Chronicles of a Linux Switcher | LAS 360

Chronicles of a Linux Switcher | LAS 360

We follow the journey of users who have just made the switch to Linux. We document what went great & what hasn’t worked.

Plus a big announcement is made, great news for Ubuntu MATE, a quick look at Elementary OS Freya Beta & more!

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Runs Linux

Mall Kiosk Runs Linux

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Walking through a mall I found a kiosk that is running Ubuntu

Desktop App Pick

Gramps Genealogical Research Software

Gramps is a free software project and community. We strive to produce a genealogy program that is both intuitive for hobbyists and feature-complete for professional genealogists. It is a community project, created, developed and governed by genealogists.

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Weekly Spotlight

BitPay’s Internal Mining Pool

At BitPay we are huge proponents of open source software and of course cool gadgets! To do some of our internal testing, we built a small pool of bitcoin miners that run raspbian. Those two miners each have a powered USB hub and a few usb miners each. They are cooled by a pair of simple USB fans. All of which sits neatly on the corner of my desk! Gotta love how easy it is to deploy something like this in such a small form factor on linux… It’s reliable, fast, and just plain looks awesome sitting on my desk!

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Our Past Picks

These are the weekly picks provided by the Jupiter Broadcasting podcast, the Linux Action Show.

This site includes a separate picks lists for the “Runs Linux”, Desktop Apps, Spotlight Picks, Android Picks, and Distro Picks.


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Ubuntu MATE Inks First Hardware Deal

MATE and Hardare

Entroware laptops __start from £379.99. __This bags an ‘Orion’ laptop powered by an Intel Pentium 3550M (Haswell) processor running at 2.3GHz, 4GB DRR3 RAM, a 500GB 5400RPM HDD and integrated Intel graphics. Desktops begin at £299.

Ubuntu MATE forges exciting partnership with Linux hardware startup Entroware.

elementary OS Freya Available For Download, See What`s New

Freya

For those not familiar with elementary OS, this is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution (with Freya being based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, supported until April 2019) which ships with its own desktop environment, called Pantheon, and its own custom application for the most part, which look great, integrate very well with the desktop and ship with sane defaults so the user doesn’t have to tweak anything.

Evolve OS Changes Name due to Legal Warning

Thank you everyone for helping us in the naming process!
In that time, one name cropped up time and time again. A name we do own, and one indicative of our history and roots.

Valve games for Mesa/DRI developers

Linux Graphics Stack

Hi,
At Collabora (my lovely dayjob), we’ve been working with Valve on
SteamOS. Valve are keen to give back to the community, and we’ve been
discussing ways they can help do that, including providing free access
to Valve games on Steam to Debian developers last year.

We’re happy to say that this has been extended to Mesa developers as
well, to say thanks for all the great work. If you have 25 commits or
more (an arbitrary number) to Mesa0 in the past five years, please
drop me an email (with ‘Steam’ in the subject) with your freedesktop
username and Steam username. We can then get you access to all past
and future Valve-produced games available on Steam[1].
Thanks for all the great work, and enjoy.
Cheers,
Daniel

Gnome 3.16 Hits

GNOME, desktop environment project, released their latest version of 3.16 recently so I decided to make an update to my previous extension package releases. I made a similar post last year for the GNOME 3.14 Release because some of my extension broke. Unfortunately, some of those extensions are still unmaintained and thus not updated for 3.16 either. So I am continuing to update some extensions for myself and anyone else who wants them.

Intel Compute Stick, world’s smallest PC, will cost $150 with Windows, $110 with Linux

Intel Stick PC

Intel Atom quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. It plugs directly into a monitor or TV via HDMI, and is powered through a Micro USB jack on the side of the stick. There’s also a full-sized USB port, and Bluetooth 4.0 for connecting a mouse and keyboard.


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