Submitted by tuxtops2 on Thu, 2012-10-04 00:18.
We've all heard the hype about how making the switch to Ubuntu is suppose to be the ultimate desktop experience for Windows converts. Ask any Linux power user, however, and you'll find this opinion tends to vary.
Regardless of your thoughts on Ubuntu vs. other distributions, the fact remains that – properly setup – an Ubuntu installation can perform as a highly effective desktop. Read More
Submitted by tuxtops2 on Wed, 2012-10-03 22:59.
Clearly, free Android apps can be part of highly productive tablet use.
Okay, sure, maybe you're not meant to use a tablet for productivity. Tablets are supposed to be for consuming content, for texting, email, and web browsing rather than creating content – or so some people think.
But if you hang out at coffee shops or pass through airports, you only have to count the tablets to know that people are using these devices for serious work, and in growing numbers.
The desktop, apparently, is not dead so much as in the process of being miniaturized. The free Android app is a key player in that. Read More
Submitted by tuxtops2 on Wed, 2012-10-03 22:55.
If you are having problems with getting good educational software that is affordable, then think again because Linux is here for you. Okay what a lot of people are not aware of is that there is a lot of wonderful educational software that can be used on the Linux operating system. Of course Linux as you may already know is open source and freely distributed, which means that it is also free. Now here is a list of the different educational software that you can use on the Linux operating system. Read More
Submitted by tuxtops2 on Wed, 2012-09-12 09:22.
Open source vendors can save institutions money and resources, but it's important to ask the right questions up front to avoid surprises.
With their budgets under increasing pressure, many campus IT directors are considering open source projects for the first time. On the face of it, the savings can be significant. Commercial emergency-planning software can cost upward of six figures, for example, whereas the open source Kuali Ready might run as little as $15,000 per year when hosted by a consortium. Read More
Submitted by tuxtops2 on Wed, 2012-09-12 09:19.
NVIDIA has announced today the graphics cards that are no longer supported by their mainline Linux graphics driver going forward but will be moved to a new 304.xx Linux legacy driver branch.
The information that NVIDIA officially posted today is basically the same as what I wrote two weeks back in NVIDIA To Discontinue Linux Support For Some GPUs. With the NVIDIA 304.xx proprietary driver series that they're currently on, they will be ending support for GeForce 6 "NV4x" and GeForce 7 "G7x" graphics processors. Read More
Submitted by tuxtops2 on Sat, 2012-09-08 09:47.
In 2007, thanks to netbooks and Vista, Linux briefly exploded onto the desktop. Microsoft soon realized they were losing the low-end laptop market and they brought XP back from the dead and practically gave it away to original equipment manufacturers (OEM)s. It worked. Linux's popularity receded. In 2012, Microsoft is once more bringing out a dog of a desktop operating system, Windows 8, so desktop Linux will once more get a chance to shine... if it can. Read More
Submitted by tuxtops2 on Sat, 2012-09-08 09:45.
So, Amazon doesn't exactly highlight this, but all of its Kindle Fires are Androids on the inside. Amazon slaps a heavy skin on top, so it's not at all recognizable, but it's Android all the same. Great, so you get access to all of the Android apps, right? Not exactly.
Amazon has strayed far enough from the Android path that it doesn't have access to the Google Play Store (formerly the Android Market). And while there are 50,000 offerings in Amazon's Apps for Android store, that pales in comparison to the 600,000 apps every other Android user has at their disposal. Read More
Submitted by tuxtops2 on Sat, 2012-09-08 09:42.
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
Submitted by tuxtops2 on Sat, 2012-09-08 09:41.
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
Submitted by tuxtops2 on Sat, 2012-09-08 09:37.
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