Collection of Linux related news hopefully!
Changes in Ubuntu will speed up the process of building apps and getting them approved for Software Center - but they could leave you more tied into the Linux distro’s software development kit (SDK).
Since the National Security Agency's PRISM surveillence program was leaked to the press in June, the public and corporate backlash has some analysts estimating billions of dollars in losses for the IT services industry. In this context, developing an open source alternative to commercial cloud platforms becomes even more important, argues Brian Aker, a fellow in the HP cloud services division. In this Q&A Aker addresses open cloud skeptics; the role of Linux in the open cloud; HP's commitment to OpenStack and involvement in the project; and how PRISM has affected enterprise cloud strategy.
Work is underway on bringing Ubuntu Touch to the Oppo Find 5 smartphone.
The device is made by China-based electronics manufacturer Oppo Digital.
Like many 3rd party, community-contributed builds it will be not be formally supported by Canonical.
With the Oppo Find 5 sporting some impressive specs at an equally impressive price, the device could find favour with Ubuntu enthusiasts burnt out on the (seemingly inevitable) failure of the Edge campaign.Specifications
Specifications wise the Oppo doesn’t quite match the Edge – but at $533 (nearly $300 less than the Edge’s original price), and the fact it’s already available to buy, it’d be unfair to expect it to.
The device, available in 16GB and 32GB versions, comes with:
- Snapdragon (A7) Quad-Core CPU @ 1.5GHz
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 5″ screen (1080×1920, 441 PPI)
- 2GB RAM
Features-wise the device boasts the usual set:
- GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, DLNA
- WiFi Display & WiFi Direct
- Gyroscope & digital compass
- Light, IR proximity, magnetic & gravity sensors
The developer behind the port, Oppo forum user Eoghan, has only just started ‘…getting a device tree etc modified to work with ubuntu touch’s build environment’. As such there’s little ‘fancy pants’ stuff to see for now.
But, with Ubuntu Touch developers providing a comprehensive set of documentation on porting Ubuntu Touch to Android devices, it shouldn’t be too long before Eoghan is able to get the platform up and running.
Here’s hoping that Ubuntu Touch also finds (ho-ho) its way to Oppo’s forthcoming R819 device. It’s slimmer, sleeker albeit less powerful than the Find 5.
For more information on the Ubuntu Touch port for the Oppo Find 5 head over to the official Oppo forums using the link below.
OpenDaylight is an open source software project focused on advancing Software-Defined Networking (SDN). This is the first blog in a series that profiles the people who are contributing to the project. Brent Salisbury works as a network architect and software hacker with over 15 years of IT experience in large enterprise, healthcare and regional provider networks.
When was the last time that you last paid any attention to the Ubuntu boot experience?
Chances are it wasn’t recently. Ubuntu’s boot screen is nice enough and, if you’re on a recent computer, pretty quick, too.
But could it be improved?‘Better experience’
Mir – Ubuntu’s forthcoming display-server – thinks that part of the boot process could be made technically better. Amongst the benefits it’ll bring will be a smoother handover from loading screen to login screen.
But what about the look? What about the boot manager? Could any of this be styled better?
Lucas Romero Di Benedetto thinks so. He’s put together an animated mock-up of how his ideal Ubuntu boot experience would look.
It might not be entirely feasible to recreate due to the way the process is structured, but it’s certainly a thought in the right direction.
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Blogger Pamela Jones will shut down her award-winning legal news website Groklaw following revelations that the NSA is intercepting the world's internet communications.
“Flat design” – it’s what clichéd people on the TV would call ‘bang on trend’ right now.
From websites to icon sets, designers are ditching gloss and gradients in droves, favouring the less eyeball taxing simplicity of flatter, cleaner and more linear efforts.
The most visible example of this ‘trend’ is by (no groaning at the back) Apple. Their decision to overhaul the UI of iOS 7 with flatter-looking, less-glossy icons and widgets has fuelled adoption of the look amongst others.
Out of respect for the blood pressure of the easily-riled I shall point out that I’m not saying Apple invented the flat look, were the first to use it, or do it the best.
And when something is popular you can bet your Auntie’s bloomers that it’ll turn up on Linux in no-time…Flat Icons for Ubuntu
There are several “flat icon” themes for Linux – Nitrux being one we’ve covered previously – but the one we’re writing about today is called ‘Plateau’.
Plateau (named because, yes, it’s flat) is a fully scalable icon set boasting some 400 icons for a wide variety of applications, places, mime-types and more.
The developer, ~sbstnblnd, offers up little else about his motivation for the set, but his work is perhaps one of the better examples of this trend being co-opted for use on the Linux desktop.
Plateau is in active development so if you don’t see an icon for ‘gObscureApp’ you’ll just have to be patient.Download & Install
Downloading and installing Plateau 2.0 is as straightforward as with any other Linux icon set.
First download the 2.3mb .zip archive from the artist’s deviantArt page:
Once the Zip file has fully downloaded you’ll want to extract it (right click > extract here) so that you’re left with a folder called ‘plateau’.
Next, open up your Home folder and press ctrl+h to reveal hidden files. Find the folder named ‘.icons’ (the period is important) and move the folder you extracted in the previous step into this folder.
Finally, open up a tool such as Unity Tweak Tool to set ‘Plateau‘ as your icon theme.
Don’t forget to give us a nudge via our contact form if you come across an icon theme you like (or happen to be working on).
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If you want to be reminded that you're getting old, ask a youngster what Windows NT is. Chances are, there'll be blank looks all round. Windows What? Is it, like, a codename for a new version?
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