Canonical set a bold goal when they launched the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the Ubuntu Edge phone, asking backers to collectively raise a total of $32 million, which would be the highest amount any crowdsourced project would raise. Sadly, the company didn't meet the mark, but it ended up raising almost $13 million.
Linux users have enjoyed a veritable lack of malware that targets the everyday user for quite a long time, yet those days are very slowly coming to an end, with more trojans and such that target the operating system showing up. One such bit of malicious software is called "Hand of Thief," the brainchild of Russian cyber-criminals designed to nab banking details.
You might remember that dual-booting Linux and Android-powered phone that we discussed last month. It's called the Ubuntu Edge and it's hoping to change the mobile landscape in a big way. However, before it can do that, Canonical needs some funding help in order to produce the phone for the masses, and it seems like pledges are slowing down, for which Canonical is bumping the price down in order to get more people interested.
Laptop battery life is something that we all can't seem to be happy with. No matter how long the battery is able to last, there are always times when we curse into the wind when we get that dreaded battery warning while on the road. However, a new Ubuntu laptop looks to solve those problems by coming with a solar panel attached to keep the battery juiced up without a power cord.
In an effort to create the first smartphone that can dual-boot both Linux and Android, Canonical is looking to raise money on Indiegogo in order to make such a thing happen. The phone would run a version of Ubuntu Touch, as well as a version of Android, although it's not said exactly what version the phone will be running.
In the Utilite mini-PC, if you're all about working with open-source software, small form factor, and more ports than you know what to do with, the team at Compulab may have created just the monster you're looking for. This week the creators of the Utilite have announced not only that the machine itself exists, but that they'll be selling it in different configurations starting at under $100 USD. The smallest of these works with a Freescale i.M6 single-core processor and will be aiming to be just about as basic as possible.
This week the folks at Double Fine have announced that they are - once again - taking to Kickstarter to fund an upcoming gaming venture. This time around, it's a game by the name of Massive Chalice, and they're pushing forth a world in which turn-based tactics meet "feudal fantasy", making what they call a "lovechild" of the two elements - this game will eventually be appearing on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines.
It has been a busy couple days, and we've seen a lot so far at Google's I/O event, including quite a bit of Glass news. Earlier today, the Internet giant held a Voiding your Warranty session detailing the process of putting Ubuntu on Glass, showing the process with a screencast from the device beneath the Terminal. The process isn't terribly involved, but does take a few steps for those willing to risk messing something up and rendering Glass effectively bricked.
If you're familiar with the Alienware X51, you know you've only had it available with Windows software out of the box until now - now you'll find Ubuntu leading up the show. This machine brings on a rather small form factor you can use to replace your gaming console - if you dare - a possibility made even more real now that Valve's Steam gaming interface works with Linux natively. You know good and well you've wanted to try it since that bit was announced.
This week the latest NetMarketShare report has been revealed, showing Windows to continue to dominate PC operating system shares in general, with Windows 8 coming up slowly but steadily. In the information presented today, you'll find that back when Windows 8 was released - back at the tail-end of 2012, not that long ago - the one operating system here that did not take a significant downward turn (or continue to lose popularity), was Apple's own OS X. That said, Windows 7's overtake of Windows XP back several months before Windows 8 arrived places it in the coveted "trusted by businesses" category - Windows 8 doesn't seem to have gained that badge quite yet.