Individuals and businesses migrate to Linux for a variety of reasons. Some do it for cost efficiency. Others make the computing change for the greater flexibility open source software provides.
Either way, leaving behind an existing computing system is not impossible. Deploying Linux desktop or server takes planning and resources, but that is what any business implementation takes.
The reasons for pushing users away from Microsoft in both desktop and server deployments are different for each customer. One of the recurring migration drivers is constant threat of Microsoft license fee increases. Another is the demand for community-sponsored support in lieu of corporate proprietary solutions, according to Tomas Zubov, CEO of IceWarp.
Chakra Linux 2014.05 is the first one in a new series called “Descartes” that will be following the KDE 4.13 releases, although the team will not settle for just a simple implementation of this desktop environment.
Unlike other developers who are using KDE as their desktop solution, the guys from Chakra didn't want a run-of-the-mill experience for users. They tried to give it a unique feel so that users know two things right from the start: they are using Chakra and a KDE variation.
Our SBC survey has now concluded, and it’s time to reveal the Top 10 SBCs list. Yes, the Pi is still in the sky… but some other winners may surprise you!
The 10-day SurveyMonkey survey — a joint project between LinuxGizmos.com and the Linux Foundation’s Linux.com community website — asked readers of both sites to choose their top three Linux- or Android-based open-spec single-board computers from a list of 32. Some 777 respondents did just that, with most also picking their top buyer’s criteria and intended applications. Five respondents were randomly selected to receive a Linux Foundation shirt, hat, mug, or USB drive.
The sixth test release to the Linux 3.15 kernel is now available after more time than usual lapsed since the 3.15-rc5 release.
The Linux 3.15-rc5 kernel was released almost two weeks ago and that was a quick release after -rc4, since Linus Torvalds was to be traveling over the following days, rather than doing the usual Sunday releases. Linus has continued merging a lot of regression/bug fixes while currently being in Japan. Linus hasn't officially sent out the 3.15-rc6 announcement at the time of writing, as the 3.15-rc6 was just tagged in Git minutes ago, but chances are he's not too happy with the amount of churn that's taken place for being this late in the release cycle.
The In-Home Streaming feature allows users to stream games from a Windows operating system to a Linux-powered machine that also runs Steam. This is the solution proposed by Valve that practically enables Linux gamers to play any Windows-only titles, although it's rather cumbersome, to say the least.
Like any other major Steam update, the latest has been preceded by a flurry of smaller ones in the Beta branch of the software. This is basically just a collection of those features and fixes that were already available for all users of Steam Beta.
While the power efficiency of Linux on desktop/laptop systems is improving, overall it still doesn't appear to be on par with Windows 8 or OS X systems, especially when it comes to the "out of the box" power performance as shipped by default. PowerTOP is one of the easiest ways to drop your Linux power usage, but for those curious about other measures, here's some other common yet useful resources for new Linux users to make their systems more power efficient.
Ironically, "Blue" was the Microsoft codename for the Windows 8.1 release. By default, Blue Pup boots into a screen displaying active tiles much like the Windows 8 Metro design. You can remove or add tiles and programs, and change their position and size. You can easily change the default mode so that Blue Pup boots instead into a standard desktop.
The Linux Format team genuinely hope you love this issue, as we think it shows how GNU/Linux is touching every aspect of not just the computing world, but our everyday lives too. Nothing highlights this better than our lead news story and the fallout from Heartbleed. Suddenly the world woke up and realised an open source project – OpenSSL – was a vital element in their lives, but from a near-disaster comes an amazing new solution.