Among others, Elementary OS 0.4 Loki will bring support for Wayland, Red Hat’s new display server, support for HiDPI high resolution displays will be implemented, AppCenter (a new Software Center) will replace the existing one.
Also, an elementary Account will be created for connecting the users with the elementary services and other elementary users, new user account pictures, improved icons and smarter audio management will be implemented, support for synchronizing system settings will be added, while automatic driver detection during installation, smarter software updates, AppArmor integration are also planned.
For years, the classical desktop has been the main interface for interacting with computers. Consisting of a menu, a panel, and an area to display widgets and open windows, its main virtue was originally its easy access to applications and files. It remains popular today, featured in at least five of the seven major Linux desktop environments. Increasingly, though, it is becoming inefficient -- a trend that is not helped helped by experimental designs that decrease access to resources rather than increasing it.
When the classical Linux desktop emerged years ago, it was a marked improvement over the command line for the casual user. Icons on the desktop and menu items ensured that executables were always one or two clicks away, and that users spent more time on productivity than in interacting with the desktop.
The CuBox is a 2-inch cubed ARM machine that can be used as a set-top box, a small NAS or database server, or in many other interesting applications. In my ongoing comparison of ARM machines, including the BeagleBone Black, Cubieboard, and others, the CuBox has the fastest IO performance for SSD that I've tested so far.
There are a few models and some ways to customize each model giving you the choice between double or quad cores, if you need 1 or 2 gigabytes of RAM, if 100 megabit ethernet is fine or you'd rather have gigabit ethernet, and if wifi and bluetooth are needed. This gives you a price range from $90 to $140 depending on which features you're after. We'll take a look at the CuBox i4Pro, which is the top-of-the-line model with all the bells and whistles.
To compile the Hurd, you need a toolchain configured to target i?86-gnu;
you cannot use a toolchain targeting GNU/Linux. Also note that you
cannot run the Hurd "in isolation": you'll need to add further components
such as the GNU Mach microkernel and the GNU C Library (glibc), to turn
it into a runnable system.
This new release bundles bug fixes and enhancements done since the last
Bringing technology to the developing world seems to be becoming a trend lately, whether it’s the Outernet project or Google’s Loon project. A new Kickstarter campaign, Endless Computers, is now bringing an affordable machine to developing markets and doesn’t rely on the user having an internet connection or a monitor.
Senior developer Neil McGovern has been elected as the leader of the Debian GNU/Linux project for 2015-16 and will take over from Lucas Nussbaum who has just completed a two-year term in the post.
The other two candidates in the race were Gergely Nagy and Mehdi Dogguy.
McGovern has been with the Debian project for the last 12 years and was the release manager for the last three versions – Lenny, Squeeze and Wheezy. (Debian releases are named after characters from the film Toy Story.)