Unity 8 is not ready for regular use, but Canonical is improving it all the time. Users need to know that despite all the important changes and improvements announced for the Unity 8, it won’t be terribly different from the current implementation.
One of the things Canonical learned the hard way is the fact that you don’t radically change the desktop environment and hope that you made the right call. The company changed the desktop from GNOME 2 to Unity, for reasons that can be explained at a later date, but the change was too sudden. It didn’t matter that users had some time to get used to Unity before the official launch. Most of them hated Canonical for that decision, and many still do.
A lot of the Ubuntu users are now used to Unity and the way it works. To be fair, the developers have greatly improved the desktop environment over the years, and it’s now pretty much complete. The only thing that Canonical needs right now is to replace Unity 7 with an alien Unity 8 and some users in the community think that it’s going to be a big change.
Then, how big it the change of Unity 8 from Unity 7?
Submitted by: Silviu Stahie
When Windows 8 rolled up to the curb, Microsoft did its best to enforce a protocol known as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Secure Boot. This was to be a modern replacement for the aging BIOS system and would help ensure boot-time malware couldn’t be injected into a system. For the most part, Linux has overcome those UEFI hurdles. However, with Windows 10, those hurdles could be returning.
This BIOS replacement, UEFI, caused some serious problems with “alternative” platforms. For some time, it was thought UEFI would render Linux uninstallable on any system certified for Windows 8 and up. So what are you to do when you have a new system and you want to install Linux? The answer isn’t always simple.
Submitted by: Jack Wallen
Ten years ago this week, the Linux kernel community faced a daunting challenge: They could no longer use their revision control system BitKeeper and no other Software Configuration Management (SCMs) met their needs for a distributed system. Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, took the challenge into his own hands and disappeared over the weekend to emerge the following week with Git. Today Git is used for thousands of projects and has ushered in a new level of social coding among programmers.
To celebrate this milestone, this article provide the behind-the-scenes story of Git and tell us what Linus thinks of the project and its impact on software development. You’ll find his comments in the story below. We’ll follow this Q&A with a week of Git in which we profile a different project each day that is using the revision control system. Look for the stories behind KVM, Qt, Drupal, Puppet and Wine, among others.
Submitted by: Jennifer Cloer
Open data and going digital are subjects high on the international agenda for global development, particularly when it comes to financing improved services and infrastructure for the poorest people in the world. Young people from Laos to Lagos aspire to become software developers, and smartphones are set to put unprecedented computing power into every corner of the earth. But the paradox is that many governments still only have rudimentary information technology infrastructure and often can’t find trained and skilled staff to design and run it.
As an example, in many African countries the capacity for central and regional government to work with digital tools is limited because it is common to find only a few people in the government department responsible for coordinating involvement and investment in, say, rural drinking water infrastructure and financing. Thus, they are easily stretched thin by the demands and the need to be experts on many aspects of IT and data systems. So, what is the solutions for this conditions?
Submitted by: Thomas Bjelkeman-Pettersson
The Asus Zenbook UX305 is a thin and light laptop that offers a pretty great value. For $699 you get a 2.6 pounds notebook with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of solid state storage, a 13.3 inch full HD matte display, and an Intel Core M Broadwell processor.
For the software, you also get Windows 8.1 software but what if you’d rather run Ubuntu? The answer is absolutely yes you can do that.
The operating system loaded quickly and most of the hardware worked without any problems. I was able to connect to my WiFi network, surf the web in Firefox, watch YouTube videos, and install apps using the Ubuntu Software Center, among other things.
I did all of this while running from the Live USB image, but you should also be able to install Ubuntu to internal storage to either dual-boot Windows and Ubuntu or to replace Windows altogether.
Submitted by: Brad Linder
The Internet of Things is driving an abundant amount of investment to the middleware tier. This involves activity among larger companies and numerous start-ups in developing platforms. The good news is that many of these platforms are using some common standards, noted Ian Skerrett, vice president of marketing and ecosystem at the Eclipse Foundation.
Technology wars are predictable. Every new wave of gadgetry brings a fight over who will be the next king of the software hill. The next big battle is brewing over control of the Internet of Things marketplace.
The IoT is quietly gaining momentum as companies develop software to connect all sorts of consumer products to the Internet. Consumers see only convenience and extensions to their always-on mobile devices. Product makers see a pathway to streaming data that can be monetized from buyers’ connections.
Could history be ripe for repeating itself as open source begins to take on the current, yet unsustainable, walled-garden core of the IoT? Based on the victories in some early skirmishes, innovations developed by open source start-ups may be the David in the here-again fight against proprietary Goliaths.
Submitted by: Jack M. Germain
MakuluLinux Cinnamon is a freely distributed, easy-to-use, easy-to-install, portable and open source desktop-oriented operating system based on the award-winning Debian GNU/Linux distribution and built around the beautiful, lightweight and modern Cinnamon desktop environment.
Its claimed as a very first x64 Edition for Makulu Linux family. This release is special for so many reasons, It is sure to mark a major milestone, not just for Makulu, but considering what is inside, the whole of the linux world.
Submitted by: Marius Nestor
Horrible event that really want to avoided is data loss because of broken harddisks. But, you still can do something with your harddisks if that event occurs. By utilizing ddrescue, a good tools for save your data, you still can get back your data.
GNU ddrescue is a program that copies data from one file or block device (hard disk, cd/dvd-rom, etc) to another, it is a tool to help you to save data from crashed partition i.e. it is a data recovery tool. It tries to read and if it fails it will go on with the next sectors, where tools like dd will fail. If the copying process is interrupted by the user it is possible to continue at any position later. It can copy backwards.
Submitted by: NixCraft
Like most people, I find myself using the same VoIP options everyone else is using. Thankfully, these days there are far more options available than what we might think.
One of the popular VoIP applications in Linux is Skype which coming from any other platforms, Linux VoIP clients often find themselves being compared to Skype. Foss advocates are usually quick to point out the flaws in trusting Skype with your voice calls, yet the fact is that this is what most people use. There are more than one alternative applications for VoIP communications in Linux.
Today, I’ll look at these options and also explore up-and-coming alternatives as well.
Submitted by: Matt Hartley
Matthias Clasen has released the latest GTK+ 3.15 development release that’s near final and about ready to be named GTK+ 3.16.
Yesterday’s GTK+ 3.15.12 release brings improvements to the GtkCellRendererPixbuf, GtkEntry and GtkMenuButton alterations, and the GTK+ Wayland back-end now has support for HiDPI cursors. There’s also various bug-fixes in GTK+ 3.15.12 like crash fixes and Pixman warnings. The official changes can be seen outlined via this Git commit.
Submitted by: Michael Larabel
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