judgecorp writes: "Raspberry Pi, the cheap learning machine now has a cheaper version. The Raspberry Pi Model A has no Ethernet, only one USB port and only 256M of RAM compared to the Model B's 512MB. It's designed to use less power, so could be used for solar or battery-powered applications."
judgecorp writes: "Linux kernel developer Alan Cox has left Intel and Linux development after slamming the Fedora 18 distribution. He made the announcement on Google+ and promised that he had not fallen out with Linus Torvalds, and would finish up all outstanding work"
judgecorp writes: "German firm All For Accounting is taking the Raspberry Pi and turning it into an appliance to handle ERP — business admin — for smaller businesses. The open source machine also gets a red-and-black casing."
judgecorp writes: "Hadoop co-creator Doug Cutting says Big Data is the long term future of enterprise computing. In this interview, he praises Oracle for the "honest appraisal" which led it to back the open source approach to Big Data, and talks about his other roles . Chairing the Apache Foundation is like "parenting", he says."
judgecorp writes: "An update of the Raspberry Pi computer increases the on-board memory to 512MB, The 512M Model B is already in stock and will be able to do more interesting things — including running the Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android."
judgecorp writes: "Canonical has responded to privacy concerns, and built a kill switch to a feature in the Quantal Quetzal version of Ubuntu, which gave Amazon access to users' search terms, effectively letting the online store add adverts to the list of responses. That's good — but there's a big drawback. To disable the Amazon privacy breach, users will also have to disable access to other online search results."
judgecorp writes: "As Apple launches a new slightly-improved iPhone 5, Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich says if you want a really disruptive phone you should look to Firefox OS. It's a low-cost low-end device — and that's the point. It uses standards so should be resistant to patent infringement suits, it will fit on featurephone-grade hardware, and it will run HTML5 apps without the restriction of native apps in an app store. In other words, it's aiming for the next 2 billion smartphone users, people who can't afford the iPhone/Android model."
judgecorp writes: "Mozilla's fledgling mobile operating system is coming into view with some more screenshots and a video. The OS runs apps written in HTML5, which Mozilla says will make it a winner with developers."
judgecorp writes: "Mozilla's mobile phone operating system only exists in an early beta form, but Oleg Romashin, a researcher at Nokia, has already got it working on the Raspberry Pi and posted video to prove it. We don't think this indicates any alternate strategy for Nokia if Windows Phone doesn't pan out, but it does show that Firefox OS is portable, and the Pi is capable, and both can be played with — which will please both Mozilla and the Raspberry Pi Foundation. And the Firefox OS work in progress is available for download."
judgecorp writes: "Microsoft will allow Linux on its Azure cloud service as Azure moves to being an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering as well as just a Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering Windows in the cloud. Azure's new persistent virtual machines (VMs) recognise where the demand is in the cloud, and will allow Linux versions including SUSE, OpenSUSE 12.1 and Ubuntu."
judgecorp writes: "The UK government's consultation about the use of open source in public sector IT has been sent back to square one with discussion results scrapped because the facilitiator, Andy Hopkirk, is involved with Microsoft. Hopkirk is well regarded, but the open source community feel the debate dismissed RF (royalty free) standards in favour of the (FRAND) devinition which is more favourable to proprietary vendors."