Open source software has become an increasingly widespread part of the computing world thanks to the ever-growing popularity of Linux, Firefox, LibreOffice, and other prominent examples. Fully open hardware, however, is still much less common.
Just a few weeks ago we saw the emergence of the Raspberry Pi-style A13-OLinuXino, but over the weekend another interesting contender came to light: a new, open laptop from the creator of the Chumby Internet device.Read more »
There's no denying 2012 has been a fruitful year for Linux distributions in general, but something about it has also seemed to favor the rebirth of distros we hadn't heard from in years.
Two cases in point: Back in August we saw the widely celebrated return of Damn Small Linux after four years of silence, and just this week another very similar event happened.Read more »
“This tree removes ancient-386-CPUs support and thus zaps quite a bit of complexity,” wrote developer Ingo Molnar when submitting the change on Tuesday.Read more »
Canonical may not have published an official alpha release for its core Ubuntu Linux 13.04 OS last week—or a corresponding list of new features—but on Friday the company did reveal some specifics about what's coming in this next version of its popular Linux distribution.
In fact, Cristian Parrino, Canonical's vice president of online services, outlined three key new features in a post on the Canonical blog.Read more »
If you've ever used free and open source software for any length of time, you're probably already aware that much of the work done to develop, test, and maintain that software is accomplished by what's typically a global community of developers and volunteers.
That, indeed, is one of the great strengths of open source, since the result is a product that's continually improved and updated, rather than depending on a single company's in-house schedule to catch and fix problems.Read more »
Even as Ubuntu Linux 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal” continues to make headlines following its release back in October, work is proceeding in earnest on its successor, Ubuntu 13.04 “Raring Ringtail.”
On Thursday, in fact, version 13.04 of the popular Linux distribution entered alpha—a stage that typically gives fans of the open source operating system an early glimpse at what's to come.Read more »