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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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Canonical ceases development of Ubuntu for Android

04/30, 6:06pm

Cites need for launch partner to continue Ubuntu for Android development

Canonical is no longer working on Ubuntu for Android, stalled by the lack of a hardware partner. Canonical interface designer Matthew Paul Thomas advised in a now-removed bug report that the project, which would have seen Ubuntu run on a smartphone, is "no longer in development" and the Ubuntu for Android page "should be retired."

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Briefly: Ubuntu tablets to run Ubuntu 14.04, Notegraphy for Android

04/17, 11:53pm

Canonical releases Ubuntu 14.04 for desktops and servers, update for phone and tablets

Canonical has released its latest Long Term Support version of Ubuntu for desktops and servers. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS includes an update to its phone version as well as for tablets. Stated in a press release from by the company, the most recent Ubuntu version will "form the basis of the first commercially available Ubuntu tablets from Canonical OEM partners."

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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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Canonical's crowd funded Ubuntu Edge smartphone misses target

08/22, 5:48am

Canonical Ubuntu Edge fails to reach $32m funding target

Despite breaking all previous records for crowd funded hardware projects, Canonical's Ubuntu Edge has failed to reach its lofty $32 million target. Despite raising $12.8 million through funding from over 27,000 backers, Canonical fell well short of its target by almost $20 million ending the project. With the campaign to launch its own smartphone ended, the company issued a statement on its campaign site telling early adopters to "look out for Ubuntu on smartphones in 2014," although it seems that these won't be running on Canonical's own hardware.

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Ubuntu Edge breaks record for hardware crowdfunding, could still fail

08/16, 12:42pm

Canonical smartphone beats $10.2m record held by Pebble smartwatch

Canonical has managed to achieve a new record in hardware crowdfunding, with its smartphone reaching $10.4 million in pledges at the time of writing. The Indiegogo campaign for the Ubuntu Edge has beaten the $10.2 million raised during the Pebble smartwatch's Kickstarter campaign, though it is still a considerable distance away from being funded and put into production.

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Canonical adjusts Ubuntu Edge price to reboot $32M crowdfunding drive

08/08, 12:59pm

Price drop of Ubuntu smartphone caused through component negotiations

Canonical has adjusted its seemingly-underperforming crowdfunding campaign for an Ubuntu-powered smartphone for a second time, after a significant drop in new pledges. The company has removed the tiered prices of its first change, and now offers the Ubuntu Edge smartphone at a cost of $695 instead of its full $830 price, in an attempt to achieve its $32 million target.

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Canonical updates $32M Ubuntu Edge funding campaign with lower tiers

07/24, 9:29am

Pricing in smartphone crowdfunding effort an attempt to maintain momentum

Canonical has updated the crowdfunding campaign for its Ubuntu-powered mobile device, after considerable success in its opening days, in an attempt to maintain momentum. After breaking the $4 million barrier and selling out of the 5000-unit allocation at the initial $600 level, the company has updated its Indiegogo campaign to offer a large array of pledge levels for the Ubuntu Edge smartphone.

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Canonical launches crowdfunding campaign for Ubuntu Edge smartphone

07/22, 2:46pm

Asking for $32M in funding to manufacture limited run of Ubuntu smartphone

Canonical has launched a crowdfunding campaign a smartphone running on Ubuntu. The company is looking to raise $32 million within 31 days to put the Ubuntu Edge into a limited production run, which could see backers receiving the high-powered smartphone by May 2014 if the IndieGoGo campaign reaches its lofty target.

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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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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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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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First Ubuntu mobile OS-powered smartphones due October

02/07, 6:26am

Ubuntu smartphones set for October rollout

The first new devices running Ubuntu’s mobile operating system will hit the market in October, reports the Wall Street Journal. Developers will gain access to the beta versions of the operating system as early as late this month, with a variant that is designed to run on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus device. Without getting into specifics, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth also added that the company will target two geographically large markets at the time of launch.

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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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Touch-based Ubuntu OS for phones announced

01/02, 3:56pm

Popular Linux distro moves to smartphones

As was hinted yesterday, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth announced today the pending release of a new, touch-enabled version of Ubuntu targeted at smartphones. Ubuntu for phones brings its own gesture-driven interface to the smartphone sector, with personalized graphics, integrated search, and support for native and HTML5 apps. Shuttleworth showed off the new operating system in a virtual keynote on YouTube, one in which he sought to position Ubuntu as a way of unifying the user experience across the numerous form factors that define modern computing.

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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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Dell XPS 13 with Ubuntu now up for pre-order

11/30, 5:42am

Long-awaited Dell XPS 13 with Ubuntu to ship December 11

Dell’s long anticipated XPS 13 ultrabook with Ubuntu is finally on sale. First announced in late July, it is the first premium ultrabook to feature Linux pre-installed instead of Windows. The XPS 13 is the culmination of Dell’s Project Sputnik initiative, which aimed to bring a Developer Edition of its ultrabook running Ubuntu 12.04LTS “Precise Pangolin.”

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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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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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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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Ubuntu Linux 12.10 titled Quantal Quetzal

04/23, 7:20pm

Precise Pangolin due April 26th

Three days prior to the release of Ubuntu Linux distribution 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin, the next major release has been named. Following the software's trend of alliterative titling, version 12.10 of the popular distribution will be known as Quantal Quetzal.

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Parallels Desktop 7 updates with Linux, 3D, control tweaks

04/09, 4:25pm

Supports latest Ubuntu beta

Parallels has released a minor update of Desktop 7 for Mac, its flagship virtualization software. The patch introduces "experimental" support for the final beta of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, a Linux variant due to be launched on April 26th. Another new Linux-related feature is the ability to download and install Fedora 16 without leaving the Parallels Wizard.

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XBMC 11.0 Eden final arrives with AirPlay, Apple TV and iOS

03/25, 1:15pm

XBMC 11 Eden gets long-awaited modernized UI

The XBMC team has posted a finished version of its comprehensive 11.0 Eden update. The version is the first fully updated version to simultaneously reach both desktop platforms as well as jailbreak-based implementations on the second-generation Apple TV and iOS. Every platform now lets an XBMC device serve as an AirPlay target for video and more.

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Ubuntu for Android gives smartphones a full Linux desktop

02/21, 2:35pm

Ubuntu for Android takes on work, developing world

Canonical in the run-up to Mobile World Congress sought to change the approach to smartphone use with Ubuntu for Android. Going beyond even Motorola's Webtop, it promises a full Ubuntu Linux desktop with a windowed environment when the smartphone is mounted in a dock and attached to both an HDMI display and a USB keyboard. From the start, users get a full Chromium web browser, Gwibber social networking, Thunderbird for e-mail, and VLC for media playback.

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Ubuntu 12.04 intros HUD, replaces menus, simplifies UI

01/25, 4:35am

Ubuntu 12.04 redefines the desktop UI

Mark Shuttlework, the Ubuntu Project Founder, has given users a run through a new feature dubbed HUD (Head-Up Display) that will make its debut in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. The new UI element is designed to replace menus marking a significant change to the way users will interact with the latest release of the popular Linux-based distro. According to Shuttleworth, the goal is for HUD to ultimately replace menus altogether in Unity applications, as the video embedded below illustrates.

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Canonical details Ubuntu Linux 12.04 features

11/08, 4:10pm

Ubuntu Linux 12.04 to be called Precise Pangolin

Some of the details of the upcoming Ubuntu Linux 12.04 features were detailed at the Ubuntu developer's summit that ended last week. They have been summarized by ExtremeTech thanks to an LTS (long term support) release. Also dubbed Precise Pangolin, the release by Canonical and the Ubuntu development team will work on fixing bugs of the open-source OS for the next five years.

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Ubuntu Linux to get big push on phones, tablets through 2014

10/31, 12:35pm

Canonical vows Ubuntu becoming relevant in mobile

Canonical leader Mark Shuttleworth on Monday vowed that Ubuntu Linux would be getting a much stronger emphasis on mobile in the future. The company would be pushing developers and partners to go beyond the desktop and develop smartphones as well as tablets, TVs, and in-car systems by the time Ubuntu 14.04 arrives in or near April 2014. Speaking at the Ubuntu Developer Summit, he said there was a "underlying hunger" for an alternative to Android among free, open-source platforms.

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Ubuntu 11.10 Oneric Ocelot live with new switcher, more

10/13, 5:45pm

Free Linux-based OS improves user interface

Ubuntu 11.10, the free Linux-based OS is available for download (free, ubuntu). The latest version, also known as Oneiric Ocelot, includes several enhancements, most notably a new launcher, new dashboard, and new app switcher. The new update provides access to the Ubuntu Software Center to get apps supporting the OS.

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Microsoft filing drops Linux as threat, keeps Apple, Google

08/11, 6:25pm

Microsoft at SEC says Linux now a non-factor

Microsoft in the SEC filing for its annual report has removed Linux as a competitor on the desktop. While discussing what it has to compete with in operating systems, the Windows developer has scratched out Linux altogether and has relegated it to a factor only in niches like embedded and servers. Only Apple and Google are left in the category, Wes Miller noted in finding the difference.

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ASUS Eee PC 1215P shows with Ubuntu Linux

07/15, 4:25pm

ASUS Eee PC 1215P with Ubuntu Linux for pre-order

ASUS will soon release a 12-inch Eee PC netbook that uses Ubuntu Linux, as revealed by a Monclick web store listing. The Eee PC 1215P will be the largest from the company with Linux preloaded. Other specs include a dual-core 1.5GHz Intel Atom N570 CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive.

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Tablet war sees early casualty as Augen shuts down

07/07, 8:35pm

Augen goes down as cheap Android tablets fail

One of the first attempts at seizing on the iPad's popularity has quietly fizzled out as Augen appears to have shut down. The company's US page has been down for a month, and both e-mail as well as warranty returns appear to have gone unanswered. Augen had triggered worry early on when it planned a set of e-readers that would have shipped in April but missed their release without a correction from the company.

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Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets Ubuntu OS installed overtop Android

06/29, 12:25pm

Ubuntu OS is virtualized onto Galaxy Tab 10.1

GalaxyTabHacks has posted detailed instructions on how interested parties can install Ubuntu Linux onto the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. The hack finds a way to use the distribution without completely overriding Android. Dubbed Tabuntu, the OS runs as it would on a virtual machine.

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Commodore C64 remake to ship this coming week

06/19, 12:05pm

Commodore C64 initial production run ships

Commodore on Friday said it had nearly finished its first wave of production for the remadeC64. The now dual-core Atom PC is due to ship this coming week. Its launch coincides with the company opening an office in Fort Lauderdale that will handle custom orders beyond the pre-configured models on tap.

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Kogan unwraps TV portal hub, tablet, and netbook

04/14, 1:00pm

Kogan shows affordable TV hub, tablet, netbook

Australian hardware maker Kogan has introduced four new Agora-branded devices on Thursday. This includes the Agora Internet TV Portal that promises to bring the web and access to the Android Market to users' TVs, the Agora 7-inch Tablet PC, and Agora 12-inch Laptop along with a Pro version of the notebook. The netbooks run on Ubuntu Linux 11.04 while the other devices depend on Android 2.2.

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Nexus S shown running Ubuntu through hack

01/10, 4:30pm

Nexus S hacked to run on Ubuntu OS

The Samsung Nexus S, which ships with Android 2.3 and was shown to boot up on MeeGo in the past, has now been hacked to run on Ubuntu. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith accomplished the feat and posted full instructions on the XDA Developers forum. The device with this OS, however, isn't fully functional, with the touchscreen not yet working, among other major issues.

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Google Chrome OS Cr-48 netbook hacked, runs Mac OS X, Win 7

01/02, 4:00am

Cr-48 hacking information posted online

The Google Chrome OS testbed netbook the Cr-48 has been hacked by users to run Mac OS X, Windows 7, and Ubuntu. Users of the Cr-48 have posted instructions on how install Windows 7 and Ubuntu on the Something Awful forum. Instructions on how to hackintosh a Cr-48 will be posted soon, although a video (included below) of the device running Mac OS X has already been posted by Damian W.

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Ubuntu Linux to enter tablet fray with Tenq's P07

12/28, 1:50pm

Tenq P07 may be first Ubuntu tablet

Ubuntu will get its first entry into the same tablet arena filled by Android and iOS with a newly uncovered model. Tenq's P07 is running Ubuntu Netbook 10.10 is more optimized for touch as a result. A 32GB SSD provides the main storage; Ubuntu's light requirements give it an "almost instant" boot time, Giz-China understood.

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Ubuntu One brings unofficial AirPlay to iPhone, Linux

12/06, 5:00pm

Ubuntu One outs AirPlay-compatible app

The Ubuntu One cloud service has now brought out an Ubuntu One app for the iPhone (free, App Store) that lets users stream multimedia using Apple's Airplay technology. AirPlay lets iOS 4.2 device users stream music, video or photos to AirPlay-compatible hardware such as the Apple TV, AirPort Express or others. AirPlay support is becoming more common in hardware devices from third-party makers.

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PandaBoard ships Cortex-A9 board for devs, hobbyists

10/27, 11:55am

PandaBoard for developers now shipping for $174

The PandaBoard development tool for mobile app developers is now shipping. The mainboard sports a dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP4 processor and 1GB of RAM, along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. It will help devs create OMAP4-compatible apps for Android, Angstrom, Chrome, MeeGo and Ubuntu-based devices.

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Dell likely first to deliver Ubuntu Light netbooks

10/10, 7:05am

Canonical distro of Ubuntu Light, 7 second boot

A new report pegs the new Canonical distro of Ubuntu Light for netbooks to begin appearing on shipping Dell netbooks within the next month. Dell is considered the most likely to be the first vendor to launch netbooks featuring the OS, as it currently sells more PCs with Ubuntu than any other manufacturer. The netbook optimized version of Canonical’s Ubuntu 10.10 is able to boot in 7 seconds.

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Augen readying dual-boot Android/Ubuntu tablets

10/07, 3:30pm

Tablet paired with keyboard dock

Augen is readying six new tablets, including a device that features dual-boot capabilities for Android and Ubuntu. Although the company may be better known for its $190 Kmart tablets, the upcoming Latte and Espresso series offer a range of higher-end features and prices ranging from $200 to $600.

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Nufront ships dual-core ARM chip for notebooks and tablets

09/14, 2:25pm

Nufront shows dual-core 2GHz ARM-based SoC

China's Nufront together with chipmaker ARM announced on Tuesday that they launched the former's first computer chip, the NuSmart 2816. Based on 40nm architecture, the system-on-chip includes a dual-core Cortex A9 and runs at 2GHz. Unlike most ARM chips, the NuSmart is intended for full-fledged computing and should reach netbooks, tablets, ultra-thin notebooks and all-in-one desktops.

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Ubuntu Linux to get multi-touch in 10.10

08/18, 5:00pm

Ubuntu Linux to get multi-touch this October

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth on Monday said via his blog that the first Ubuntu Linux build with support for multi-touch inputs will be out on October 10. The software will be developed on the Dell XT2 tablet, but by the launch date, it will work with other computers and peripherals, including Apple's Magic Trackpad. The development team has written what Shuttleworth calls a touch language, which allows for basic gestures to be chained or composed into "sentences."

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Dell makes Latitude E4310, 2110 official

05/13, 7:00am

Dell officially intros E4310, 2110 notebooks

Dell has quietly released a new notebook this week, the 13.3-inch Latitude E4310, which was spied early last week. The company also replaced its 10.1-inch Latitude 2000 with the Latitude 2110 netbook. The business-grade E4310 is offered with Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate in both 32- or 64-bit guises, and a Windows XP downgrade option. There are two processor choices, including 2.4GHz or 2.53GHz Core i5s.

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Chrome OS, Linux to get multi-touch

04/19, 5:15pm

Synaptics brings multi-touch to Linux-based PCs

Human interface solutions developer Synaptics Inc. on Monday announced it has made its Synaptics Gesture Suite available for Linux-based devices. This move brings multi-touch support to the open source operating system for the first time. Synaptics currently offers its multi-touch interface in Windows-based TouchPad devices.

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Sharp readies NetWalker PC-T1 handheld with Ubuntu

04/19, 4:25pm

Sharp outs Netwalker PC-T1 tablet with Ubuntu

Sharp has unveiled its latest Ubuntu-powered NetWalker portable computer in Japan on Monday, this one called the PC-T1 and taking on the tablet form factor. It replaces the PC-Z1, which had a netbook design with a hardware QWERTY keyboard. Text input in the new device is via handwriting recognition and a virtual QWERTY keyboard, though a Bluetooth keyboard can also be connected.

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Dell Latitude 13 goes up for orders, costs $559

03/02, 12:50pm

Dell's CULV Latitude starts at low price

As it promised last month, Dell today started taking orders for the Latitude 13. The 0.65-inch thick CULV system is now known to be an inexpensive buy and at $559 starts out with a 1.3GHz Celeron M, Ubuntu Linux, 1GB of RAM and 802.11g Wi-Fi. Every version comes with a six-cell battery, although Dell hasn't said how long the battery should last.

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