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Firefox OS dongle redesign to add quad-core SoC, DRM

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Moz/FF

The Firefox OS-based “Matchstick” media player has been delayed a half year to August, and will receive an overhaul to move to a quad-core SoC and add DRM.

The Matchstick was one of the biggest Kickstarter success stories of 2014, finishing its funding run in October with $470,310, almost five times Mathstick.tv’s $100,000 goal. The developer edition of the $25, open-spec HDMI stick — and the first Firefox OS media player — appears to have shipped, and the device was set to go out this month to the other backers, who paid as little as $18.

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After Android: Ubuntu, Xiaomi, Meizu or Tencent?

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It would be something of an understatement to say that the smartphone market is hot: it has clearly taken over from the desktop sector as the mainstream that defines the direction of computing. That's good news for open source, since it means Windows is increasingly irrelevant as far as the future is concerned. Android, of course, is dominating this sector, but nothing stays still: there will, one day, be an "after Android" - so who will be the key player(s) there?

Not, I fear, Tizen. Although to begin with I hoped this might develop into a strong alternative to Android, that is clearly not to be. I've not written much about it here, since it seems to spend most of its time merging with other projects and re-branding itself. This article has an excellent representation of how Tizen has evolved over the years; it also reviews the first Tizen phone, from Samsung, concluding.

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4MLinux Allinone Edition 11.1 Beta Now Ready for Testing

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Linux

4MLinux Allinone Edition, a Linux operating system built from scratch that wants to provide a complete desktop experience and manage to keep the size to a minimum, has reached version 11.1 Beta.

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Ozon OS Gets GTK+ Theme Update, Still No Release Date for This Beautiful OS

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Red Hat

Ozon is a new OS in the making that uses a custom shell called Atom ES. It's based on Fedora and it looks like the developers are making some great progress with it.

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Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 to Be Out Soon, Features a Cool and Light Enlightenment Desktop

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Ubuntu

Bodhi is a Linux operating system based on Ubuntu that has a minimalist approach and really low system requirements. A second Release Candidate has been released by Jeff Hoogland, the leader of the project.

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Windows Fans Will Find That Q4OS Is the Perfect Replacement, For Windows XP

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Microsoft

Q4OS, a Linux distribution built to offer a similar desktop experience as Windows OSes, has been upgraded once again and it looks like the developers are getting real close to the mythic 1.0 release.

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If You Like the Terminal, You Will Love the Terminal-Only Alpine Linux OS

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Linux

Security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution Alpine Linux is based on based on musl libc and Busybox, which make up the terminal, has been upgraded once more and is now available for download.

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Papyros Is a Linux OS That Follows Google's Material Design and It Looks Stunning

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Papyros is a new Linux distribution in the making that will use the Material Design style from Google. There is nothing to test so far, but the progress made by the developers is impressive and it's very likely that this will become one of the most interesting distros available.

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GParted Live Now Supports Microsoft's New Filesystem, ReFS

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GNU
Linux

GParted Live is a small bootable GNU/Linux distribution that has a lot of features and that can be used in operations like creating, reorganizing, and deleting disk partitions on a variety of filesystems. A new stable update has been made available and the operating system is now at version 0.21.0.

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Lightweight “Snappy Ubuntu Core” OS targets IoT

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Ubuntu

Canonical released a “Snappy” version of its lightweight, Ubuntu Core OS for IoT, featuring an app store, hacker-proof updates, and a 128MB RAM footprint.

Canonical’s delayed Ubuntu Touch phones are apparently still on track for Mobile World Congress release next month, but now the company is on to something based on it that’s potentially much bigger.

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