Freeing the way for independent Linux distributions to be installed on Windows 8 computers, the Linux Foundation has released software that will allow Linux to work with computers running the UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) firmware. The Linux Foundation Secure Boot System solves a fundamental problem for many Linux distributions, by providing a way for a...
(3 months and 11 days ago)
Linux creator Linus Torvalds on Monday released version 3.9 of the Linux kernel, and particularly intriguing among numerous new features and improvements is support for laptops running Google's Chrome OS. “Whatever the reason, this week has been very quiet, which makes me much more comfortable doing the final 3.9 release, so I guess the last -rc8 ended up working,” wrote...
(24 days ago)
There's no doubt that desktop Linux has become increasingly user-friendly over the years, but it's equally true that some distributions focus more on ease of use than others do. Ubuntu and Linux Mint are two examples at the forefront of this usability trend, but recently I came across another that has put friendliness at the forefront of its goals. Enter Korora, a...
(13 days ago)
Once Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie is unveiled, possibly at the Google I/O conference in May, developers and enthusiasts alike will find out whether or not the new Android operating system will be based on the recently released Linux 3.8 kernel. Reports from Phoronix suggest the “experimental” public source code from Linux will be the framework for Android’s next OS.
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When it comes to cutting-edge world records, the one for "Most Watermelons Chopped On A Stomach" in one minute has to be near the top of the list. The current record stands at 27, but Sinn Bodhi, a sideshow performer based in Las Vegas, is hoping to go a cut above that exalted number. Bodhi recently made the record attempt on the TruTV series, "Guinness World Records Gone...
(3 months and 13 days ago)
Much of the Linux world may be awaiting the final release of the high-profile Ubuntu Linux 13.04 “Raring Ringtail” later this month, but that doesn't mean the many other Linux distributions are standing still. The "News and Updates" section on tracking site DistroWatch is just as busy as ever. This week, two popular Linux distributions came out with significant updates that...
(1 month and 13 days ago)
With virtually countless Linux distributions available for every taste and purpose, it's no secret that choice is a defining feature of the Linux world. What's not always apparent, though, is that the range of choices actually gets bigger every year. New distros come onto the scene on a fairly regular basis—SolusOS and Fuduntu Linux are two I've covered over the past few...
(3 months ago)
Mageia has long been what you might call a “best-kept secret” of the Linux world, consistently residing among the top five distributions in DistroWatch's page-hit rankings despite minimal marketing and hoopla. The distro has only been around since it was forked from Mandriva Linux back in 2010, of course, but after several weeks' delay the Mageia project on Sunday finally...
(2 days ago)
Until recently Linux users were the most unloved members of the gaming world, but back on February 14, they received the best Valentine’s Day present ever: Steam. The download service for a veritable smorgasbord of videogames, Steam games could be played only on a PC running Windows and occasionally a Mac. But now one of the best games (IMHO) on any platform is about to...
(19 days ago)
Between the tiny PC phenomenon and the growing number of PCs shipping with Linux preloaded over the past year, there's been no shortage of hardware announcements for Linux fans. It's been a little less active on the tablet front, but just this week two separate announcements emerged about Linux tablets we've been waiting for. Here's a quick rundown on the basics. The...
(3 months and 8 days ago)
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