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January 23, 2015
The developmental path and sketchy developer website may cast an unfavorable impression about Zenwalk's trustworthiness as a serious computing platform. The ho-hum impression when first running the live edition does little to encourage users to take this Linux OS for a stroll. Zenwalk Linux becomes a bit more impressive once you get beyond the awkward first-time experience, but it comes with a number of problems that might be prohibitive for a new user looking for an all-purpose Linux OS. [More...]

January 21, 2015
Canonical on Tuesday unveiled Snappy Ubuntu Core, a new rendition of Ubuntu targeting the Internet of Things. Snappy Ubuntu Core offers a minimal server image with the same libraries as "traditional" Ubuntu, but Snappy apps and Ubuntu Core can be upgraded automatically and rolled back if necessary. Snappy runs on any device with an ARMv7 or Intel x86 processor and at least 256 MB of RAM. [More...]

January 22, 2015
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Chromebooks have found a home in the classroom, thanks to their low cost, multiple user-friendly features, and construction that can take some hard knocks. Acer's latest models, the Chromebook C910 (pictured here) and the Chromebook C740, are integrated with Google Docs, the company's free or low-fee productivity apps. Documents are automatically stored in Google's cloud. [More...]

January 20, 2015
The past week has afforded plenty of fodder for conversation here in the Linux blogosphere: the MintBox Mini; the Steam for Linux file-deletion bug; and the latest in the Systemd saga, for example. However, this week seems like a good time to revisit some classic gems from days gone by -- particularly the sweet spot that can be found at the intersection of Linux and Love. [More...]

January 19, 2015
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Adobe has plugged a big hole in its mobile line with Lightroom for Android. Covering both iOS and Android leaves little mobile turf unclaimed. "In reality, they are the only two necessary mobile platforms for any one app vendor to support. Windows and the rest are good to have, but most app developers choose iOS first and then add Android later," said Gartner analyst Brian Blau. [More...]

January 15, 2015
Security questions recently have been raised about Docker, a promising technology for running applications in the cloud. Docker is an open source initiative that allows applications to be run in containers for flexibility and mobility only dreamt of in the past. "Since the 70s, programmers have been talking about reusable code and the ability to migrate applications," noted IDC analyst Al Gillen. [More...]

January 14, 2015
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Samsung is not even close to abandoning Android -- at least, not yet -- but it is tinkering with an operating system of its own, Tizen. The company just introduced the Z1, a smartphone that runs Tizen, in India. "India's mobile market is ... open to new smartphone platforms that are open source, can provide unique local solutions, and are adaptable across multiple brands," Samsung said. [More...]

January 14, 2015
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Google wants to let consumers build their own smartphones through a modular system called "Project Ara," but it's not clear whether that's something the average Joe really wants to do. It's going to be a significant challenge "to explain this to consumers so that their heads don't spin," said IDC's Ramon Llamas. "In general, consumers don't come along with engineering degrees." [More...]

January 13, 2015
Well it was a fairly quiet week here in the Linux blogosphere, as much of the mainstream tech world staggered directly out of their New Year's revelries and into the halls of CES. Not that Linux didn't have a presence at the gargantuan show, mind you. It was there, all right -- not just in phones but in TVs, smartwatches and cars, to name just a few examples. [More...]

January 13, 2015
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Everybody seems to like webOS, but the operating system has had trouble finding a place in the sun. It wasn't sexy enough to save Palm, and despite spending more than a billion dollars to acquire the ailing company, HP didn't seem to have any idea what to do with the OS and gave it away. LG, the latest to own webOS rights and sponsor its open source community, may be the first to see it succeed. [More...]

January 12, 2015
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Consumers may not care which OS runs their smart TV, but they do want all of their home and personal technology to work together, and that's where Tizen might have an edge. Tizen's compatibility with other devices can establish a Samsung smart TV as the control center of any smart home, the company said, setting the standard for future smart TVs and redefining the entertainment experience. [More...]

January 8, 2015
It's the dawn of a new year here in the Linux blogosphere, and that means the power is in our hands to make 2015 better than the last one. At least in theory, the Systemd Inferno possibly, could be extinguished over these next 12 months; Devuan could thrive -- or not; and Linux in general could see its best year yet. What actually will happen? That is the subject of more than a few musings. [More...]

January 6, 2015
Free open source office suites to read, write, convert or replace the industry-standard Microsoft Office document formats are in ample supply. Yet their use in business and government, especially in the U.S., lags far behind proprietary products. The Document Foundation, creator of the LibreOffice variant of the free OpenOffice suite, recently joined the Open Source Business Alliance. [More...]

December 29, 2014
Well we're into the last few days of 2014 here in the Linux blogosphere, and fortunately the tequila supplies down at the Broken Windows Lounge continue to hold strong. The weather outside may be frightful, but the refreshments -- like the software -- remain nothing short of delightful. It didn't take long for bloggers to slip into a sentimental mood as they reminisced about the waning year. [More...]

December 22, 2014
Well the holidays are pretty much upon us at last here in the Linux blogosphere, and there's nowhere left to hide. The next two weeks or so promise little more than a blur of forced social occasions and too-large meals, punctuated only by occasional respite down at the Broken Windows Lounge. Perhaps that's why Linux bloggers seized with such glee upon a good old-fashioned mystery. [More...]

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