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Google Cozies Up to Red Hat in the Cloud with Compute Engine Agreement

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Red Hat has announced a new collaboration with Google that will enable Red Hat customers to move eligible Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscriptions to Google Compute Engine using Red Hat Cloud Access. Google joined the Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider program in November 2013.

Google announced the public availability of the Google Compute Engine platform earlier this year. Compute Engine placed the company in direct competition with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and represented a strong step into the Infrastructure-as-a-Service space. Now, Google becomes only the second Red Hat Certified Cloud Provider to earn designation as a Red Hat Cloud Access-enabled partner.

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Microsoft's Economic Downfall Is Foretold by the Rise of Linux-Based Chromebooks

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Microsoft will have you believe that the new Windows 8 operating system is doing great in sales and that Linux is not actually gaining any solid ground, but it's difficult to tell what is happening on the market without any real data. So we turn to the only online shop that has enough sales to provide an accurate picture.

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Review: Asus crafts a tiny $179 Chromebox out of cheap, low-power parts

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We like mini desktops around these parts, but one thing that makes them less than ideal for every use case is that their price tag usually isn't very mini. By the time you buy something like Intel's NUC and stuff it full of all the parts it needs, you'll end up spending somewhere in between $400 and $700, depending on the kit, parts, and operating system you decide to use.

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This Acer Chromebook had me at hello

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I have to admit that I didn't expect much from a $300 touch-screen Chromebook, but from the second I pulled the Acer C720P out of the box I was comfortable with it.

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Another Reason to Boycott Dell: Support for Microsoft’s Racketeering

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Hardware
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The dying computer assembly company is joining a notorious attack on GNU/Linux as if it is trying to appease Microsoft rather than today’s generation, which increasingly embraces GNU- and Linux-based platforms

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Sony Gives Android Wear the Cold Shoulder

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Android may rule the smartphone world, but it might not be top dog when it comes to smartwatches. Sony, for one, has decided not to team up with Google and its Android Wear project. Samsung won't use it exclusively -- it's already tinkering with Tizen. "You don't need to use the Android platform as long as you can still interact with it," noted Tirias Research analyst Jim McGregor.

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Google’s shiny new toys for nerds only: DNS, Linux/Windows support, & virtual machines

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At a cloud event today, Google announced it was cutting its cloud-services prices by huge margins — up to 85 percent in some cases. But that’s not all the good news.

Google also announced general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Linux SUSE on the Google Cloud Platform

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What are Chromebooks? And why you don’t need Windows any more…

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Linux
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The central part of Chromebook is the operating system that powers it. Hardware wise, it’s the same hardware that runs Microsoft’s Windows or Apple’s Mac. It’s the OS which separates it from the rest. Chrome OS uses the Linux kernel, the same kernel which is being used by Android, Amazon Kindle, B&N’s Nook. Linux powers stock exchanges, NASA’s missions and a lot of other things that you may not have imagined. More or less Linux is like the plastic of the modern world – it’s everywhere. Before we go into details, let’s quickly explain what is a kernel as people get scared the moment they hear the world Linux.

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Apple may bring iTunes to Android, and it makes sense

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Declining sales of online music can be serious concern for Apple as the industry may start to shift towards that player which dominates the sales and that player is Google/Android. One way for Apple to increase the sales of iTunes music could be by taking the iTunes store to the next most popular platform.

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Android Stomps Into Wearables Field

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It appears Google wants to do for smartwatches what it did for smartphones -- that is, make a mobile operating system available to devs to tinker with as they see fit. Apple may have its iWatch, but Android Wear is likely to power a plethora of devices dreamed up by other hardware vendors. Motorola, LG and Samsung are among those that reportedly have Android Wear devices in the works.

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Google reveals Android Wear operating system: Linux rules

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Android Wear is a version of Android which is optimized for wearable devices such as smartwatches. One of the core components of Android Wear will be Google Now. Just like Google Glass, users will be able to say “Ok Google” to activate the ‘HAL’ and ask questions. Since it will work with Google Now, it will have access to your travel and Amazon orders so you can check status of your flight or package. You will also be able to get generic answers like scores from ongoing machine. Anything that you use Google Now for will be able to use with Android Wearable.

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Chrome OS security holes found, patched

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Linux is very secure. Google's Linux-based Chrome OS, with its auto-updating and security sandboxing, is even more secure. But, neither is perfect. At Google's own Pwnium hacking contest and HP Zero Day Initiative's (ZDI) annual Pwn2Own hacking contest, three new sets of security problems were found in Chrome OS... and then immediately patched.

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Google’s Chromecast Arriving In UK On 19 March

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People in UK have good news coming their way. So far, those who wanted to lay their hands on Chromecast had to import one from the United States. But it won’t be necessary anymore. It has been reported in Android Police website that starting Wednesday, interested buyers can source it from a retailer.

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Wine, ChromeOS and Cross-Platform Computing in the Cloud Age

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Wine has been around for more than two decades and works pretty well on most Linux desktops, laptops and servers (not that there is really any good reason for running a Windows app on a Linux server). But since Wine depends on parts of the Linux operating system that are not always available in the Linux variants used to power many smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and Chromebooks, configuring Wine for them is more problematic.

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Google will soon launch Android developer SDK for wearable tech

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Google has plans to release an Android developer software development kit (SDK) in the next two weeks specifically designed for wearable devices. Sundar Pichai, Google’s SVP of Android, Apps and Chrome, shared at SXSW that the search giant will lay out a “vision for developers of how we see this market working” as part of the SDK.

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Google to launch SDK for Android wearables in two weeks

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"In two weeks we are launching the first developer SDK for Android," Pichai said. "That will lay out the vision for developers in how we see this market working."

Likening the evolution of wearable devices to the smartphone revolution, Pichai said the goal is to take Android beyond smartphones and tablets to a multi-screen world.

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Chromecast concept shows futuristic redesign and we like it a lot

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Google’s Chromecast remains their hottest selling device. At $35 a piece and an ever increasing list of supported apps, the little dongle has put many set-top boxes and sources of digital media out of business. While many have expressed their love for the device, designer Sam Dirani of Raleigh, NC, feels like there could be a more modern look to the revolutionary device, and he has now revealed his take on it.

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Spec Sheet: Toshiba and Samsung try to make Chromebooks mainstream

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Chromebooks are making a big statement in the laptop world: NPD Group Inc. reported that Chromebook sales accounted for 21 percent of all notebook sales last year. For devices that are functionally little different from tablets — designed for basic tasks like checking email and web browsing — they're growing fast. Even as the tablet market continues to grow, capturing 22 percent of the entire personal computing market just last year, Chromebooks are giving people an alternative to rectangular touch screens.

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If Beast Died Tomorrow, Chromebook 2 Could Be Its Replacement

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Beast is fine. It’s old, but still kicking. It boots. It edits. It searches. It networks. Beast’s CPU is way over-sized for what I do and I do a lot. 99% of the time it idles. Every few weeks I open it up to full throttle to build the next Linux-3.10.x kernel, but what’s the rush? If it took twice or thrice as long I would still be happy.

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Video Acceleration Takes The Backseat On Chrome For Linux

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Due to notorious Linux graphics drivers, Google developers working on Chrome/Chromium aren't looking to enable hardware video acceleration by default anytime soon. The problem ultimately comes down to poor Linux graphics drivers.

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