In several Phoronix articles I've already shared Mesa 10.1-devel benchmarks of this latest open-source graphics driver code currently under development. Most of the open-source graphics tests at Phoronix are done on higher-end hardware, so for this article we're checking on the latest open-source graphics performance when using the low-end Celeron and Pentium processors of the Haswell generation.
In the first post about my new Raspberry Pi, I explored about NOOBS (the New Out Of Box Software package) and Raspbian, the Debian GNU/Linux spin customised for the Pi.
This time I want to take a look at the other two general-purpose Linux distributions which have been customised and packaged for the Pi, Arch Linux ARM and Pidora.
First I will start by reviewing the NOOBS boot/installation process. After downloading the NOOBS package, which is a ZIP file, you simply have to extract the contents to a blank SD card of at least 4GB in size.
We spend all day clicking, poking or swiping computer icons, yet most of us rarely think about them. The Ubuntu Linux design team, however, has been busy in recent weeks rethinking the icons in the popular open source operating system, and has unveiled a set of new designs with an eye toward compatibility with both PCs and mobile platforms.
Ubuntu developers usually tweak the artwork and visual themes of the operating system a little bit for each twice-yearly release. The platform's look hasn't changed radically, however, since Canonical abandoned the orange-brown "Human" theme of Ubuntu's early days back in 2010.
With great glee, I am now running Linux Ubuntu on all my computers as my operating system, forever replacing Windows. This very blog post is infused with Linux goodness. Smell it. Smell it. Yes, put your nose to the screen and sniff– smells like victory.
With this move here at Chaos Manor, there are no Microsoft products in my home. None. OK, OK, anyone who enjoys tech stuff is already tired of Linux fanboys, a species that can be just as creepy (but often not as well dressed) as Apple jihadis. Computers are a tool to get stuff done people, not an stage on which you become a tool. Deal with that. Sleeping on a sidewalk to buy something makes you a sad, lonely person. Most people who sleep on sidewalks don’t have a home, think about that. So, I do not want to be seen as some weird dude in a basement somewhere obsessing about something as pointless in the Big Scheme as a freaking computer operating system. It takes the lotion and initializes its USB ports…
GNU/Linux, especially as a type of advocacy magnet, is sort of passé because it is now a mainstream, highly-recognised entity with billions of dollars spent on it by corporations which rebrand it (e.g. Android, SteamOS). But advocacy of GNU/Linux is not dead. It’s just less necessary than before.
Ubuntu’s Mark Shuttleworth says that Ubuntu Linux on track for full convergence before Microsoft , but why is he following Microsoft’s ‘lead’ (in antifeatures)? This is not necessary. He would be better off joining antitrust complaints. Shuttleworth is correct in pointing out that we’re moving towards mobile and servers (pundits agree with him  and so do sales numbers [3-6], which demonstrate Linux domination ).
The launch of the SteamOS 1.0 Beta and the continued Linux graphics improvements and new hardware were among the most exciting content on Phoronix for December 2013.
The once popular MPlayer2 fork of MPlayer has sadly not seen any new development activity in nearly one year, but another less well-known fork of MPlayer is still showing a future with its most recent activity just being from hours ago.
South Korean electronics giant LG plans to debut its first smart TV based on the webOS operating system next week, industry insiders claim.
Citing an unnamed source, the Wall Street Journal reports that the webOS-powered boob tube will be unveiled at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, due to run from January 7 through 10.
LG bought the rights to the webOS platform in February from HP, which had struggled to find a use for the technology since landing it as part of its 2010 acquisition of Palm for $1.2bn.