Amazon's Kindle Fire HD will give Apple's iPad fits

I love my Nexus 7. It's replaced my Apple iPad for daily use. But, at 7-inch display, people who want a full-sized tablet don't like it as much as I do. For them, the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD with its 8.9-inch display, 16GBs of storage, and a price of only $299 may just hit their sweet spot

Don't think for a minute that the Kindle Fire HD is just for home-users. True, it's got lots of consumerish features such as FreeTime, so your kids won't spend all day on the tablet; Dolby audio for music and movies; X-Ray for Movies, which will let you get film info from IMDB while you're watching a film; and so on. That's all nice, but it was the business features that caught my eye. Read More

Motorola Goes for Bleeding Edge With New RAZR Line

Now an official division of Google, Motorola has introduced the three newest entries in its RAZR line of smartphones. Far from the flip-style RAZRs of times past, these handsets boast large screens and a multitude of Google services, running the Chrome browser and Google Maps under the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. Read More

California Passes First Open Source Textbook Legislation

SACRAMENTO – Only a signature away, Governor Jerry Brown will have an opportunity to lower the cost of college textbooks by creating the nation’s first free open source digital library for college students and faculty.
Friday, the California State Senate unanimously passed the first of its kind open educational resource digital library, or (OER), offering students free access to textbooks in the most commonly taken lower-division courses at public postsecondary institutions. Read More

Linux Gaming Begins Gathering Steam

"Steam remains one of the best assets in the gaming space today that doesn't get much attention due to the console cycles and the rise of social gaming," said P.J. McNealy, consultant at Digital World Research. "However, it's right in the thick of the emerging business models for gaming, and being available on Linux certainly can't hurt." Read More

The Linux Professional Job Quest: 4 Real-Life Tales

Their tales are as varied as the ways in which their systems are used, but the common thread among Linux professionals' career arcs is that they took matters into their own hands and made things happen. Here are their roll-up-your-sleeves stories. Read More

Department of Energy Using Warm Water to Cool New Data Center

The U.S. government is currently in the process of building one of the most efficient data centers in the world.

The data center is being built by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in partnership with HP and Intel and will house a new High-Performance Computing (HPC) system. The facility is known as the Energy Systems Integration Facility and is located in Golden, Colorado.

Steve Hammond, NREL Computational Science Director, told Enterprise Networking Planet that the goal of the new data center is to have a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.06, which is substantially better than the industry average of 1.91. Read More

6 Linux Distros Worth Checking Out

One of the best things about Linux is that its distributions come in all shapes and sizes. There’s a distro for every taste and skill level.
Below is a list of some of the most popular Linux distributions. Be sure to check them out and let us know what you think. If you’re familiar with these distros, feel free to tell us about your experiences and share your recommendations. Read More

Canonical, the FSF and the Ongoing Secure Boot Saga

There's been plenty of speculation as to Canonical's rationale. Meanwhile, reports of murmurings on the topic among Debian developers have kept imaginations active, as has the arrival of the first retail PCs to support UEFI Secure Boot. Bottom line? No proverbial "fat lady" is going to be singing around here anytime soon. On Slashdot and beyond, the flames of controversy just keep getting higher. Read More

The Perfect Desktop - Kubuntu 12.04

This tutorial shows how you can set up a Kubuntu 12.04 desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge. Read More

Major Open-Source ARM Announcement Coming

There's a very exciting open-source announcement coming soon that will please an increasing number of ARM Linux users and fans of open-source graphics drivers.

This forthcoming announcement, which isn't being detailed yet but will be yet another Linux graphics exclusive for Phoronix the near future, is something entirely different from the other recent open-source ARM Linux graphics advancements. As something until then. let's recap the existing open-source ARM graphics activities: Read More