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TuxMachines: YotaPhone 2 hands-on: This dual-screen phone is downright exciting but staggeringly expensive

Friday 5th of December 2014 11:02:15 AM

The big advantage with the paper display is the increased battery life—up to five days when using it as an e-reader and up to two days when using the paper display as a smartphone, Yota promises. The problem for the company is that features for extending battery life have become much more common, which makes it less of a differentiator compared to a year ago.

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TuxMachines: So What Do We Learn From the Nokia N1 Tablet on Android?

Friday 5th of December 2014 10:48:05 AM

Elop wiped that all out with a rampage of destroying Nokia. Three years after the new Windows Phone based Lumia smartphones were released, Nokia's smartphone market share was down to 3%. Yes Elop had managed to wipe out nine out of ten customers for the most loyal dumbphone customer base on the planet and the second highest loyalty smartphone brand (behind only iPhone). It was kterally a world record in market leader destruction. No industry has ever seen this rapid collapse of its market leader, not even under catastrophic conditions like Toyota's brakes failures in cars, or from sheer management stupdity before like Coca Cola's launch of New Coke. Never has any company collapsed its global leadership position as fast as Elop demolished Nokia. And note, when Toyota hit its brakes or Coca Cola decided to go New, they were not twice as big as their nearest rival. Nokia's smartphone unit was more than twice as big as Apple in smartphones, and the unit was four times as big as Samsung's smartphone business. (PS we found out after he was ousted from Nokia's CEO job as the shortest-duration biggest failure Nokia CEO of all time, that Elop had a personal bonus clause that rewarded him for destroying the Nokia handset business... yeah, irony of ironies. The Financial Times calculated that Elop was rewarded an extra 1.5 million dollars for every biillion dollars he wiped out of Nokia shareholder value. The FT compared Elop's heist with the worst of Wall Street criminals like Bernie Madoff)

If you thought the Windows Phone strategy was right but Nokia was just inept at implementing it, nobody should be able to do it better than Microsoft. So now we have six months of Microsoft ownership of Nokia's handset business. How is the smartphone business? The Lumia business market share under full Microsoft control now is... 3%. And mind you, in four years since Elop announced his Windows strategy the Nokia smartphone business has not managed one quarter of a profit. Yes now its been 18 quarters straight, launching Lumia, launching Windows Phone 8, and switching ownership from Nokia to Microsoft and nothing helped. Not one quarter of profit. The Microsoft handset business dream is utterly dead.

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But what Microsoft did not want, when it spent 7 billion dollars to buy Nokia's handset business, is to see Nokia compete against it. The exclusive licence to the Nokia brand was a long term thing for dumbphones but only a short-term thing for smartphones (and apparently, tablets). Nokia already pulled a dirty trck on Microsoft when it launched the short-lived X series that ran on Android. Microsoft killed off that project soon after they took over the handset business this year. But that was further confusion to the minds of consumers on what is the 'Nokia' (brand) intending to do. Is that Windows Phone -thingy, the whats-it-called-operation-system is it viable or not. If Nokia already launches on Android. So yeah, Microsoft had to kill it.

Now Microsoft has stopped using the Nokia branding on its newest smartphones. They are just branded Microsoft Lumia. And just months later, appears a brand new Nokia branded gadget, a tablet. This.. running Android. Even before we hear any rumors of a Nokia branded smartphone again from Finland, this is bad news for Microsoft's tablet strategy.

Will the N1 Tablet sell in enough numbers to show any relevance to Nokia's business? No, of course not. It will be the squeak of a mouse in the noise of a thunderstorm, but it is Nokia's first salvo. It does signal first of all, that Nokia wants to return. Secondly, it signals the total break from Windows. If any device by Finland's 'real' Nokia made sense to do on Windows, more than a smartphone, that would be a tablet. That Nokia now clearly spits in the eye of its 'partner' Microsoft, and does the tablet on Android is clear signal, Nokia is finished with Windows. For good. Forever.

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LXer: Canonical officially unveils its OpenStack distro

Friday 5th of December 2014 10:47:44 AM
Today, you know Canonical best for its Ubuntu Linux distribution. Tomorrow you may know it best for its OpenStack cloud distribution.

TuxMachines: GNU Ghostscript 9.14.0 released

Friday 5th of December 2014 09:58:01 AM

Since the last GNU GS release Artifex Software have moved from GPL to the GNU Affero GPL V3 the gpl-ghostscript package (at version 9.07), and GNU-GS moved to this license too with this release.

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LXer: Why Microsoft loves Linux

Friday 5th of December 2014 09:50:33 AM
Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer may have hated Linux, but new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says Microsoft loves Linux. What changed Microsoft's mind?

Reddit: I just had to uninstall Pulseaudio again

Friday 5th of December 2014 09:31:46 AM

It lasted 7 weeks without breaking this time!

Current Arch on x86_64, MATE with Compiz.

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Reddit: Intersection between currently-selling printers and the OpenPrinting database = empty?

Friday 5th of December 2014 09:18:27 AM

I've been recently burned when buying a printer (Brother HL-1110, has Linux drivers but with several issues such as lacking error messages), so I want to buy a new one AFTER making sure it is listed on the OpenPrinting databse.

However, when I look at Amazon and several other vendor websites (I'm in Europe BTW), almost every printer that is currently being sold does not appear on the database. Mind you, I'm considering home printers, mostly on the lower-end, which could explain it, but still, I'm spending too much time to find an intersection between both sets, and more often than not those are older printers with newer and cheaper versions available. Is it simply that the OpenPrinting database is slow to update? Is it really that hard to find recent printers which are Linux-friendly? Or is my reasoning incorrect?

(Note that my recent Brother printer does have Linux drivers on the Brother website, but because of the problems I've had, I was hoping that having the printer already on the OpenPrinting database would minimize the possibility of further issues.)

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LXer: Survey indicates four out of five developers now use open source

Friday 5th of December 2014 08:53:22 AM
Forrester Research's survey shows that most developers, even ones who usually stick with Microsoft Visual Studio, are now using open source.

Reddit: Why isn't there a strong compositing software on linux?

Friday 5th of December 2014 08:25:49 AM

Blender is huge, Gimp is quite good but why no compositing software on Linux?

Also why isn't Pitivi available on other platform (even though it is open source)?

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LXer: Six GUI firewall tools for Linux

Friday 5th of December 2014 07:56:11 AM
In today's open source roundup: Six GUI firewall management applications in Linux. Plus: Linux Lite 2.2 released, and the story of how Kali Linux was created.

LXer: Docker turns conductor in enterprise-aiming orchestration play

Friday 5th of December 2014 06:59:00 AM
EU Linux container wrangler Docker rounded out the first day of its DockerCon EU conference on Thursday by unveiling three new services that represent the next steps in Docker's transition from toolset to full-fledged platform.

LXer: Mirantis Targets Developers with Hosted OpenStack Solution

Friday 5th of December 2014 06:01:49 AM
Mirantis has added a hosted OpenStack cloud platform, based on Mirantis OpenStack Express, that is tailored for developers.

LXer: Zorin: That is Flexibility!

Friday 5th of December 2014 05:04:38 AM
I especially like the Zorin OS desktop experience because I can change it to look like Windows 7 or like Mac. That is flexibility!

Phoronix: FFmpeg 2.5 Brings Animated PNG, WebP Decoding Support

Friday 5th of December 2014 04:43:46 AM
The latest major feature update to FFmpeg is now available for use by multimedia open-source applications...

LXer: Autokey: Shorthand for Typists

Friday 5th of December 2014 04:07:27 AM
For years I avoided installing keyboard shortcut tools on my computers. I thought dog-gonnit, if something needed to be typed out, I'd type every letter myself. Recently I capitulated, however, and I must say, going back seems unlikely. If you've never tried a text-replacement app, I highly recommend doing so.

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