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01.15.14

Links: Ubuntu/Canonical in January 2014

Posted in News Roundup, Ubuntu at 11:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: News from the past couple of weeks, touching on the different parts or projects at Canonical

Server

Financials

Desktop/Tablets/Other

  • Ubuntu 13.04 Received Its Last Major Kernel Update

    A few days before the announcement for the end of life of Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail), Canonical has released the last major update of its soon to be unsupported Ubuntu operating system, fixing no more than nine vulnerabilities discovered by various developers in the upstream kernel packages.

  • Ubuntu 12.04 Is More Secure Than Windows 8 and Mac OS X, Says UK Government

    The UK government now says that Ubuntu 12.04 is the safest operating system available, way ahead of Windows 8 and Mac OS X.

    The Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) is the UK National Technical Authority for information assurance and they’ve done a series of tests to find out what is the most secure operating system available for the governmental apparatus.

    The security assessment made by CESG included the following categories: VPN, Disk Encryption, Authentication, Secure Boot, Platform Integrity and Application Sandboxing, Application Whitelisting, Malicious Code Detection and Prevention, Security Policy Enforcement, External Interface Protection, Device Update Policy, Event Collection for Enterprise Analysis, and Incident Response.

  • Not Quite Off Topic: Switch to Linux/Ubuntu
  • Previewing Canonical’s New Icons for Ubuntu Linux
  • Top 13 developments of Ubuntu in 2013
  • Will Ubuntu dominate tablets in 2014?

    Tech Republic has five reasons why an Ubuntu tablet could do quite well in 2014.

  • What to expect from Ubuntu in 2014

    You won’t see an Ubuntu Edge at CES this week. Ubuntu’s parent company, Canonical, raised $12.8-million on Indiegogo to develop and build this Ubuntu Linux/Android-powered Ubuntu Edge combination smartphone and PC, but it still fell far short of its $32 million goal. So what?

  • Ubuntu hints at full convergence and semi rolling updates

    In an interview with PCpro that it was revealed by Mark Shuttleworth that Canonical is now leading the race for full convergence across all devices and architectures. There is also a possibility of shifting over from bi-annual releases to semi-rolling releases as mobile users are accustomed to updates being released ‘whenever’ they’re ready by the maintainers.

  • Ubuntu 12.04.4 Officially Arrives on February 6

    Canonical has confirmed that the next point release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) will be available on February 6.

    The company has postponed by two weeks the release of the fourth maintenance build, but now the release date has been confirmed and set in stone.

  • Ubuntu 13.10 – The “Marmite” Linux Operating System

    Ubuntu is the “Marmite” operating system within the Linux community. You either love it or hate it.

  • Ubuntu 13.04 Reaches End of Life on January 27, Get Ubuntu 13.10

    Adam Conrad has announced earlier today, January 7, that the Ubuntu 13.04 Linux operating system, also known as Raring Ringtail among its fans, will reach end of life (EOL) on Monday, January 27, 2014, as Canonical will no longer provide security/critical fixes and software updates for it.

  • Ubuntu developer builds Pirate Bay torrent search into operating system

    Torrent search would be added to Ubuntu’s Dash, a central tool that lets users search files and applications on their desktop as well as online sources like Amazon or Wikipedia. The search tool prototype uses the Pirate Bay as a data source. It may be modified to filter out pirated content, but users can change the filters to suit their desires. It’s also possible that a future version could use a different data source.

  • Ubuntu In 2014

    2013 was a phenomenal year for Ubuntu. It is difficult to believe that it was just a year ago today that we announced Ubuntu for phones. Since then we have built and released the first version of Ubuntu for phones complete with core apps, delivered Mir in production on the phone, built a vastly simplified and more powerful new app delivery platform complete with full security sand-boxing, created a powerful smart scopes service to bring the power of native search and online content to devices, delivered a new SDK with support for QML, HTML5, and Scopes, built an entirely new developer.ubuntu.com, created extensive CI and testing infrastructure to ensure quality as we evolve our platform, shipped two desktop releases, extended the charm store, delivered Juju Gui, spun up multiple clouds with Juju, and much more.

  • Introducing Ubuntu Unity for Arch Linux

    Back in June, we were ready to announce the immediate availability for download of a new Linux distribution, called Unity-for-Arch, which used Ubuntu’s Unity user interface on a basic Arch Linux Live CD.

  • Linux distro Ubuntu enables SSD TRIM support by default

    The popular Linux distribution Ubuntu will enable TRIM support for SSDs by default in its upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 Long Term Support (LTS) release. For those unfamiliar with what TRIM is, it is a command the OS instructs to the drive to wipe invalid flash blocks when they are no longer needed.

  • Hurrah for SSD fans! Ubuntu 14.04 will have TRIM turned on

Mobile

Wi-Fi and Security

Links: Latest Android Milestones

Posted in News Roundup at 11:02 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Android and Steam, CyanogenMod Gallery, BlackBerry potential, developer interest, and growing interest from Intel

Links: 2014 Already a Good Year for Android on the Desktop

Posted in News Roundup at 10:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Recent news of interest, showing how Android is gaining on desktops, not just phones and tablets

  • Will New Android/Windows PCs Find Success?

    In late December, rumors were going around to the effect that PCs running both Android and Windows would debut at the Consumer Electronics Show, as I covered in a post. Actually, OStatic covered the basic concept of Android being married with other platforms at the very beginning of last year, in a post called “Should Microsoft Embrace Both Android and Firefox OS?”

  • DA223 HQL: Acer’s all-in-one Android PC has a Snapdragon 600 inside

    The DA223 HQL is the newest Android all-in-one computer announced at the just-concluded 2014 edition of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Transformer Book Duet offers Windows and Android in dual-boot mode

    The Transformer Book Duet TD 300 is one of the major product announcements from ASUS at the ongoing International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • 7 Reasons Desktop Android Will Grow

    Perhaps more significantly, three touch-enabled, Android-only AiOs debuted at CES 2014 this past week from major vendors:

    Acer TA272 HUL — Thanks to its Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, this $1,100, 27-inch AiO is one of the highest resolution Android devices around, with 2560 x 1440 pixels (WQHD). It runs only Android 4.2, but Windows 8 users can plug in to use it as a touchscreen monitor.

    HP Slate21 Pro — The $335 Slate21 Pro AiO runs Android 4.3 on a Tegra 4, and features a 21.5-inch HD IPS touchscreen. It’s aimed at the enterprise, with features like Kingsoft Office Suite, Citrix Receiver, and its Security Enhancements for Android.

    Lenovo N308– Yet another Tegra 4 based AiO, the N308 is designed for both enterprise and consumer users. The 19.5-inch Android 4.2.2 computer offers an HD+ touchscreen and a 500GB hard drive. You can detach the screen and use it for three hours as a huge Android tablet.

Links: Rise of GNU/Linux in the News

Posted in GNU/Linux, News Roundup at 10:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Recent news headlines (with excepts) that show the growth of GNU/Linux in the market

  • Who’s afraid of Linux, anyway?

    Whether it is a tech-savvy hero saving us from terrorist attacks by hacking into computer networks; or a skinny, bespectacled software programmer punching the night away on the keyboard, coding up the next big social network… well, chance are you will be shown arcane lines of code scrolling on the computer screen. Lot of cryptic commands, symbols and jargon that makes no sense to anyone but the protagonist. Luckily, for us mere mortals, such melodrama usually ends with big flashing text that say stuff like “Access Granted” or “Nuclear Launch Aborted” or “Virus Contained” or “Kejriwal for PM”.

  • Bitcoin is the Linux of payments. And its killer apps will be for US dollars

    I was scanning the news the other day, and someone on Hacker News mentioned that half the items above the fold on StreetEYE were about Bitcoin. And I said to myself, I haven’t seen the neckbeards this excited since the early days of Linux.

  • Five best Linux applications for enterprises

    Linux has been a part of the enterprise back end for a long time and is becoming more prevalent in the office-side of businesses, from small businesses to major enterprises. So, what are the best Linux applications for IT managers and business owners to use in the enterprise? These five apps will expand the business’s IT infrastructure and functionality while reducing the overall cost of maintaining an efficient, reliable business.

  • Linux powers AR-15 rifle targeting system
  • Discussing a Linux powered AR-15 and how Ars doesn’t serve “normals”
  • Linux Top 3: Quirky, Steam and Arch Update for 2014
  • PC retail rut

    LINUX has bloomed over the last few years into a modern, stable, secure and user-friendly operating system that can go head-to-head with any of its commercial counterparts, but you wouldn’t know it from a visit to a typical PC retailer in the Philippines.

  • Summary of 2013 and New Year’s list

    Another interesting fact is that now I can buy laptops with Linux preinstalled here. Well, they only do Ubuntu, but it’s refreshing… The world is changing.

  • To Windows and Back Again.

    I did miss the terminal console and many other Linux features while in Windows 8.1. It was a quick trip to Windows land and back, but I am glad I am back.

  • 8 Hot IT Jobs For 2014

    4. Linux pros.

  • January 2014 Issue of Linux Journal: Security
  • eWEEK at 30: Linux Makes Open Source a Software Industry Force
  • Lumpis Linux: A Windows User’s Dream if I Ever Did See One

    I winked at Nick. We crawled out from behind the desk and he sat at the computer to turn it on. His dad stood right beside him, making sure “Lumpis” wasn’t anywhere in the vicinity. Taking a cue from Nick, I had grabbed a ZorinOS machine that was ready to go. With a bit of cosmetic magic and the renaming of a few shortcuts, anybody would be hard pressed to tell it was Linux…at first glance anyway.

  • Why Teach Linux?

    I received an email from a student working on a case study, looking for reasons why a University should put Linux on its desktop PCs.

01.14.14

Links 14/1/2014: Kernel News (Linux)

Posted in News Roundup at 11:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Kernel Space

Graphics Stack

Benchmarks

  • The Latest Benchmarks Of The Linux 3.13 Kernel

    For some quick benchmarks to start off another week of open-source and Linux benchmarking at Phoronix are new results comparing the Linux 3.13-rc7 kernel against the latest stable 3.11/3.12 kernels: 3.11.10 and 3.12.6, respectively. These benchmarks were done from the ASUS Zenbook Prime UX32 Intel ultrabook that’s been featured in several Phoronix articles in recent weeks.

  • Early Ubuntu 14.04 Intel XMir Benchmarks

01.13.14

Links 13/1/2014: Games

Posted in News Roundup at 2:02 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Links 13/1/2014: Applications

Posted in News Roundup at 1:58 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Links 13/1/2014: Instructionals

Posted in News Roundup at 1:54 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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