Volanin writes: After nearly a month of its assumed happening, Ubuntu Edge has now passed the $10.2 million mark, thus making it the most pledged-to crowd-funder in history. While the Ubuntu Edge campaign is to be commended for reaching such a mammoth milestone as this, it can’t quite claim ultimate victory yet, since it's just short of making one-third of its $32 million goal with a little less than a week left. Can they do it?
Volanin writes: I have been using linux for the last 15 years both at home and at work (mostly gnome and now unity). Recently, I gave up to temptation and bought myself a macbook retina 15". As you can read around, linux still has no good support for this hardware, so I am running it inside a virtual machine. Running in scaled 1440x900 makes the linux fonts look absolutely terrible, and running in true 2880x1800 makes them beautiful, but every UI element becomes so tiny, it's unworkable. Is there a desktop environment that handles resolution independence better? Linux has had support for SVG for a long time, but gnome/unity seems adamant in defining small icon sizes and UI elements without the possibility to resize them.
Volanin writes: So what will we be up to in the next six months? We have two short cycles before we’re into the LTS, and by then we want to have the phone, tablet and TV all lined up. So I think it’s time to look at the core of Ubuntu and review it through a mobile lens: let’s measure our core platform by mobile metrics, things like battery life, number of running processes, memory footprint, and polish the rough edges that we find when we do that. The tighter we can get the core, the better we will do on laptops and the cloud, too. [...] We’ll make something wonderful, and call it the Raring Ringtail.
Volanin writes: Currently I use a triple boot system in my Macbook containing MacOS Lion, Windows 7 and finally Ubuntu Precise, on which I spend the great majority of my time. To share files between these systems, I have created a huge HFS+ home partition (MacOS native format which can also be read in Linux, and in Windows with Paragon HFS). But last week, while working on Ubuntu, my battery ran out and the computer suddenly powered off. When I powered it on again, the filesystem integrity was ok (after a scandisk by MacOS), but a lot of my files contents were silently corrupted (and my last backup was from August...). Mostly, these files are JPG pictures, MP3 musics and MPG/MOV videos with a few PDFs scattered around. I want to get rid of the corrupted files, since they waste space uselessly, but the only way I have to check for corruption is opening one by one. Is there a good set of tools to verify the integrity by filetype, so I can detect (and delete) my bad files?
Volanin writes: The e-book versions of Harry Potter are being released through Pottermore, and Rowling has chosen to do a number of interesting things with them, including releasing them without DRM restrictions.
One of the encouraging things about the Pottermore launch is that the books will be available on virtually every platform simultaneously, including the Sony Reader, the Nook, the Kindle and Google’s e-book service.
Even Amazon has bowed to the power of the series and done what would previously have seemed unthinkable: it sends users who come to the titles on Amazon to Pottermore to finish the transaction.
Volanin writes: I am currently finishing my plans to open a small videogame startup. I have been researching about this for some time, but I must admit that I don't know anybody that has/had first-hand experience in the game creation business near where I live. The plan is to start with a game for Nintendo DS, since games for this platform demand less resources and the platform is quite widespread. I already assembled a small team to deal with graphics, sound and programming, but I have not yet decided anything about sales or marketing, since it is impossible for me to compete with the big companies. It's certain that I am going to run into unexpected surprises, so can anyone share their experiences or thoughts? Thank you a lot!
Volanin writes: The Wine team is proud to announce that Wine 1.0 is now available. This is the first stable release of Wine after 15 years of development and beta testing. Many thanks to everybody who helped us along that long road!
While compatibility is not perfect yet, thousands of applications have been reported to work very well. Check http://appdb.winehq.org/ to see the details for your favorite applications.
Volanin writes: In every Ubuntu release there is a group that is not so fond of the art. But this time, this group is a lot bigger: There is a lot of people who disliked the wallpaper, be it because of it's low quality, because they found it boring, or even because it is too similar to Vista's. And that's the reason this petition exists, to become a central point where people can manifest their dissatisfaction in a way that will reach the leaders of Ubuntu.
Volanin writes: KDE4 developer Sebastian Kuegler states: 'It has just been decided that the Beta 3 will be out one week later than originally planned. This is mainly due to some changes in how plasma work that we'd like to see in the new Beta. Highlights of that will be a working panel implementation.'