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Category: news & announcements

Can we all agree with Linux Deepin’s way of innovation?

The customer, as they say, is always right. So if you are selling something, your top priority is to make it so that people will want to use it. That will give them a reason to buy it. The same principle, in my view, applies, or should apply, to Linux on the desktop. End-users first. Give users a distribution that […]

OPPO N1: CyanogenMod, Color ROM smartphone

OPPO N1: CyanogenMod, Color ROM smartphone

OPPO N1, CyanogenMod’s smartphone, is the first original device specifically designed for the Android-based mobile OS. And it comes less than two weeks after the announcement of the formation of Cyanogen, Inc. as a commercial entity responsible for CyanogenMod. Note: While this is being advertised as a CyanogenMod smartphone, the official specs lists the operating system as OPPO’s Color ROM, […]

SteamOS announced

SteamOS, from Valve Corporation, the company behind Steam, the popular gaming platform, is the latest Linux distribution to be announced. Yep, that’s one more addition to an endless list of distributions that you can download and use. But SteamOS will be different. At least according to the official announcement. Different because it is intended for use, not on desktop or […]

CyanogenMod, the rest of the story

CyanogenMod, a purely community replacement for Google’s Android OS, until about a week ago, when it became the mobile OS of Cyanogen, Inc, a company formed by the founder of CyanogenMod and other lead contributors, has an interesting tale to it. To outsiders like me, the announcement of the formation of Cyanogen, Inc. was a bit of a surprise. And […]

Nuvola Player needs a new maintainer

Nuvola Player is a graphical interface for tuning in to all your Cloud-based music services. I first wrote about it a month ago (see Nuvola Player: Enjoy all your Cloud music services from one interface). But now comes an announcement from the lone developer that “development has been discontinued.” Why? Because: I went from being “single” to “in a relationship” […]

NVIDIA Tegra Note

NVIDIA Tegra Note

NVIDIA Tegra Note is the latest offering in the tablet computing arena from NVIDIA. It is an Android OS-powered tablet platform that will be available either by the end of this year or early next year, not directly from NVIDIA, but from its regional partners. At a suggested retail price of US$199, it will be a little bit more expensive […]

Hand of Thief trojan and your favorite Linux distribution

The Hand of Thief (HoT) trojan is a commercial form-grabber and backdoor banking trojan released in July (2013) and aimed at Linux distributions. Coding and selling of these type of malware is a big and booming business, supported by the bad guys (the coders) and those worse than they are (individuals, companies and government agencies that patronize them). There are […]

LG’s 8-inch G Pad 8.3 Android tablet

LG’s 8-inch G Pad 8.3 Android tablet

With the announcement of the G Pad 8.3 Android-powered tablet computer, LG just launched its own version of an 8-inch tablet computers. It probably is intended for those who think that a 7-inch is too small and the 10-inch too unwieldy for on-the-go use. A nice middle ground, if you ask me. But the LG G Pad 8.3 is not […]

This is not just about your personal privacy

This is not just about your personal privacy

Aside from revealing the names of specific programs that the government has been using to violate the privacy of all and sundry, to most people who have been keeping track of what’s going on over the past twenty years or more, nothing Edward Snowden has so far revealed is news. I know that a significant percentage of the population don’t […]

How to install S3QL from source on Fedora 19

S3QL is an online file system for UNIX-like operating systems that provide features like compression, encryption, data de-duplication, immutable trees and snapshotting. It can be used to create a local or remote (online) file system and so can be used to backup your data to a supported Cloud storage platform. Google Storage, Amazon S3 and OpenStack are supported online Cloud […]

Ubuntu Edge: Is there life after an unsuccessful crowd-funding campaign?

Ubuntu Edge: Is there life after an unsuccessful crowd-funding campaign?

At exactly 1:59 a.m. (CST) this early Thursday morning, Canonical’s attempt to raise US$32 million directly from end-users via a crowd-funding campaign for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone on Indiegogo came to an unsuccessful end. The money was to have been used to build what has been dubbed a “superphone” that would have been able to run both Android and Ubuntu […]

Plasma Media Center 1.1 and digiKam 3.3

Plasma Media Center 1.1 and digiKam 3.3

Plasma Media Center 1.1 was released today August 20, while digiKam 3.3 was released on August 6. Plasma Media Center is a promising media center application for the K Desktop environment, while digiKam is a popular KDE photo management application, with some editing capabilities. In terms of features, Plasma Media Center (PMC) is not yet at the level of XBMC, […]

Sagemath in the Cloud and Sagemath 5.11

Sagemath in the Cloud and Sagemath 5.11

Sagemath, or just Sage, a Free Software computational mathematics software, has a hosted service that’s in beta testing phase. Sage is a Free Software alternative to Matlab, Magma, Maple, and Mathematica. It is cross-platform and free to download. The Cloud-hosted service aims to provide users a stable platform for doing computational mathematics tasks they would normally be doing on a […]

Ubuntu Edge sets crowdfund record, but could still fail

Ubuntu Edge sets crowdfund record, but could still fail

Ubuntu Edge, the next-generation smartphone that Canonical wants to build by tapping funds directly from end-users, has set the record for the most money raised in a crowdfunded campaign. At more than US$10 million, it passed the previous record (US$10,266,844) set by the Pebble smartwatch. However with just six days to go, the campaign looks likely to also set a […]

Google to Gmail users: Forget about privacy. It’s so dead!

Google to Gmail users: Forget about privacy. It’s so dead!

Here’s a report from The Guardian. Yep, it’s that same UK online news site that’s been making headlines for more than a month. The report cites a court filing by Google in which the Internet giant revealed that Gmail users should have no expectation of privacy. None. The thing does not exist. In the court filing, Google makes the claim […]

Microsoft’s Surface RT is an “Unmitigated Disaster.” What’s wrong with that?

Microsoft’s Surface RT is an “Unmitigated Disaster.” What’s wrong with that?

After Microsoft successfully used Restricted Boot to make dual-booting Linux distributions and Windows 8 on newer desktop and notebook computers a painful adventure. And after the company successfully locked out Linux distributions from ARM tablets running Windows RT, any bad news streaming from Steve Ballmer’s office is sweet music to my ears. So the company lost close to US$1 billion […]

The Android-powered MeMO Pad™ HD 7 is just $149

The Android-powered MeMO Pad™ HD 7 is just $149

There are some 7-inch Android tablets that can be had for less than US$100, some for just US$70. And virtually all the ones I’ve seen in stores are crappy, from no-name manufacturers. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. But prices of these smaller tablets from industry leaders have been creeping lower. HP’s Slate 7 is just […]

I quit using Linux because…

I quit using Linux because…

Here’s a very simple question. What can you infer from the image shown below? Once in a while, a prominent or not so prominent member of the Linux community makes a switch – for one reason or the other – to another operating system, usually to Mac OS X. The latest is Denis Koryavov, the former GUI Development lead for […]

Openfiler is moving to CentOS

Openfiler is moving to CentOS

Openfiler, a Linux distribution designed for building Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems, is being ported to CentOS, a distribution which itself is derived from Red Hat Linux. That means when the port is completed, Openfiler will be using the yum package management system. The current version of Openfiler uses the Conary package management system, a system developed by rPath, Inc., […]

Memo to HP: A backdoor is not a vulnerability

Technion, a blogger who maintains lolware.net, recently disclosed a backdoor in StoreOnce 4210 product, an HP storage hardware for enterprise users. He revealed the username and password of the backdoor here. How did HP respond? By issuing a security bulletin that misleads by passing the backdoor off as a bug – a vulnerability. The complete content of the security bulletin […]