Ericsson is a monster in the telecommunications industry. The company, which provides products and services upon which telcos themselves build their businesses, has a network spread that sees 40 percent of the world’s mobile traffic, and some 2.5 billion mobile subscribers globally pass through its equipment. Quite simply, in the telco market, what Ericsson does matter greatly. So in this vein, and given Ericsson’s investments in the cloud space, it is interesting to hear of a partnership between Canonical, the open source company best known for the Ubuntu operating system, and Ericsson.
Last week we relayed the article by Carsten Munk of Jolla about the kernel of the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Phone being a mess. Since then, it looks like BQ and Ubuntu developers have taken to cleaning up the kernel source tree.
Initially it was hard for Carsten to find the proper version of the Android-focused Linux kernel used by this initial BQ Ubuntu smart-phone, but after he did there was lots of incompatible licenses and other proprietary/confidential statements within the tree.
Canonical confirmed a few minutes ago on their Twitter and Facebook accounts that a new flash sale of the BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone will take place tomorrow morning, on March 26, starting 9 AM CET (Central European Time). BQ already started shipping the Ubuntu phones to users from the European Union, so it should arrive quickly this time.
Variscite released a tiny “VAR-SOM-DUAL” module starting at $46 that runs Android or Linux on a Freescale i.MX6 Dual, and offers onboard WiFi and Bluetooth.
Last November, Variscite announced a smaller version of its VAR-SOM-MX6_V2 computer-on-module called the VAR-SOM-SOLO. Whereas the VAR-SOM-MX6_V2 supports the full range of Freescale’s Cortex-A9 based i.MX6 system-on-chips, including the quad-core version, the similarly SODIMM-interfaced VAR-SOM-SOLO is limited to the single-core, i.MX6 Solo. Now Variscite has released a version that supports the 1GHz, dual-core i.MX6 Dual SoC.
Wrishiraj Kaushik had the pleasure of announcing today, March 23, the immediate availability for download of the final release of his awesome SuperX 3.0 Linux operating system for computers. This major version includes a great number of features, updated applications, new artwork, and lots of under the hood improvements.
To be honest, I was not aware of the fact that the Ubuntu Linux computer operating system does not have built-in support for burning/recording Blu-ray discs until user Federico reported the issue on the Ubuntu Desktop mailing list a couple of weeks ago, simply because I have never owned this technology.