IBM reported its first quarter fiscal 2014 results late Wednesday, once again showing weakness in its server hardware business. Big Blue however has a plan to change its hardware business fortunes.
IBM is particularly keen on promoting Linux on Power, and Schroeter said that there are now over 800 independent software vendors whose wares are certified to run on the Power-Linux combo. Many of the hyperscale and extreme scale customers that IBM would love to sell Power-based machines to have their own variants of Linux as well as their own applications, so they can relatively easily port their code to Power should it make sense for performance reasons. This is, in fact, the bet that Big Blue is making. It may not be as bold as the bet the company made to create the System/360 mainframe 50 years ago, but the company is not walking away and remains committed to using Power machinery behind its Watson service and continuing to design processors for both Power and System z platforms into the future.
Linux server slinger Linode has doubled its RAM allocations per-server, and swapped out all its hard drives with SSDs allowing it to match upstart Digital Ocean on prices.
The new gear was announced by the company in a blog post on Thursday. It contains new Ivy Bridge E5-2680 v2 processors, greater networking bandwidth, and larger memory allocations, as well as SSDs for storage.
Today's news search might have been a bit of a bust if not for the release of KDE 4.1.3 yesterday. This release is said to bring major updates as well as new features and bug fixes. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols posted some tips and tricks for using Linux Mint. And finally, an orphanage is using Linux to teach children about computers and programming.
“This is an advance notice that regular security support for Debian GNU/Linux 6.0 (code name ‘squeeze’) will be terminated on the 31st of May. However, we're happy to announce that security support for squeeze is going to be extended until February 2016, i.e. five years after the initial release. This effort is driven by various interested parties / companies which require longer security support,” reads the official announcement.
Linux desktop distributions can vary wildly in their look and feel. Unlike Windows 8 before the recent Windows 8.1 update, where a one-size-fits-all interface was the order of the day, Linux gives you an almost endless number of primary desktops such as GNOME, KDE, and Enlightenment. Then you your choice of variations based on them. In GNOME's case, for example, there's Ubuntu's Unity and MATE, and the interface I'll be talking about today: Cinnamon.
The interview raises hope among Tizen fans that the open source Linux-based platform will not fade away or be limited to other device categories such as Tizen’s Gear 2 smartwatches, which were announced in February at Mobile World Congress, and have recently begun to ship to mostly favorable reviews.
It would appear that the Bluefin-21 now searching the Indian Ocean offers a similar, but perhaps more powerful computing system. Bluefin lists a 4GB flash drive, plus additional payload storage. The craft also incorporates GPS, RF, Iridium, and strobe communications, and can connect via Ethernet at short range for downloading data at shipside. Other features include a dead-reckoning drift that is typically less than 0.1 percent of distance traveled.
Linux has figured in a variety of autonomous aquatic craft, including the Liquid Robotics' solar-powered Wave Glider SV3, designed in part by Java creator James Gosling. On the low-end, you can go underwater (with a tether) with the BeagleBone Black based OpenROV UUV.
SystemRescueCd is a very famous Linux distribution that has been developed with a single purpose in mind, to be a system rescue disk that is able to run from bootable CD-ROM or USB stick. As the name implies, this OS is only useful after your computer has already crashed and you really need the data.
Linux-powered operating systems have become user-friendly for quite some time and long gone are the times when you needed Linux knowledge to make an OS work. However, people still make assumptions about the open source world, but they are usually wrong. Are Windows users disappointed in what Linux has to offer? Is Linux a proper contender as a desktop operating system?
“We created a node-based programming system for Glitchspace, called Null. Null allows for chunks of functionality to be applied to objects with ease, and makes the programming a visual, dynamic, and instantaneous feature. Objects in Glitchspace are either programmable, or non-programmable. You can make an object programmable through decryption using a decrypter, and similarly you can make it non-programmable through encryption using an encrypter,” reads the official Steam website.
This week, not only is Red Hat touting its success at getting a number of notable enterprises to choose its Linux platform and OpenStack offering for deployments, but Canonical is rolling out Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and highlighting it as the best way to build out an OpenStack cloud environment. These efforts underscore that leading Linux platforms and cloud computing are going to be joined at the hip going forward, and the players behind them will need to offer top-notch support and compatibility.
In the past months we presented the Arduino Yun and Arduino Galileo boards. Today we present you a new board, quite more powerful, but still Arduino compatible and powered with GNU/Linux. It’s an all Italian board called UDOO.
Indeed, now almost every month we see the birth of a new platform that integrates processors capable of hosting GNU/Linux with the Arduino architecture, in emulated form, or with a dedicated microcontroller. Now is the time to UDOO but we already see looming on the horizon the availability of Arduino Three, and who knows what other boards in the meantime.
UDOO project comes from the idea of the founders to provide a tool for digital learning: high computing power combined with the world of microcontrollers with maximum ease of use, will form a new generation of designers, makers and developers with the knowledge necessary to develop projects in the fields of digital / physical computing.
Things are moving forward for the Fedora Workstation project. For those of you who don’t know about it, it is part of a broader plan to refocus Fedora around 3 core products with clear and distinctive usecase for each. The goal here is to be able to have a clear definition of what Fedora is and have something that for instance ISVs can clearly identify and target with their products. At the same time it is trying to move away from the traditional distribution model, a model where you primarily take whatever comes your way from upstream, apply a little duct tape to try to keep things together and ship it. That model was good in the early years of Linux existence, but it does not seem a great fit for what people want from an operating system today.
If you want to contribute to the Linux kernel but aren't sure where to start, the Eudyptula Challenge could be a great way to test your programming skills and learn how to participate in the kernel community.
“Deepin is a Linux Distribution which devoted to provide elegant user interface and secure environment for global users. The Deepin Team has made a series of custom made software like the Deepin Desktop Environment, the Deepin Music Player, the Deepin Media Player, the Deepin Software Center based on the HTML5 standard & technology.”
Google intends to get a modular phone ready for just $50, in early 2015. The default phone will only have support for wifi and will be available in three sizes: small, medium and large. If you want to have the features of a normal phone, you will be needing to buy different modules for conectivity, camera, touchscreen and others. The modules will be attached via magnets, to be easy to replace modules, without having to restart the phone.
Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) 1.5.1, a thin Linux operating system that creates a secure end node from trusted media on almost any Intel-based computer (PC or Mac), has been released and is now available for download.
While a lot of exciting changes have been introduced, for the test system I used for this initial benchmarking (an Intel Core i7 4770K "Haswell" with AMD Radeon graphics), the results weren't too interesting thus resulting just in this brief one-page article. In this initial benchmarking on the same hardware I compared the Linux performance of the 3.12, 3.13, 3.14, and 3.15-rc1 kernels for representing the latest-generation Intel CPU paired with a Radeon R9 270X graphics card on its open-source driver.
Micronet announced a rugged touchscreen fleet computer that runs Android 4.x on a TI Sitara AM3715 SoC, and features optional GSM 3.5G, GPS, and CANbus.
Micronet’s A-317 fleet computer updates the A-307 device that shipped last August. Both of these software-compatible devices are low-end complements to the long-haul oriented CE500 series fleet computers, says Micronet, a subsidiary of Micronet Enertec Technologies (MICT). The devices support fleet management and mobile resource management (MRM) applications, says Micronet.
Gumstix announced an “AeroCore” MAV (micro air vehicle) controller board that runs NuttX on a Cortex-M4 MCU, plus Linux on a Cortex-A9-based DuoVero COM.
The AeroCore MAV control board is principally run by a separately available Yocto Linux-based DuoVero Zephyr or DuoVero Crystal computer-on-module (COM) that plugs into the board. The AeroCore itself includes an ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller unit (MCU), which is said to be directly interfaced with the DuoVero. The device is intended for developers of micro air vehicles such as tiny helicopters or quadrocopter drones.