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Bash vulnerability 'Shellshock' affects Linux, OS X systems

09/25, 6:58am

Major security risk could be bigger issue than Heartbleed

A new bug may have a greater potential for harm than April's Heartbleed vulnerability, according to reports. The "Shellshock" vulnerability in Bash, a Unix shell typically used in Linux systems as well as in OS X, apparently allows for code held in environment variables to be executed within the shell as soon as it is invoked, potentially allowing for the control of affected systems to be taken over by another user.

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Hands On: Planetary Annihilation (OS X, Windows, Linux)

09/15, 5:16am

Kickstarter RTS game Planetary Annihilation shows considerable polish

In August 2012, a team from Uber Entertainment launched a kickStarter campaign, aiming to raise $900,000 to make a new real-time strategy game called Planetary Annihilation. After two years of work and raising over $2.2 million, as well as other funds via "early access," the game is finally released outside of beta, and gamers can finally try out what backers have been playing for some time during the game's development.

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Google releases Chrome 37 for Windows, Mac, Linux

08/26, 12:30pm

Windows users get better fonts via DirectWrite

Google has released Chrome 37 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The biggest change affects only Windows users, in the form of DirectWrite support for better font rendering. Previously, Chrome for Windows depended on the Graphics Device Interface, and Google explains that the change "required extensive re-architecting and streamlining of Chrome's font rendering engine."

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GOG launches Linux support with 50 games, celebrates with sale

07/24, 6:58pm

Support added for Mint, Ubuntu with distro-independent archives, remains DRM-free

GOG, the gaming website and merchant previously known as Good Old Games, announced today that it has added support for Linux, delivering on an earlier promise to expand to the operating system. The DRM-free game distributor said earlier in the year that one of the next steps for the company would be to add support Linux distros.

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Chrome 36 update improves notifications, fixes stability, performance

07/16, 4:24pm

Linux gets better Chrome App Launcher

Google has issued Chrome 36 updates for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android users. The new version is mostly a maintenance release, making stability, performance, and security fixes. It does however implement several cosmetic changes across desktop platforms, for instance improving rich notifications with a "flatter" look, and giving Incognito mode a new tab page (below) that's cleaner and easier to read. Likewise, the Chrome App Launcher for Linux has been revamped.

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Briefly: ADATA's CFast 2.0 Memory Card, XCOM: Enemy Unknown for Linux

06/20, 2:01am

CFast card ISC3E released, compatible with CFast 2.0 and SATA 3.1

ADATA Technology has announced the launch of its CFast 2.0 memory card, the ISC3E. Combining the form-factor of a CF Card with a high-speed SATA interface, the ISC3E is compatible with CFast 2.0 and SATA 3.1. Its sequential read/write speed is up to 435/120 MB/s and 165/170 MB/s, with its physical integrity offerin shock and vibration resistance, as well as the ability to withstand temperatures from -40C to 85C.

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Firaxis Games' XCOM: Enemy Unknown granted port to Linux platforms

05/28, 10:01pm

Hit Firaxis strategy game will make its way to Linux with Enemy Within content

Multiple award-winning game XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be making its way to Linux distros in the future, including Ubuntu 14.04 and Valve's SteamOS. The port to Linux will also include the expansion pack XCOM: Enemy Within, which was originally released in November 2013. The strategy game from Firaxis Games is a re-imagined remake of the early 1990s game XCOM: UFO Defense. Feral Interactive will be handling the development and publishing.

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Hands On: Steam game streaming

05/24, 4:56pm

Stream Steam games from a Windows computer to OSX, Linux

Earlier this week, game purveyor Steam opened up the in-home game streaming feature to all users. In a nutshell, the feature allows users of a Windows PC to stream the video of a game to a satellite computer on Windows, OS X, or some flavors of Linux in real-time, with input provided by the satellite computer . All the "heavy lifting" of the game is done by the Windows PC streaming the game, as well as "on the fly" conversion of the video stream to H.264, allowing for the satellite computer with a much lower specification or incompatible operating system to play. How well does this work in real life?

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Adobe warns of critical vulnerability in Flash for Windows,Mac, Linux

04/28, 2:52pm

Windows exploits already active

Adobe has issued a new security bulletin warning of a Flash flaw that could allow a hacker to seize control of a computer. So far just Windows exploits have been seen in the wild, but Adobe cautions that Mac and Linux systems are vulnerable as well. The security hole is present only in older versions of Flash Player, requiring simply that people have up-to-date software.

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Chrome 34 adds responsive image support, updated Web Audio

04/08, 3:45pm

Images can be picked to match device specs

Google has released Chrome 34 for Windows, Mac, and Linux users. The main addition is support for "responsive" images. This allows web developers to set multiple versions of a graphic, improving speed and bandwidth consumption on less powerful devices. Whereas a Windows desktop user might see the full-quality version of an image, for example, someone on an iPhone might see a lower-resolution file. The iOS and Android apps haven't been updated yet, however.

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Adobe issues Flash updates for PC, Mac, Linux to fix critical exploit

02/04, 3:02pm

Threat seen in the wild, Adobe says

Adobe has released a new version of Flash Player for Windows and Mac, 12.0.0.44, to cope with a serious security hole. The company warns that exploits for the vulnerability have been seen in the wild, and that the problem could potentially allow an attacker to seize control of a computer. A matching Linux update is labeled v11.2.202.335.

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Firefox 27 updates Social API, security, Android languages

02/04, 12:49pm

Social API gains simultaneous notifications

Mozilla has released Firefox 27, an update to its browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The desktop apps have been given an updated Social API, allowing for multiple notifications at the same time. Until today, Firefox would only show notifications for the social network indicated in a user's toolbar. Mozilla is also supporting two new networks, Delicious and Saavn.

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North Korea-created 'Red Star' Linux adopts OS X look and feel

02/03, 11:33pm

'New' look replaces Windows 7-inspired desktop in previous version

While it continues to dominate the vast majority of worldwide, there is a sense that both consumers and industry are moving slowly away from Windows software as alternatives -- primarily Apple's OS X and iOS -- gain more mainstream attention. This drift seems to be embodied in the latest release of "Red Star OS," a Linux variant developed for the last decade by North Korea as a state-sanctioned OS. In a bold move, version 3 has adopted a directly OS X-like look, dropping the previous Windows 7 stylings.

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Humble Bundle 8 launches with Mac, PC, Android and Linux games

12/18, 12:20am

Pay-what-you-want bundle offers DRM-free games for charity fundraising

Once again, the Humble Bundle team has put together a package of DRM-free indie games in support of its chosen charities, with users paying whatever amount they want for four cross-platform games. Buyers paying above the average price ($4.03 at present) also get two additional games, with more said to be coming. Soundtracks are included for some of the games, all of which run on the PC, Mac, Linux and Android platforms (system requirements vary).

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Canonical signs deal with unnamed manufacturer for Ubuntu smartphones

12/11, 8:41am

In discussions with four more manufacturers for Ubuntu mobile OS

A smartphone running on Ubuntu Touch will be available in 2014, according to Canonical founder and product strategy leader Mark Shuttleworth. Canonical has signed an agreement with an unnamed manufacturer to have the Linux distribution put onto high-end smartphones, with other manufacturers also apparently in talks to do likewise.

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Data shows Mavericks already leading in OS X marketshare

12/02, 2:55pm

Free upgrade spurs quick adoption

Mavericks is already the predominant version of OS X in use by the public, according to November tracking data from Net Applications. During that month, Mavericks' share rose from 0.84 percent to 2.42 percent of the Mac's total global share of 7.55 percent. Mountain Lion's share, meanwhile, plummeted from 3.31 percent to 1.85, while Lion dipped from 1.56 percent to 1.34. Leopard and Snow Leopard, already marginal platforms, dropped only slightly, slipping from 0.33 and 1.6 percent to 0.32 and 1.53 percent, respectively.

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Chrome 31 improves web payment support, makes security fixes

11/13, 12:41pm

Mac client going without web payment tech for now

Google has released Chrome 31, an update of its web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and Chrome OS. The primary addition is better payment support, in the form of allowing site access to Chrome's auto-complete data (with user permission). This lets people save payment information in the browser for quicker access. Google says, however, that Mac compatibility will only be included "in a future release."

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Gabe Newell LinuxCon keynote hints at Steam Box reveal 'next week'

09/16, 9:03pm

Valve CEO confirms commitment to Linux, reiterates anti-Windows stance

At the New Orleans LinuxCon, Valve founder and game developer Gabe Newell reaffirmed his commitment to Linux, calling it the "future of gaming." Additionally, the Valve head claimed that "next week, we're going to be rolling out more information about how we get there and what are the hardware opportunities we see for bringing Linux into the living room," perhaps bringing the previously-rumored "Steam Box" game system to fruition.

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Samsung preps Tizen-based TVs for 2014

09/12, 11:24am

Tizen to be used for appliances

Samsung is reportedly preparing to launch televisions that run Tizen, a Linux-based operating system that the company is co-developing with Intel. Speaking to German outlet Die Welt, Samsung's consumer electronics head, Boo-Keun Yoon, noted that Tizen will be used for upcoming smartphones, TVs and home appliances.

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GeekBench 3 released for all major platforms

08/16, 6:57am

GeekBench 3 benchmarking utility brings 15 new benchmark tests

GeekBench 3 has been released for all major platforms including Windows, OS X, and Linux on the desktop. A mobile version of the widely used benchmarking utility has also been released for Android and iOS. The new version is the first major revision to the app since version 2 was released six years ago. According to Primate Labs, the new suite of tests includes 15 new benchmark tests that have been designed to real-world processor intensive tasks.

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Firefox 23 gets Share button, mixed content blocker, network monitor

08/06, 12:42pm

Share function allows quick sharing of any link

Mozilla has released Firefox 23, an update of its web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The desktop apps have gained several important features, most notably a Share button, which ties into Mozilla's new Social API. The button lets people share virtually any content on the web without having to use buttons built into a website.

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Over 1.8M user credentials stolen in Ubuntu forum server intrusion

07/22, 11:59am

Salted passwords, usernames, e-mail addresses taken, state Canonical

Forums for the Linux distribution Ubuntu have been hacked, with sensitive data for all members of the forum being seized in the intrusion. Usernames, passwords, and e-mail addresses for every user on the Canonical-operated forum has been taken in the attack, which is estimated to have affected around 1.82 million users.

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Google posts Chrome 28 beta, integrates services into search results

05/23, 7:30pm

Main, Gmail searches pull results from other Google apps

Google has released a beta version of Chrome 28 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The most significant change is in the Windows release, where a native notification center for apps and extensions has been turned on. These can include not only text and images, but optional actions such as making a phone call or sending email. Notifications can appear even when Chrome is closed. Google is promising Mac notifications "soon."

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Jolla releases Sailfish OS SDK for Mac, Windows and Linux

04/05, 7:35am

Jolla inches closer to launch with release of the Sailfish OS SDK

Jolla has released the Software Development Kit (SDK) for its Linux-based Sailfish mobile operating system. The SDK has been made available for Mac, Windows and Linux (32-bit and 64-bit) with its release paving the way for interested developers to create native applications for Jolla’s forthcoming handsets. The Sailfish OS also supports the Qt platform, which developers previously used for creating native apps on Nokia’s abandoned Symbian and MeeGo operating systems, making it simple for apps running on those platforms to be ported to the new OS.

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Forums: Debunking Linux hazards on mac, and more

03/26, 1:18pm

Linux on a Mac could be hazardous

Yesterday in the MacNN forums, Grizzled Veteran "abbaZaba" questioned the veracity of a technician's report that Linux on Apple hardware could permanently damage the CPU. "Do I need Adobe Flash Player?" asks one Forum Regular who is trying to avoid a plague of pesky popups and other such annoyances.

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Parasound launches Halo CD 1, Linux-powered CD player

03/25, 4:40pm

Device reads each track multiple times, ensuring correct playback

High-end consumer audio manufacturer Parasound has released a CD player driven by a Mini-ITX computer, powered by Linux to make CDs "sound significantly better than anyone has imagined possible" according to the manufacturer. The Halo CD 1 utilizes a PC-grade CD-ROM drive that reads the track multiple times before it is converted to audio, nearly guaranteeing no error in playback.

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Canonical founder wants mass adoption of Ubuntu, Linux

03/08, 12:06pm

Rolling updates blog post complains about 'elite' users

The founder of Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth, called out users of Linux that believe that using the operating system is "supposed to be hard." A blog post by Shuttleworth responding to recent changes and rolling releases in the Ubuntu Linux distribution complained about aspects of the community that seemingly want Linux to be an insular, introverted and exclusive operating system.

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Canonical to release Ubuntu for Tablets preview on 21st

02/19, 1:13pm

Tablet-based OS to offer added multitasking, device convergence

Canonical has launched a version of its Linux distribution specifically made for tablets. Ubuntu for Tablets follows on from Unbuntu Phone, launched last month at CES, and the desktop version of Ubuntu in using the same base code, but instead relies on touch-based navigation and gestures, rather than physical buttons or keyboards.

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Tizen 2.0 expands OS features ahead of smartphone launches

02/18, 3:54pm

First devices not expected until later this year

The Linux Foundation has introduced a major update to its Tizen operating system, adding many essential features as developers continue working on the first Tizen-powered devices. Version 2.0, spotted by TG Daily, will enable devices to take advantage of Bluetooth and NFC hardware, while app developers can integrate new features such as text-to-speech and background operation.

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Ubuntu Phone preview set to arrive for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4

02/15, 7:57pm

Source code available for developers

Canonical has announced that it is set to release the first public preview of its Ubuntu Phone operating system for smartphones. The initial release will be available in two builds, one for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and another for LG's Nexus 4, while source code will also be posted for developers to begin working on installations for other devices.

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Valve launches Steam Client on Ubuntu, discounts first games

02/14, 5:54pm

Linux client, games major step towards Steam Box

Valve has launched its Steam game distribution platform on Linux, after a lengthy period of beta testing. Initially announced in July 2012, the internal project has now opened up the store on Ubuntu, with interested users being able to download the client through Canonical's Ubuntu Software Center at no charge.

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Evasi0n untethered jailbreak released for iOS 6, 6.1

02/04, 1:06pm

Most iOS devices supported

The Evad3rs hacking team has released its promised jailbreaking tool for iOS 6 devices. Known as evasi0n, the software supports any version of iOS 6 through 6.1, and is available in Mac, Windows, and Linux editions. It's also untethered, meaning that it doesn't require connecting to a computer and reapplying the jailbreak if an iOS device is rebooted.

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Eyes on with an Ubuntu-powered Galaxy Nexus

01/09, 10:59pm

Ubuntu's mobile OS impresses in our brief look at it in action

We got a chance to check out a demonstration of Ubuntu's mobile operating system that was announced at the start of the year. It was running on a GSM-version of the Galaxy Nexus, and was certainly impressive when viewed from a close distance. The graphics look clean and smooth, without any hiccups on what is an older, though one-time flagship device.

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Ubuntu teases touch-based OS

01/01, 6:21am

Ubuntu set to reveal touch-based OS plans?

The Ubuntu homepage is teasing a countdown to what hints at a touch-based version of its Linux variant. The banner on the site reads, “So close, you can almost touch it,” setting the stage for a major announcement, or possible reveal, of the next iteration of the popular OS. The countdown is expected to run its course by 8AM ET on Wednesday, January 2nd, when all will be revealed.

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Linux drops support for Intel i386 processors in kernel

12/16, 6:54pm

Change in 3.8 kernel seen as positive by Torvolds

Linux is phasing out support for Intel's i386 architecture, in an effort to simplify maintenance to the operating system's kernel. The changes in the 3.8 version of the kernel marks a departure of the OS from the processor that Linus Torvolds developed Linux on in 1991, an architecture the software supported long after the rest of the computing industry moved on to other architectures.

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CrossOver 12 updates support, introduces Mac Driver

12/12, 4:42pm

'Experimental' Mac Driver may eliminate need for X Window

CodeWeavers has launched CrossOver 12, a new version of its software designed to run Windows apps in OS X or Linux. The update implements a new version of Wine, the program's core technology, which is said to have received over 5,000 changes. Support has been improved for a number of Windows apps, such as Microsoft Office and several editions of Quicken. Newly compatible apps include Quicken 13 and World of Tanks; on Linux, Guild Wars 2 has been added.

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EFF: new Ubuntu Linux release suffers from 'data leak'

10/30, 5:59pm

Search results transmitted to Amazon, Facebook, others by default

Web search settings in the latest Ubuntu 12.10 are to blame for what the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls a "data leak" and a privacy violation. Unless settings are altered, every time a search is performed for a document, application, or other file using the Dash feature, the search includes results from Amazon. Search results can also return advertisements sent unencrypted in the results, allowing for Wi-Fi or network sniffers to intercept and read the text.

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Canonical creates Ubuntu installer for Google Nexus 7

10/28, 7:15pm

Linux distribution installer to help mobile development efforts

Users of the Google Nexus 7 can now install Ubuntu onto the tablet. The Linux distribution maintained by Canonical can be made to run as the operating system instead of the factory-installed Jelly Bean version of Android, though the exercise is meant to help in developing a future iteration of Ubuntu for mobile devices, and not for general use.

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Oracle issues Java security patch

08/30, 4:36pm

Update 7 addresses hole ahead of planned update

Oracle has issued a patch to address a recently discovered security hole affecting Mac, Windows, and Linux users. The patch represents a rare early fix release, as Oracle was already slated to release a patch in October of this year. The patch is available for download at Java.com.

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New Java 7 exploit affects OS X, Windows, Linux users

08/27, 6:36pm

Lion, Mountain Lion safeguards provide modest defense

A new security exploit in Java 7 is affecting Mac, Windows, and Linux users alike, according to an engineering manager for Metasploit, an open-source penetration testing framework. The vulnerability is described as "super dangerous," since an attack can be triggered simply by visiting a hacked or intentionally malicious website. OS X Lion and Mountain Lion do provide a modest level of protection, since Java isn't installed by default on the operating systems, which also ask users if they want to run the software.

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OSX/NetWeirdRC malware targets multiple platforms

08/23, 9:38am

Risk so far 'considered low'

A new piece of backdoor malware affecting OS X, Windows, Linux, and Solaris is in the wild, according to security firm Intego. Nicknamed OSX/NetWeirdRC, the code is said to be similar to Crisis in that it's a commercial remote access tool that was leaked to Virus Total. If a computer is infected, it can potentially allow an attacker to install new files, grab screenshots and system information, see which programs are running and steal encrypted passwords from apps like Firefox, Thunderbird, and Opera.

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Dell to preload Linux on XPS 13 ultrabook

07/20, 8:20am

Dell Project Sputnik leads to release of XPS 13 with Ubuntu

Dell will release a version of its popular XPS 13 ultrabook with Linux preinstalled. The company has issued a statement on the release indicating that the Linux-based ultrabook is part of its Project Sputnik initiative with the aim of bringing an Ubuntu developer notebook to market. When it is released this fall, the XP3 with Linux will ship with the Ubuntu 12.04LTS distro onboard.

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Skype pushes out hotfixes for IM security bug

07/17, 4:35pm

Windows, Mac, Linux updates available

Skype is now releasing hotfixes addressing a serious security flaw in its VoIP client, according to a blog post. If a few recent versions of the app crashed during the middle of an IM session, they would sometimes send out the last recorded message to the wrong person on a user's contact list. The glitch was also contingent on rebooting Skype, or logging in as a new user.

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Valve porting Steam client, Source engine to Linux

07/17, 1:49pm

Left 4 Dead 2 reportedly stable, working towards full Linux support

Valve is bringing the Steam game distribution platform to Ubuntu. A company blog for the project tells of an 11-person team porting not only Steam, but also Source engine-powered game Left 4 Dead 2. According to the post, co-founder of Valve Gabe Newell has been interested in a Linux port of Steam and Source for some time, and last year formed the team devoted to the project.

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New malware targets OS X, Linux, and Windows

07/11, 12:51pm

Uses rare cross-platform attack method

A new piece of malware is targeting Mac, Windows, and Linux users all at the same time, note security firms F-Secure and Sophos. The code pretends to be a needed add-on; in reality victims are opening up a Java Archive file, which then detects the platform a person is using before connecting to a remote server to fetch additional code, creating a back door for hackers. The Mac version of the malware is identified by F-Secure as "Backdoor:OSX/GetShell.A."

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NVIDIA loses huge GPU order due to poor Linux support

06/29, 8:37am

NVIDA loses up to $500 million in lost GPU order

NVIDIA is said have lost an order to supply 10 million GPUs due to its poor support for Linux. The news follows Linus Torvalds recently blasting NVIDIA for its commercial decision to back mobile GPUs that support Linux-based operating systems like Android, but offer very limited support for the open source platform on PCs. The lost GPU order was for the Chinese government and is estimated to have cost the company between $200 million and $500 million in lost sales.

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Linus Torvalds offers a few choice words for Nvidia

06/18, 6:42am

Linux founder Torvalds lets fly at Nvidia

Linus Torvalds, one of the living legends of the computer industry as the genius behind Limux, has used a forum hosted by Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship in Otaniemi, Finland to vent his frustration with Nvidia. As the clip embedded below highlights, Torvalds was responding to a question from a woman in the audience about the technical trouble she was experiencing trying to run Linux using a notebook with an Nvida GPU.

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VIA intros thin, fanless ARTiGO A1200 mini PC

05/30, 10:12am

VIA ARTiGO A1200 uses 1GHz dual-core processor, requires RAM and storage

VIA, maker of small computer boards and mini PCs, has showed off its latest product, the fanless ARTiGO A1200 mini PC. It uses a dual-core 1GHz VIA Eden X2 processor and is a successor to the ARTiGO A1100 from 2010. The new mini PC is just under 1.2 inches tall.

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Kogan shows off $180 10-inch tablet with Android 4.0

05/29, 10:16am

Agora tablet can now be pre-ordered, due to ship on June 25 in Australia

Australian hardware maker Kogan has introduced a new budget tablet, the 10-inch Agora. Kogan makes low-priced portable electronics such as netbooks and tablets, powered either by Linux or Android. This latest tablet has Android 4.0 onboard, displaying the interface on its 10-inch, 1024x768 touchscreen.

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Android, iOS account for 80 percent of Q1 smartphone sales

05/24, 6:46pm

Samsung, Apple largest single manufacturers

Research firm IDC has published its latest smartphone market-share report, finding Android and iOS to be responsible for eight out of 10 smartphones shipped in the first quarter of 2012. Android captured 59 percent of all sales, while iOS took 23 percent of the 152 million smartphones shipped in the first quarter. Linux phones maintained the same small share held for four quarters. Symbian and Blackberry shipments continued to drop precipitously.

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