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CES 2014: Toshiba introduces first Chromebook, 13.3 inch display

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Most of the new Chromebooks have the same display resolution, capabilities, and price. The Toshiba Chromebook's 13.3 inch display fits in between the 11 inch HP, Acer, and Samsung and 14 inch HP models. Unfortunately, the display resolution remains the same at 1366 x 768, which is the one thing that really bothers me about this generation device.

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Putting Chromebook Sales in Proper Perspective

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Here on OStatic, some readers have written in saying that they are buying Chromebooks simply to put their favorite Linux distros on the low cost devices. In other cases, there are lots of young people being introduced to Chromebooks and getting a taste of cloud-centric computing, storage and applications. Chromebooks are here to stay, but they are not crushing the overall portable computer market.

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Intel Ivy Bridge Linux Performance Stepped Up In 2013

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In continuation from last month's Intel Haswell Linux Performance Improved A Lot In 2013, here are benchmarks of Intel "Ivy Bridge" HD Graphics 4000 when comparing the performance over the past year.

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AMD Gizmosphere Support Comes To Coreboot

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There's now mainline Coreboot support for the Gizmo AMD APU development board.

With this Git commit today there is mainline Coreboot support for the Gizmo/Gizmosphere AMD development board. This development board features an AMD G-Series embedded APU and is similar in nature to the many low-cost ARM development boards.

The Gizmo board consumes less than 10 Watts of power, has an open PCB and lots of expansion/development opportunities with the Gizmo Explorer Kit, and could be nice for hobbyists or those wishing to prototype new AMD x86 embedded systems.

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As Chromebooks catch on, 2014 promises more models

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One reason for their popularity is price. They're typically priced between $200 and $300. In addition, some organizations, like those in education, only need Google services such as Google Docs and Google Drive, according to NPD.

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Intel, NVIDIA To Support Google's VP9 Codec

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Intel, NVIDIA, ARM, Broadcom, LG, Philips, Samsung, and Realtek are among the many companies that have agreed to incorporate VP9 codec support. Hardware support will be very beneficial as Google begins pushing 4K / Ultra HD resolutions via YouTube. At the moment there aren't any desktop GPUs with drivers offering VP9 (or VP8) hardware-based video playback.

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The Big Iron Crunch

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For the past thirty years industry pundits have been predicting the demise of the mainframe, but in the coming years the crowd arguing for mainframe longevity will be retiring, and new blood is going to be hard to come by. Without a fresh influx of interested developers, the purportedly grand benefits of big iron may prove to be a moot point. Running Linux on the mainframe is a good start, but for companies deeply invested in COBOL the time to start the migration is now.

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Samsung merges camera and mobile divisions in a bid to differentiate its smartphones

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The impact of this reorganization isn't yet clear, and might not be felt for a while to come, but it does reiterate Samsung's interest in hybrid devices like the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Bringing the camera and phone designers closer together should also result in tighter collaboration between their teams. Samsung promises to improve the "operation capabilities" of the newly reassigned imaging team and "promote its market leadership."

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Acer introduces $299 touch-screen Chromebook

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The device runs on Google’s Linux distro Chrome OS, which always stays up-to-date. So unlike Microsoft’s Windows you don’t have to worry about paying for upgrades every time.

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Intel wakes up and smells the post-PC era

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Intel’s Atom processors have been a significant presence in the embedded market, but have only recently begun to break into smartphones and tablets with 32nm Clover Trail+ Atoms, such as the Atom Z2580. Further product wins are expected soon from tablets running on the Atom Z3000 (Bay Trail-T) SoC, which uses the 22nm, 3D Tri-Gate “Silvermont” architecture. Yet, Intel’s mobile market share is still miniscule, and mobile ARM SoCs continue to advance as well. In addition, ARM is now digging into the Atom’s share of the general embedded market.

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Intel's Quarky Arduino Adventure

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linuxinsider.com: With all the cornucopia of Valve-related announcements for gamers over the past few weeks, it may be difficult to imagine that the Linux world could have any more good news in store. That supremely encouraging gaming news, surely, was enough to last us a few good months here in the Linux blogosphere.

Supercomputers Still Rule… and Linux Still Rules Them

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linux.com: With the advent of cloud and virtual data center computing, are the days of supercomputers approaching an end, making them nothing more than trophies for universities and nations to show off when they have their top-ranked systems running?

some odds & ends:

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  • Raspberry Pi Wireless Inventors Kit Review
  • Richard Stallman on the Painful Birth of GNU
  • Struggling With Some Linux Terminologies? Here's Help
  • Working BMO made out of Lego and Raspberry Pi
  • Call me GNU: The GNU/Linux naming debate, revisited
  • Utilite Linux Mini PC Launches With Prices Starting From Just $99
  • LibreOffice 4.1.2 Released
  • Q&A: To Use Or Not To Use Open Source Software?
  • Mastering rsync and Bash to Backup Your Linux Desktop or Server
  • PixelJunk Shooter is coming to PC, Mac and Linux next month

NVIDIA, Red Hat Partner Up For New Graphics Project

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phoronix.com: At Red Hat they have struck up a partnership with NVIDIA to work on a new device-agnostic API for the Linux kernel that can benefit the graphics drivers.

Powerful New Ubuntu PC Unveiled By System76

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omgubuntu.co.uk: The 4th generation of their Leopard Extreme series is a veritable beast of a machine, boasting the latest Intel Haswell processors, support for up to 64GB of high-speed RAM, and a choice of graphics cards that would struggle to so much as wheeze under Steam for Linux.

Will Intel's Quark Run Linux?

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  • Will Intel's Quark Run Linux?
  • five new wallpapers for Lubuntu 13.10
  • Quick Guide to Get Ready for LTSI 3.10
  • Linux Format 176 On Sale Today - Build your own distro
  • Sneak Peek: Mandriva Pulse2 1.6
  • Canonical Has A Backup Plan For Intel’s Refusal To Support Mir
  • Fedora vote history
  • MintBox 2 ships with Core i5 and Linux Mint 15
  • TuxRadar Podcast Season 5 Episode 16

Raspberry Pi: How I spent almost $150 on a $35 computer

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zdnet.com: Billed as the $35 computer, the Raspberry Pi, has taken the DIY world by storm. It's a cool project system but it's no $35 computer.

@ phoronix today:

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  • System76 Gazelle Pro: A High Performance Linux Laptop
  • KVM Gets Two New Features In Linux 3.12
  • EXT4 Gains Aggressive Extent Caching, Improved Recovery
  • Sound Drivers Gets Better With Linux 3.12 Kernel
  • Nouveau Might Enable Fan Management Soon
  • GNOME On Wayland Is Good For GNOME 3.10

Fedora 21 Will Try To Abandon Non-KMS GPU Drivers

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phoronix.com: There's hope that Fedora 21 will do away with non-KMS graphics drivers by default. A whole set of conventional (UMS) X.Org drivers are set to be retired in this first Fedora Linux release of 2014.

Top 10 Open Source Linux Boards Under $200

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linux.com: Since Linux.com last surveyed the community-backed open source board scene in June 2012, some projects have faded, but a number of new boards have popped up to take their place. In fact, most of our top 10 Linux or Android-ready open source single board computers (SBCs) have shipped in the last few months.

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