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Vodafone signs as Ubuntu backer

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Vodafone Group became the latest member of the Ubuntu Carrier Advisor Group, although there has been no further detail on when smartphones powered by the platform will reach the market.

According to a statement from Ubuntu: “Vodafone Group will join national and multi-national carriers in decisions that influence the development of Ubuntu for smartphones.

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Docker Releases Faster, More Stable Version 0.8

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Even though this release does not focus on new features, there were still a few additions worth mentioning. Most of the features deal with making Docker faster, more efficient, and more stable. Docker added experimental support for the BTRFS (“butter fs”? “better fs”? I say butter) filesystem, which adds copy-on-write capability, and should open the door for more interesting functionality as development continues. The most intriguing new feature may turn out to be official support for running Docker on OS X. Apple has become very popular in the developer community in the past few years, especially among web developers. Official support for OS X will help the project gain even more traction.

Having the docker client run on OS X is really only part of the story though. Docker relies on Linux LXC containers, which is obviously not available in OS X. So, to work around this limitation, Docker created a new script that downloads a custom Linux iso from github and installs a new, very slim, VirtualBox VM with the Docker daemon running. The OS X native Docker binary then talks to this daemon to build and run Docker images. I gave the workflow a run through on my Mac, and it worked reasonably well. I was able to download, build, and run a Wordpress docker image with very little fuss.

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Fedora 20 is looking kind of mature these days

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Fedora really does push a lot of new code, and it's a fairly effortless way to keep up with the latest packages. You pretty much get new software throughout the release. It's not at all like Debian, where new packages generally don't enter a stable release at all and only security patches and bug fixes are allowed. Fedora is all about the new. But for me anyway, things really haven't broken much. OK, maybe a little, but nothing that I haven't been able to handle. There was a messy update recently that required users to turn off SELinux temporarily, but help was right there in the forum and on the mailing lists.

I turned to Fedora because it had the best support at the time (May 2013) for dual-booting Linux and Windows 8 with UEFI on my particular hardware (HP Pavilion g6). I've been able to solve every problem I've run into except for one (and I blame HP for not properly supporting its lousy, cheap USB printers in Linux), and that's enough to keep me in Fedora.

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HP to join Chromebox fray with mini-PC available in four color choices

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Google
Hardware

That processor will also mean the HP Chromebox will cost more its Asus competitor, which will start at just $179 (though probably with a less-powerful Celeron CPU). We'll find out this spring, when HP's model becomes available. With that company onboard, the Chromebox platform looks a lot more viable than just a week ago, when the only Chromebox you could buy was a refurbished Samsung model.

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Ceph Storage Gets Solid Endorsement, Certification from Red Hat

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Ceph is a massively scalable, open source, software-defined storage system that is playing a big role in many cloud computing deployments, as Patrick McGarry made clear in a guest post on OStatic. He noted: "Ceph, in particular, is one of these interesting pieces that plugs into both CloudStack and OpenStack. It has the potential to transform the storage industry just like the use of commodity hardware transformed the cloud industry. Built on the idea of using commodity hardware, Ceph's innovative approach to reliability and near-infinite scalability delivers a storage platform unlike any other."

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Mandriva releases new version of systems management software

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The French GNU/Linux company Mandriva has released a new version of Pulse, its IT systems management software.

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Let's talk Linux, but in a language we can all understand

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Jack Wallen believes that a language barrier is preventing Linux from being adopted, en mass, on the desktop. Do you think a simplified, standardized language for Linux is the solution?

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First Impressions of Gnome 3

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Another thing that stood out to me is that KDE applications tend to be highly uniform in the way menu’s are arranged, and their internal logic. In Gnome-land, things tend to feel a little more erratic and chaotic. This may not be a significant issue, as most people tend to use a small set of applications, but it is worth mentioning.

To end this first view on a positive however, I am endlessly pleased that when using Empathy, the messages will pop up in a notifier window at the bottom of the screen, and you can respond to messages through the same window, rather than having to navigate to the chat window. This seems like such a simple thing, and yet if you use instant messaging heavily, it will make you wonder how you ever lived without it.

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Android users running old OS versions? Not anymore, say latest stats

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Google

On the contrary, fully 62.5 per cent of all Android devices are now running any of the three "Jelly Bean" iterations or "KitKat," the brand-new version of the OS that launched last Halloween.

Granted, the number of devices running the latter version is quite small, at just 1.8 per cent of the total. But that's typical of new Android releases. Back in September, Android 4.3 didn't even chart, and now it's at 8.9 per cent.

The figures show Android seemingly closing the gap with Apple as far as the number of customers who are running a modern version of the OS.

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Steve Wozniak wants an Android Phone from Apple

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Google

Now, Wozniak wants Apple to work with Google and make Android iPhones. He says,“We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at the same time.”

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