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Ubuntu 11.04: an OS for your mum

Ubuntu 11.04: an OS for your mum

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The world is a big place, and it seems of no coincidence that Canonical’s offices sit 27 floors up in the Millbank Tower with a 360-degree view of it right in the middle of London. Canonical is the parent company of the most popular distribution free,... >>

Ubuntu 11.04 brings Unity to Linux

Ubuntu 11.04 brings Unity to Linux

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Canonical, the business side to several open source Linux platforms, has announced the arrival of Ubuntu 11.04. The release, which has the codename Natty Narwhal, brings with it a number of key features, most notably the introduction of the new Unity... >>

Ubuntu wants Unity across PCs

Ubuntu wants Unity across PCs

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Canonical's founder Mark Shuttleworth, has announced that Ubuntu versions in the future, starting with 11.04, will be ditching the Gnome desktop environment in favour of the Unity platform that is present on the current netbook version. The announcement... >>

Ubuntu 10.10 flies Linux into the cloud

Ubuntu 10.10 flies Linux into the cloud

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Canonical, the business side to several open source Linux platforms, has announced the arrival of Ubuntu 10.10. The release, which has the codename Maverick Meerkat, brings with it a number of key features, most notably cloud integration and compatibility... >>

MeeGo heading for your BMW

MeeGo heading for your BMW

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MeeGo, the joint Intel/Nokia OS hosted by the Linux Foundation, has been chosen by the GENIVI Alliance to be the system for its next release of its in-vehicle infotainment (IVI). The Alliance, which includes the BMW Group, Delphi, GM, Intel, Magneti-Marelli,... >>

Spotify for Linux previewed

Spotify for Linux previewed

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Penguin people rejoice - because Spotify has finally made its way onto Linux. It's just a preview version for now, and as such is unsupported, and there's no local file support either. Plus, you'll have to be a Spotify Premium user to be able to use it... >>

Chrome 5 takes Mac and Linux versions out of beta

Chrome 5 takes Mac and Linux versions out of beta

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Google has removed the beta tag from the Mac and Linux versions of its Chrome browser following the release of Chrome 5. The update also means a refresh for the Windows based browser and a raft of new features. The most exciting update is the multi machine... >>

Ubuntu 10.04 officially arrives

Ubuntu 10.04 officially arrives

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Open-source operating system creator Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 10.04, codenamed Lucid Lynx, has been let out into the wild, and is available for download. The announcement follows 2009's release of Jaunty Jackalope and Karmic Koala, and signifies... >>

Sony software update 3.2.1 hacked

Sony software update 3.2.1 hacked

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When he is not busy jailbreaking Apple iPhones, coder GeoHot seems to be doing the same to the PS3. Following Sony's decision to remove Other OS, ie Linux, support from the latest PS3 software update, the coder has found a way for gamers, or should we... >>

Sony ditches support for Other OSes on PS3

Sony ditches support for Other OSes on PS3

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Sony has announced that it will remove the ability to install a secondary operating system on the PS3 on Thursday. The company will be launching the latest firmware update, PS3 firmware 3.21 on Thursday and with it disabling the feature that has been... >>

Ubuntu Linux gets visual makeover

Ubuntu Linux gets visual makeover

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If there was ever a bit of software in dramatic need of a little bit of sexing up, it'd be Linux. For some time, the open-source OS has had a little bit of an image problem - seen as the operating system of choice for beardy coding types. That image wasn't... >>

Nokia and Intel announce MeeGo

Nokia and Intel announce MeeGo

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8 months after Nokia and Intel announced a partnership to work together the company has launched MeeGo.   Rather than a handset with a Moorestown chipset as found in the LG GW990 announced at CES, the collaboration will instead be a software platform... >>

iTablet launches from UK company

iTablet launches from UK company

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In its own words "hot on the heels of Apple's latest product launch", UK company X2 Computing has launched the "iTablet" range of Windows- or Linux-based tablet PCs. Due to start shipping in April 2010, in wording reminiscent of Apple's marketing speak,... >>

Freescale unveils 7-inch "smartbook" tablet

Freescale unveils 7-inch "smartbook" tablet

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The "smartbook" concept is due to be turned into a real world, next-gen product with the news that Freescale Semiconductor has unveiled a "tablet reference design". Featuring a 7-inch touchscreen (said to be four times the viewing area of a typical smartphone)... >>

State-of-the-art "First ELSE" Linux-based touchphone unveiled

State-of-the-art "First ELSE" Linux-based touchphone unveiled

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The "First ELSE", described as a new "state-of-the-art mobile device" from Israeli design house Emblaze Mobile has finally been unveiled at a London launch event which Pocket-lint attended. The First ELSE focuses on a "unique user experience" with the... >>

Moblin 2.1 released for netbooks

Moblin 2.1 released for netbooks

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The Moblin Linux project, which aims to create a user-friendly, lightweight and media-rich interface for mobile devices, has announced the release of version 2.1 for Intel Atom-based devices. A video overview of version 2.0 is on Youtube, and there's... >>

Parallels Desktop 5 software arrives

Parallels Desktop 5 software arrives

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Parallels has launched a new version of its operating system virtualization software. Parallels 5 allows you to run Windows, Linux, OS/2 Warp, or whatever other operating system takes your fancy from the comfort of your Mac desktop. The company reckons... >>

Linux founder says OS is bloated

Linux founder says OS is bloated

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Linus Torvals, the creator of the Linux kernel and therefore the founder of the open-source OS, has claimed that the operating system that he birthed has become "bloated", labelling it "huge and scary now". As a result of its success and more widespread... >>

Nokia N900 internet tablet handset announced

Nokia N900 internet tablet handset announced

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Nokia has confirmed the truth in recent internet rumours by announcing the launch of the ARM-powered Nokia N900. Running Maemo 5, an open source, Linus-based OS, the claim is that it delivers a "PC-like experience on a handset-sized device". Nokia has... >>

One-second Linux boot demonstrated

One-second Linux boot demonstrated

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Boot times for operating systems are given a lot of attention when a new one is released. When the Windows 7 beta appeared, much was made of its sub-30 second boot time. However, a Linux build has appeared which claims to boot in one second. It's been... >>

Comment: Google Chrome OS reinvents the wheel

Comment: Google Chrome OS reinvents the wheel

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Google announced their Chrome OS late last night on their Official Google Blog. A "new" platform that promises to provide a system for those who live online. Initially targeting netbooks, the company says the system will power a range of devices right... >>

First USB 3.0 driver available

First USB 3.0 driver available

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An enterprising hacker by the name of Sarah Sharp has posted a USB 3.0 driver for Linux that'll be making its way into the next revision of the operating system. The driver is available now, but given the near-total lack of USB 3.0 devices so far, you... >>

"I'm Linux" video competition launched

"I'm Linux" video competition launched

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The Linux Foundation has announced a contest that will see fans of the open source operating system create "I'm a PC/Get a Mac" type videos. The Foundation, acknowledging they can't spend millions promoting Linux on TV - "it's simply not our style (or... >>

90% netbooks sold with XP

90% netbooks sold with XP

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Asus has revealed that the sales of Eee PC models pre-loaded with Linux have fallen dramatically following the availability of Windows XP versions. Executives from Acer and Toshiba have told iTWire that more than 90% of their netbooks shipped were Windows... >>

Nokia Home Control Center announced

Nokia Home Control Center announced

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Nokia has announced today it is developing a smart home platform, the Nokia Home Control Center. Spelling issues aside, the platform will see a new era for the networked home when it is commercially available by the end of 2009. An open Linux-based offering,... >>