about 95% of the features of its commercial enterprise-class sibling.
There’s no IBM System z port, and special variants for cloud and virtualization are more limited than with Red Hat 7. But for many common and generic applications, it’s a drop-in replacement.
HP has recently been facing some serious difficulties and has opted to betting all its resources on the new PC called ‘The Machine’. Probably the most intriguing thing about the machine is that it will rewrite basic computing on a very fundamental level. While the topic has been covered extensively, I realized we haven’t actually touched it here and thought it was about time.
It's nearly impossible to sum up an entire year of developments in something as large and nebulous as the world of desktop Linux, especially in a year like this one which has seen some the best releases that projects like Mint, Fedora and openSUSE have put out to date.
At the same time the distro that's closest to being a household name, Ubuntu, has been nearly silent since 14.04 arrived in April.
To paraphrase author Charles Dickens, the past year of Linux releases has been both the best of times and the worst of times.
At the very moment that Linux desktops seem to be reaching new levels of sophistication, polish and "just works" ease-of-use, the entire future of the desktop computer (by which I also mean laptop) feels in doubt.
Google is planning a big push into in-car infotainment systems with an upcoming version of Android, sources claim.
"Android M" – the version to come after the current Android 5.0 "Lollipop" – will be available in a formulation designed specifically to run cars' built-in screens, Reuters reports, citing anonymous insiders with knowledge of the plan.
Google made its first advances toward the automotive world at its I/O developer conference earlier this year, when it unveiled its Android Auto software. The first Android Auto–compatible cars are expected to arrive early next year.
There are must have Android apps that everyone has – the big apps that get all the buzz. There are also apps that win popularity contests in specific groups of people.
But there are also Android apps worthy of download that aren’t that well known. Think of them as the “must have” underdog list.
To avoid missing out on what may prove to be your most helpful app ever, take a look at these lesser known contenders:
We pride ourselves at The Apache Software Foundation on our principles of "community over code" and "don't be a jerk". But, alas, we've been slow to codify some of these things in public. Part of this, I'm sure, is that it’s easy to think we all just know how we're supposed to treat people, and so you shouldn't have to say, right?
The Mozilla project is dedicated to tackling these challenges. Our community makes Firefox products that are loved and used the world over, all in service of our mission to protect the Web. We are also hard at work teaching thousands more people how to help build the Web, developing innovative open source technologies for others to leverage, protecting individual privacy and establishing technical standards.
Public administrations in the EU are hindering competition by asking for specific brands and products when procuring software solutions, says OpenForum Europe, an organisation campaigning for an open, competitive ICT market. “No progress has been made in recent years. In fact the practice of referring to brand names in public procurement has become more widespread”, OFE says.
The performance of Civilization: Beyond Earth on Linux is quite demanding. The OpenBenchmarking.org test profile of Civilization Beyond Earth uses roughly the high image quality settings and for this article the tests were done at 1920 x 1080. As the results are about to show, even with modern graphics cards, it's quite a chore putting out a decent frame-rate at 1080p for this strategy game.
The European Parliament has approved funding for several projects related to Free Software and privacy. In the EU budget for 2015, which the European Parliament adopted on December 17, the Parliamentarians have allocated up to one million Euro for a project to audit Free Software programs in use at the Commission and the Parliament in order to identify and fix security vulnerabilities.
In a recent post on the organization's blog, Chris Price, chairman of the technical steering committee (TSC) for the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV), said the panel is reviewing a broad array of project ideas to see what ones will be pursued by the committee. In addition, the wider OPNFV community will focus on establishing an integration and baseline platform while also creating several NFV-related projects that will find their way into the OPNFV's second release of 2015.