Lets start with the positives because there are many. The first thing is that Linux Lite works and it is easy to use.
You can install most of the major packages using a simple tool and you can install updates and drivers quite easily.
There is a major downside and that is the lack of EFI support. I could understand this if Linux Lite was targeting older hardware but it comes in a 64-bit version and I would imagine most 64-bit computers are EFI enabled.
The target audience for Linux Lite is clearly the average computer user but it is at an immediate disadvantage to Linux Mint which is easier to install and just as easy to use.
I will leave it on a positive though. The artwork within Linux Lite is excellent with really good theming and hey, Steam works.
Considered a research experiment rather than the first drum roll in a fully autonomous automotive revolution, Uber plan to use the data it gleans in the lifts — free for passengers willing to trust them — in order to learn more about how self driving cars behave and react when in the real world on real asphalt and under real driving conditions.
In Mashable’s first-hand account of what’s it’s like to be take a ride in a self-driving Uber you’ll notice that, like Tesla, that Ubuntu helps power Uber’s self driving smarts.
And TechCrunch’s Signe Brewster, in a write up of her experience in the same vehicle, says she “came away from my ride trusting the technology. The self-driving car detected obstacles, people and even potholes, and responded intelligently.“
It's hard to go a day without seeing interesting and compelling Indiegogo or Kickstarter projects that feature the Raspberry Pi, Pine 64 or the Intel Edison inside some sort of embedded device or standalone computer or laptop. Last fall, I stumbled across one such project that billed itself as "the first $99 Raspberry Pi desktop", and I felt the need to have it.
In fact, I forwarded a link to the Indiegogo pi-topCEED campaign to my wife and suggested, "This would make a great Christmas present!" Unlike other RPi projects and kits, the pi-topCEED billed itself as a fully integrated, plug-and-play learning platform, complete with an RPi2 (later upgraded to an RPi3), a 13.3" HD LCD screen (later upgraded to 14"), and a breadboard kit for attaching and experimenting with external devices.
Solus is an interesting distro. But it is probably not aimed at me as a potential user (the absence of “rsync”, “vi” and “diff” all suggest this limitation). While there is improvement since my previous review, I think it still not ready for prime time. It needs a management tool, ipv6 support and better crypto support.
The Dutch Tax and Customs Administration (Belastingdienst) is looking for a supplier of the Linux operating system for its IBM System z mainframes.
The public tender comprises provision of the operating system for four IFL processors for a period of one year, and maintenance of and support for the platform for eight years. The latter term can twice be extended by a further year.
The contract will be awarded to the supplier offering the lowest price. Bids must be received by 24 October, and the contract will start on 1 December.
Pine64’s $2 “PADI IoT Stamp” module is based on Realtek’s new “RTL8710AF” Cortex-M3 WiFi SoC, a cheaper FreeRTOS-ready competitor to the ESP8266.
Realtek’s RTL8710AF WiFi system-on-chip began showing up on tiny “B&T” labeled modules in July in China on AliExpress, as described in this Hackaday post. The Realtek SoC offers an even lower cost, and almost identical alternative to Espressif’s similarly Cortex-M3 based ESP8266 WiFi SoC. The Cortex-M3 based RTL8710AF costs a bit over $3 individually, but can be had for as little as $1.99 in volume.