The real question here though is: Should Linux look more like Windows? My initial thought is no, it certainly should not look like Windows. After all, one of the big attractions of using Linux is to get away from Windows. Who wants to be reminded of an operating system that they just dumped because they didn't want to use it any more?
Spain-based Geeksphone tipped the Revolution the last week of December, revealing the major specs and the fact that it would support both Android and Firefox OS. An image was leaked in mid-January, followed by more informally revealed specs last week. Now, Geeksphone has finally posted full specs. Pre-sales are said to begin soon for a ship date beginning Feb. 14, starting at just above 200 Euros ($270). The ship date, however, may apply to unfulfilled pre-orders for the earlier, now discontinued Peak+ phone.
The Mageia Linux distribution was updated to version 4.0 on Feb. 1 and provides users with improved performance and new features. From a historical perspective, Mageia is a Linux distribution that was born back in 2010 as a fork of the Mandriva Linux. Since then, the project has developed its own culture and its own brand as it has evolved. On the desktop side, KDE is the default choice although users can easily select Gnome, XFCE, Mate and Cinnamon Linux desktops.
"A world without open source would be a pretty grim world," Zemlin said. "85 percent of the world's stock exchanges would shut down, you wouldn't have any friends - Facebook runs on Linux, and you'd have to go the bookstore to buy books, since Amazon runs on Linux."
This is not an attempt to disparage Ubuntu as it is a very good operating system and I would recommend it to most people. It is definitely a better step forward for Windows 7 users than Windows 8 would be.
PCLinuxOS however is probably a better fit for people using older versions of the Windows operating system.
Daniel Phillips, a lead Tux3 developer, wrote to the kernel mailing list on Monday and acknowledged that it's been a long time coming for Tux3... We covered Tux3 back in 2008 as the Tux2 successor that was never merged due to licensing issues and then it had been quite some time without any news on Tux3, until it was resurrected in early 2013.
Aside from recommending performance-concerned Wine gamers try his still out-of-tree D3D command stream patches, Stefan shared some current performance expectations of upstream Wine. In general on a dual-core machine running Wine you can expect about 50% performance under Linux with Wine compared to directly running Windows, but it's largely dependent on the actual game and driver. When using the NVIDIA binary Linux driver you can more likely expect around 60% the performance of Windows or if using the open-source Radeon driver there is a 30~40% performance expectation.
The world is just moving on without M$ and “partners” so swiftly that there is little M$ can do to prevent the turnover. Good luck to the new CEO. He’s all about cloud anyway. Before long his client platform will be just lost in the noise. GNU/Linux already owns the cloud. M$ is having to pay hosters to run that other OS for name-only sites, again, just to claim any share at all out there. M$’s latest 10-Q shows client “licensing” is down 6% y/y and the monies received for “hardware” represents fewer clients because they don’t charge themselves a licensing fee. The result is they are shipping fewer client OS copies each year while Android/Linux is shipping more and still accelerating. M$ can drop the price to $0 and they still can’t ship as many units as Android/Linux because M$’s stuff doesn’t ship on small cheap plentiful computers. It’s almost over…
When Asus jumps into the increasingly hot Chrome OS market by shipping its $179 Asus Chromebox in March, it will likely be the new price leader among computers that run Google’s Linux-based Chrome Operating System. It’s $20 cheaper than the hot-selling, $199 Acer C720 Chromebook, although it lacks the latter’s screen and keyboard. You get the same 4th Generation (“Haswell”) dual-core Intel Celeron 2955U, clocked at 1.4GHz, as you do with the C720, complete with integrated Intel HD graphics. Later this year, there will also be a Core i3-4010U version, as well as a Core i7 model that will not be offered in the U.S.
Today in Open Source: Amazon preps Android gaming and TV console launch for later this year. Plus: Linux Mint versus Ubuntu versus Chromebooks, and a first look at the Maxthon cloud browser for Linux