The year of the Linux desktop.
The phrase has been a comical punching bag for a number of years. At the turn of every new year the question can be found on hundreds of Linux-centered websites.
“Will this be the year of the Linux desktop?”
The fact is, we’ll never see “the year of desktop Linux.” Not the way we imagine it anyway. Many of us long for the time when Linux will become a well known alternative to Microsoft Windows. That just isn’t gonna happen.
The second alternative is to go for an alternative OS altogether.
This is not as farfetched as it sounds: Linux has a much smaller footprint than Windows 7 and, as a result, some ATM operators are considering a switch to Linux rather than the Microsoft product.
This would not be the first time ATMs have transitioned to a different OS. Before the industry moved to XP, most ATM’s were running IBM’s OS/2 operating system.
Linux 3.14 lands: And another ten week dev cycle of Linux ends with the release of Linux 3.14. There’s a new realtime scheduler (deadline), event triggers for tracing, graphics driver updates (stablised Broadwell support, NVIDIA GK110 support, dynamic power management for newer AMD hardware), new TCP autocorking for better small packet handling and the usual gamut of driver improvements, patches and enhancements. For a good list, check LWN.net‘s three part listing (1, 2, 3) (and if you are interested in Linux and don’t subscribe to LWN.net, why not?). As of writing, Kernel Newbies has yet to catch up with its pages, while German speakers can read Thorsten Leemhuis’s Die Neuerungen von Linux 3.14 which is packed full of details.
TI released Sitara Linux SDK 7.0, now based on the mainline Linux kernel. The SDK supports the Sitara AM355x, and coming soon, the new Sitara AM4x and AM5x.
While no official announcement has come down yet, the Linux 3.14 kernel will most likely be released in the hours ahead.
First, Mint's Cinnamon interface can be set to look and act a lot like XP. Yes, you'll have a learning curve, but it's nothing like the one you'll face if you move to Windows 8 or Mac OS.
This is an overview providing 10 Linux open-source replacements for various commercial power tools, most of them available only on Windows.
Richard Stallman is the guru of computing freedom --and a great source. He started the "hack" movement as an outsider inside MIT during the Vietnam protesting era, and founded both the GNU software movement and the Free S/W Foundation.
As detailed here before, a few Samsung laptop models have a firmware bug that makes them liable to becoming inert bricks if you install Linux. It’s a one-way process. This happened to me when I bought an ultrabook from the Elgiganten big-box store last summer. Both Samsung and the store refused to reimburse me for the loss of my machine’s use. At the suggestion of my home municipality’s consumer advisor (konsumentrådgivare), I took the matter to Allmänna reklamationsnämnden, the National Board for Consumer Disputes (complaint no 2013-10081).
Cherryview Atom SoCs aren't being released for several months but the first bits of hardware enablement have landed within the open-source Mesa 3D Linux graphics driver. Cherryview with the Cherry Trail platform is the next-generation successor to the wonderful Bay Trail hardware.
I'm of the mind that more choices are better than fewer choices. One of the best things about Linux is the sheer range of choices that are out there. There literally is a distribution for everybody, no matter how eclectic your taste in Linux might be. All it takes is a little elbow grease and a visit to DistroWatch, and you can find a Linux distribution that suits your needs.
Jovi Zhangwei, the lead KTAP developer, has posted the 28 patches implementing KTAP on the Linux kernel mailing list and is looking for code review in hopes it will be accepted into the mainline Linux kernel. KTAP is a script-based dynamic tracing tool that has a powerful scripting language, a register-based interpreter, is considered lightweight, and supports multiple architectures. The currently supported architectures for KTAP include x86/x86_64, ARM, PowerPC, and MIPS.
The panel opened with Corbet pointing out that today "Almost all the people who work on the kernel are paid to do it. Only 10 percent to 20 percent are volunteers. What do your companies expect to get from your kernel work?"
Simplicity Linux, a Linux distribution based on Puppy that uses the LXDE desktop, is now at version 14.4 Beta and brings a buckload of changes and improvements.
“Pisi GNU/Linux is built from scratch but it is a stable base. On top of that, we keep core user applications, such as Firefox, VLC, etc, up to date as much as we can. To ease the use of Pisi GNU/Linux many codecs are preinstalled allowing MP3 & DVD playback, Flash Player support,” reads the official website.
Microsoft will have you believe that the new Windows 8 operating system is doing great in sales and that Linux is not actually gaining any solid ground, but it's difficult to tell what is happening on the market without any real data. So we turn to the only online shop that has enough sales to provide an accurate picture.
While NVIDIA will be dropping support soon for GeForce 8 through GeForce 300 series graphics hardware from their mainline graphics driver, they are committing to supporting these older graphics processors for another five years. The support will include new Linux kernel and X.Org Server updates along with critical bug-fixes.
There was so much news today, I couldn't fit it all into one post. Several interesting software topics surfaced today as well. First up, Glyn Moody asks, What's Up with Apache Web Server? Jack Germain test-drove a new Linux office suite. And GNOME 3.12 was released!
Today's news search turned up quite a bit of data. Red Hat released their quarterly earnings this afternoon and while observers expected good news, some are now reporting not so much. ZDNet.com has two stories of interest today, the first is from Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reporting on the Linux Collaboration Summit and the other is Jamie Watson's hands-on review of Makulu Linux 5 Xfce. He said it was the most fun as one could have with Linux!
We like mini desktops around these parts, but one thing that makes them less than ideal for every use case is that their price tag usually isn't very mini. By the time you buy something like Intel's NUC and stuff it full of all the parts it needs, you'll end up spending somewhere in between $400 and $700, depending on the kit, parts, and operating system you decide to use.