The newest version of Ubuntu promises dramatic graphical performance enhancements.
Canonical's pretty good about keeping its Ubuntu Linux distro up to date with frequent releases, the latest of which is Ubuntu 13.04, otherwise known as Raring Ringtail. Now available to download to desktops and servers, version 13.04 is being billed as the "fastest and most visually polished" build to date. Canonical said it particularly focused its attention on fine tuning performance on lightweight systems as it gets ready to launch Ubuntu to a range of mobile devices.
Open source group takes issue with Microsoft's controversial UEFI Secure Boot mechanism.
A Spanish open software group has filed a complaint against Microsoft with the European Union claiming that it's unnecessarily difficult to install Linux on Windows 8 hardware. Hispalinux, which is made up of 8,000 Linux users and developers living in Spain, issued a 14-page complaint regarding Microsoft's UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) Secure Boot technology, which the group calls an "obstruction mechanism."
Attention, would-be cord cutters: If you’re going to tell the cable man to shove it, you’re going to want a full-featured media center app to make browsing your digital movies, music, and pictures as pretty and painless as possible. Two of the top no-cost contenders are the open-source XBMC and Plex, a partly proprietary fork of XBMC that focuses on streaming media to multiple devices. Which is the blockbuster and which is the dud? Let’s find out.
Note: This article first appeared in the December issue of the magazine.
By itself, Android 2.3.x (Gingerbread) is still the most popular version of Google's open source OS.
Google first announced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean around 8 months ago, and after all this time, the latest version (Android 4.1 and 4.2) has slow rolled itself onto 16.5 percent of all Android devices. Gingerbread (Android 2.3.x) is still the most prevalent version of Android, accounting for 44.1 percent of all Android gadgets, which is based on those that have accessed Google Play within the past 14 days, Google reports.
A Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop with a Full HD 1080p display starts at $1,550.
Dell this week announced that its XPS Developer Edition laptop is now equipped with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution display, upgraded from 1366x768. The upgraded panel is shipping to customers in the United States and now runs $1,550. Starting next week, Dell will begin offering the upgrade model to select countries in Europe, like the U.K., France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
The majority of hiring managers surveyed indicated plans to hire a Linux professional in the next six months.
Looking for a job in the IT industry? Give yourself an edge by learning Linux. The 2013 Linux Jobs Report, which was conducted by Dice Labs and forecasts the Linux job market based on a survey of hiring managers and Linux professionals, shows that Linux talent is in high demand. It's being met by aggressive recruitment strategies. This, in turn, has led to salary growth for Linux talent at nearly double the industry norms.
To celebrate the release of Steam for Linux, over 50 titles are now 50-75 percent off.
After lots of talk and months of beta testing, a Steam client for Linux is now available, Valve announced today. Could this be the beginning of a new era in gaming? It's far too early to know for sure, though Valve's Gabe Newell has let it be known in no uncertain terms that he's not happy with the direction Microsoft has taken its Windows platform, which ultimately led to Valve fast-tracking its Steam client for Linux.
The next version of Ubuntu will support touch input.
Direct your browser to Ubuntu's homepage and you'll be greeted to a countdown timer that's set to expire on January 2, 2013 (tomorrow). It reads, "So close, you can almost touch it," a fairly obvious indication that Canonical plans on announcing a touch-friendly version of Ubuntu, just like Windows 8. Well, not just like Windows 8, though Ubuntu is headed towards a universal user interface (UI) that will look and function the same across multiple devices.
Linux is no longer the red-headed stepchild of PC gaming.
In the land of Linux, gamers are sometimes an afterthought, but not all the time. Things are steadily improving, and that hasn't gone unnoticed by developers and hardware manufacturers. One such company taking notice is Roccat, a games peripheral maker based out of Germany. Following the recent launch of Roccat's Isku FX Multicolor Gaming Keyboard, the company sent us a note today essentially reaffirming its commitment to supporting Linux.
Give Dell credit for wading into open source waters with "Project Sputnik," a pilot program to build a developer solution based on Ubuntu 12.04LTS. After six months of exploration and feedback from testers, Project Sputnik has now landed and is renamed Dell XPS 13 Laptop, Developer Edition. It's a thin and light 13.3-inch Ultrabook powered by Intel's Core i7 3517U processor and driven by Ubuntu, though you could potentially end up paying more versus a similarly spec'd Windows 7 model (with slower processor) or Windows 8 model (with half the storage space). Let's look at the hardware.