In years past, it wasn't uncommon to rely on a particular operating system because of the software it provided. Mind you, this was before the popularity of web-based applications that can work on any Internet-capable platform. Back then, any task – ranging from word processing down to video editing – had to be done from locally installed software.
Flash forward to now, web applications today have the ability to offer office suite functionality and make live edits to various forms of video/audio media. In this article, I'll explore the differences between locally installed Linux applications and their web-based counter parts.
After years of development, more than two dozen versions of the file-system, and real-world deployments in some Linux distributions, OverlayFS is trying again to get in the mainline Linux kernel.
OverlayFS is a simple union file-system already used by some live DVD/USB Linux distributions like Mageia and OpenWRT. OverlayFS has been trying for years to get mainlined in the Linux kernel but not all kernel developers have been happy with it -- some objecting it's incomplete, not happy with the design, etc.
Calao Systems unveiled a Linux-ready, industrial “PinBall” SBC based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, plus special M2M and home-automation models.
Grenoble, France based Calao Systems plans to ship the PinBall single board computer in the fourth quarter starting at about 325 euros ($413) in single units. The open-spec SBC is available in a “Core access” model, as well as in an Industrial Automation and Robotics (IAaR) model aimed at M2M applications, and a Home and Building Automation (HaBA) model with KNX support. All the systems are based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module, and ship with an RPi-compatible open source Linux BSP.
Now that OEMs have acknowledged that smaller and cheaper is better (the customer is always right) we should see a lot more GNU/Linux on retail shelves along with all those Android/Linux devices. The market is converging on a system with options not restrictions. Expect to see Android/Linux + GNU/Linux systems being offered in bulk really soon, perhaps by Christmas.
Learning Linux empowered me to explore and create in a way I never dreamed possible. Open source was initially very challenging as some parts needed configuration that I was unfamiliar with. However, I learned much of what I needed by using search engines and reading forums at Red Hat, Fedora, and other Linux user groups on the internet.