FXI Demonstrates Cotton Candy, Sports Android with the Dimensional Form Factor of a USB Stick

The idea of an OS on a pluggable stick is not new. However, what is definitely new, is a full-fledged processing unit with a dedicated GPU packed into a USB + HDMI stick. This stick leverages the screen real estate of any device with a USB port or an HDMI port, and takes portability to a new level.

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Canonical Shows Off Ubuntu for Android at MWC

Ubuntu for Android shows all our Android applications, contacts and calls in a Unity style application dashboard. It also lets us read and write text messages remotely, from the desktop. All this is facilitated with a custom Linux kernel, and this custom kernel will let us run Android and Ubuntu in parallel.

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Mozilla and Telefonica Team Up to Create Open Web Device

Boot to Gecko wants to create an open platform, that will let developers and users get on the web to use apps, without depending on platform specific technologies. Undoubtedly, in theory, this is as good as any other open idea. However, in my opinion, the ground realities will not permit this project to have a smooth take-off.

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The Document Foundation (TDF) has an advisory board, which was formed back in June last year. The initial members of this foundation included Google, SUSE, Red Hat and the FSF. Although Canonical is missing from the advisory board, Intel will be a valuable addition to it.

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You can simply put your Android phone in a dock, and connect it to a television. Certified business apps from Adobe and Cirtix make this product ready for the enterprise sector too. Moreover, Android and Ubuntu share the same Linux kernel, allowing users to switch between the world’s most popular Linux distro, and the world’s most popular open mobile platform.

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Apache Software Foundation announces the release of Apache HTTP Server 2.4

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for the third time in a row, Oracle has come up with inflated damage reports claiming more than the applicable reasonable amount. The initial claim from Oracle was a ridiculous 6 billion USD, which has come down to 52.4 – 169 million USD. Google is still not satisfied with these estimates, and has filed a motion to cut this damage list and hence the claim amount, shorter.

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A small how-to on installing VLC 2.0 in Ubuntu 11.10, the Oneiric Ocelot

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One of the most popular media players, VLC, gets an update.

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Craigslist Charitable Fund Donates $100,000 to the Perl Foundation

Development of Perl has slowed down considerably over the last decade, with new versions primarily resolving bugfixes, and including minor syntax changes. This donation should be a boost for the Perl Foundation, and should help it revamp the development of the “duct tape of the Internet”.

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Wayland is Heading Towards its First Stable Release

If you have not heard of Wayland until today, it is because Wayland has not had any public release of their display protocol. Wayland will replace the X Window System in Ubuntu and Fedora, after its release.

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The biggest complain that open-source advocates have against Android, is that all the Android development done by handset manufacturers happens behind closed doors. This goes against the true philosophy of Open Source. This Plasma Active based tablet, developed by Aaron Seigo and team, aims to change this scenario.

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With this release of Cinnamon, the API and the desktop are fully stable. However, Cinnamon is not the only product that the Mint team has in plan. They want to build a complete desktop environment ecosystem with themes, applets, extensions, user ratings and comments.

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HTTP is an old protocol, and the web has improved by leaps and bounds since then. There could not have been a better time for a new application layer protocol.

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The IT department of the region has estimated about 40,000 computers that will be migrated to open source technologies, as part of this move. If the project proceeds as planned, it will be Europe’s second largest desktop migration project.

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