NVIDIA Announces New Legacy Linux Support

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

Five things Desktop Linux has to do to beat Windows 8

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

7 Great Android Apps You Can’t Get on the Kindle Fire

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

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