In this week:


Dell to sale Ubuntu laptops again

Dell will be officially re-entering the Linux laptop market. It will sell a developer edition of one of its Ultrabooks XPS laptop. It will come pre-loaded with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. A first look at Dell’s ‘Sputnik’ Ubuntu Linux developer laptop is available here.

GIMP Magazine will launch in fall 2012

GIMP is an amazing image editing software package similar to Adobe Photoshop, but licensed as free and open source. From the web site:

GIMP Magazine features the amazing works created from this world wide community. Photography, digital arts, graphic arts, design, tips & tricks, step by step tutorials, master classes, help desk questions, book and product reviews and so much more are showcased and explored in this quarterly publication. This publication is available for free and is licensed Creative Commons CC-AT-SA 2.5. Issue #1 is complete and will launch in the Fall 2012.

Valve confirms work on steam client for Linux

Valve corporation is a game development and digital distribution company confirmed that work on steam client for Linux. From the blog post:

After successfully porting L4D2 to Ubuntu, interest grew within Valve and, as a result, the team and projects we were working on also grew. Currently, our focus is on the following projects:

* getting the Steam client onto Linux with full functionality
* optimizing a version of L4D2 running at a high frame rate with OpenGL
* porting additional Valve titles

Raspberry Pi – $35 Linux computer now available for all

Raspberry Pi, the small USD 35 ARM-based computer system capable of running Linux is now available for all. From the blog post:

Up until now, we’ve had to restrict purchases of the Raspberry Pi to one per customer because the demand has been (and continues to be) so high. Both of our manufacturing partners have been working at building capacity so you we can lift that limit – right now, 4000 Raspberry Pis are being made every day. As of this morning, you’ll be able to buy as many Raspberry Pis as you want from both RS Components and element14/Premier Farnell.

The return of MeeGo

MeeGo is a Linux-based mobile operating system project. Primarily targeted at mobile devices and information appliances in the consumer electronics market. However, MeeGo was canceled in September 2011. A new Finnish start-up Jolla Mobile, has announced in July 2012, that they will bring new MeeGo phones to market within year 2012. From the blog post:

A six-man group of open-source diehards from Nokia have teamed up to form Jolla Mobile, a company focused on building phones using the Linux-based MeeGo operating system.

FreeBSD 9.1 enters beta

The first test build of the 9.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for amd64, i386, powerpc64, and sparc64.

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  • Matt Jul 24, 2012 @ 14:52

    Your link to the Raspberry PI blog post goes to the Steam blog post.

    • 🛡️ Vivek Gite (Author and Admin) Vivek Gite Jul 24, 2012 @ 16:27

      Thanks for the heads up!

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