It’s no secret that brand image is a crucial consideration in most any consumer product’s success, and Linux is surely no exception. That’s been a hot topic of conversation before, but recently it’s popped up again with a fresh new twist. "The Linux Inside Stigma" was the title of the post that started the ball rolling this time, and rolled it has.
It’s a good thing the tequila flows so freely here in the Linux blogosphere, or public health officials would have a lot more problems on their hands. After all, between Secure Boot, Canonical’s wild moves and the Menace of Mordor — er, Redmond — Linux fans have more than their fair share of things to worry about in any given day, week or month.
There may never be any shortage of topics to debate and discuss here in the Linux blogosphere, but it’s not often that we see not just one but two major developments happening in the same area on the same day. That, however, is just what happened last week in the world of browsers. The day started off just like any other ordinary Wednesday; then news about Servo and Blink arrived, and it quickly became clear fate had more in store.
Political and economic news from around the globe may bombard us with annoying regularity here in the tech community, and as most of us know, the news is almost always bad. That, of course, is why it’s such a good thing we have Facebook to filter out what we don’t want to hear. It’s also why we all waited in rapt attention for the Facebook Home announcement.
The weekend before Easter, a number of hackers congregated in the beautiful city of Dresden, Germany for the first Impress Sprint. Hosted by Dresden Technical University’s Institute for Applied Photophysics, and run by TDF volunteers, the event was rooted in the desire to improve Impress for power users, and getting a number of those tiny, […]
It seems fair to say that every tech community out there has its own hot-button issues that are pretty much guaranteed to get conversations flowing and blood pressures rising. The Linux community, of course, is no exception, and it’s difficult to imagine a better illustration than a debate that came up recently. "The Linux Desktop Mess" is the title of the post that got the discussion going.
Kona, an innovative social networking platform for businesses and organizations, was launched in late 2012. It grew out of a vision developer Scott DeFusco had for a way to solve communications issues shared in peoples’ business and social lives. DeFusco and Kona cofounder Jeff Eckerle developed the new approach to online collaboration as an internal start-up within Deltek, an enterprise resource planning vendor
It’s not exactly any secret that Microsoft has had its fair share of legal troubles over the years, many of them arising from its pesky little habit of finding ways to shut the door on competitors. So when Secure Boot came along in Windows 8, many considered it just a matter of time before a formal complaint was made.
It seems scarcely a day can go by without someone declaring some technology or another "dead." Take the netbook, for example. People have been saying for years it’s dead; today, however, we have the Chromebook phenomenon. The command line is another popular target, of course, but few can compete with the Linux desktop itself, the death of which has been trumpeted so many times now that Linux Girl has lost count.
There’s been much ado about office suites over the past year or so, thanks in large part to the anticipation and then arrival of Microsoft’s baffling Office 2013. We’ve seen the ascendance of LibreOffice, we’ve seen Redmond’s wacky pricing plan, and we’ve even heard rumors — as yet unsubstantiated — of a launch that would blow more than a few minds. None of that could have prepared us for what came to light last week.
There’s no denying that those of us here in the Linux community see our fair share of ups and downs in any given week or month, as events unfold that either advance or set back our favorite operating system. Sometimes, though, it’s difficult not to be amazed by the way things often balance out “Even Steven” — much the way they did for Jerry Seinfeld way back when.
Once upon a time there was a modest young operating system named “Chrome OS.” It tried to live a quiet life helping others, but its ancient roots made some in the mainstream computing world wary. Not only was it one of the first examples of a new type of OS, focused as it was on the browser, but it was also descended from Linux, the very name of which was still widely misunderstood among the masses.
Given all the legends surrounding Apple’s widely mourned Steve Jobs, it’s not entirely surprising that comparisons should be made any time another tech leader begins to resemble him in any way. Case in point: Mark Shuttleworth. The billionaire Canonical founder has actually been compared to Jobs on numerous occasions before, but lately the discussion was renewed afresh by a recent post on Linux Advocates.
It seems that the FOSS community sees its ranks expand just about every day, as new fans of free and open source software join the fold. What’s much less common is to see former advocates of Linux and FOSS change their minds and depart. That’s pretty much what happened last week, when GNOME cofounder Miguel de Icaza announced that he had abandoned desktop Linux in favor of Apple’s Mac platform.
Here in the Linux blogosphere, most fans of FOSS are nothing if not outspoken with their many opinions. Those opinions tend to be unequivocal on matters large and small, so it’s always notable when a new technology comes along that leaves bloggers scratching their heads in uncertainty. That’s a rarity, needless to say, but just recently a shining example emerged: the Chromebook Pixel.
Well March has arrived here in the Linux blogosphere and with it, widespread hopes for the rebirth and renewal of spring. Linux Girl wishes she could say things have been calm and tranquil over the past few days, but of course they haven’t — this is the Linux community we’re talking about, after all. There have been many trials and tribulations for Linux fans recently.
Here in the Linux community, most of us enjoy high-level debates about strategies and trends just as much as the next technology enthusiast does. At the end of the day, however, it seems safe to say that what we tend to relish most of all is a good ol’ nuts-and-bolts discussion of the tools and tricks of the trade.
If you love skiing, mountain climbing or a well planned railroad then you can play on this map of the Swiss Alps made by NYC911. It is part of an interesting scenario in which you have to be very careful in laying your track.
Swiss Mountains Scenario – Forum topic
Six weeks have passed since Canonical’s splashy debut of Ubuntu for phones, but for many here in the Linux blogosphere, the memory is still crystal-clear. It came as some surprise, then, to see follow-up news announced so soon afterward. The news this time? None other than Ubuntu for tablets.
We have been able to extend our Simutrans South American maps collection by courtesy of gabyregistrado. He made a very nice map of the western part of the Rio de la Plata. It measures 1599×798 and has nice water and mountain features. Apparently the air is very good in this environment.
Rio de la Plata (western [...]