Systemd is Back, Microsoft Hearts Linux, and Qubes OS
News seemed a bit slow on this All Hallows Eve, but there was still plenty to highlight. Folks are questioning Microsoft's recent claims to "love Linux." Systemd is back in the headlines with a primer from Chris Hoffman, a Fedora Rawhide systemd warning is in effect, and someone Ask Slashdot if readers could say anything nice about systemd. Jack M. Germain reviews Qubes OS and Larry Cafiero brings "The Wide World of Canonical."
Dual-screen Android PoS device supports EMV
Poynt launched a portable, Android-based PoS device with 7- and 4.3-inch touchscreens, plus WiFi, BLE, 4G, NFC, and EMV, plus a printer and card scanner.
Point-of-Sale (PoS) devices have increasingly gone portable, such as the Linux-based USAT ePort G10. Now a startup called Poynt, formed by former Google Wallet and PayPal executive Osama Bedier, has unveiled one of the most advanced — and coolest looking — mobile terminals yet with its Poynt Smart Terminal. The device features both merchant- and customer-facing touchscreens, both with higher resolution than typical PoS devices, and offers a wide variety of wireless and imaging payment technologies.
She who rules databases rules the world. Even if you don't want to rule the world, knowing a good set of database commands will make your life easier.
The Wine development release 1.7.30 is now available.
The newest release, Wine 1.7.30, still lacks the Direct3D command stream multi-threading work or any breakthroughs in better Direct3D 10/11 support, but it continues working on Wine's recent focus of DirectWrite support, a text layout and glyph rendering API with hardware aceleration that began in the Windows 7 days to replace their GDI(+) interface.
There are quite a few terminals out there, and some of them follow the drop-down style. GNOME has Guake, a GTK-based terminal emulator with lots of features, but there is also Tilda or Final Term, while the KDE de-facto terminal is Yakuake.
I'm sure many Atom users already know this, but I didn't get to write an article about it, so here's a quick update: the Atom developers have started providing 64bit DEB packages for more than a month. Also, 4 days ago, they added official 64bit RPM packages.