MacOs-Linux 11.04 was a project that seemed to attract problems right from the start. It was a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) that imitated the desktop and a few functionality of the operating system made by Apple.
Many users thought that the distribution will run into various copyright issues and that seem to have been the case. The developer contacted us and said that the Sourceforge listing has been removed and the project has been killed.
Raspberry Pi turned out to be a very successful project and already a number of Linux distributions have made their debut on the new platform, such as Raspbian (based on Debian Wheezy), Pidora (Fedora Remix), OpenELEC (an XBMC Media Centre), RaspBMC (also an XBMC Media Centre), RISC OS (not actually Linux, but based on their own kernel), and Arch Linux, which needs no explanation.
More good news about Wayland 1.5 is that it's passing all of Intel's automated test-cases. Ullysses Artie Eoff at Intel shared their automated test pass rate was at 100%. In terms of their manual test pass rate, it was at 84%, which is a +15% improvement over the Wayland 1.5 Alpha. Those wishing to find out more about the Wayland 1.5 release candidate results can find the information shared on the Wayland-devel list. Wayland 1.5 with Weston 1.5 should be officially released in the next few days.
Say what you want about web browsers on Linux, I just miss Internet Explorer. No let's be serious. A great thing about Linux distributions is in general that they come packaged with a good browser. If that browser is not your favorite, you can easily install another one (and you don't necessarily need a browser to download your favorite browser). For most users, however, this favorite browser will be Chrome or Firefox, and there are reasons for that: they are both good browsers. For more adventurous users, there is also Opera, which recently improved. But, there exist browsers out there which are a lot more exotic, with particular features and goals. I shall propose you eight examples: eight browsers which may not be as complete as Chrome or Firefox, but which are definitely worth checking out for their philosophies or design.
Munich city council has migrated 15,000 workers from Windows to Linux. It’s a great success story for Free Software, and it upset Microsoft enormously. We visited the city and talked to Peter Hofmann, the man behind the migration – so read on for all the juicy details about what went right, what went wrong, and what made Steve Ballmer sweat…
More than 800 people participated in our online sorting of the KDE Network Manager details. In this article we present the results.
To achieve this we doubled some information into a tool-tip. This will of course only be an advantage for non-touch-users. We replaced the ‘connected’-statement in the current interface by the IP address and information about the current connection speed. Also, seeing the large amount of different information available for a single wireless connection we propose to split this information up into the sections ‘My computer’, ‘Speedgraph’, ‘Connection’ and ‘Router’.
With audio and video applications, you often need more than one package, and the assembled collection of multimedia packages in AV Linux is huge. The range of software offerings is a bonus. You do not get lightweight ware that leaves you yearning for more powerful features. The audio-visual tools are mature. Many of the productive apps are custom builds that enhance what you can do with them.
Intel has finally joined the Chrome OS bandwagon ensuring it won’t become obsolete in the post PC (Windows) era. The two companies hosted a joint press event on May 6 where they announced quite a lot of Chromebooks powered by Intel chips. Intel enjoyed a monopolistic position during the Windows era and the partnership between Intel & Windows was known as Wintel, which unfortunately was bad for the industry as it lead to some anti-competitive business practices which heavily damaged (and almost destroyed AMD).
One of the best things about Linux is that there's literally a distribution for everybody. Linux offers users the greatest range of choices of any desktop operating system. But do we need even more options? Softpedia thinks that we do and explains the advantages of having more desktop environments and distros.