Microsoft has sent a Happy Birthday message to the Linux Foundation, congratulating them on turning 20 years old. The video, created by the Microsoft Germany team and shared on the Linux video site, documents the past twenty years of sniping and rivalry between the two platforms, though suggests that the end for such arguments might be in sight.
The folks who brought you the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the experiments therein are now working to bring you an OHR, aka an Open Hardware Repository for all the collaborative electronics design you could possibly handle. For those of you that don't know, CERN also has their very own Linux distribution based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux known as Scientific Linux CERN. It was the productivity of this project that inspired this newest effort, the group hoping now to bring this open source software development model to the hardware world.
Adobe has stated that by the end of 2011 it expects that there will be more than 200 million smartphones and tablets that will be able to run Adobe AIR apps. That will include Android and iOS devices as well as the Blackberry Tablet OS devices that are on the market. Adobe says it is committed to bringing its runtime technologies to platforms and devices that are important to end users through its partners.
We have talked about the cool gear that MimoMonitors offers several times in the past. The company has a line of cool USB monitors that are small and compact and get the power and connectivity they need to operate from a single USB port. The company has a cool new bundle that wraps any one of those monitors up in a package with a MimoPlug Linux computer. The MimoPlug is one of the tiny computers that hangs from your wall outlet and takes up about the same amount of space as an AC adapter.
The Pirate Bay, a Swedish site that hosts BitTorrent files, may have been blocked by Comcast to their subscribers. TorrentFreak reported this morning that Comcast subscribers were unable to access The Pirate Bay's site. The Pirate Bay has been no stranger to downtime, but this time around, it seemed to be only affecting certain people. Comcast has denied that they are the ones blocking the site. So what is going on?
A lot of schools in the US and abroad have such a tight budget that things for kids to learn with like computers are hard to come by. When I was a kid, we learned some basic computer programming in school, but today many schools simply tech a child how to use basic things on the computer like word processing and general computer skills. Some schools don’t have enough computers for the students to use and having enough machines for each student to take on home to learn on is generally out of the question.
Google has become the first victim of a Linux patent infringement case, fined $5m by a Texas court and facing potential legal repercussions that could significantly impact Android development. The suit, filed by Bedrock Computer Technologies, alleged Google - as well as various other big-name companies, including Amazon, Softlayer, PayPal, AOL and Yahoo! - had infringed a patent covering "methods and apparatus for information storage and retrieval using a hashing technique with external chaining and on-the-fly removal of expired data."
Have you heard of Ubuntu? Of course you have. It's the top Linux distribution worldwide. Ubuntu is the first project that made it easy for regular users to really run Linux on the desktop. Ubuntu uses GNOME as it's preferred desktop solution. GNOME is a desktop environment package that allows a single software package to take care of just about everything your GUI hands could ever desire. The GNOME Project recently announced a major version overhaul. This is like the Linux equivalent of a jump from XP to Windows 7.
The netbook was flying high in the darkest days of the recession over the last few years as consumers that needed or wanted a new computer flocked to the cheap machines rather than full on notebooks. As the economy improved, the market moved back to notebooks that are more powerful and with the advent of the tablet, many that would have bought a netbook opted for a tablet like the iPad instead.
I just signed up for Netflix for the first time. I know, I'm way past the freshmeat boat on that one, but I never wanted it for anything until last week. Much to my chagrin, I went to instant-play and found that Linux wasn't a supported operating system. Most of the time these days, when a website says such a thing it's not really that big of a deal. There's often some kind of "do it anyway" link to click on. After spending a couple of minutes looking for such an option, I didn't find it. I turned to the interweb to see if anyone else had run into this issue and to see if there were some workarounds available. I started doing a little digging and found out about this sordid story involving Microsoft's Silverlight, Novell's open source Moonlight, and Digital Rights Management.