You Can Now Run Ubuntu from a Mouse

The modern PCs have become ridiculously small and more powerful with each passing year. Up until now no one thought that it could be possible to fit everything into a mouse, but that’s now becoming a reality and it’s powerful enough that it can run even an OS like Ubuntu.

All kinds of mini-PCs have been surfacing in the past few years. Raspberry Pi is one of them and we’ve talked about the latest Intel Computer Stick. There are a ton of other devices out there and they all share the same kind… (read more)

Linus Torvalds Keeps Code in the Kernel for Just One User

The Linux kernel is a very advanced piece of software that is able not only to cater to all the current hardware needs but also to run on hardware that was decommissioned and is no longer produced for more than twenty years.

Linus Torvalds is always happy when developers propose the removal of code from the kernel, especially buggy or unused one, but he has a very strict policy. As long as there is at least one user that benefits from ancient support for some particular technology, it won’t r… (read more)

Robolinux 7.8.1 GNOME Wants to Run Windows Apps in Emulated Environment

Robolinux is an easy-to-use Linux distribution based on Debian that features various flavors. A GNOME desktop has been added and the devs have put forth a number of new applications. It’s still the same OS that wants to replace Windows by emulating its conditions, so nothing much has changed there.

They say that if you can’t beat them, then join them. In the case of Robolinux, things are a little bit different. The developers provide a way of running Windows applications in a Linux environmen… (read more)

Ubuntu to Become a Force for the “Internet of Things”

Canonical announced the launch of Snappy Ubuntu Core, which is described as a transactionally updated Ubuntu for clouds and devices. Most importantly, it also fits perfectly into the “Internet of things” idea and it’s growing as we speak.

You might have heard before about the “Internet of things” and you’ve probably wondered what that is. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. The idea is that we’re living in a world that’s becoming more and more interconnected. All kinds of things are now act… (read more)

Manjaro KDE 0.9.0 Pre1 Provides a Gorgeous and Unique KDE Experience – Gallery

Manjaro KDE is a Linux distribution that uses snapshots of the Arch Linux repositories and a custom version of KDE. The developers have just pushed version 0.9.0 Pre1 (Bellatrix 0.9.0) out the door and they made quite a few improvements.

We praised the 0.8.11 branch of Manjaro KDE for making KDE exist again. There are few developers out there that go through the trouble of presenting something new to users, even if it’s just their personal vision of the desktop. Far too many distros just ship… (read more)

GCC 5 Will End Up Coming To Fedora 22

Earlier this month it didn’t look like GCC 5 would be added to Fedora 22 unless the release was delayed and at least week’s FESCO meeting, the committee decided not to delay Fedora 22. After this week’s FESCo meeting, GCC 5 will now be added as the Fedora 22 compiler while still aiming for a mid-May release…

Ubuntu Aims to Make the IoT Snappy

Canonical on Tuesday unveiled Snappy Ubuntu Core, a new rendition of Ubuntu targeting the Internet of Things. Snappy Ubuntu Core offers a minimal server image with the same libraries as “traditional” Ubuntu, if we can call it that, but Snappy apps and Ubuntu Core can be upgraded automatically and rolled back if necessary. This so-called transactional or image-based systems management approach is ideal for deployments that require predictability and reliability, according to Canonical.

GNOME Makes Progress On Sandboxed Applications

GNOME has quietly been working on sandboxed applications support and for GNOME 3.16 they hope to ship an initial reference runtime implementation of their new technology…

NetworkManager Now Supports WiFi Power Savings

The latest feature added to NetworkManager is support for WiFi power-savings…

TraceFS: The Newest Linux File-System

Steven Rostedt sent out the announcement today for TraceFS, a new file-system for the Linux kernel tracing subsystem…

Windows 10 To Be A Free Upgrade: What Linux Users Need To Know

I watched Microsoft’s Windows 10 press event today not for looking toward switching and using the Windows 8 successor but rather to see what’s coming down their consumer pipeline for competition to Linux and Android…

Development Release: PC-BSD 10.1.1-RC1

Dru Lavigne has announced the availability of the first release candidate for PC-BSD 10.1.1, a FreeBSD-based operating system for the desktop: “The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of RC1 images for the upcoming quarterly 10.1.1 release. Please test these images out and report any issues….

GNOME Shell Adds VP9 Screencasting, Mutter Improves Wayland

For the upcoming GNOME 3.15.4 development milestone release towards GNOME 3.16 there are some notable improvements for the GNOME Shell and Mutter…

KWin 5.3 To Have New Speed Optimizations

Martin Gräßlin has fixed some outstanding bugs and further tuned the performance of the KWin window manager for the KDE Plasma 5 stack…

MediaFire File Sharing Adds Open-Source Linux Support

MediaFire, an online backup service / file hosting and sharing site, has released a “Linux and Open-Source Toolkit” for developers…

Kolab Enterprise 14 Released

Kolab Systems has announced the release of Kolab Enterprise 14, the latest version of their open-source groupware solution for email, calendar, contacts, tasks, file storage, data sharing, and other tasks…

LibreOffice Viewer (Beta) now available for Android

Berlin, January 21, 2015 – The Document Foundation (TDF) is happy to see the LibreOffice Viewer (Beta) for Android released in the Google Play Store, allowing mobile users to access Open Document Format (ODF) files from devices such as tablets and smartphones.

The application, created by Collabora, is available from the following link:

The first release of LibreOffice Viewer handles text documents and basic presentations. Support for spreadsheets have been included in an early form, while support for more complex presentations is planned for a future release. Users are invited to download and test the application, although care is advised for production environments.

“Support for Android is the result of cooperation between organizations as well as individual contributors,” said Michael Meeks, VP of Productivity at Collabora, “LibreOffice’s open ecosystem has again proved its ability to bring diverse groups together to produce great software without restrictions”.

The mobile app fulfils the wishes of many users who access ODF files on the go, and is also able to read proprietary document formats from other suites including Microsoft Office.

“This release is the first of a new series of mobile applications,” said Björn Michaelsen, a Director of The Document Foundation. “Individuals, companies and organizations are encouraged to participate in the open development process by joining the LibreOffice community.”

The LibreOffice Viewer (Beta) has been created by Collabora with the support of SMOOSE. It is built on foundational work by the LibreOffice community, SUSE, and the Mozilla Corporation, with additional development by Jacobo Aragunde of Igalia, and Andrzej Hunt and Ian Billet as part of Google Summer of Code.

LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at

Distribution Release: Tiny Core Linux 6.0 “piCore”

Béla Markus has announced the release of version 6.0 of Tiny Core Linux “piCore” edition, a minimalist distribution designed for the Raspberry Pi single-board computer: “Team Tiny Core is pleased to announce the immediate availability of piCore 6.0. The most important change is the use of the official….

Stellarium 0.13.2 Is a Premium Planetarium App Available for Free

Stellarium is an open source planetarium software that displays a realistic and accurate sky in 3D that is built for multiple platforms. The supported platforms include Linux and the developers have added a large number of features and they’ve also ported some of the changes to an older version.

A planetarium application is a complex piece of technology and there are very few of them. To make things even better, this is a free one and it’s upgraded all the time. The devs permanently make chan… (read more)

Intel’s Open-Source Graphics Team Poaches A Top Nouveau Driver Developer

While writing yesterday’s article about Keith Packard leaving Intel’s open-source Linux graphics team after being a longtime member of the X community, I noticed that Intel has a rather interesting new hire… A prominent member of Nouveau, the community-based, open-source NVIDIA driver project…