Ubuntu 12.10 beta 1 screen shots

The first beta release of what will become Ubuntu 12.10 has been released. Code-named Quantal Quetzal, Ubuntu 12.10 will ship with two highly desirable features in Ubiquity, its graphical installation program.

It is also the first version of recent Ubuntu releases that will not have an alternate installer installation image, as most of the features from the alternate installer have now been incorporated into Ubiquity. This is a beta release, so some of the new features have not been completely implemented and it is also still crash-prone. Read More

Linux on the Desktop: New Opportunities

Lately we’ve been treated to (or bombarded by) a slew of articles and blog posts proclaiming the failure and/or the death of Linux on the desktop. I could describe what I really think of these articles but my language would be a bit more colorful than would be appropriate. Suffice it to say it’s all bunk as far as I am concerned. Read More

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