The MK80LE runs Ubuntu 14.04 Linux and supports hardware-accelerated video when using the VLC media player. As far as I’m aware this doesn’t mean that all Ubuntu apps can take advantage of the computers PowerVR G6230 graphics, but it does at least mean that you shouldn’t have problems playing HD video.
Whether you’re a Windows XP refugee, looking for a way to keep a faithful computer running securely, or just someone who’s naturally curious, I highly recommend you check out our list of the best Linux distros and jump right in. You can trust the people who make Linux, and even join them if you want to.
The Raspberry Pi has been a tremendous success story, ever since the low-cost development board first appeared in 2012. Among enthusiasts and educators it’s sparked an interest in "real" computing, unseen since the halcyon days of the 1980s, and it's also inspired an army of copycat devices. Now, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is building on that success with the long-awaited successor - the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. See also: The eight best uses for your Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi Foundation make it pretty clear that Raspbian is the recommended operating system for the Raspberry Pi series of computers. Most of the Foundation's documentation and support directs users to Raspbian. The downloads section of their website does list other operating system images. But there are many more images available, and one really piqued my curiosity; a Ubuntu 14.10 / Linaro 15.01 "developer" image. Unlike Raspbian, this image is compiled for ARMv7/armhf.
Logic Supply unveiled two rugged, Intel NUC “ML100″ mini-PCs: one with two GbE ports based on a Bay Trail Celeron, and one with Intel’s 5th-Gen Core CPU.
In recent years, Intel has released Linux-friendly mini-PCs based on its Intel (Next Unit of Computing) reference design optimized for home theater applications (the Intel NUC Kit DN2820FYKH) and thin client duty (Intel NUC Kit DE3815TYKHE). Now Logic Supply has announced two new NUC designs aimed at rugged industrial applications: a Bay Trail Celeron-based ML100G-10 and a 5th Gen Core equipped ML100G-30.
The CubieTech octa-core Allwinner A80 based “Cubieboard4″ SBC goes for $125, competing with LinkSprite’s $129 Beta Arches and Merrii’s $300 H88 Hummingbird.
In early February, while covering Merrii’s H88 Hummingbird SBC, based on the octa-core Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A7 based Allwinner A80 system-on-chip, we found we had missed the release of the A80-based Cubieboard4 SBC. The board had originally been announced in April 2014 as the Cubieboard 8. According to an October post by CNXSoft, the board had just begun shipping in China for $100. At the time (Feb. 9, 2015) we found the Cubieboard4 selling for 699 RMB (now $111) at Taobao.com in China, and £110.79 (now $164) at NewIT in the U.K., where today the prices remain the same.
Linux has always been the outsider's operating system. Even more hipster than Apple's iOS and completely off the radar of most Microsoft Windows users, the open source OS umbrella covers an ever increasing collection of mutations and flavours, known to its users as distros (short for distributions).
For the beginner such choice can appear overwhelming, and so CBR has pared it down to the five most accessible.