With Linux comes choice. Along with that choice, comes debate. Which desktop is the best? Which offers the most user-friendly experience? The questions are not only never-ending, but date back over a decade where the “war” between KDE, GNOME, and every other desktop was given voice. I would, contend, however, that there is a desktop for every kind of user to be found within the Linux landscape. To that end, I want to take some of the most popular desktops and match them to end users.
The Change.Org website just got a taste of its own medicine after Linus Torvalds started a petition addressed to said website with a simple request.
Change.Org is a very popular platform and lots of people use it to start petitions. Most of them don't end up anywhere and there have been very few instances when something posted on Change.org actually made a difference. As it turns out, their scrutiny regarding the people who actually post stuff is lacking, to say it gently.
It turns out that the website doesn't actually check who is posting petitions, which means that it's very possible that some of the materials and initiatives posted online are not from those actual users.
Every year, heck...every month, Linux is adopted by more companies and organizations as an important if not primary component of their enterprise platform. And the more serious the hardware platform, the more likely it is to be running Linux. 60% of servers, 70% of Web servers and 95% of all supercomputers are Linux-based!
Even if they're not "Linux shops", companies realize certain benefits from bringing Linux in for specific purposes. Its reliability, flexibility, scalability and cost of ownership offer huge advantages over other OSes...but I don't have to tell you that, do I? You probably earn your keep because of these statistics!
Using the Ice technology in the Peppermint OS is much like launching an app on an Android phone or tablet. For example, I can launch Google Docs, Gmail, Twitter, Yahoo Mail, YouTube, Pandora or Facebook as if they were self-contained apps on a mobile device -- but these pseudo apps never need updating. Ice easily creates a menu entry to launch any website or application as if it were installed.
While we're still waiting until around the end of the year to see Broadwell processors, Intel's Open-Source Technology Center is already prepping Linux graphics driver code to begin pushing Skylake support into their driver stack.
Skylake is the successor to Broadwell that's expected to be out in late 2015 but could slip into 2016. Skylake is expected to be more of a SoC design layout with the PCH integrated onto the die and will be launched in conjunctiuon with the Intel 100 Series "Sunrise Point" chipsets. Broadwell is expected to significantly boost the graphics capabilities over Haswell while Skylake will take the performance even further.
Several new ARM devices will be supported by the in-development Linux 3.17 kernel while some less-than-optimally-supported ARM hardware is also getting stripped from the mainline kernel tree.
Olof Johansson emailed in the large batch of ARM changes today for the Linux 3.17 merge window. Some highlights for the pull request consisting of around 750 patches include.
UniPi is seeking Indiegogo funding for a Raspberry Pi add-on for building automation with analog and digital I/O, changeover relays, and 1-Wire interfaces.
The Raspberry Pi has found its way into many a home automation project, from lighting controls to automatic sprinkler systems, and is often used as a prototype for commercial systems. But is the modest RPi up for managing an entire building? No problem, says Czech startup UniPi, which is offering Indiegogo funding packages of 99 Euros ($133) and 109 Euros ($146) for its UniPi building automation add-on board.