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The first iBuyPower Steam Machine is expected to be powered by an AMD processor and is said to have a Radeon R9 270 graphics card. It's nice to see it's not a problematic R9 290 GPU and the R9 270X works well under Linux when using the Catalyst driver. The iBuyPower device will surely be using the binary blob for better OpenGL support and performance with the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver being only half-baked for GCN hardware.
DM&P Group has begun shipping an Arduino compatible boardset and mini-PC equipped with a new computer-on-module based on a new 300MHz x86 compatible Vortex86EX system-on-chip. The new SoC and COM are available as part of a $39 “86Duino Zero” boardset that mimics an Arduino Leonardo, in a $49 “86Duino Educake” mini-PC, and will soon be available in a more I/O-rich, $69 “86Duino One” boardset.
NVIDIA, the world’s most proprietary GPU maker (which artificially cripples Linux drivers), is trying to appeal to gamers on GNU/Linux, perhaps with some performance gains but hardly with any source code.
In other words, F-Droid is like an app store for open-source. More importantly, there is not just one “store”. Anyone can deploy their own repositories of apps, or Repos, much like the way the Debian repo model works.
We’ve now begun creating our own hosted F-Droid compliant repo where we can easily provide the latest greatest versions of all our apps. As we update the apps, F-Droid should notify you and allow you to update quickly and without hassle.
Canonical has launched a new website named Ubuntu Resources, a site targetted towards its Ubuntu Touch devices. The site design is still unfinished and is expected to change from its current look.
While NVIDIA historically looked at Linux as a market for pushing more Quadro workstation GPU sales, with Valve's SteamOS Linux / Steam Machines and activities from other game studios, NVIDIA is now taking Linux gaming seriously.
As OpenACC in GCC becomes readily available, OLCF, Mentor Graphics, and other members of the OpenACC Standards Group predict the open-source version will continue to transform science and industry, just as its commercial predecessors are already doing.
The top-of-the-line Bonobo comes with an nVidia GTX 765M GPU or the nVidia GeForce GTX 780M with 4 GB GDDR5 memory and 1,536 cores of graphics processing power. Its main processor, a 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ CPU is also outstanding. With a base configuration of 8GBs of RAM which you can push up to 32GBs, and a TeraByte SATA II hard drive, the Bonobo Extreme has everything a true Linux power user could want this holiday season. The Bonobo runs Ubuntu 13.10, which is a great desktop Linux.
eWEEK 30: Unix remains a major server platform in enterprises and on the Internet three decades after PC Week started covering the computer industry.
The Allwinner A20 combines dual Cortex-A7 cores and a dual-core Mali-400 GPU, which together enable 1080p video playback, as well as 3D and UHD 2160P video decoding. No clock rate is mentioned, but you can be assured of at least 1GHz.
Docker, the popular container technology that, in theory, lets developers encapsulate their apps and run them on bare metal, virtualized and private or public cloud environments, now supports nearly all the major Linux distributions right out of the box.
The realization of years of promise in software defined networking will be one of THE major stories of 2014. People don’t appreciate how big software defined networking and network function virtualization will become. Think about it. Billions of dollars are spent on hardware based switches, routers, load balancers, firewalls, etc; this is all being abstracted into software. More importantly it is being abstracted via open source software in the sweet spot for OSS which is at this infrastructure layer. I think you’ll see projects like OpenDaylight and others have a big breakout year in 2014.
The Linux Foundation is a good organisation, but if it becomes increasingly dependent on funding from companies with weak/no ethics, then we have a real problem in our hands.
Over the years, Lance Spaulding has worked with a medical company, a non-profit foundation, a credit card company, a start-up, a small e-commerce business, and now a large defense contractor. But at least one thing hasn't changed in that time: he's a devoted Linux desktop user and tinkerer.