Without much fanfare or ballyhooing, HP will begin shipping Linux on some of its new business laptops. Well, sort of. These aren't full fledged desktop distros, but instant-on Splashtop Linux that optionally loads before the main OS.
HP has long supported Linux on its servers, but this is the first time we're aware of that the OEM has gone open-source on one of its notebooks (excluding netbooks), even if it is a pre-boot environment. It will be made available on HP's upcoming ProBook 5310m laptop, which will also come with Windows 7 Starter Edition.
The ProBook and other Splashtop-based notebooks will support the full-featured Evolution email client and give users quick and easy access to Gmail or any other Web-based email service.
Remember when T-Mobile's G1 was being billed as a potential iPhone killer? Powered by Google's Android platform, the open-source mobile OS was supposed to usher in the end of the iPhone OS era, and who knows, maybe someday it still will. But it won't be on the G1 (otherwise known as the HTC Dream), the chunky alternative that misses the mark of mobile greatness. But while the G1 might leave a lot to be desired out of the box, power users who aren't afraid to take matters into their own hands have the ability to significantly enhance the handset's capabilities.
On the following pages, we're going to show you how to hack your G1 the easy way so you can do things with your phone that other G1 owners only wish they could, like install apps to an SD card. And for you old school traditionalists who like to get your hands dirty, we'll also show how you to root your G1 the old fashioned way and wade through all the necessary code step-by-painstaking-step. After it's all said and done, we'll cover some of the most popular third-party ROMs and tell you which one we're rolling with.
Are you ready to hack? Grab your G1 and hit the jump to get started!
Microsoft has been exuding confidence ever since Windows 7 made the tech scene a while back. Now they’re reaffirming their lack of concern over competition in the OS market. Microsoft’s Charles Songhurst said that netbooks will not hurt Windows 7. He also brushed aside questions about Intel’s Moblin Linux distro, and Google’s (still vaporware) Chrome OS. Songhurst indicated that being free isn’t enough to beat Windows.
Windows 7’s improved performance on netbooks, combined with users’ familiarity with the Windows interface may help Microsoft protect its market share. The Redmond giant also feels confident about business users staying clear of Macs. "If they are not compelling to the CIO, they are not going to make inroads in the enterprise," said Songhurst.
Microsoft’s insecurity has forced it to mount an anti-Linux indoctrination campaign. It is now trying to becharm Best Buy employees with the carrot of dirt cheap Windows 7 copies for those that answer some simple question, which are part of its highly biased “Comparing Windows 7 to Linux-based PCs” training module.
According to an anonymous forum poster, who posted screenshots of the training module on Overclock.net, Best Buy employees are being offered a Windows 7 retail copy for only $10, if they can suppress their conscience to subserviently toe Microsoft’s line. The training material mocks Linux’s supposed incompatibly with popular games, gadgets and software. Windows 7 for just $10 is quite a steal, though the most fervid of Linux supporters might find their end of the bargain to be worth more than a Windows 7 copy, howsoever cheap.
Earlier this year, Microsoft dragged navigation systems manufacturer TomTom to court over the implementation of “file management techniques used in the Linux kernel.” Though it just took one month for the two parties to settle their dispute amicably, the patent infringement suit was a premonition of Microsoft’s upcoming legal onslaught against the open-source community for some, due to the fact that its claims were related to the use of the Linux Kernel.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, OIN believes this is necessary to keep avaricious patent trolls at bay. OIN claims to be very close to striking a deal with AST, an organization constituted to protect its members from patent infringement claims. AST counts Google, Hewlett-Packard, Verizon Communications, and Cisco Systems among its members.
OIN licenses its patents for free, but only to those companies that vow to refrain from enforcing any of their patents against Linux developers as a return favor.
Nokia on Thursday officially unveiled its N900 smartphone. Built around the open-source, Linux-based Maemo software, Nokia says you can expect "a PC-like experience on a handset-sized device."
Under the hood, the N900 sports an ARM Coretex-A8 CPU, up to 1GB of application memory, and OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration. According to Nokia, this combination gives the end-user PC-like multitasking, allowing many applications to run simultaneously.
Other features include a high-res WVGA touchscreen, full Adobe Flash 9.4 support, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 32GB of storage expandable up to 48GB via a microSD card, and a built-in 5MB camera with Carl Zeiss optics.
Nokia says the N900 will launch in October for select markets at a price of 500 EUR, or about $718 USD.
In less than two months, Microsoft will finally release Windows 7 to an eager user base, some of which have already put Vista in the rear view mirror. Microsoft's slickest OS to date, Win 7 purports to do everything from improve file transfer performance to solving the world's problems and finally bringing peace around the globe.
On the other side of the tracks, Justin Long and the rest of the Apple allegiant will get a head start on the next-gen OS wars with Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard." And while we can knock Apple for its overpriced hardware and sissy aesthetics, OS X Leopard users will be able to upgrade for just $29, or less than a week's worth of lattes.
But we're not here to diss on Apple (at least not unnecessarily), nor do we intend to crank Microsoft's hype machine (seriously though, Windows 7 officially kicks ass). What we will do is take you all the way back to Windows 3.1 and examine how the OS wars have evolved in the modern era (you can find our pre-Windows 3.1 retrospective here). And for you open- source fans, fear not, you'll get your fill of Linux as well.
So sit back, grab a cold one (beer if you're a PC user, mocha cappuccino if you're a Mac user, and Bawls if you're rocking Linux), and hit the jump to get started!
Good news for open-source developers. Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu, have launched a new project called "Quickly" that purports to make the process of developing and deploying Linux much easier, Arstechnica reports. It does this by providing a framework for generating code projects, storing any changes in version control, building packages, and releasing finished software.
The project is built around a template system to help users build applications with Python and Glade. Not surprisingly, the default template -- called ubuntu-project -- is geared towards building applications for Ubuntu, but the Quickly container can support other tools and development technologies. It was designed that other templates are easy to write.
Want to try making a Quickly project yourself? Check out this tutorial.
As open-source proponents will tell you, there are several advantages to running Linux, and the open-source camp is about to have another bragging point, at least if you're a Chrome user. Google Chrome will soon be available in 64-bit form, but only for Linux..
"The V8 team did some amazing work this quarter building a working 64-bit port. After a handful of changes on the Chromium side, I've had Chromium Linux building on 64-bit for the last few weeks," said Chrome engineer Dean McNamee.
While Vista 64-bit users might be miffed at being left out in the cold (at least for now), the move make senses, given that 64-bit adoption is still stronger on the Linux side than it is with Windows. But given the smoother experience of moving to 64-bit on Vista compared to XP, and Windows 7 shaping up the same way, we imagine a Windows version of 64-bit Chrome can't be far behind.
One of the benefits of 64-bit software is the ability to better utilize large amounts of RAM. 64-bit software can also take up more disk space, but with 1TB drives fast becoming the norm and not the exception, even mainstream users aren't likely to scoff at the trade-off for additional performance.
Although the various Linux distributions have a wide variety of software available, you may have a few Windows programs that you may not be willing or able to part with. Although many people dual-boot or use virtual machines to get around this problem, there is yet another potential option that many people new to Linux may not have considered--- Wine. Wine stands out from the other options because it does not require a separate Windows license.
Wine is a program that allows you to run Microsoft Windows programs on Linux. Although it is emulator-like in appearance and by observation, Wine is not an emulator; in fact, the very name of Wine is an acronym for Wine is not an Emulator. A true emulator can emulate CPU architecture in addition to the actual software it is running. For instance, a program that could execute Intel x86-based Windows software on SPARC-based systems running the Solaris operating system would be a true emulator. However, Wine is actually a compatibility layer since both Windows and Wine run natively on x86 and no hardware emulation is required.
Read on to find out how to acquire and configure Wine to play Half-Life 2!