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17 Feb

Spark Available For Pre-order!

in KDE, Linux, News, Open Source, Plasma Active, Tablet

Spark Plasma Active Linux Tablet

There has been quite a buzz in the open source community of late, thanks to the announcement of a pure Linux stack tablet by Aaron Seigo, one of the lead developers of KDE. This new tablet is called the Spark, and aims to be completely open source from the hardware up.

As you can imagine, people have been excited by the news, and many are asking when the tablet will be available. While the Spark has not yet gone into production, the good news is that it is now available for pre-order!

At this stage it is not known which countries the Spark will be available in, but from previous blog posts by Seigo indicate that it will likely initially launch in Europe, but then become available in other countries in due course.

The Spark can be pre-ordered from MakePlayLive for a target retail price of €200 (final price will be determined by the region you reside in).

12 Feb

Top stories for the week ending 11 February 2012

These are the top stories from the past week's editions of Christians in OSS Daily.
Please note that these stories are automatically selected, and therefore do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and values of the Christians in OSS blog.

6 Reasons Why Windows 8 Tablets Are Not A Threat To Android

6 Reasons Why Windows 8 Tablets Are Not A Threat To Android

Microsoft has lost the mobile war. The disappointing performance of Windows Phone even after two years of its release is evident that the market has moved on. Microsoft's last bet is Nokia which dr...

Posted on 4 February 2012

Open Source Tackles Healthcare In Places Microsoft Can't

"At one hospital in Kano, Nigeria, 50 babies are born each day. And it’s not exactly prepared to handle them all. “We’re talking about one midwife taking three deliveries at a time,” says Evelyn Ca...

Posted on 5 February 2012

XFS: the filesystem of the future?

"XFS is often seen as the filesystem for people with massive amounts of data. It serves that role well, Dave said, and it has traditionally performed well for a lot of workloads. Where things have ...

Posted on 6 February 2012

Debian News On Android Devices

Debian News On Android Devices

Debian is one of the most popular GNU/Linux based distributions. It is the base of popular distributions such as Ubuntu and Linux Mint and is even more popular on servers.If you are a Debian fan (t...

Posted on 7 February 2012

Sublime Text 2 – A Fast & Fancy Text Editor

Sublime Text 2 – A Fast & Fancy Text Editor

The tiny bit of developing I do means Gedit, Ubuntu’s default text editor,  is more than adequate for my (very basic) needs.But for proficient programmers a good text editor is as important to prod...

Posted on 8 February 2012

Critics slam SSL authority for minting certificate for impersonating sites

Critics slam SSL authority for minting certificate for impersonating sites

A subordinate certifcate issued by Trustwave was used to monitor people accessing SSL-protected services on a customer's internal network Critics are calling for the ouster of Trustwave as a truste...

Posted on 9 February 2012

How can the layman get involved with free software?

"The LDP meanwhile continues to tick over, and work produced by The Linux Documentation Project still forms the basis of most GNU/Linux system-level documentation and of several books, the best kno...

Posted on 10 February 2012

Fedora Project Leader Robyn Bergeron: Fedora Is More Than Just Software

 Fedora Is More Than Just Software

Red Hat recently appointed Robyn Bergeron as the new Fedora Project Leader. In this exclusive interview Robyn talks about the upcoming release of Fedora (17), the role of a FPL, the relationship be...

Posted on 11 February 2012

10 Feb

Canonical Withdraws Financial Support for Kubuntu - Now What?

in Article, Canonical, Community, KDE, Kubuntu, Linux, Ubuntu
Kubuntu

Just this week in the news, Jonathan Riddell, the leader of the Kubuntu project, announced that Canonical had decided to pull him off the Kubuntu project. Riddell explained that Canonical has decided to suspend Kubuntu's status as an official Ubuntu derivative, and to stop providing paid support for it.

This has left many Kubuntu users with a bad taste in their mouths, and wondering what will become of Kubuntu.

05 Feb

Top stories for the week ending 4 February 2012

These are the top stories from the past week's editions of Christians in OSS Daily.
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Ubuntu's HUD: Why It's A Great Idea

 Why It's A Great Idea

Let's have a look at Unity Heads-Up Display (HUD). By now, I'm sure most readers will have seen the screenshot of HUD and the old Machintosh, and some may have read or heard the expression WIMP for...

Posted on 28 January 2012

the reveal

the reveal

The Reveal As I noted earlier in the week, my recent blog posts have been slowly leading up to something, and here's what that something is: The first tablet computer that comes with Plasma Active...

Posted on 29 January 2012

Top five open source social networking platforms available in the market

"In this era of technology and internet, social networking sites are getting more and more popularity. People are spending hours in front of them. For creating a social media website a platform is ...

Posted on 30 January 2012

Youth Ministry Alert: Google+ Is Now Open To Teens!

 Google+ Is Now Open To Teens!

Google engineer Bradley Horowitz (Vice President Product Management for Google+) announced on Thursday that Google+ is now officially open to teenagers! This announcement comes alongside new privac...

Posted on 31 January 2012

Ubuntu 12.04 Dash Gets Rid Of Default Shortcuts

Ubuntu 12.04 Dash Gets Rid Of Default Shortcuts

As we earlier reported Ubuntu Dash is getting rid of default useless huge icons (I haven't seen any use of it yet). The update has arrived. We are running Ubuntu 12.04 to keep an eye on the progres...

Posted on 1 February 2012

Linux Today - Understanding Open Source Licensing

"Arguably, the prime reason why developers tend to opt for open source licenses is that it lets their software roll on as a group or community exercise, and this in turn enhances productivity manif...

Posted on 2 February 2012

Lecrae, GRITS, Sho Baraka, KJ-52 featured on benefit compiliation King Kulture | News

Lecrae, GRITS, Sho Baraka, KJ-52 featured on benefit compiliation King Kulture | News

Hip Hop is making a difference for African students in the Congo this winter. Premier music web site Rapzilla.com in conjunction with Syntax Distribution releases the compilation album King Kulture...

Posted on 3 February 2012

6 Reasons Why Windows 8 Tablets Are Not A Threat To Android

6 Reasons Why Windows 8 Tablets Are Not A Threat To Android

Microsoft has lost the mobile war. The disappointing performance of Windows Phone even after two years of its release is evident that the market has moved on. Microsoft's last bet is Nokia which dr...

Posted on 4 February 2012

29 Jan

Top stories for the week ending 28 January 2012

These are the top stories from the past week's editions of Christians in OSS Daily.
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[How To] Easily Install The Slickest Software Center on Linux

[How To] Easily Install The Slickest Software Center on Linux

Installing software just got easier: The Linux Deepin Software Center is now available to install in Ubuntu 11.10.The software store is easily the gems in the crown of Ubuntu-based Chinese Linux di...

Posted on 21 January 2012

Advice From Life’s Graying Edge on Finishing With No Regrets

Advice From Life’s Graying Edge on Finishing With No Regrets

At 17, I wrote a speech titled, “When You Come to the End of Your Days, Will You Be Able to Write Your Own Epitaph?” It reflected the approach to life I adopted after my mother’s untimely death fro...

Posted on 22 January 2012

Live Sound: Audio Powered LEDs - Stage Lighting’s Future?

 Audio Powered LEDs - Stage Lighting’s Future?

  Here’s an interesting development that could signal a major advance in stage and concert lighting - audio powered LEDs.Yes, researchers at Hirose-Tanikawa Group at the University of Tokyo have de...

Posted on 23 January 2012

Ubuntu 11.10 GNOME Shell Guide

Ubuntu 11.10 GNOME Shell Guide

Ubuntu 11.10 finally provides the curious users with an easy, safe way to install and try out ‘GNOME Shell’ – the new desktop interface from GNOME.   This means that unlike previous releases of Ubu...

Posted on 24 January 2012

Why Your Organization's First Impression Matters

Why Your Organization's First Impression Matters

First impressions matter, whether you like it or not. They matter not only on a personal level but also on a business and even more so when it comes to a church. Our first impression of a business,...

Posted on 25 January 2012

Atlanta police identify officer killed on interstate

Atlanta police identify officer killed on interstate

By Mike Morris and John SpinkThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionAtlanta police were mourning a fellow police officer who was struck by an alleged drunk driver and killed just north of the Downtown Con...

Posted on 26 January 2012

Ubuntu 12.04 Adds Launcher Customization

Ubuntu 12.04 Adds Launcher Customization

I started using Ubuntu 12.04 on my main PC a couple of days ago to keep an eye on the upcoming changes and today I noticed two major changes silently added to the 'User Interface' settings option. ...

Posted on 27 January 2012

Ubuntu's HUD: Why It's A Great Idea

 Why It's A Great Idea

Let's have a look at Unity Heads-Up Display (HUD). By now, I'm sure most readers will have seen the screenshot of HUD and the old Machintosh, and some may have read or heard the expression WIMP for...

Posted on 28 January 2012

27 Jan

Review: Kubuntu 11.10 on a Toshiba NB505 Netbook

in Graphics, Kubuntu, Linux, NB505, Netbook, Review, Suspend, Toshiba, Webcam, Wireless

Toshiba NB505 Running Kubuntu 11.10 Linux

My family flew over to the USA to visit my wife's family in October 2011, and I couldn't pass up an opportunity to buy something technological for a lower price than I can get it in South Africa. One of the things I'd been wanting to buy for a long time was a netbook.

With this in mind, I did some searching and some research and decided to buy the Toshiba NB505 from Amazon.com. A number of the reviews on Amazon mentioned using Linux (usually Ubuntu) on the netbook, and they all said that it ran well. With this key piece of information, and a friend's recommendation of a similar model from Toshiba, I decided to save up some money and buy the NB505.

24 Jan

Making Money With Open Source Software

in .NET, Article, Microsoft, Money, Open Source Software, Proprietary, Windows

Making Money With Open Source Software

Most people I've met, when I talk about Open Source Software, have a hard time understanding why people would choose to give their software away for free. One of the questions I hear often is, "But then how do you make money?"

Actually, you have it all wrong. Very few applications written by developers today are ever sold. Most applications are "in house" - in other words, they are written internally by a business to fulfill the needs of the business, as opposed to being written to be sold.

22 Jan

Top stories for the week ending 21 January 2012

These are the top stories from the past week's editions of Christians in OSS Daily.
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Microsoft to Prevent Linux Booting on ARM Hardware?

Microsoft to Prevent Linux Booting on ARM Hardware?

Fears that Microsoft would abuse the Windows 8 UEFI feature are coming true. Microsoft are blocking Linux from booting on ARM Hardware certified for Windows 8. The backstory Late last year Microsof...

Posted on 14 January 2012

Facebook Chat, New Features Land in Latest Release of Smuxi IRC App

Facebook Chat, New Features Land in Latest Release of Smuxi IRC App

IRC Clients are hardly the most glamourous of applications but for many of they they’re an important tool of daily life. Smuxi, my personal favourite IRC client, has a new release available. It add...

Posted on 15 January 2012

Lubuntu 12.04 News Roundup

Lubuntu 12.04 News Roundup

The hands behind everyone’s favourite lightweight Linux distro ‘Lubuntu’ are hard at work crafting the next major release. Lubuntu 12.04 won’t have LTS (Long Term Support) status like its siblings ...

Posted on 16 January 2012

5 Rules for More Effective Better Presentations

5 Rules for More Effective Better Presentations

Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to my free email updates. For a limited time, I will give you a copy of my brand new e-book, Creating Your Personal Life Plan, just for...

Posted on 17 January 2012

The Ben NanoNote – The World’s Smallest Linux Laptop?

The Ben NanoNote – The World’s Smallest Linux Laptop?

Measuring at less than 100mm wide and 17mm thick with a dinky 3″ screen, the Ben NanoNote might just be the world’s smallest Linux laptop for the traditional definition of the word. While pulling t...

Posted on 18 January 2012

GNOME’s Revamped ‘Web’ Browser Is Minimal, Mighty

GNOME’s Revamped ‘Web’ Browser Is Minimal, Mighty

GNOME’s work on a revamped and repurposed ‘Epiphany’ web browser – which seeks to make the browser a core part of the GNOME experience – is coming along nicely. The redesign of Epiphany, which is r...

Posted on 19 January 2012

Unity’s Dash to Ditch Giant Shortcuts

Unity’s Dash to Ditch Giant Shortcuts

Not a fan of the 8 giant shortcuts in the Unity Dash? Ubuntu 12.04 might just show you something different…Ubuntu developers are testing a new layout for the Unity ‘Home Lens’.In place of the icono...

Posted on 20 January 2012

[How To] Easily Install The Slickest Software Center on Linux

[How To] Easily Install The Slickest Software Center on Linux

Installing software just got easier: The Linux Deepin Software Center is now available to install in Ubuntu 11.10.The software store is easily the gems in the crown of Ubuntu-based Chinese Linux di...

Posted on 21 January 2012

15 Jan

Top stories for the week ending 14 January 2012

These are the top stories from the past week's editions of Christians in OSS Daily.
Please note that these stories are automatically selected, and therefore do not necessarily reflect the beliefs and values of the Christians in OSS blog.

Help Test New Screen-Recording App ‘Eidete’

Help Test New Screen-Recording App ‘Eidete’

A new elementary-style screencasting tool is seeking wider testing. Eidete, which is in heavy development, makes use of elementary project technologies like Granite and Contractor. The result is an...

Posted on 7 January 2012

How Manhood and Womanhood Are Different

How Manhood and Womanhood Are Different

John Piper and Darrin Patrick recently discussed the Bible's teaching on biblical manhood and womanhood. In this 15-minute video they get to the heart of our cultural epidemic and chart the way for...

Posted on 8 January 2012

Cinnamon Desktop Gets First Custom Theme

Cinnamon Desktop Gets First Custom Theme

A theme designed specifically for the new GNOME 3-based Cinnamon desktop is available to download. ‘Cinnamon Minty’, created by satya164 , evokes the colour-scheme of Linux Mint – whose founder is ...

Posted on 9 January 2012

Download the Official Ubuntu TV Wallpaper

Download the Official Ubuntu TV Wallpaper

Mmm. Despite all today’s news about Ubuntu’s latest extension into our lives (Ubuntu TV if you haven’t been paying attention) part of me is still left… wanting more. And, as I can’t get Ubuntu TV i...

Posted on 10 January 2012

A First Look At CTL’s Ubuntu Product Lineup

A First Look At CTL’s Ubuntu Product Lineup

CTL Ubuntu Lineup I had the opportunity yesterday to visit CTL Corp located in Portland, Oregon and sit down with Erik Stromquist, Executive VP and COO and Michael Tupper, Director of Business Deve...

Posted on 11 January 2012

Corel ‘AfterShot Pro’ Brings Lightroom Competitor to Linux

Corel ‘AfterShot Pro’ Brings Lightroom Competitor to Linux

Corel’s newly-launched AfterShot Pro brings Lightroom competitor to Linux The multi-platform application is based upon technology from Bibble Labs whom Corel acquired in early January. AfterShot Pr...

Posted on 12 January 2012

Does God Care Whether Tim Tebow Wins on Saturday? - Owen Strachan - Entertainment

Does God Care Whether Tim Tebow Wins on Saturday? - Owen Strachan - Entertainment

A Christian theology professor tries to answer the question that's dominated conversations in bars, dorm rooms, and the pages of ESPN. AP ImagesTim Tebow succeeds on the football field because of e...

Posted on 13 January 2012

Microsoft to Prevent Linux Booting on ARM Hardware?

Microsoft to Prevent Linux Booting on ARM Hardware?

Fears that Microsoft would abuse the Windows 8 UEFI feature are coming true. Microsoft are blocking Linux from booting on ARM Hardware certified for Windows 8. The backstory Late last year Microsof...

Posted on 14 January 2012

10 Jan

Recycling Computers for Christ

in BibleTime, Christ, Christian, Computers, Freecycle, Interview, Recycle, Refurbish, Ubuntu, Witness, Xiphos

Computers4Christians Refurbished Computers

Ever wondered what you should do about your old PC? You know, the one you want to get rid of, but don't know where to go or who to give it to? Why not give it to Christ? Well, not physically... give it to some guys who are trying to help Christians and others who are needy, and spread the Gospel as they do it.

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