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Jolidrive: It’s not what you think

Jolidrive: It’s not what you think

I just received an email about Jolidrive, a new offering from Jolicloud, a technology outfit based in Paris, France. As you can tell from the name, Jolicloud has something to do with cloud computing. It started life as a provider of Joli OS, a kinda (Linux) distribution for the cloud. I signed up when it was launched just to see […]

EU Commission fines Microsoft $731 million, but does it really matter?

EU Commission fines Microsoft $731 million, but does it really matter?

The EU Competition Commission, which levied a fine on Microsoft, had indicated long before the announcement what was in store, so “EU fines Microsoft” was expected. What we did not know was how much the fine was going to be. The fine was for failing to offer users of Microsoft operating system a choice of Web browsers, after agreeing to […]

LG acquires webOS from HP

LG acquires webOS from HP

News flash: LG Acquires webOS from HP to enhance its line of Smart TVs. Now we can ad LG to the list of companies that have been associated with the webOS, one of the more promising, but, so far, disappointing cross-platform operating systems. When Meg Whitman was hired at HP and made webOS an open source project, I actually had […]

Slate 7 Android tablet from HP for $169

Slate 7 Android tablet from HP for $169

In less than two months, April (2013) to be exact, you will be able to buy a Slate 7 Android tablet from HP for $169 USD. Announced at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain, the Slate 7 Android tablet is HP’s first consumer-level tablet device since the failed webOS-powered Touchpad. But for that price, what will you […]

Ubuntu Touch – SDK alpha and preview images released

Ubuntu Touch – SDK alpha and preview images released

The Software Development Kit (SDK) and preview installation images for Ubuntu Touch have been released. Ubuntu Touch is the umbrella name for Ubuntu for Phone and Ubuntu for Tablets. Both platforms were released this year, with the latter coming just a few days ago. This is a developer preview release for the code-happy to mess with. But since Canonical does […]

Built-in PDF reader for Firefox released

Built-in PDF reader for Firefox released

Firefox PDF reader for Firefox Web browser might just be the add-on that put Adobe’s acrobat PDF reader out of business. When surfing a website, encountering a PDF file is one of those minor annoyances I wish I did not have to deal with. That’s because it interrupts the Web experience. With the release of a built-in PDF reader for […]

What about the PengPod tablet?

What about the PengPod tablet?

Everybody seems to be jumping into the tablet business. And why not? Together with smartphones, they are the hottest-selling devices on the planet. And those powered by Android hold top market share. A relatively new name in the tablet-space is PengPod, made by Peacock Imports, a Florida, US-based outfit. The PengPod tablet runs Linux on ARM/Allwinner SoC hardware. So instead […]

What the future holds for PC-BSD

PC-BSD is a multi-purpose distribution of FreeBSD. The last stable release is PC-BSD 9.1. Development and releases tend to be slow and infrequent, and it does not get as much press coverage as Linux distributions. I have been reviewing its major releases since this website was launched, though I’m yet to review the last stable edition. But that review is […]

No, that “Most Trusted Company for Privacy Award” does not compute

I think most people read about the “Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy Award” via a blog post from the Mozilla Foundation, publisher of the Firefox Web browser. The title of the blog post is “Mozilla Recognized as Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy.” It’s important to note that the keyword term here is “Internet Company,” because the study is […]

Quad-core Android SmartTV  on a stick

Quad-core Android SmartTV on a stick

A new USB stick-sized Android SmartTV from Sanko Co., Ltd of Japan features a quad-core 1.2 GHz Freescale i.mx6 processor. I think that’s more power than any other device of its type that I’ve come across. With it, you can turn any TV with the right connectivity into an Android device or TV. It supports Google Play, Japanese input (it’s […]

Lenovo’s table PC and its Aura UI are worth more than a second look

Lenovo’s table PC and its Aura UI are worth more than a second look

The smartphone and tablet computer fundamentally changed how the masses use computers (yep, the smartphone is a computer). They are the great success stories of the last few years. In 2013, Lenovo, the Chinese PC maker, stands a good chance of being at the fore-front of another great success story, if it can deliver. The company’s brand new computer, the […]

Cinnamon proposed to replace GNOME Shell as default DE on Fedora 19

It was lobbying by the GNOME devs that made GNOME 3 the default on Fedora, but now it seems that somebody has had enough. That somebody has proposed making the Cinnamon the default desktop environment on Fedora 19. I don’t blame him. I’ve always been of the opinion that as far a desktop computing goes, and how people interface or […]

No, availability is not security!

Security is a very important factor in my choice of distributions and software solutions, and I tend to hold a very strict view of what it means from a modern computing standpoint. In one sentence, my stance on security is this: A sound and complete security posture has to take both physical and network security into account. Anything less will […]

Thursday’s new releases and announcements

Thursday’s new releases and announcements

Here’s a summary of new items from Thursday, January 3 that did not have their own blog entry: 1. Pulp 2.0 released. Pulp, a Red Hat-sponsored project, is a “platform for managing repositories of content, such as software packages, and pushing that content out to large numbers of consumers.” The image below gives a visual summary of what you can […]

Krita Sketch released

Krita Sketch released

Krita Sketch, a version of Krita for touch interfaces, has been released. Krita is a cross-platform sketching and painting application for the K Desktop Environment (KDE). It is a component of Calligra, KDE’s native Office and productivity suite. Krita has support for concept art, comics, and textures for rendering. Krita Sketch was developed by team KDE and KO GmbH in […]

Crowdfunding Piwik 2.0

Crowdfunding Piwik 2.0

Piwik is a Free Software Web analytics application. If you run a website, it is what you use when you do not want to use Google Analytics or any other third party solution. With Piwik, you download and install it on your own server, which means that you have complete control of the application. The stable edition is at version […]

You can now buy a custom APC case

You can now buy a custom APC case

Remember the Android PC (APC) mini mother board from VIA Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of integrated circuits based in Taiwan? At the time it was released, it’s form-factor, known as Neo-ITX, did not fit any available computer case. Now, that has changed. A custom case has been released for Neo-ITX motherboards that fits the APC just right. The AM-01, from […]

Samba 4.0 has been released

The Samba development team has just announced the release of Samba 4.0. Samba is a Free Software implementation of SMB/CIFS protocols, which makes it possible for any system running Samba to function as a file, print and authentication server suite for Microsoft Windows and UNIX-like clients. Samba 4.0 ships with an LDAP directory server, Heimdal Kerberos authentication server, a secure […]

Limerick migrates to Zentyal’s open source email solution

The city of Limerick, located in mid-west Ireland and, which at a population of about 110,000, is that country’s third largest city, has chosen Zentyal to migrate to an open source email solution. Zentyal is an open source solutions provider based in Zaragoza, Spain. Zentyal is the company’s main software offering, a server platform based on Ubuntu. The migration of […]

GraphBuilder is open sourced

GraphBuilder is open sourced

GraphBuilder is an application that makes it easy to discover (hidden) structures in Big Data. It is an Intel-sponsored project released under the Apache 2 license. The official description says that it is “a Java library for constructing graphs out of large datasets for data analytics and structured machine learning applications that exploit relationships in data.” From the release announcement: […]