• Vodafone and Canonical Release a Webbook in South Africa

    Vodafone and Canonical Release a Webbook in South Africa

    Vodaphone and Canonical today announced the Vodacom “Webbook”, the fruit of a joint effort to develop a low-cost mobile computing solution for South Africa. Most of the specs are about what you’d expect for such a device, with one extremely interesting twist: it’s powered by a Freescale IMX 51 processor (Cortex A8) CPU in order to lower cost and power consumption. Read More

  • The World Welcomes Oneiric Ocelot: Ubuntu 11.10

    The World Welcomes Oneiric Ocelot: Ubuntu 11.10

    The Ubuntu Linux distribution has come a long way since it’s first release in 2004. It started out as a nicely packaged Linux desktop, built from a specific set of packages cultivated from the nearly thirty thousand packages available in the Debian distribution. Regular six-month releases ensured that Ubuntu would always be close to the cutting edge of Linux and free software development. Read More

  • Canonical Releases Windows Version of Ubuntu One

    Canonical Releases Windows Version of Ubuntu One

    Canonical, the commercial backer behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, have been hosting a file synchronization service called Ubuntu One for a couple years now. A free account gets you 5GB of storage, and the client side controls have been baked into the last couple of releases of the Ubuntu distribution. It works pretty much like Dropbox or similar services, but has been — until… Read More

  • LinuxCon: Open Source is an Ecosystem, not a Zero Sum Game

    LinuxCon: Open Source is an Ecosystem, not a Zero Sum Game

    Linux and open source development is not a zero sum game. This was the explicit message from Ubuntu Technical Architect Allison Randal’s keynote speech at LinuxCon, but the sentiment had been articulated in a number of ways all week long from everyone here. The processes by which a company makes great open source software improve the world for everyone. “Free software is a… Read More

  • Don’t Waste Money on a New Computer for College

    Heading off to college? Here’s my suggestion: buy a used laptop from Craigslist and install Ubuntu onto it. Seriously. You don’t need a new computer for college. If you’re pursuing a liberal arts degree, you really don’t need a brand new computer just to write all the papers you’ll write. If you’re pursuing an engineering degree, the chances are high that… Read More

  • Whither the Ubuntu Tablets?

    The iPod revolutionized the portable media player market. The iPhone shook up the smart phone market. The iPad is setting the standard for the revived tablet market. What is it about Apple that makes these products so great? In part it’s Apple’s dedication to user experience; but I’d argue that the larger factor in their success is Apple’s end-to-end control of the product. Read More

  • The New Browser Wars: Will Ubuntu drop Firefox for Google Chrome?

    Potentially big news in the world of open source software, friends. Apparently Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distribution, is considering dropping Firefox for Chrome. Well, maybe for Chrome, or maybe for Chromium, the open source project that Chrome is based upon. Therein lies the rub, I do believe. What’s going on is that Ubergizmo, a fine site, hears that Canonical (the company… Read More

  • Run Ubuntu Hardy Heron on your Sony Ericsson Xperia

    Oh my god, are you serious? Are these guys serious!? They ported Ubuntu 8.04 to the X1 ARE THEY SERIOUS?!? Read More

  • FOWA 2009: Simon Wardley on what cloud computing standards mean for tech startups

    Looking at the Twitter stream of Day 2 at FOWA 2009, it’s clear that Canonical’s Simon Wardley hit all the right buttons with his levelheaded and wryly humourous take on the ongoing evolution of cloud computing, and what it means for the future of innovation in the tech space. He gave a tip of the hat to Ubuntu’s Enterprise Cloud, which supports the emerging EC2 standard… Read More

  • PC-Z1: Sharp's Ubuntu-powered, touchscreen "Mobile Internet Tool"

    In Japan, Sharp has been known for their ultra-mobile Zaurus for quite a while now, and today, the company added a new mini device to its line-up of mini laptops, the PC-Z1 [press release in English]. Marketed as a “Mobile Internet Tool”, the PC-Z1 comes with a tiny 5-inch TFT LCD (a touchscreen) and measures just 161.4 x 108.7 x 19.7 ~ 24.8mm (weight: 409g). Read More

  • Penguin-powered bootable USB drive looks like actual penguin

    As a Linux user, I’m tickled to see these new USB drives in the shape of an Emperor penguin. Not only are they super cute, they come pre-loaded with a bootable instance of Ubuntu 9.04! And if for some reason you don’t like penguins, you can get some visceral pleasure by pretending to rip off the li’l bugger’s head in order to access the USB jack inside. Read More

  • Dell knows what's best for Linux users

    One of the complaints lodged against Linux systems is that they update too frequently. Die-hard Linux users compulsively update their systems, always running the latest bleeding edge version of the kernel or various applications. At least, that’s the impression that many non-Linux users have about die-hard Linux users. Dell, who have been offering Linux on some laptops for two years… Read More

  • Video: This is how long it takes to download Linux using Optimum Online Ultra

    Day Three of Optimum Online Ultra. We discussed it at some length during yesterday’s podcast, which, need I remind you, ended in an explosion. You never know what’s gonna happen here at CrunchGear! Anyway, today I present a cruddy video showing how long it takes to download a Linux ISO—Ubuntu, from this mirror—because it seems like the cool thing to do. Read More

  • Even Ubuntu's founder likes Windows 7

    Oh Windows 7, is there anyone who doesn’t like you, other than John Biggs? In an interview, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder and head MF in charge of popular Linux distro Ubuntu, had many nice things to say about the newest OS on the block. He says it’ll bring a new kind of competition to the table. Read More

  • Hands-on with the HP Mini 1000

    I’ve been fawning over this little netbook since last week and I can’t wait to get one, but I’ll have to wait until January for the MIE version. :( Hopefully I’ll get it in time for CES because lugging this 15-inch MacBook Pro is getting old. Spec-wise it isn’t very powerful, but it isn’t meant to be a desktop replacement either. The UI on the MIE version… Read More

  • Meet the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 netbook: Not too shabby

    Dearest social butterfly, Dell wants you to know that is has just the netbook for you, the Inspiron Mini 9. The default operating system is Ubuntu, with some sort of customized Dell interface. Other than that, it’s a netbook. You know what that means. The base price is a more-than-reasonable $350, and for that you get a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB solid state drive… Read More

  • Dell Mini-Inspiron specs a-leaked: Doesn't seem too bad at all

    Well I’ll be—the Dell Mini-Inspiron doesn’t look half bad. Gizmodo broke into Dell headquarters, beat up the security guard, and stole the full spec sheet for the Internet’s enjoyment. That, or some dude just e-mailed a copy to Rothman. Either way, the specs are now out there. The raw: 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, up to 1GB of RAM, a solid state drive (4 to 16GB)… Read More

  • Linux not going away, U.K.

    Nobody would argue that Linux has an appreciable market share. They could however say that they have an appreciating share. Cause in fact they do. Since Microsoft launched Vista in January 2007, U.K. preinstalls of Linux have multiplied 28 times. But unfortunately for Linux, 28 times a little is still a little. However, consider that pre-Vista, Linux was being shipped on only .1% of PC’s. Read More

  • RSOL Jive PC could potentially run OS X if you want it to

    Hey, friend! Want to make perhaps about $10,000? Why not try selling bare-bones Intel PCs and claim that they can run OS X or even, dare we say it, Ubuntu. Following in the footsteps of Psystar and iOpenTech, RSOL is offering an OSless PC, called the Jive, for $628 that you can then install OS X onto. How? They won’t say. They will say: Due to the complex configuration of the RSOL… Read More

  • Turn your PS3 into a Linux PC, the Popular Mechanics way

    If you read the paper version of Popular Mechanics, you may have already seen this. But on the internet, if you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you — as we are constantly reminded by recycled pictures of women in tubs. And this is more worth a look than that. Pop Mech has published a pretty straightforward how-to on getting Ubuntu to run on your big scary PS3. I don’t… Read More