Torvalds: SteamOS Will “Really Help” Linux On Desktop

October 23, 2013

For those who may not know Linus Torvalds is the father of LINUX.

Linus Torvalds has welcomed the arrival of Valve’s Linux-based platform, SteamOS, and said it could boost Linux on desktops.

The Linux creator praised Valve’s “vision” and suggested its momentum would force other manufacturers to take Linux seriously – especially if game developers start to ditch Windows.

“I love the Steam announcements – I think that’s an opportunity to really help the desktop,” he said, speaking at LinuxCon in Edinburgh.

Valve announced SteamOS last month as a way to bring PC gaming to the living room. Users will be able to install the system on PCs they build themselves, and Valve will make the system available to manufacturers to use on their own hardware.

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The Latest Release IE11

September 19, 2013

A preview of the final (pre-release) build of Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 has been released by Microsoft, bringing “30 per cent more speed” than any of its rival browsers when run on the OS, according to Redmond.

It also supports multi-touch, and although there aren’t very many Windows 7 touch PCs out there, this might be useful for businesses using Windows 8 PCs running the Win7 OS because of business-critical apps.

Microsoft said the new release of IE11 contains re-designed developer tools. IE11’s JavaScript engine, Chakra, is “nine per cent faster” than IE 10 and 30 per cent faster than “the nearest competition” – Chrome version 29 – on WebKit SunSpider benchmarks, it said.

The biggest change, though, is for the developers, who gain a redesigned and enhanced suite of in-browser F12 tools.

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IE11 here … It’s pre-release, so all the cautions of early software releases apply.

XP Keeps on Ticking, Good Enough Is Good Enough…

August 4, 2013

As pricing outstrips buyers willingness to pay. Who needs new when you can always use old XP … Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don’t ask about Win 8) XP On track to be world’s second most used desktop OS when security patches cease.

That’s a fine fix we find ourselves in, who needs new, when old works just fine. And there is always free as the MS tax falls by the wayside. There is always Linux. Most smartphones now run versions of Linux. What did you think Android is? And Apple’s IOS. Smartphones now are the choice to replace desktops for general web usage.

Now good enough, is good enough, for most users, who needs a desktop? Chip technology is now good enough. Do you hear any of your friends clamoring for a new Intel Haswell computer? Do they even know what that is, or care?

Windows 8 Momentum Sputters

April 2, 2013

Wheeze pop, bang … full stop.

Windows 8, It’s just a stupid OS.

Interop writes:

No clear catalysts for growth are looming this month, so modest gains could continue for the immediate future. Microsoft is readying Windows Blue, its first major Windows 8 upgrade, however, and also has launched new campaigns to attract app developers. The company hopes these efforts and an upcoming wave of new tablets and PCs will revitalize interest throughout the summer and fall.

Windows 8 amassed a 3.17% market share in March, up from 2.67% in February, said Net Applications. Although the uptick represents progress, Windows 8’s gains still trail what Windows 7 had achieved by the same time. What’s more, Microsoft’s touch-oriented OS has been slowing down. After launching at the end of October, Windows 8 adoption increased 57.8% between November and December, before dropping to 31.4% between December and January and 18.1% between January and February. March’s growth rate of 18.7% will likely do little to silence the OS’s critics but it at least stemmed what had been precipitous month-over-month declines in momentum.


Ubuntu Coming To A Tablet Near You ….

February 21, 2013

Ubuntu Touch Preview coming to Nexus tablets this week

We all knew it was coming. Once Canonical unveiled the “Unity” interface for Ubuntu — its version of the open source Linux operating system — we could see that the company was taking Ubuntu onto tablets. But now the new is official: A tablet version of the OS will arrive next year.

The question is whether developers will actually build applications for it.

Linux already has an app deficit, and trying to catch up with Android and iOS in the mobile market will be tough. To that end, Canonical is trying to woo developers by making it dead simple to port Android and BlackBerry apps on Ubuntu.

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Valve Moves a Step Closer to Steam Box, Releases Steam for Ubuntu

February 15, 2013

Valve Moves a Step Closer to Steam Box, Releases Steam for Ubuntu

Steam Box coming next?

Valve Software, the owner of Steam video game distributing system, on Thursday announced the release of its Steam for Linux client. The launch of the Steam client for Canonical’s Ubuntu moves Valve a step closer to creation its own Linux-based low-cost personal computers for gaming. What remains to be seen is how well will titles developed with Windows in mind work under different OS.

“The introduction of Steam to Ubuntu demonstrates growing demand for open systems from gamers and game developers. We expect a growing number of game developers to include Ubuntu among their target platforms. We’re looking forward to seeing AAA games developed with Ubuntu in mind as part of a multi-platform day and date release on Steam,” said David Pitkin, director of consumer applications at Canonical.

The Steam client is now available to download for free from the Ubuntu Software Center. Ubuntu is the most popular distribution of Linux used by millions of people globally and known for its well-designed, easy-to-use customer experience. In celebration of the release, over 50 Linux titles are now 50% – 75% off until Wednesday, February 21st.

In addition to games, the Steam for Linux client includes Big Picture, the new mode of Steam designed for use with a TV and game controller. With Steam for Linux and Big Picture mode, Valve anticipates a growing number of gamers will use Steam in the living room.

Yeah It’s Done

November 30, 2012

I down-graded from Windows 8 to Windows 7 and installed a new SSD in the new PC,it all works fine. Fast is the word for SSDs. I put in a VERTEX 4 slightly behind the latest but cheap enough. It’s 128 GB and the old Win 8 boot dish is now Disk to. I am trying to figure out how to do the Apple Fusion Drive next.

SSDs are now less than $1 a GB.

Really fast. Laptop is next SSD upgrade, for me, as the battery on mine is getting weak. SSD s, improves battery use over the old HD.

Microsoft Talks Windows 8 Apps

July 23, 2012

Now that we have a release date for Windows 8, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty and talk about apps. All of the apps we’ve seen for the Windows 8 Consumer Preview have been free, but obviously, that won’t be the case when the full version of Windows 8 becomes available. Even though we’ll surely see a ton of free apps available on the Windows Store, developers will have the option of setting prices for their apps as well.

The flaw is the developers will quickly see the rigged game and offer their apps direct. Why bother with Microsoft anymore. Desktops don’t need “a store”. You’re late and left out. ‘bye.

Now what? Hey lets try duping Apple!!! Even better lets go back to “The Network is The Computer”. Why bother with Windows 8. Windows is so last century.

Firefox OS is where it is. HTML 5 makes it all work. Write apps in HTML 5. Done. Dump the resource hogging windows giant furball.

Microsoft has detailed the pricing scheme it will eventually use for the Windows Store, saying in a post on the MSDN Blog that app prices can range from $1.49 all the way up to $999.99. In an apparent attempt to make the Windows Store stand out from all the other app stores, developers won’t have the option of pricing their apps at $0.99, so don’t count on having a seemingly endless supply of dollar deals to browse through on the Windows Store.

The company also says that it will support successful apps by only taking a 20% fee on apps that generate $25,000 or more in sales. Until apps reach that $25,000 milestone, however, Microsoft will be taking an industry-standard cut of 30%.

OK so who is going to waste your time and money developing for that confiscatory pricing, just to have Microsoft steal your successful app and make it their own? I refuse to play that game again. Been there, done that.

Additionally, Microsoft is taking a “try before you buy” approach to the Windows Store, letting developers offer a free trial period for their apps. A trial lasts for seven days, and naturally gives users the option of backing out of a full purchase should they decide they don’t like the app during the trial window.

Microsoft is making some smart decisions with the Windows Store. The 20% fee on successful apps will likely have developers giving the Windows Store priority in some cases, and giving users access to a free trial before buying could potentially lead to more downloads (and, by extension, more purchases). We’ll see if Microsoft’s plan for the Windows Store works out when Windows 8 launches on October 26.

It’s a rigged game, that Microsoft Store thingy.

Windows 8 Release Preview to land first week of June

April 24, 2012

Microsoft’s less that stellar mind meld of a cellphone and a desktop, it moving forward to the “preview release of Windows 8”.

Yes I am actually running it, but revert to my laptop for real work. It’s that annoying.

So, we’ll be getting our hands on the Windows 8 Release Preview in the first week of June. I’m interested in what they’ve done to improve the Metro experience for boring old mouse and keyboard users, and if they’ve managed to include applications that work (as opposed to buggy preview applications).

If it doesn’t improve, a lot, I wish Windows 7 a long long lifetime.

Google turns Chrome OS into a desktop operating system

April 12, 2012

If you ever needed evidence that no, people don’t want a browser as an operating system, it’s this: Google has updated Chrome OS to pretty much turn it into a traditional desktop operating system. This does raise the question – does anybody actually use Chrome OS?

The browser as operating system is apparently not working out for Google. In all honesty, I’ve never ever seen a Chrome OS laptop, not even in shops, and I doubt the devices are selling particularly well. Now that tablets are here, one has to wonder just how much market validity Chrome OS has left.

Google seems to acknowledge that, and has just pushed out a pretty significant update to the Dev channel, which basically turns Chrome OS into a desktop operating system. The Aura window manager and shell adds a desktop, overlapping windows, a taskbar, and is fully hardware accelerated with fancy transitions and all that.

It all looks pretty decent – very minimalist. While a lot of people are pointing to Windows 7 and Mac OS X as inspiration, it’s kind of silly to start talking about who ripped off who when it comes to a damn taskbar. Really, people, this is getting ridiculous. Stop it. You’re acting like children.

At this point, I do have to wonder – what is the purpose of Chrome OS? Does anybody use it other than as a novelty? Is there any real reason to go with Chrome OS over Windows 7 or Mac OS X? I just can’t come up with one, and while the desktopification of Chrome OS may help, I doubt it will do much to change the operating system’s image.

A hint as to where the future lies for Chrome OS comes from reading through the Aura documentation. There’s a lot of talk of different form factors, secondary monitors, and the ability to run the entire thing on Windows. All it needs now is the ability to run Android applications and widgets, and I’d suddenly be somewhat interested in using it on my ZenBook. Still, this all seems like a lot of wasted effort at this point.

In any case, if you’re on the Dev channel, you’ll already be running the update (also, that one Chrome OS user there in the back, please post your experience in the comments!). Google is bringing some Android into Chrome OS already, because Cr48 owners will not be getting this update. The hardware is supposedly too constrained, and Aura needs more slimming down and trimming before it’ll run on the Cr48.

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