Ubuntu Punching Bag | LINUX Unplugged 31

Ubuntu Punching Bag | LINUX Unplugged 31

Is the Linux community’s animosity towards Ubuntu turning away new switchers? We’ll analyze what has the community so upset, and how that can color a new Linux users first impressions.

Plus Valve promise to make transitioning from DirectX to OpenGL much easier, but we have our doubts, and why Wil Wheaton loves his Mac but plays with his Linux.

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And now the Lexington, Mass.-based company has $6.3 million in new funding, atop the $4.4 million it logged late last year, to close out its Series A round. The round was led by new backer Devonshire Investors with contributions from General Catalyst Partners, and current angel investors.

The company also released a new version of its software with support for Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) authentication and integration with Jive unified messaging. The latter illustrates ownCloud\’s ability to work with almost any file system, object store or in Jive\’s case — a set of REST APIs. That enables ownCloud to access an authorized user\’s files wherever they reside.

What\’s more exciting for clients is that the company has just announced the release of ownCloud 6 Enterprise Edition. ownCloud 6 Enterprise extends ownCloud\’s core integration capabilities in three tiers: storage, security and application integration. The storage tier extends existing out-of-the-box integrations, including a new connection to Jive, the enterprise social collaboration product. The result is enterprise-class file sharing and collaboration capabilities from anywhere, on any device.

Distro Tribalism

In a recent post on his Google+ profile, Wheaton speaks about his experience of running Ubuntu through Crouton on his Chromebook (Crouton is a a pseudo dual-boot that lets a regular Linux distro run on top the Chrome OS kernel). Did he like what he saw? Not quite:

\”I\’m not crazy about Ubuntu; I feel like the entire project has gone in a direction that isn\’t for me.\”

In this article, I\’ll take a look at some of the most common issues Ubuntu detractors have with the popular Linux distribution and I\’ll discuss whether we should be concerned.

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