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It's tough to say at this point whether or not this move is more than just a PR stunt, but Verizon Wireless is the latest member to join the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group. Considering that VZW is America's largest mobile operator, that's a lot of notable weight being put behind an open source initiative. The carrier has professed that it will work closely with the group in order to "shape Ubuntu into the most compelling new, alternative platform for mobile.  Samir Vaidya from the Device Technology team at Verizon Wireless said: “Verizon Wireless is joining Ubuntu’s Carrier Advisory... Read more...
The "Unity Dash" in Ubuntu has always been designed around the goal of delivering relevant information to the user, but come version 13.10, due out in October, things are about to become vastly improved. With that release will come 50 brand-new "Scopes", along with a "SmartScope" filtering service. With these, users will be able to fine-tune their results like never before, and also access a bunch of information that wasn't previously possible. Peering into a screenshot provided by the folks at OMG! Ubuntu, we can see many Scopes that should prove useful to a great number of users. While we won't... Read more...
It wasn't all that long ago that mainstream gaming on Linux was virtually unheard of. Sure, solutions like WINE have been around for awhile now, but it's only recently that developers and gamers alike have truly started to embrace Linux as a viable platform. Even Dell is getting in on the action by announcing a lower priced version of its Alienware X51 with Ubuntu. The Alienware X51 is a small form factor gaming PC about the size of an Xbox 360 console, only much more powerful and flexible. We were so impressed with the machine that we gave it an Editor's Choice award at the conclusion of our autopsy... Read more...
Remember Tizen? It’s the open source mobile operating system that Samsung and Intel partnered on back in 2011 (and may be actually running on handsets this year); formerly, it was MeeGo (which was famously scrapped the same day it debuted on Nokia’s N9 handset), and before that it was called Moblin. Many have either forgotten all about Tizen or assumed it had evaporated into the ether, but according to Network World, the OS is very much alive and well--although it has a long way to go in a tough market. Competition: Firefox Os What Tizen really has going for it is that its primary backers... Read more...
It might not come as much of a surprise, but according to a recent survey conducted by EE Times, Linux continues to tear up the charts in the embedded market (embedded refers to special-purpose PCs found in things like TVs, media players, cars, machinery and so forth). Between 2012 and 2013, companies began to shift more of their embedded systems over to Android, representing an increase from 13% to 16%. Likewise, Ubuntu and FreeRTOS shares also rose, from 12% to 13% each. Debian use remained the same, while most of the other selections saw some slight decreases. Most notably, Wind River's VxWorks... Read more...
When Canonical debuted its "Ubuntu Tablet OS" last week, company CEO Mark Shuttleworth helped show off its many features in a six-minute video. And what we saw at CES2013 first hand was impressive - an OS that tries to do things a bit different, and uses all four edges to make navigating the OS' different functions an easy task. Simply put, the presentation looked great. However, as has since been discovered, there's more to it than meets the eye. As discussed on the XDA Developers site, the current iteration of Ubuntu's Tablet OS in alpha form is lacking most of the functionality of what's... Read more...
It’s not the first Dell notebook running Ubuntu, but the latest model that Canonical is talking up differs from past Ubuntu laptops in that this is a Dell XPS 13 packed with killer components. All too often, Ubuntu gets plopped onto lower-end notebooks (see: the entire failed netbook craze), but this one rocks an Intel Core i7-3537U chip, 8GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, 256GB SSD, and a 13.3-inch full HD (1080p) Gorilla Glass display; Intel HD 4000 graphics is on board, too. The 3-pound ultrabook comes with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installed instead of Windows, making this machine a dream for anyone who... Read more...
It’s a big day for Canonical, maker of Ubuntu; in addition to today being the official launch of the Ubuntu-optimized Steam for Linux client, the company announced that the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu for smartphones will be coming on February 21st (along with tools for flashing devices). It looks like you’ll need a Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 4 smartphone to take advantage. On its own, Ubuntu for smartphones looks terrific--the hands-on video we shot at CES can attest to that--but what’s even more compelling is that the same Ubuntu source code will underpin smartphones, tablets,... Read more...
It’s only been a matter of weeks since Valve announced that Steam for Linux was in beta, but it’s apparently all polished up and ready for action. You can now grab the Steam for Linux client, which is compatible with Ubuntu versions 10.04-12.10, for free from the Ubuntu Software Center. This is a huge deal for folks who love both gaming and Linux, because there previously weren’t many options for good titles on their computers. Having Steam on a Linux box unlocks a plethora of titles, including Team Fortress 2 (which is free), Half-Life, Counter-Strike 1.6, Counter-Strike... Read more...
Just how important has Linux become? Very. Just weeks after hearing that Steam would be launching for the world's favorite open-source desktop OS, AMD has just announced new Catalyst drivers made specifically for -- you guessed it -- Linux. The Catalyst 13.1 Proprietary Linux Graphics were just let loose into the wild, and it provides budding Linux gamers with bona fide GPU support for a huge swath of AMD Radeon graphics cards. Everything from the Radeon HD 5000 series to the Radeon E6760 embedded family is supported, as well as cards that are stuffed within all-in-one PCs, integrated GPS, and... Read more...
Although Canonical is still hunting for OEM partners to develop handsets for Ubuntu on smartphones, the OS is alive and well, running smooth and pretty on prototype handsets at CES 2013. The Canonical folks were kind enough to give us a demo, which you can see below: Note in particular the lack of any hardware button on this device; that’s on purpose, as Canonical wants Ubuntu to be a touch-only affair. Because there are no hardware partners on board yet (that we know of), the best we can do on specs is what Canonical says will be basic system requirements for entry-level and high-end phones.... Read more...
Ubuntu is absolutely the most well-known flavor of Linux over on the desktop side, but it's far from owning a huge swath of the market share. But can Canonical make inroads in the mobile market? The image shown here may look like your average Galaxy Nexus, but look a little closer at the screen: that's not Android. That's Ubuntu. The fabled Linux OS has been reworked and reintroduced for mobile, and the company is trying to market this as "the superphone that's also a full PC." Strangely, we actually wondered if Microsoft would eventually disown Windows Phone in favor of just porting Windows 8... Read more...
Think Ubuntu could make a great tablet OS? So does Canonical, and it sure looks like Canonical is jumping into the tablet OS market today. Ubuntu's website features a giant clock that is counting down to 1PM EST today, with a hint that can only mean touch-friendly Ubuntu tablets are in the future. Actually, it's not too surprising to see a version of Ubuntu that supports tablets. Canonical has been working feverishly on bringing Ubuntu to mobile devices in a variety of ways and has plans for Ubuntu versions that support smartphones and even Android-based devices. You'll be able to download... Read more...
Ubuntu fans on the lookout for desktops or laptops bundled with their favorite OS have had a rough time - there's been selection, but it's been painfully limited. Helping that just a wee bit is Dell, with its Vostro 2420 and 2520 notebooks, which each offer a singular Ubuntu option. The only difference between the two is that the 2420 comes in at 14-inches, whereas the 2520 is 15.6-inches. The kicker? At the moment, both models cost exactly the same. With their $299 price-point, it's fairly obvious that Dell's Ubuntu options are not powerhouses - not even close. Each model includes an Intel Celeron... Read more...
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