As an extra holiday present for Linux and open-source fans, Intel has quietly released a large batch of new programming documentation that covers their latest-generation Haswell graphics cores. The new "programmer's reference manuals" cover the 2013 Haswell HD Graphics, Iris Graphics, and Iris Pro Graphics. This massive batch of documentation is spread across twelve volumes and does document their hardware registers.
Chromebooks had a very good year, according to retailer Amazon.com and industry analysts.
And that's bad news for Microsoft.
The pared-down laptops powered by Google's browser-based Chrome OS have surfaced this year as a threat to "Wintel," the Microsoft-Intel oligarchy that has dominated the personal-computer space for decades with Windows machines.
CyanogenMod is going strong, the team has brought support to all major flagship devices of 2013 from different manufacturers. Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, LG G2, Moto X and Nexus 5 makes the list of supported devices. You might have noticed Samsung Galaxy Note 3 missing from the list; well, not anymore, a recent post on the official Google+ page of CyanogenMod says that CyanogenMod source code for Note 3 is now available for download, nightlies are coming soon.
I reviewed Xubuntu 12.10 just over a year ago and it is still one of the more popular articles on this site.
Last week I installed the latest version, Xubuntu 13.10 to see if much has changed.
In my previous review I installed Xubuntu on an older computer but this time I have gone for running Xubuntu on the Toshiba Satellite Pro L870. (Intel i5, 2.5 ghz processor, 8 gb RAM, 750 gb hard drive). Not brand new but solid enough specifications.
It was in 2009 that someone installed a Linux distribution (Ubuntu) for me because my feeble little hard drive capacity (8 GB) would accept nothing else. From that moment on I began to learn to understand it and to trace its evolution. I came across many other distributions, Debian, CentOS, Kubuntu, and Fedora, to name only a few.
It's not even January 2014 yet, and already Canonical faces another media flare-up about its Ubuntu Linux operating system. But this time, the negative stories about the open source vendor -- which critics accuse of storing WiFi passwords in an insecure way via NetworkManager -- are not fair.
As expected, things have been quiet over the holiday week. So various
small random updates: drivers (infiniband, gpu, cpufreq, libata,
block), some small filesystem fixes (ext4/jbd2), and a few ARM SoC
things. Tiny x86, percpu and cgroup fixes.
More troubles are around for NSA-friendly Microsoft. LibreOffice, one of the fieriest competitors of Microsoft Office is now available on Google Chromebooks (or anything that runs the Chrome browser) and Apple’s iPad.
Sales information for the 2013 holidays shows another successful season for Amazon. That's no surprise. What may surprise some is how often Linux-powered electronics appeared at the top of Amazon buyers' list.