Will Windows 8 block Linux installs?

Windows 8′s Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) boot protocol could lead to eight-second boot times, but it could also be used to keep users from loading Linux on a Windows 8 PC, warns a Red Hat developer. Meanwhile, Casio signed a Linux-related patent agreement with Microsoft. Microsoft cheered Windows users earlier this month when it [...]

Ubuntu Linux and Wayland Display Server: Status Update

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth announced Wayland graphical server for Ubuntu, the Linux distribution, in fall 2010. Wayland for Ubuntu news made headlines. But almost a year later, Wayland for Ubuntu remains in development and the venerable X server won’t be going anywhere soon — which is not surprising, since replacing a display system that has [...]

50 Open Source Tools for the Mobile Workforce

As smartphones and tablets become increasingly popular with consumers, they’re also becoming a common work tool for employees. A recent study by Dimensional Research found that 87 percent of enterprises allow employees to use personal devices for work. In addition, 80 percent of those companies allow employees to use personal smartphones for work. In response […]

Google Promises One Android for All Screen Sizes–As it Should Be

There have been many reports that Google wants to “supercharge” its Android efforts through its purchase of Motorola Mobility, which puts Google squarely in the handset and hardware mobile business. That has caused some concern among some of the hardware manufacturers who rely on getting the latest and greatest version of Android to deliver on […]

Debian Project News – September 19th, 2011

Welcome to this year’s thirteenth issue of DPN, the newsletter for the Debian community. Topics covered in this issue include: * Debian’s 18th birthday * Bits from the DPL * Debian Bug Squashing Party at MIT * Squeeze backports for Xorg * Debian feeds on Identi.ca and Twitter * Debian in Myanmar * Further interviews […]

Report: Bada to be open sourced

Samsung is planning to open source its own mobile operating system, Bada, for other hardware manufacturers to use next year, according to a report. Citing “a person familiar with the situation”, the Wall Street Journal says that Samsung also has no plans to buy a software company. It had been suggested that Samsung would buy […]

20 years of Microsoft at the tender-free European Commission

According to a report in Computer Weekly based on documents seen by the magazine, the European Commission has purchased large volumes of Microsoft software on six occasions since 1993 without a single public tendering process, thereby excluding potential competitors. The most recent agreement with Microsoft, covering software licences for over 36,000 PCs and supporting infrastructure [...]

HP lays off 500 at WebOS division — PC group next?

HP will lay off 500 WebOS workers this week as part of its discontinuation of its Touchpad tablet and Pre smartphones, suggesting that any potential sale of WebOS will not include a large staffing contingent. Meanwhile, the CyanogenMod modding project has made headway on its port of Android 2.3 to the TouchPad, adding 3D gaming […]

Google and Moto: The Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios

Google’s recent plan to buy Motorola Mobility has the potential for reshaping the entire Android landscape. If it wins regulatory approval for the purchase, Google may only have a short time span to connect its marketing strategy. When and if this happens, it could further fracture the open source Android operating system. Depending on how […]

How to Use Aliases to Customize Ubuntu Commands

Using the command line seems rugged and unpleasant, but Linux has a way to ease things up and help you get things done with the command line by allowing you to use aliases to customize how you type commands. Setting up Aliases Aliases are a way for you to customize the commands by giving them [...]

LliureX 11.09

LliureX, a project of the Council of Culture, Education and Sport at the Municipality of Valencia in Spain, is an Ubuntu-based distribution with support for Valencian (a dialect of Catalan) and Spanish. A new release, version 11.09, was announced earlier today. One of the major new features of this release is the possibility to upgrade [...]

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 423

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: Taking a long look at Salix OS 13.37 News: KDE 3 for openSUSE 12.1, keeping FreeBSD up-to-date, overviews of Linux Mint and Arch Linux, changes in Fuduntu and DEFT Linux Questions and answers: Tweaking X.Org drivers for better Intel graphics support Released…. Read more at DistroWatch

Happy Birthday Mageia!

Yesterday, September 18, was Mageia’s first birthday. It was one year ago that a fork of Mandrake Linux was announced. From the start Mageia decided to take a new tack in distribution development. They synthesized the community and professional models of development in way no other had quite done before and it’s paying off. Mageia […]

Linux Mint 11 Saves the Day

A friend of mine brought me his computer for fixing, a Compaq Presario with XP Home. It was in a reboot loop. I told him about Linux, and all its advantages, and he agreed to try it. I grabbed my PCLinuxOS CD and installed it in a matter minutes. Everything was working, but something about [...]

Top-Quality Open Source Game 0 A.D. Close to Completion

The open source channel is known for a lot of things, but breathtaking games isn’t one of them. That may change soon, though, thanks to the people behind the open source game 0 A.D., which in its latest iteration brings gorgeous and elegant gaming to the free software world — and it’s still in alpha. [...]

CAINE 2.5 – SUPERNOVA is out!

CAINE (Computer Aided INvestigative Environment) is an Italian GNU/Linux live distribution created as a project of Digital Forensics Currently the project manager is Nanni Bassetti. CAINE offers a complete forensic environment that is organized to integrate existing software tools as software modules and to provide a friendly graphical interface. The main design objectives that CAINE [...]

Does Windows 8 Pose a Threat to Linux?

Well it was a difficult week for those of us here in the Linux blogosphere last week, what with all the din emanating from the Windows territories to the south. Drums, cymbals and fanfare of every sort effectively drowned out every conversation we tried to have here in these parts, as did all the frantic [...]

The Most Comprehensive AMD Radeon Linux Graphics Comparison

Last month I alluded to a 40-way graphics card comparison being worked on at Phoronix. This comparison is to extensively compare the performance of the open and closed-source drivers for each graphics card and to comprehensively comment on other areas of the Linux graphics driver support. Not only is the OpenGL performance being evaluated, but […]

9 Cool SSH Tricks You May Not Know

Sorry for the lame title. I was thinking the other day, about how awesome SSH is, and how it’s probably…

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 233

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 233 for the week September 12 – 18, 2011. == Links to UWN == * Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue233 == In This Issue == * Community Council: Nominations * Announcing Ubuntu User Days: September 24th * Ubuntu Stats * LoCo News * Victor Tuson Palau: Ubuntu Certification – What [...]