The year 2013 had its own distinct developments, but most of what happened in the last twelve months were continuations of events that were already happening. It was a year of continued development, of trends reaching natural conclusions, rather than of new ones beginning.
Whether you are looking at crowdfunding, games, the continued efforts of Ubuntu or GNOME, women in computing, or the new innovations at open hardware, the impression of 2013 remains the same. You could almost call it 2012, Part 2, except that many of the continuing stories began even earlier.
Linux may have lost some of its appeal for migrating XP users when Microsoft made concessions in its latest Windows 8.1 release, suggested Norman Rosenthal, principal and owner of Sterling Rose Consulting. "As long as users can continue to click on a button to put a semblance of the Windows 7 Start menu, users will be hesitant to move to another platform that will require them to learn a new interface."
The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee is back in the season of evaluating features for the next Fedora Linux release.
Eric Brown's sampling of some innovative, new, or newly updated robots ranging from simple kits to a few advanced systems that have yet to leave the laboratory. Click the link, below, to read the full story.
A game studio has shared publicly that Activison is preventing a new game from actively being made for "that platform", a.k.a. Linux.
GNOME Software 3.11.2 also fixes numerous bugs, including a more subtle updates indicator, notifications are no longer displayed for available updates if the main window is active, the new UTF-8 safe searching functionality is now used in GLib, GSettings can now be used for the compatible desktops, and much more.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has taken notes from 10 million wallets. Samsung has announced it has sold 10 million Note 3 phablets in just 60 days -- clearly the new faux-leather styling is a hit.
The original Note was a surprise hit in 2011, as phone fans went nuts for the huge screen and S Pen stylus. Both the original Note and its follow-up the Note 2 also sold over 10 million, but the Note 3 has outstripped both in its rate of sales.
Linux Mint Xfce, a modern, elegant, and comfortable operating system based on Ubuntu and Debian, has just reached version 16 RC.
The Xfce version of Linux Mint 16 “Petra” has finally arrived, shortly after the release of its KDE brethren. It will be some time before the stable version, but at least we have something to test.
Port Knocking is the process of opening network ports on a firewall by first attempting to connect to a set of predefined unopen ports. It's effectively a key for opening network ports with the password being the pegging of other closed network ports in the correct sequence.