In spite of complaints from a couple of councillors about the Limux OS, the city council said the bulk of users have not taken issue with the move.
"Most people don't really realize that they have Linux and they do not really care," said Jan-Marek Glogowski, a developer in the IT team at the City of Munich told the DebConf Debian developers meeting earlier this month.
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Linux’s hardware support is better than ever, but you still can’t take it for granted. Not every laptop and desktop you see at your local computer store (or, more realistically, on Amazon) will work perfectly with Linux. Whether you’re buying a PC for Linux or just want to ensure you can dual-boot at some point in the future, thinking about this ahead of time will pay off.
This “story” surfaces every several months and, for some reason I always fail to fathom, everybody starts parroting it. It goes thus: Munich is sick and tired of how inadequate Linux is for everyday use and is ready to ditch years of work and millions of euros to return to Windows.
As usual, the facts say something different: all that has happened this time around is that two (count ’em: 2) councillors have sent a letter to the mayor requesting that some new devices that have had LiMux (Munich’s tailored Linux flavour) installed on them, be equipped with Windows because the Linux distro comes with “no programs (text editing programs, Skype, Office, etc.)” that the councilors can use.
"The badging system seems too rooted in video games and social media," said Raytheon | Websense engineer Tom O'Connor. "Building secure software is not really a game, and I worry that a badge system reduces security to checklists. That said, I can certainly see value in having some sort of rudimentary assessments of open source projects to see that they meet some minimal standards."
The Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), a collaborative project run by the Linux Foundation, is aiming to develop a free security best practices program for open source software.
It isn't an overstatement to say that the modern world runs on Linux. If you look around you, almost everything is running on Linux -- from your home router to stock exchanges. Thanks to Linux, open source has become a phenomenon that is fast becoming a norm in the enterprise and consumer segments. Fierce competitors like Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Twitter, Red Hat, SUSE are all working together to make open source software even better.
Cloud Media has launched a dual-boot Linux and Android “Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro” media player with 3840 x 2160 video, high-quality analog audio, and XLR out.
Formerly known as Syabas, Cloud Media has been selling Linux-based Popcorn Hour and Popbox media players for years. Last year, Cloud Media found Kickstarter success with its Linux-based Stack Box home automation box. This week it achieved its $50K Kickstarter funding goal for the new top-of-the-line Popcorn Hour A-500 Pro media player and music system, which adds high fidelity stereo analog audio to its usual media player and home theater functions.