CERN Releases 300TB of LHC Data to the World

Do you remember the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) run by CERN? The device that people feared would create a black hole? In a move that’s rarely done, the organisation has now released terabytes of data onto the web for everyone to use.

The large release is explained by Kati Lassila-Perini, a physicist working on the Compact Muon Solenoid detector, who explained the data release simply by saying “Once we’ve exhausted our exploration of the data, we see no reason not to make them available publicly”. That simple, they’ve done what they can with the data and they want to see what others can do, hoping that it can benefit others by “inspiring high school students to the training of the particle physicists of tomorrow”.

If you want to view the data it’s easy enough to get your hands on from here, but CERN has also provided a bunch of tools to help you analyse the data (both raw data from the detectors within the LHC and the datasets they created). Not stopping there they’ve even provided a custom CERN Linux environment ready for use on a virtual machine, alongside scripts and apps that you can find on Github.

While the data is from 2011, that doesn’t stop it being amazing information that normally you could only read in press releases and journals. So who is going to study the universe and particles this weekend?

Microsoft Demo Linux Bash Terminal on Windows 10

At Build 2016, Microsoft showcased something almost unbelievable, the Linux Bash shell running natively on the Windows 10 operating system, using Ubuntu binaries. Kevin Gallo, director of the Windows Developer Platform ran the demonstration during the keynote he delivered at Microsoft’s developer conference. This functionality is born of a collaboration between the producers of Ubuntu Linux, Canonical, and Microsoft with the goal of allowing developers to make use of Linux-only tools even when working on Windows.

The Bash shell isn’t the only thing that is coming over to Windows 10 either, with a wide array of Linux GUI-less utilities also being made available to run on the bash terminal. According to Canonical’s Dustin Kirkland “most of the tens of thousands of binary packages available in the Ubuntu archives” will run, not only utilities like cp, find, grep, and ssh, but also aptitude, apache, MySQL, python, perl, ruby, php, gcc, tar and so on.” The whole thing works by translating the shell’s Linux system calls directly into Windows system calls in real time, which should yield impressive integration with the operating system.

Both Gallo and Kirkland see this move as strengthening the position of both of their platforms, with Gallo wanting to make Windows more accessible to developers while Kirkland sees it as extending the reach of Linux and Ubuntu, as well as the importance of open-source software over proprietary apps. The implications of this move by Microsoft could be quite extensive as the addition of the enormous array of open source software available on the Linux platform may, in fact, draw users away from using Windows-specific applications. However with the Microsoft Azure platform already making use of Linux and Microsoft SQL server, they may be starting to fully embrace the Linux OS and may just be a win for them in the end.

Welcome The First Ubuntu Tablet

When it comes to tablets people are often faced with the decisions between Windows and iOS operating systems, but that could soon be coming to an end with the first official Ubuntu tablet coming soon.

The Aquarius M10 is the first official tablet that will run Ubuntu, the open source Linux-based operating system. Costing you €259 (around £203) for the HD version of the tablet or for a mere extra 40 euros at €299 (around £235) you can grab the full HD variation of the tablet. Featuring a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and 1,280 x 800 display for the HD model or a 1.5GHz processor and 1,920 x 1,200 on the Full HD model, the tablets contain relatively common numbers for the modern market.

With 2GB of Ram, 16GB of expandable storage and 8-megapixel and 5-megapixels on the back and front of the tablet respectively it is a perfect little starter for tablets. The key point is that using Canonical’s open source software, the device will switch to a desktop PC when connected to a mouse, keyboard and external screen. Carry round computer anyone?

The device is slated for release in the second week of April and we are sure that some people reading will be more than interested in these tablets.

How Dell Plan to get More People Using Linux

When you buy a new PC, it’s almost certain that it’ll be running one of two types of operating systems, Microsoft Windows or Mac OSX. Despite this market dominance, Dell plans to get more of their customers using Linux with its series of “Project Sputnik” laptops that hope to secure a following of their own.

The newest Sputnik laptop from Dell is the XPS 13 Developer Edition and it looks far different from the typical view of Linux, sporting a sleek, thin design. This XPS 13 also brings a number of features that users typically expect from Windows and Mac laptops including a 4k screen, Intel Skylake processors and even Thunderbolt 3 support, all of which are firsts for a Linux laptop. Due to the lack of support for Skylake chips in Ubuntu, the Linux version of the laptop was released later than its Windows-running cousin, which is unfortunate.

Sputnik’s main goal is to bring new laptop technologies to Linux, which will allow it to match most equivalent Windows laptops and has already been in the works for four years. Originally, Sputnik planned to focus on Ultrabook-form laptops and touch screens as the main technologies, both of which were new at the time, but the project has come a long way since then. Dell’s next goal is to incorporate docking technology into the XPS 13 DE as well as continuing to develop the software and drivers that may be required to make use of even higher resolution screens that could feature in future Sputnik laptops.

While Dell’s main focus may always be on the more mainstream Windows laptop market, Project Sputnik is totally unique, making Dell the only major PC manufacturer with such a focus on releasing Linux-running products. Dell even reports that they have seen Mac users moving over to their Sputnik laptops, due to both Linux and OSX being Unix-based making the switch easier than from Windows. While Linux diehards may choose to install their operating system of choice regardless of the laptop, it is hard to deny that a trusted name like Dell throwing their support behind Linux and releasing it pre-installed on a number of their laptops is a bad thing. Will it lead to a Linux revolution? Probably not, but Dell may just get a few extra customers from Linux-fans and converts alike.

AMD Crimson Performance Gains on Linux are Disappointing

AMD recently overhauled the Catalyst Control Center software suite and created a more visually appealing design entitled, “Crimson”.  Furthermore, the latest driver includes a whole host of new features and optimization enhancements. If you’d like to know more, feel free to check out our full review here. While Crimson is receiving an overwhelmingly positive reception from Windows users, it appears the performance gains on Linux are minimal. The highly revered Linux-based site, Phoronix decided to test the driver’s performance using a number of GPUs. As you can see from the image, Linux users still have to use the outdated user-interface but this was expected:

The original press slides from AMD proclaimed there would be “Linux performance improvements” from “112% to 155%”. However, Phoronix’s testing shows a complete lack of progress and in some cases the update driver actually performs worse. Here we can see the performance differences between the 15.9 and 15.11 drivers. Honestly, the results are within a margin of error and nowhere near the 112% to 155% percent gains AMD promised. Obviously, this can improve via future driver revisions but this doesn’t look promising for Linux users on AMD hardware. Please note, this just one example, and Phoronix’s benchmarks show a similar pattern throughout various games.

I hope this is just an isolated incident due to AMD’s completely reworked driver package. Whatever the case, it seems like you’re not going to see huge fps boosts at this current time.

Have you upgraded to the Crimson Radeon software yet? If so, let us know what you think of it.

New Raspberry Pi Rival Costs Just $15

The Raspberry Pi has revolutionised the budget micro PC market, packing in some impressive computing power for a $35/£25 board. While the Raspberry Pi has already spawned some imitators, like the similarly priced Banana Pi, there’s a new kid on the block, boasting bags of processing capacity for nearly half the price.

The Orange Pi (noticing a theme yet?), priced just $15 (less than £10), measuring 3.3″ x 2.2″ and weighing only 1.3oz, runs on an Allwinner H3 ARM Cortex A7 Quad Core 1.6GHz processor, an ARM Mali-400 GPU, with 1GB DDR RAM. Squeezed on to the tiny board are two USB 2.0 ports, a USB OTG, 100M Ethernet, HDMI and AV ports, camera interface, 40 PIN headers, integrated microphone, IR sensor and even a power switch, which is a feature noticeably absent from the Raspberry Pi.

That’s not the only thing the Orange Pi has over its rival, though, as the micro PC offers 4K video playback, making the new upstart a very appealing proposition when compared to the Raspberry Pi.

The computer has no on-board storage, so relies on a microSD card of up to 64GB, and can run Ubuntu, Raspbian, Debian, and Android operating systems.

The Orange Pi is available from AliExpress and ships from China.

Thank you Liliputing for providing us with this information.

Should You Build Your Own Steambox?


Steambox has been a topic of much debate in the PC gaming community, promising a more gamer-centric PC experience, removing the need for the Windows operating system by providing you with a free alternative, while also bringing PC gaming into the casual mainstream, much like consoles, only a lot better.

It’s been an ambition of mine to buy a Steambox, simply because “why not” and while that’s all good and well, there’s not really a lot of options out there that I’m happy with. A few system integrators have released beta-systems, but what I would like to call a “final product” still seems to be sitting on the horizon. What if we could simply do it ourselves? A Steambox is just a PC with a fancy Linux Distro installed on it anyway…

I’ve picked out a few choice components to build my own Steambox, nothing crazy expensive or overly powerful, but more than enough to provide good 1080p gaming performance. I’m sure many of you love to bash consoles from time to time, so we’ll just round that up with “it’s going to be more powerful than consoles.”

Ubuntu Phone with Desktop Capabilities on the Way

Parts of Ubuntu Edge, a Linux based smartphone operating system that failed in its crowdfunding effort two years ago, may be making a comeback in the form of a new device.

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced the company has been working with an unnamed manufacturer to produce a new device that can work as both a smartphone and as a desktop computer, a core concept to the Edge handset.

The Edge showed the ability to operate as a smartphone running Ubuntu, though once docked and connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, it was able to operate as if it was a full blown computer, complete with the full Ubuntu desktop and applications. The idea was to allow the user to take their data with them wherever they go, and to access it from both of the device’s states.

In a pre-Ubuntu developer summit keynote video, available on youtube, Mark Shuttleworth commented about Microsoft’s own announcements concerning convergence. He welcomed Microsoft’s Continuum concept, and calls it a “wonderful validation” of ideas Canonical has worked on over the last few years. With Microsoft’s own system, it does provide users a larger desktop-style workspace and access to desktop-style universal apps, but does not appear to offer the Start menu, the keyboard and mouse controls.

He did not state when the device on the device will be launched, he just stated that it will be this year. The Edge used a multi-core processor, 4GB ram and 128GB of storage. However, it is unclear if the new device will contain these specs.

Thank you to Electronista for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of The Verge

Ubuntu Smart Phones Will Finally Go on Sale next Week

The Ubuntu powered smartphones have been a long time coming, but the first one is finally ready for the European market. The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition will be available next week for €170 through a series of online flash sales.

As the price already reveals, we won’t find the highest of specifications in this device, but it’s still interesting. The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition has a 4.5-inch 960×540 display, a Mediatek SoC quad-core 1.3GHz Cortex A7 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of onboard NAND storage. It also has a microSD slot and two SIM card slots. The only thing that makes it stand out a bit extra is the 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

The downside as it is now, is that Ubuntu phones won’t become a desktop PC once a monitor has been docked as initially proposed. Instead, the new key feature is called Scopes and it originally debuted as Lenses in the desktop version. According to Canonical, Scopes is “a new UI paradigm” that essentially consists of a bunch of categorized home pages: one home page for news, one for music, etc.

It’s great to see some more competition in the mobile OS market as it will force everyone to put a little more thought and effort into their own version to stay ahead of the competition. People interested in the new Ubuntu phone should keep in mind that the app availability is limited as with any new OS, but the apps are based upon HTML5. This should make porting apps from other systems easy and the basics are covered upon release with apps such as Facebook and Twitter.

The first Ubuntu phone won’t be available through the usual retail channels, instead you’ll have to follow the Ubuntu account on Twitter and wait for a series of flash sales over the next few weeks.

Thanks to Arstechnica for providing us with this information

Librem, an Impressive Open Source Laptop

If you’ve a spare $1,949 and are in the market for a new laptop, you could do worse than investing in a Librem, the new open source PC from San Francisco-based company, Purism.

Currently seeking crowdfunding on Crowd Supply, the Librem, advertised by Purism as a “Free and Open Source laptop that respects your essential freedoms,” runs almost entirely on open source software, the only exception being the proprietary firmware of its Intel processor. The 15.6-inch screened Librem is packing an Intel i7-4712MQ chipset, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, and a CD/DVD drive. Ports include USB 3.0, HDMI, an SDXC card slot, and an RJ-45 Ethernet port, plus an Atheros-based 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter, a 720p webcam, HD audio, and a flashy backlit keyboard.

Purism said of their new laptop, proudly, “This is the first high-end laptop where you are in control and have complete visibility into the kernel, the operating system, and all software. Meticulously designed chip by chip to work with free and open source software, the Librem is the first laptop to reinstate your rights to freedom and privacy.”

The Librem ships with Purism’s own GNU/Linux Ubuntu derivative, featuring only free software, including Tor, installed and activated by default.

Source: Ars Technica

Android Devices Could Dual-Boot Sailfish OS

The Jolla smartphone barely reached the market and it looks like it already wants to take a drastic approach with its Sailfish OS. Jolla’s CEO, Tomi Pienimäki, is already talking about a dual-boot capability between the Sailfish OS and Android on current and new android-powered smartphones.

Jolla wouldn’t be the first company to take this approach. Canonical’s Ubuntu Touch operating system can run on Android phones, and the company is basically treating Google’s Nexus phones and tablets as developer devices for the mobile version of Ubuntu. All in all, if you can unlock the bootloader and load custom firmware on your device, you will not have any limits in just using Android.

One of the things that sets Sailfish apart from Ubuntu though is that you can actually run Android apps in Sailfish. While native Sailfish apps will probably do a better job of tying into the operating system, there are around a million apps available for Android, which means that there should be no shortage of apps available to run on Sailfish if you decided to install the OS on your device, or even buy a phone that ships with the operating system.

Take note though that you cannot install apps directly from the Google Play store. You can however manually install them or even install third-party apps such as Amazon Appstore.

Thank you Liliputing for providing us with this information

Stable Ubuntu 13.10 Available For Smartphones, Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus Included

Canonical has launched the newest iteration to their rapidly evolving and rapidly progressing Ubuntu OS. Last year, Canonical introduced Ubuntu for Android tablets and Smartphones, and later even attempted to make the first Ubuntu phone, the Edge, as well. Unfortunately, the crowd funding campaign for the latter failed, mainly due to the humongous target amount. If it were lesser, it would certainly have been more achievable.

Ubuntu 13.10 is the first stable version of the OS for Smartphones. Starting today, owners of the Google Nexus 4 can download the image of the mobile compatible OS and flash it on their phones by following the steps listed down on Canonical’s website. Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Google’s Nexus phone for 2011) is also supported by the latest release. Sadly, that’s the end of the rather short compatibility list. We’re hoping that Canonical will add more popular devices to their support list in the near future as it would greatly enhance the adoption rate of their platform.

For those who want to try it out, head over to the source link to download Ubuntu for phones right away. It is worth trying it out before you decide whether it is for you or not.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of NextPowerUp.

Canonical Confirms Ubuntu Touch For October 17th

Canonical have confirmed that the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system will be coming out on October the 17th 2013. This means the stable release of the Ubuntu Touch OS is still on schedule. Version 1.0 of the OS comes out with support for the Google Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 4 only.

The next incarnation of the Ubuntu Touch OS to succeed version 1.0 will arrive alongside Ubuntu 14.04 and will add supports for tablets.

Ultimately the commercial uptake of Ubuntu Touch will be very slow this year after the failure of the Ubuntu Edge smartphone campaign. If you want to get Ubuntu Touch for when it launches then you’ll need a Nexus 4 or Galaxy Nexus and you’ll have to tweak it to run Ubuntu Touch. Of course next year we could see smartphones and tablets running Ubuntu Touch if vendors can see that there is a demand for it.

Image courtesy of Canonical

Ubuntu Edge Now World’s Biggest Crowd-Funded Campaign, Still Won’t Make Target

Ubuntu’s Edge has just passed the crowd funding record of $10,266,845 previously set by the Pebble Smartwatch. The Ubuntu Edge has now raised $10,448,255 but that still leaves it a huge way behind its target of $32,000,000. With only six days left it seems likely the Ubuntu Edge will fall considerably short of its $32 million target, probably raising only $12 million.

Despite the Ubuntu Edge’s inability to meet its target the phone will probably still see the light of day. That said it has established enough backers and support to be brought into production should Canonical decide to go at it alone but doing that through the IndieGoGo campaign certainly won’t happen as the target will not be reached. You wonder whether Canonical are kicking themselves for setting the target so high or whether they did this deliberately to raise awareness without having to administrate through IndieGoGo.

We should still see the Ubuntu Edge from May 2014. It has the following specifications:

  • Dual boot Ubuntu mobile OS and Android
  • Fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked
  • Fastest multi-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • Micro-SIM
  • 4.5in 1,280 x 720 HD sapphire crystal display
  • 8mp low-light rear camera, 2mp front camera
  • Dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC
  • GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
  • Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation
  • 11-pin connector providing simultaneous MHL and USB OTG
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
  • 64 x 9 x 124mm

Image courtesy of Canonical (IndieGoGo)

Canonical’s Founder Appeals To Potential Backers As Ubuntu Edge Struggles

Canonical’s founder, Mark Shuttleworth, has posted a personal update letter on the IndieGoGo campaign page appealing to potential backers to contribute to the scheme. Canonical started out with a mammoth expectation of raising $32 million but with 8 days left of the 1 month project, Canonical have raised only about $10 million of the $32 million total.

“In just over three weeks more than 20,000 people have backed the project, from individuals giving a single dollar right up to Bloomberg’s fantastic $80,000 contribution. Along the way we’ve broken crowdfunding records, including the fastest project to hit $2 million (7hrs 59mins), and the highest ever 24-hour total ($3.45 million). We’re now on the verge of an even bigger milestone as we approach the all-time crowdfunding record of $10.27 million.”

Despite the extreme likelihood that Canonical will fail to reach the $32 million target Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth says that the signal has already been sent out to the mobile industry to show them that there is demand for an Ubuntu smartphone.

“Whatever happens in the next nine days, the Ubuntu Edge is already making a difference. This campaign lets enthusiast consumers signal their interest to a mobile industry that caters overwhelmingly to the mainstream. It’s making it clear that we’re no longer satisfied with minor updates; we’re looking for true innovation and we’re ready to pay for it. And that message is getting through.”

You can keep track of the Ubuntu Edge project here. As of writing the project had $9,954,891 of the total $32,000,000 needed.

Image courtesy of Canonical

Ubuntu Edge Will Not Be Bootloader Or Carrier Locked

The Ubuntu Edge smartphone will reportedly not have a locked bootloader or locked carrier network. That is according to the developers from Ubuntu for the Edge smartphone, on an AMA (ask me anything) session on Reddit. The Canonical IndieGoGo project page unfortunately omitted these two crucial pieces of information which led to confusion among some potential buyers.

Given the rather niche nature of the Ubuntu Edge smartphone it is crucial that Canonical offer the maximum flexibility and number of customisations to end users as possible. The feature should allow users to install as many mobile operating systems on the Ubuntu Edge as they want. This is going to be important for the kind of target market the Ubuntu Edge is aiming for.

The Ubuntu Edge has currently generated $9.5 million of its $32 million target and has around 11 days left to run before its deadline passes. Canonical recently chopped $80 off the asking price of the Ubuntu Edge in an effort to help reach the funding target.

Image courtesy of Canonical (IndieGoGo)

Canonical Drops Price Of Ubuntu Edge To $695

A few days ago we brought you the news that the Canonical project on IndieGoGo to raise $32 million for the Ubuntu Edge was running out of steam and in-danger of failing to meet its target as new backers had slowed dramatically. It appears Canonical have recognised the issue and have tried to address this by reducing the price of the new Ubuntu powered smartphone. Canonical decided to drop the price of the Ubuntu Edge fropm $775 to $695, an $80 drop, in order to help boost the project over at IndieGoGo.

Early bird buyers were able to pick up the new smartphone for just $600 but since they all sold out backers had been slow to pledge their money with the price at $775. Canonical has decided to remove all perks and offer just a single package for $695. They claim that:

“From now until the end of the campaign, we’re fixing the price of the Ubuntu Edge at $695! No limited quantities, no more price changes. You wanted a more affordable Edge, and now you’ve got it…Even better, since the campaign started breaking records on day one, we’ve been negotiating with several major component suppliers who are keen to see the Edge reach its goal and drive the adoption of new mobile technologies. This is one of the key benefits of keeping some of the core specifications open: as a result of these negotiations, we can now produce the same state-of-the-art device for less than we originally estimated.”

Canonical claim that Bloomberg LP have been one of the first companies to snap up the $80,000 Enterprise bundles and apparently there are many more companies looking to grab one of these bundles.

Have you backed the Ubuntu Edge?

Image courtesy of Canonical

Windows 8 Growing In Popularity With Gamers Shows Steam Hardware Survey

The Steam Hardware Survey always gives a good indication of what PC gamers are doing in terms of hardware and software trends. The monthly survey reveals details on all the hardware and software inside Steam users’ PCs. So if you’re interested in seeing if Steam gamers prefer Nvidia or AMD, 4GB or 8GB of RAM and so on then be sure to check it out.

The latest figures from the Steam Hardware Survey reveal that Windows 8 is actually growing reasonably fast among PC gamers using Steam. Windows 8 64 Bit grew by 1.1% taking most of that market share from Windows 7 64 bit which declined by 1.16%. That said most other Windows operating systems declined in market share with only Windows 8 64 bit showing positive growth. Most gamers that left declining Windows operating systems ended up moving to Windows 8 64 Bit, Linux based operating systems or Mac OS X.

So Windows 8 64 bit is popular with gamers. Are there any gamers out there that are using Windows 8 64 bit? Let us know if you are, and let us know why you have chosen Windows 8 64 bit over other operating systems!

Image courtesy of eTeknix via Steam

Ubuntu Edge Passes 20% Crowd-Funding Milestone

Ubuntu’s new “Edge” smartphone got off to a flying start generating nearly $3.2 million in under a day of its Indiegogo campaign. Canonical’s new smartphone has now passed 22% of its funding target. Currently $7 million of the $32 million total has been generated in a few days.

In those few days the discounted versions of the phone have now vanished and now Canonical is trying to lure crowd-funders in with other perks such as limited edition phones. The campaign still has 24 days left to achieve another $25 million and it remains to be seen whether it can achieve such a milestone.

The Ubuntu Edge has the following specifications:

  • Dual boot Ubuntu mobile OS and Android
  • Fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked
  • Fastest multi-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • Micro-SIM
  • 4.5in 1,280 x 720 HD sapphire crystal display
  • 8mp low-light rear camera, 2mp front camera
  • Dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC
  • GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
  • Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation
  • 11-pin connector providing simultaneous MHL and USB OTG
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
  • 64 x 9 x 124mm

For more information on the Ubuntu Edge project see the campaign page here.

Image courtesy of Canonical (indiegogo)

Ubuntu Edge Phone Raises $3.2m Funding In Less Than A Day

Building a smartphone and taking it to market is no easy task, although it does get a lot less complicated when you raise a huge pile of money to help you and Canonical has done just that, raising 10% of the total money it required to bring their new device to market.

The Ubuntu Edge smartphone took less than a day to raise $3.2 million and that number is quickly growing, it’s apparently not going to take very long for them to hit their $32 million crowdfunding campaign target if this pace continues.

Unlike other phones on the market, the Edge can be hooked directly to a PC monitor and used as a Linux PC thanks to its dual OS system that runs both Ubuntu and Android, backed up with  (at least) 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a multicore processor, a 4.5″ 720 display which is made from “pure Sapphire crystal”.

All the usual modern high end features will be there too, such as long life battery (that’s a lie, no smartphone has long battery life), dual 4G/LTE, 8MP camera on the back and a 2MP camera on the front.

“Upon completion, the Ubuntu Edge will be the realisation of Canonical’s distinctive vision for a single operating system driving phones, tablets, conventional computers and TVs,” the company said.

It’s certainly shaping up to be an interesting device, I hope it does complete its 30 day crowdfunding target in time as it would be great to get some new blood on the market as things are already getting a little repetitive.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of The Verge.

China inks a deal with Ubuntu makers for their own OS

The Chinese government is looking forward to have their own version of an open source operating system as they’ve signed a 5 year contract with the company that made Ubuntu, Canonical. The new open source operating system for China is based on Ubuntu’s reference design, technically a chinese version of Ubuntu. The “Ubuntu Kylin” is all set to be released next month during Ubuntu’s usual release cycle. There will also be a version of Kylin specifically for servers as hosting companies and online shops can adopt it.

Kylin is made for both desktop and notebook users, Chinese characters will be integrated with features such as Baidu maps, Taobao shopping and various office programs. It will be created in Beijing with a combination of Canonical and Chinese R&D engineers.

Mark Shuttlework, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu said, “The release of Ubuntu Kylin brings the Chinese open source community into the global Ubuntu community. With Ubuntu Kylin, China now has its own secure and stable desktop operating system, produced alongside Ubuntu’s global community. Ubuntu combines proven technology with a mature ecosystem and strong OEM and ISV partners, and this initiative allows the Joint Lab to bring those strengths to China across the full range of platforms: desktop, server, cloud, tablet and phone.”

It could also be a sign that the Chinese government wants to be free of proprietary operating systems owned by Microsoft and Apple. If that’s the case, jumping onboard with Canonical would make sense. However, how China plans to make this as a common choice remains to be seen, it should also be noted that China has a lot of mobile users as well, including iPhones. As of now, Windows has a huge market share in China, followed by Mac OSX and then open source OS.

Source: Canonical