Finland's Millennium Technology Prize is one of the largest and most prestigious awards a person in the technology field can receive; past winners include Tim Berniers-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, and a handful of really smart folks who have whipped up innovations ranging from dye-sensitized solar cells to "biomaterials for controlled drug release and tissue regeneration." One of the newest members of the exclusive club is responsible for something many Maximum PC-types swear by: Linux.
After spending a longer than expected amount of time in the oven, the first batch of Raspberry Pi systems have been served to a U.K. distributor. The credit card sized PC is a tiny and cheap system that costs $25 (Model A) or $35 (Model B), runs Linux, and can be used for things like spreadsheets, word processing, high definition video, and even some light gaming.
Canonical, the company that sponsors Ubuntu Linux, announced back in February that it would no longer be funding Kubuntu -- a fork that uses the KDE desktop environment rather than Ubuntu's Unity interface -- after the release of Kubuntu 12.04. Things looked bleak for Kubuntu as the lone full time dev working on the distro began looking for a new job. Yesterday, the dark cloud lifted: Kubuntu found a new sponsor.
The $35 Raspberry Pi Linux computer continues to be dogged by delays. Earlier in March, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced a “minor” manufacturing hiccup, which involved the diminutive PC getting fitted with the wrong type of Ethernet jack by accident. Now the UK-based charitable organization responsible for the eponymous Pi is having compliance issues in the land of the stiff upper lip. Hit the jump for more.
Once abuzz with plenty of activity, the netbook segment wears a deserted look nowadays. PC vendors don’t seem to be interested in netbooks anymore and have turned their attention elsewhere. But Intel, despite its aggressive ultrabook push, still continues to view these diminutive devices as a “sustainable business.” Even though Cedar Trail hasn’t really set the world alight, the chipmaker doesn’t quite seem ready to give up on netbooks yet. Hit the jump for Intel’s future plans for netbooks.
After a small delay, Linus Torvalds announced the release of Linux 3.3 on the Linux kernel mailing list last night. Most of the update is fairly small fry, if nonetheless important -- Btrfs tweaks, Open vSwitch integration, a NVMe driver, changes Nvidia/AMD DRM/KMS drivers -- but the big news is a big homecoming for a big name. After Android's long, lonely wanderings as an unsupported fork, Linux 3.3 began integrating Android code into the core Linux kernel.
One of the trickier parts of operating as part of a collective "hacktivist" organization -- aside from having senior members rat you out to the FBI, of course -- is that anybody can slap the Anonymous tag on something he's doing. Case in point: Anonymous-OS. Yesterday, an Anon-branded Ubuntu-based OS popped up on SourceForge, complete with hacker-friendly tools like Slowloris and Wireshark preinstalled. According to the SourceForge page, Anonymous-OS has already been downloaded over 37,000 times, but you better look before you leap: the semi-official @AnonOps Twitter account says the OS isn't actually from Anonymous.
Baking a $35 Raspberry Pi sounds like an easy recipe, but when you mix up the ingredients, the result is a sour system that should't be served to the masses. That's what happened to the first batch of Raspberry Pi devices. The cooks responsible for putting together Raspberry Pi systems inadvertently baked in the wrong type of Ethernet jacks, a minor "manufacturing hiccup" that could delay the shipment of some units.
The Linux Foundation earlier this week welcomed four new members. It’s not the number of new members that’s important here, though. What’s more important is the fact that one these new Linux patrons is graphics chip maker Nvidia. Hit the jump for more.
Young enthusiasts who are looking for a future in IT might well decide to specialize on Microsoft, but before you do here is an interesting point to consider. Linux developers and system administrators will be the ones making the big money, at least if current trends continue. According to a recent survey conducted by the Linux Foundation, developers and system administrators saw pay increases of 5% last year, and bonuses averaging around 15%.