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The Big Iron Crunch

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For the past thirty years industry pundits have been predicting the demise of the mainframe, but in the coming years the crowd arguing for mainframe longevity will be retiring, and new blood is going to be hard to come by. Without a fresh influx of interested developers, the purportedly grand benefits of big iron may prove to be a moot point. Running Linux on the mainframe is a good start, but for companies deeply invested in COBOL the time to start the migration is now.

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Samsung merges camera and mobile divisions in a bid to differentiate its smartphones

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The impact of this reorganization isn't yet clear, and might not be felt for a while to come, but it does reiterate Samsung's interest in hybrid devices like the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Bringing the camera and phone designers closer together should also result in tighter collaboration between their teams. Samsung promises to improve the "operation capabilities" of the newly reassigned imaging team and "promote its market leadership."

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Acer introduces $299 touch-screen Chromebook

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The device runs on Google’s Linux distro Chrome OS, which always stays up-to-date. So unlike Microsoft’s Windows you don’t have to worry about paying for upgrades every time.

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Intel wakes up and smells the post-PC era

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Intel’s Atom processors have been a significant presence in the embedded market, but have only recently begun to break into smartphones and tablets with 32nm Clover Trail+ Atoms, such as the Atom Z2580. Further product wins are expected soon from tablets running on the Atom Z3000 (Bay Trail-T) SoC, which uses the 22nm, 3D Tri-Gate “Silvermont” architecture. Yet, Intel’s mobile market share is still miniscule, and mobile ARM SoCs continue to advance as well. In addition, ARM is now digging into the Atom’s share of the general embedded market.

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Intel's Quarky Arduino Adventure

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linuxinsider.com: With all the cornucopia of Valve-related announcements for gamers over the past few weeks, it may be difficult to imagine that the Linux world could have any more good news in store. That supremely encouraging gaming news, surely, was enough to last us a few good months here in the Linux blogosphere.

Supercomputers Still Rule… and Linux Still Rules Them

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linux.com: With the advent of cloud and virtual data center computing, are the days of supercomputers approaching an end, making them nothing more than trophies for universities and nations to show off when they have their top-ranked systems running?

some odds & ends:

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  • Raspberry Pi Wireless Inventors Kit Review
  • Richard Stallman on the Painful Birth of GNU
  • Struggling With Some Linux Terminologies? Here's Help
  • Working BMO made out of Lego and Raspberry Pi
  • Call me GNU: The GNU/Linux naming debate, revisited
  • Utilite Linux Mini PC Launches With Prices Starting From Just $99
  • LibreOffice 4.1.2 Released
  • Q&A: To Use Or Not To Use Open Source Software?
  • Mastering rsync and Bash to Backup Your Linux Desktop or Server
  • PixelJunk Shooter is coming to PC, Mac and Linux next month

NVIDIA, Red Hat Partner Up For New Graphics Project

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phoronix.com: At Red Hat they have struck up a partnership with NVIDIA to work on a new device-agnostic API for the Linux kernel that can benefit the graphics drivers.

Powerful New Ubuntu PC Unveiled By System76

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omgubuntu.co.uk: The 4th generation of their Leopard Extreme series is a veritable beast of a machine, boasting the latest Intel Haswell processors, support for up to 64GB of high-speed RAM, and a choice of graphics cards that would struggle to so much as wheeze under Steam for Linux.

Will Intel's Quark Run Linux?

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  • Will Intel's Quark Run Linux?
  • five new wallpapers for Lubuntu 13.10
  • Quick Guide to Get Ready for LTSI 3.10
  • Linux Format 176 On Sale Today - Build your own distro
  • Sneak Peek: Mandriva Pulse2 1.6
  • Canonical Has A Backup Plan For Intel’s Refusal To Support Mir
  • Fedora vote history
  • MintBox 2 ships with Core i5 and Linux Mint 15
  • TuxRadar Podcast Season 5 Episode 16
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