Shocked and chastened by Edward Snowden's revelation this year of a vast NSA surveillance program, Antonius Kies resolved to better support free and open source software development. Thus Kies, a Linux desktop user and an engineer at Graz University of Technology in Austria, recently joined The Linux Foundation as an individual member.
Hawkey handles querying and resolving of RPM dependencies and information via RPMDB and Yum repositories. The Hawkey API tries to be better than the Yum API while delivering greater performance.
After all, Samsung already goes head-to-head with Apple in domestic and global smartphone market share. Arguably, it's time for Samsung to dive deeper into the U.S. market with a new retail channel to not only distinguish itself from Apple but also the rest of the Android ecosystem.
Datawind is bringing three commercial “UbiSlate” versions of its 7-inch, Android 4.0 Aakash tablets to the U.S., including a model that starts at $38.
Datawind’s three new UbiSlate tablets are based on the Aakash 2 educational tablet that shipped in India in early 2012, as well as an upcoming Aakash 3 model. The Aakash 2 was hailed as the world’s cheapest tablet, at about $40, and was available to schoolchildren at lower prices thanks to subsidization by the Indian school system. In India, sales of the Aakash 2 overtook the iPad according to U.K.-based Datawind.
Fedora 20 was released today, with support for ARM as a primary architecture. While x86 will still be the default for most Fedora users, classifying ARM as a primary architecture means that "it receives the same amount of attention that the x86 and x86-64 releases get," Fedora Project release notes say.
Perhaps South Korea will be another nation among more (e.g. France) that fall for the brand/trademark and in the process find Free/libre software. Munich used Debian and it has worked exceptionally well, resulting in a successful migration of many computers [9-13].
It was a phenomenal year of growth for Linux. It is the fastest-growing operating system in the enterprise where it’s supporting the latest advancements in cloud computing, big data, storage, power and more. Linux is also being used to bring new technologies to consumers on their phones, tablets and even into their living room and kitchens (TVs, refrigerators and more). And, some of the greatest advancements in high performance computing this year can be, at least partially, attributed to the help of Linux.
Microsoft is finally retiring Windows XP on April 8, 2014. XP was the version which helped Microsoft cement its place as the dominant player in the desktop OS arena. Even after 12 years in the market, XP is widely popular and is used by millions. Retiring official support for Windows XP has got organizations across the world thinking about security, fixes and stability of the OS. Due to heavy costs incurred in purchasing new Windows licenses, they are looking at alternatives outside of the Microsoft domain. One of the alternatives, is the hugely popular free and open source Linux distribution, Ubuntu.