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Ubuntu jumps to tablets in a long-term bet on mobile convergence

10 open source projects to watch this year

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Open source software projects may not typically have the marketing budgets necessary to match launch events like the one Microsoft just held for Office 2013, but that doesn't mean their products are any less valuable. Canonical surely came close in terms of hype with its Ubuntu phone announcement just...
10 open source projects to watch this year
Review: Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal a mix of promise, pain

China chooses Ubuntu as state-endored operating system

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Canonical, which runs Ubuntu, is working with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on the project. [Read more]...
China chooses Ubuntu as state-endored operating system

Ubuntu 13.04 will be called Raring Ringtail, emphasize mobile and battery life

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After running with other alliterative codenames such as Oneiric Ocelot, Precise Pangolin and Quantal Quetzal, Canonical has announced the latest in its line of fauna-inspired Ubuntu releases -- Raring Ringtail. With version 13.04 CEO Mark Shuttleworth plans to start seriously laying the groundwork for phone, tablet and TV interfaces,...
Ubuntu 13.04 will be called Raring Ringtail, emphasize mobile and battery life

Precision and purpose: Ubuntu 12.04 and the Unity HUD reviewed

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Ubuntu 12.04, codenamed Precise Pangolin, rolled out last month. The new version of the popular Linux distribution brings updated software and new features, including the highly-anticipated Heads-Up Display (HUD) interface. The HUD is one of several excellent improvements that have helped to make Ubuntu's Unity desktop shell even better in...
Precision and purpose: Ubuntu 12.04 and the Unity HUD reviewed

Microsoft Just Did A Super Smart Thing With Its Cloud (MSFT)

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Microsoft has officially opened its cloud up to a non-Windows  operating system it once tried to wipe off the face of the planet: Linux. We previously reported that Microsoft was rumored to put arch-rival operating system, Linux, on its cloud. Today Microsoft made it official, reports Network World. This is...
Microsoft Just Did A Super Smart Thing With Its Cloud (MSFT)

Monthly versions of Ubuntu might be too unstable, Shuttleworth warns

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Developers at Canonical have been considering a completely new release cycle for Ubuntu in which the interim releases that occur every six months would be dumped in favor of "rolling releases" that happen far more frequently but not necessarily on a set schedule. Last month, Canonical VP Rick Spencer...
Monthly versions of Ubuntu might be too unstable, Shuttleworth warns

Nebula promotes NASA vet to oversee OpenStack effort

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Companies pushing OpenStack love to boast that they have former NASA technologists on staff. After all, NASA, along with Rackspace, incubated the open-source cloud stack. In that vein, Nebula, which is led by former NASA CTO Chris Kemp, is naming Jesse Andrews as VP of product management. In that capacity...
Nebula promotes NASA vet to oversee OpenStack effort

Mozilla VP talks Firefox OS, the threat from Tizen and low-quality HTML5 apps

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Mozilla made its mark on this year’s Mobile World Congress after it announced that it was launching its new web-based mobile operating system, Firefox OS, in the middle part of 2013 with 17 global carriers. Sony, LG and Huawei have also been revealed as hardware partners, raising the total count...
Mozilla VP talks Firefox OS, the threat from Tizen and low-quality HTML5 apps

Sharing advice from our site clinic

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Webmaster Level: AllMembers of the Google Search Quality Team have participated in site clinic panels on a number of occasions. We receive a lot of positive feedback from these events and we've been thinking of ways to expand our efforts to reach even more webmasters. We decided to organize a...
Sharing advice from our site clinic
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Try 'Precise Tweak' to Customize Ubuntu Linux 12.04

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Want to modify Unity or disable the HUD interface in Canonical's new OS? This newly updated tool will help you get the job done....
Try 'Precise Tweak' to Customize Ubuntu Linux 12.04
ARM Servers Get a Fluffy OpenStack Test-Bed in the Cloud

Canonical's Ubuntu One Cloud Storage Service Comes To The Mac

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Canonical isn’t just the company behind the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, but with Ubuntu One, it also offers a cloud storage service with 5GB of free storage space, as well as a music locker, and support for Android, iOS, Windows and, starting today, OS X. The Mac version is officially...
Canonical's Ubuntu One Cloud Storage Service Comes To The Mac
Ubuntu Is Spanking Red Hat, Says Ubuntu Founder

Ubuntu Touch will be stable by the end of May

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Canonical announced Ubuntu for phones back in January, and then quickly promised to ship hardware by October of this year. Now, developers of the Ubuntu Touch project are promising a usable build of the software by the end of the month. Even so, major features like app installation and camera...
Ubuntu Touch will be stable by the end of May
Ubuntu phone OS announced, first devices shipping in early 2014

Firefox OS: The Future of Microsoft's Mobile Ambition?

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Apple's stock is taking a beating as analysts and investors are waking up to the very real likelihood that market share matters, and Google's Android is dominating mobile market share with its one-two punch of zero license fees and open source flexibility.  Meanwhile, Microsoft has been attempting to insert itself...
Firefox OS: The Future of Microsoft's Mobile Ambition?

Three departures for Twitter as Dev Relations Manager Jason Costa heads to Pinterest

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Twitter has seen three departures in recent weeks, with both TweetDeck founder Iain Dodsworth and Platform Director Ryan Sarver both announcing their exits today. The third is Jason Costa, who has been Developer Relations Manager at Twitter since early 2011, who actually took his leave quietly earlier this month. We’ve...
Three departures for Twitter as Dev Relations Manager Jason Costa heads to Pinterest

Ubuntu Tweak: After three days 'dead,' user outcry brings it back to life

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There's nothing like absence to make the heart grow fonder, as the old saying goes, and that's apparently just as true for software projects as it is for people. Case in point: Ubuntu Tweak. Fans of Canonical's popular Ubuntu Linux distribution are probably already familiar with Ubuntu Tweak, which...
Ubuntu Tweak: After three days 'dead,' user outcry brings it back to life

Ubuntu touch preview can now be installed on Nexus phones, tablets

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The promised Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview, the first version of Ubuntu ready for phones and tablets, is now available for download. Canonical has provided operating system images for various types of Nexus devices, along with instructions for installing them. "The Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview is intended to be used...
Ubuntu touch preview can now be installed on Nexus phones, tablets

Linux Foundation To Host Open Source Cloud Conference “CloudOpen”

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It wasn’t that long ago that I complained about cloud fragmentation issues. There were some interesting observations in the comments on that post. Now word comes that the Linux Foundation is hosting CloudOpen, a “new conference to advance openness in the cloud.” Most of the major players are already committed...
Linux Foundation To Host Open Source Cloud Conference “CloudOpen”

Here's the secret success sauce in Ubuntu's phone platform

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Canonical announced a version of Ubuntu for smartphones on Wednesday, showing of the software on a Galaxy Nexus handset. The company is mostly known for its user-friendly Linux desktop operating system: Ubuntu is among the most popular Linux distributions and some hardware makers have sold computers with Ubuntu instead of...
Here's the secret success sauce in Ubuntu's phone platform

10gen staffs up for bigger MongoDB push

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10gen, the company behind MongoDB, the NoSQL database used by companies from Craigslist to Foursquare to Disney to Thrillist, is adding some serious enterprise and open-source software talent to its executive roster to help build  momentum worldwide. The new faces include Ed Albanese, who headed business development for rival Cloudera and...
10gen staffs up for bigger MongoDB push

BBC blocks open source software from iPlayer video service

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The BBC has enabled SWF Verification for its iPlayer streaming video service. This content protection mechanism has locked out users who consume the iPlayer video content with open source software. Adobe has publicly documented the Real-Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) that is used by Flash for streaming video, but the...
BBC blocks open source software from iPlayer video service

Canonical's design team responds to theme criticisms

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Canonical is burying Ubuntu's traditional brown theme and is adopting a new visual style for version 10.04, which is scheduled for release in April. The new theme was revealed last week as part of Canonical's broader effort to overhaul Ubuntu's branding and visual identity. The new theme includes a...
Canonical's design team responds to theme criticisms
Ubuntu Touch Preview coming to Nexus tablets this Thursday with Windows 8-like multitasking

Hewlett-Packard Plunks Down $500,000 To Help Linux--And Maybe Send Microsoft A Signal (HPQ)

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Hewlett-Packard has become a Platinum member of the Linux Foundation, the organization responsible for Linux and other open-source software projects. A Platinum membership costs $500,000 a year and brings with it a seat on the board of directors and a say in which kinds of projects the group pursues. Linux...
Hewlett-Packard Plunks Down $500,000 To Help Linux--And Maybe Send Microsoft A Signal (HPQ)

U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Gets Open Source, Publishes on GitHub

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I’ve been harping for a while here on TechCrunch about the benefits of open source software. I often quote Canonical’s Technical Architect Allison Randal, who said “Free software is a fundamentally superior model for developing software.” Free and open source software enabled much of the innovation we write about here...
U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Gets Open Source, Publishes on GitHub
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