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Why It's Important That the New Ubuntu Phone Won't Rely On Apps

Linux Slashdot - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 23:25
tedlistens writes: To tackle the chicken-and-egg problem faced by the Windows Phone or Blackberry — you need an app ecosystem to gain market share, but you need market share in order to entice developers to your platform — Canonical, the creators of the free, open-source Linux-based OS Ubuntu, have taken a novel approach with their new phone, which will be launched in Europe next week: The phone — the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, made with Spanish manufacturers BQ — won't feature apps. Instead, it will have a new user experience paradigm called Scopes. These are "essentially contextual home-screen dashboards that will be much simpler and less time-consuming to develop than full-on native apps." For instance, the music Scope will pull songs from Grooveshark alongside music stored locally on your device, without strong differentiation between the two. The user experience, writes Jay Cassano at Fast Company, seems a lot more intuitive than the "app grids" that dominate most devices.

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Why It's Important That the New Ubuntu Phone Won't Rely On Apps

Linux Slashdot - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 23:25
tedlistens writes: To tackle the chicken-and-egg problem faced by the Windows Phone or Blackberry — you need an app ecosystem to gain market share, but you need market share in order to entice developers to your platform — Canonical, the creators of the free, open-source Linux-based OS Ubuntu, have taken a novel approach with their new phone, which will be launched in Europe next week: The phone — the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, made with Spanish manufacturers BQ — won't feature apps. Instead, it will have a new user experience paradigm called Scopes. These are "essentially contextual home-screen dashboards that will be much simpler and less time-consuming to develop than full-on native apps." For instance, the music Scope will pull songs from Grooveshark alongside music stored locally on your device, without strong differentiation between the two. The user experience, writes Jay Cassano at Fast Company, seems a lot more intuitive than the "app grids" that dominate most devices.

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Categories: Linux News

Why It's Important That the New Ubuntu Phone Won't Rely On Apps

Linux Slashdot - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 23:25
tedlistens writes: To tackle the chicken-and-egg problem faced by the Windows Phone or Blackberry — you need an app ecosystem to gain market share, but you need market share in order to entice developers to your platform — Canonical, the creators of the free, open-source Linux-based OS Ubuntu, have taken a novel approach with their new phone, which will be launched in Europe next week: The phone — the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, made with Spanish manufacturers BQ — won't feature apps. Instead, it will have a new user experience paradigm called Scopes. These are "essentially contextual home-screen dashboards that will be much simpler and less time-consuming to develop than full-on native apps." For instance, the music Scope will pull songs from Grooveshark alongside music stored locally on your device, without strong differentiation between the two. The user experience, writes Jay Cassano at Fast Company, seems a lot more intuitive than the "app grids" that dominate most devices.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: Linux News

Why It's Important That the New Ubuntu Phone Won't Rely On Apps

Linux Slashdot - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 23:25
tedlistens writes: To tackle the chicken-and-egg problem faced by the Windows Phone or Blackberry — you need an app ecosystem to gain market share, but you need market share in order to entice developers to your platform — Canonical, the creators of the free, open-source Linux-based OS Ubuntu, have taken a novel approach with their new phone, which will be launched in Europe next week: The phone — the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, made with Spanish manufacturers BQ — won't feature apps. Instead, it will have a new user experience paradigm called Scopes. These are "essentially contextual home-screen dashboards that will be much simpler and less time-consuming to develop than full-on native apps." For instance, the music Scope will pull songs from Grooveshark alongside music stored locally on your device, without strong differentiation between the two. The user experience, writes Jay Cassano at Fast Company, seems a lot more intuitive than the "app grids" that dominate most devices.

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Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 Will Be Rolling-Release

Linux Slashdot - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 23:00
jones_supa writes: Following the trend of rolling-release Linux distributions, Linux Mint brings you some news and information about Linux Mint Debian Edition 2, aka. "Betsy." As you might know, the Linux Mint team maintains two distributions: Linux Mint and LMDE. LMDE was a rolling distro for a while and eventually turned into a semi-rolling one. This was good at the time but it also presented challenges: the biggest issue in LMDE was the fact that it required a lot more maintenance than Linux Mint but that it had far less users. This hurt the frequency of updates it received but also the quality of the distribution. Now, LMDE 2 is going back to be continuously upgraded and to occasionally just receive media refresh ISO images. You can check the Roadmap to see the remaining issues. As the quality of Betsy is getting higher and higher, the project is getting closer to QA stage to iron out the bugs and perform proper testing.

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CrunchBang Linux Halts Development

Linux Slashdot - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 22:42
An anonymous reader writes: Philip Newborough, the developer behind CrunchBang Linux, has put an end to work on the distro. CrunchBang was built as a layer on top of Debian using the Openbox window manager that focused on performance and customization. Newborough says the changing landscape of Linux over the past decade has obviated the need for a distro like CrunchBang. "Whilst some things have stayed exactly the same, others have changed beyond all recognition. It's called progress, and for the most part, progress is a good thing. That said, when progress happens, some things get left behind, and for me, CrunchBang is something that I need to leave behind. I'm leaving it behind because I honestly believe that it no longer holds any value, and whilst I could hold on to it for sentimental reasons, I don't believe that would be in the best interest of its users, who would benefit from using vanilla Debian."

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Exclusive: Seafile Founder Daniel Pan Talks About His Open Source Cloud Software

Linux.com - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 19:22

The ownCloud and DropBox competitor Seafile is built with open source software and runs on Linux. Here, Founder Daniel Pan gives a behind-the-scenes look at how the software is built and how it compares to other self-hosted cloud solutions.

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Which Light Weight, Open Source Web Server is Right for You?

Linux.com - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 17:58

When you have a need that Apache can’t fill, it’s good to know there are alternatives available.

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

The Register - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 15:28
'Flash sales' – not that kind of Flash, silly

The first Ubuntu Linux smartphones go on sale next week, after more than a year of chatter about the upcoming release.

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Oracle tosses its Linux into Docker's repository

The Register - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 06:31
If you can't beat 'em ...

Oracle sometimes seems to be a bit miffed by enthusiasm for Linux container darling Docker because its own Solaris “Zones” have done containers for ages.

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Internet lobs $$$s at dev of crucial GPG tool after he runs short of cash

The Register - Fri, 06/02/2015 - 00:55
Raises $150,000 as netizens rush to back encryption and privacy software

Werner Koch is looking at a big payday after pulling in over $150,000 to fund the continuing development of his crucial open-source GNU Privacy Guard encryption tools.

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Still using Adobe Flash? Oh well, get updating: 15 hijack flaws patched

The Register - Thu, 05/02/2015 - 20:20
At least one is already being exploited – and more will targeted

People still using Adobe Flash should update the plugin after the Photoshop giant patched 15 remote-code execution holes in its screen-door software.

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Greg KH Favors Rolling Release Distros

Linux Slashdot - Thu, 05/02/2015 - 16:05
jones_supa writes In an interesting Google+ post, the lieutenant Linux developer Greg Kroah-Hartman mentions him fully moving to rolling-release Linux distributions: 'Finally retired my last 'traditional' Linux distro box yesterday, it's all 'rolling-release' Linux systems for me. Feels good. And to preempt the ask, it's Arch Linux almost everywhere (laptop, workstation, cloud servers), CoreOS (cloud server), and Gentoo for the remaining few (laptop, server under my desk).' What's your experience? Would in the current situation a rolling-release operating system indeed be the optimal choice?

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Microsoft's Nadella: Congratulations on 12 months of not being Steve Ballmer

The Register - Thu, 05/02/2015 - 15:02
Hard yards and difficult years lie ahead

It’s Satya Nadella’s first year as chief executive of the world’s largest software company.

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Satya Nadella, Year One: Has Microsoft's new CEO cut the mustard?

The Register - Thu, 05/02/2015 - 12:26
Ten highlights from Ballmer's successor's first 12 months

One year ago, on February 4, 2013, Microsoft's board of directors appointed Satya Nadella the third chief executive in the company's history. So what do we have to show for it, so far?

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Valve set for OpenGL BIG REVEAL at upcoming conference

The Register - Thu, 05/02/2015 - 01:38
Gaming firm set to give details on glNext

Games giant Valve says it will release details about a promised successor to the OpenGL graphics API at a conference in San Francisco next month.

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Facebook’s James Pearce: Open Source Creates More Quality Code

Linux.com - Wed, 04/02/2015 - 17:15

Head of Open Source at Facebook James Pearce describes the importance of cross-collaboration and open source software. 

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​The best open-source software for serious Linux users

Zdnet news - Wed, 04/02/2015 - 04:08
The LinuxQuestions website's annual survey results are in.
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Microsoft takes lid off .Net Common Language Runtime sauce

The Register - Wed, 04/02/2015 - 00:54
It's not .Net on Linux – yet – but it's getting there

In keeping with its plan to release all of its .Net Core development platform as open-source software, Microsoft on Tuesday published the code to CoreCLR, the .Net Core code execution runtime.

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Faster Raspberry Pi 2 Says Yes to Ubuntu and Windows, But Where's Android?

Linux.com - Tue, 03/02/2015 - 22:46

Raspberry Pi enthusiasts started the week with some welcome news: A Raspberry Pi 2 Model B SBC that is claimed to be six times faster than previous versions is available for the same $35 price.

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