Microsoft’s nightmare continues as more and more partners are joining the Google club. Dell has announced its first Chromebook which is powered by Google’s Linux-based “open source” operating system Chrome OS.
Dell is pushing the laptop to a market that Microsoft would cringe to continue to own, which is slipping out of its hands.
Privacy campaign group the Electronic Frontier Foundation is more than a little miffed with Google – after the Chocolate Factory pulled an Android tool that lets users control the information apps can harvest.
The software, dubbed App Ops, was bundled into Android 4.3 as a hidden application. For each installed program, it presents a series of switches so that users can activate some permissions, such as granting access to the cellular or Wi-Fi network, but block others, such as sharing your physical whereabouts.
Valve's initial Steam Controller prototype for use with the Steam Machines Linux-based game console will also work "out of the box" on other Linux distributions.
I had written earlier about Former NVIDIA, Microsoft Developers Doing Lots Of The SteamOS Work. In that earlier article I mentioned I didn't see any Steam Controller Linux driver present in Valve's Debian-based SteamOS. It turns out that the Steam Controller for now will work just fine with the generic USB HID input driver.
In the year since we ran our last Linux robot slideshow, the field has expanded considerably. In addition to major new Linux-based commercial products like Lego's Mindstorms EV3 educational robot kit, there are dozens of open spec kit designs available, many of them from small hobbyist groups. A number of these integrate Rasbperry Pi or BeagleBone single board computers, often in conjunction with Arduino motor controllers.
Operating system: Linux Mint
Processor: Intel i5-3337U
Memory: 4GB DDR3
Heat dissipation: Die-cast heatsink case, fanless design
Networking: 2 x Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 N Wireless
Ports: 6 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, optical in and out, 2 x eSATA, HDMI out, Display Port out
SteamOS 1.0 was made available for download today through Valve-owned steampowered.com. In the SteamOS FAQ, we discover that SteamOS 1.0 is based on Debian 7.1 stable. Some of the changes for Steam include backporting eglibc 2.17 from Debian testing, updating the kernel to 3.10.11, and auto-updates from the Valve SteamOS repos. Valve chose Debian because they felt it "is the best way for Valve to deliver a fully custom SteamOS experience" to its customers.
John Stultz is attempting to bring the Android ION constraint memory allocator into the Linux kernel's staging area. ION is used by Google's Android mobile operating system for allocating memory that can be shared between multiple devices and that potentially have differing memory access constraints.
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."
The GNOME development team was happy to announce a couple of days ago, on December 11, that the third maintenance release of the stable Epiphany 3.10 web browser is now available for download and users are urged to update as soon as the package becomes available in their Linux operating systems.
GNOME Software is the built-in software management application on GNOME 3. It is a beautiful application.
In the future, it might be all you need to install and manage applications on a GNOME 3 desktop. For now, it is a work in progress. Usable, but definitely not feature-complete.
The distribution to use if you want to see how far it’s coming along is Fedora. And the best version of Fedora to download and install is Fedora Rawhide, the developmental version. Which is exactly what I did yesterday. Downloaded and installed it in a virtual environment.