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Supercomputing on the cheap with Parallella

By Federico Lucifredi
December 10, 2013

Packing impressive supercomputing power inside a small credit card-sized board running Ubuntu, Adapteva‘s $99 ARM-based Parallella system includes the unique Ephiphany numerical accelerator that promises to unleash industrial strength parallel processing on the desktop at a rock-bottom price. The Massachusetts-based …

Four short links: 28 August 2013

By Nat Torkington
August 27, 2013

Juju — Canonical’s cloud orchestration software, intended to be a peer of chef and puppet. (via svrn) Cultural Heritage Symbols — workshopped icons to indicate interactives, big data, makerspaces, etc. (via Courtney Johnston) Quinn Norton: Students as Hackers (EdTalks) — …

Will Developers Move to Sputnik?

By Meghan Blanchette
August 22, 2013

Barton George (@barton808) is the Director of Development Programs at Dell, and the lead on Project Sputnik—Dell’s Ubuntu-based developer laptop (and its accompanying software). He sat down with me at OSCON to talk about what’s happened in the past year …

Four short links: 22 February 2012

By Nat Torkington
February 22, 2012

Hashbangs (Dan Webb) -- why those terrible #! URLs are a bad idea. Looks like they're going away with pushState coming to browsers. As Dan says, "URLs are forever". Let's get them right. I'm fascinated by how URLs are changing meaning and use over time. DNA Sequencing on a USB Stick -- this has been going the rounds, but...

Four short links: 25 February 2011

By Nat Torkington
February 25, 2011

Canonical's New Plan for Banshee -- Canonical prepare the Linux distribution Ubuntu. They will distribute the popular iTunes-alike Banshee, but instead of the standard Amazon store plugin (which generates much $ in affiliate revenue for the GNOME Foundation) they will have Canonical's own Amazon store plugin and keep 75% of the revenue (25% going to the GNOME Foundation). They're...

Developer Week in Review

Developer Week in Review
By James Turner
February 23, 2011

Coming up on the Week in Review: Revolt of the App Store developers, Ubuntu's innocence lost, and a report we swear you'll like.

Debunking the 1% Myth

By Caitlyn Martin
September 7, 2010

It seems like almost every day someone in the tech press or someone commenting in a technical forum will claim that Linux adoption on the desktop (including laptops) is insignificant. The number that is thrown around is 1%. These claims are even repeated by some who advocate for Linux adoption. Both the idea that Linux market share on the desktop is insignificant and the 1% figure are simply false and have been for many years.

Report from Debian Conference

By Andy Oram
August 6, 2010

DebConf 2010 was held in New York City. This blog covers several interesting presentations and some general observations about the Debian community.

This Takes The Cake: Sam Varghese of IT Wire Goes On The Offensive Again

By Caitlyn Martin
April 15, 2010

He has now, on three separate occasions this year, written pieces which are harshly critical of Ubuntu's detractors. If you dare say anything negative about his favorite Linux distribution you will be in Mr. Varghese's cross hairs. [...] Indeed, in a piece published today Sam Varghese spends three pages explaining The main problem with Linux: ignorant users. However, he doesn't talk about users in general. The three pages are dedicated to attacking someone Mr. Varghese seems to see as the epitome of the ignorant user: yours truly.

How Canonical Can Do Ubuntu Right: It Isn't a Technical Problem

By Caitlyn Martin
April 11, 2010

I knew in advance that venting my frustrations with Ubuntu in the form of an article yesterday would stir up a hornet's nest. [...] Having read all the comments I'd like to clarify my thoughts on the subject.

Ubuntu Is A Poor Standard Bearer For Linux

Ubuntu Is A Poor Standard Bearer For Linux
By Caitlyn Martin
April 10, 2010

To whatever part of the general non-geek public is even aware of Linux the names "Linux" and "Ubuntu" are all but interchangeable. Over the past few years I've come to the conclusion that this state of affairs is, at best, unfortunate.

iPad falls short on cloud integration

By Edd Dumbill
April 5, 2010

The iPad is an amazing piece of hardware, but it's still a 1.0 device. At the top of the "to be improved list" should be a simple mechanism for synchronization and cloud access.

OSCON: Building Belonging (in communities)

By Robert Kaye
July 23, 2009

I dove right in to OSCON by attending Jono Bacon's "Building Belonging" community talk. Jono, who is the community manager for Ubuntu, started out his presentation by asking what communities can do to build and improve the sense of belonging that people have in their community. After talking a little about what belonging means, he threw out the first concrete...

Four short links: 22 July 2009

By Nat Torkington
July 22, 2009

ARtisan -- AR Flash library, the fastest and easiest way from point A to point B in browser based augmented reality. Love the demos on the home page. (via and bjepson) How to Increase Sign-ups By 200% -- A/B testing from 37Signals showed that "See Plans and Pricing" got twice the clickthroughs of "Free Trial!" and variations thereon. (via...

Jono Bacon on the Value of Good Communities

Jono Bacon on the Value of Good Communities
By James Turner
July 9, 2009

Ubuntu has enjoyed fantastic success over the past few years, becoming one of the dominant Linux distributions, and the distribution of choice for netbooks. Jono Bacon's job is to make sure that that success continues, by keeping the huge Ubuntu developer community happy and productive. We caught up with Jono in advance of his appearance at OSCON, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, and he was more than happy to talk about the efforts underway to not only improve the Ubuntu community, but also bring together other communities, such as Gnome and KDE, to help them work better together. Jono officially works for Canonical, a company founded by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth for the promotion of Ubuntu and other free software projects.

A Linux Netbook Done The Right Way: the Sylvania g Netbook Meso

A Linux Netbook Done The Right Way: the Sylvania g Netbook Meso
By Caitlyn Martin
April 1, 2009

In just over two months of use so far I have been very impressed with the Sylvania g Netbook Meso. None of the issues, hardware or software, that I encountered with the original g Netbook, are seen in the somewhat newer model. The Meso has proven to be an upgrade in performance, in reliability, and most definitely in the area of software.

Karmic Koalas Love Eucalyptus

By Simon Wardley
February 26, 2009

An introduction into Canonical's strategy for open source cloud computing with Ubuntu.

Interview about community

By Andy Oram
February 17, 2009

Author Jono Bacon, community manager for Ubuntu, is writing a book about community building for free software projects and others. He has set up a site for news and comments.

My Netbook Took Me Back To Windows

By Brady Forrest
December 15, 2008

When I left Microsoft I switched to a Macbook Pro and didn't look back. I never thought that I would use a Windows machine regularly again. Then I got an Asus Eee PC 1000h (10.2 in screen, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 Processor, upgraded to 2GB RAM; I judge it to be on the larger end of a netbook)....

Installing Rails on Hardy Heron (Desktop)

By Simon St. Laurent
November 19, 2008

One of the most difficult parts of the tech review for Learning Rails was Chapter 1, installing Rails. There are way too many operating systems and choices within those operating systems to provide a straightforward explanation. To help deal with...


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