The NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Review: A Premium 4K Set Top Box
The battle for the living room (i.e, controlling the television experience) is heating up with forays from multiple vendors. As the cord-cutting trend gains momentum, the time seems to be right for disruption. Roku has been around for a long time and they continue to taste success with inexpensive and small over-the-top set-top boxes (OTT STBs). At the other end of the spectrum is the Apple TV, which, despite just being a 'hobby', has managed to move millions of units. Google had tried to make inroads into this market a few years back with the Google TV / Logitech Revue, but, it unfortunately didn't pan out as expected. Chromecast turned out to be more popular in their second attempt, but it was a limited play. In late 2014, Google launched Android TV along with the Nexus Player.
Red Hat CEO: Here's how to create an 'Open Organization'
In a brand-new book, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst explains what he's learned from leading the largest open source company and how the lessons can be applied
In The Open Organization, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst presents a compelling, modern alternative to the traditional, top-down hierarchy of business organization. I had the pleasure of interviewing Whitehurst for TechCrunch.com in early 2012, and the seeds of many of the ideas in the book were clearly present even then. Reading The Open Organization felt, in some ways, like the conclusion to that interview.
The future promises to bring us many things: solar powerered hoverboards, giant underground cities on Mars, and slightly less painful dentistry. But what about in Linux? How do you think our operating system will look like in 10 years? Maybe we’ll all be controlling our Wayland-powered Gnome 18 desktops via eye movement trackers, or perhaps the long-established desktop metaphors will ultimately win and not much will drastically change.
From an Ubuntu 15.04 x86_64 system with the Linux 3.19 kernel, I ran some tests on an Intel Core i7 3770K Ivy Bridge desktop system in our labs. Compared was the stock Mesa 10.5.2 on Ubuntu 15.04 against Mesa 10.7-devel Git as of this week.
As Bastien hinted in his last blog post, we now have some new test firmware for the ColorHugALS device. The ever-awesome Benjamin Tissoires has been hacking on an alternative device firmware, this time implementing the Sensor HID interface that Microsoft is suggesting vendors use for internal ambient light sensors on tablets and laptops for Windows 8.
I am trying to keep up with a monthly release of KDE 5 (Plasma5) packages for Slackware-current. So far, so good, and every month I have been able to make a significant difference. Today the KDE developers released an update to Plasma 5 while earlier this month you could have noticed updates for Frameworks and Applications. Time for some new packages for Slackware land!
Canonical recently released the Ubuntu 14.04 Long-Term Support (LTS) which is the first Ubuntu LTS project in two years. The Long Term Support (LTS) will be supported for five years by Canonical and is a free alternative for expensive Windows Operating System (OS). Ubuntu released the 12.04 back in 2012 but the 14.04 is more stable, reliable and cost effective. It is a good option where large scale deployments are required.
As a reminder, the first two Ubuntu phones are developed by Bq and Meizu. The Bq Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition has been already available in all the European countries, but the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition can be ordered only in China, for now.
Canonical have sent out an email to some people saying that they are invited to a Hangout on Monday June 1 to hear the announcement of a new BQ device running Ubuntu Touch. BQ already released the Aquaris device earlier this year. In the email it also says that the Ubuntu MX4 will be available in Europe ‘very soon’.