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The Race For "One OS For All Devices" - Ubuntu Vs Windows 10

With a phenomenal increase in mobile and tablet users, converged computing is definitely going to be the next big thing in the world of technology. To elaborate, "Phone–PC convergence" means a single app Eco-system and user-interface across mobile, tablet or Desktop computing devices. The technology industry has already prepped the end users for the shift. Ubuntu was without the doubt one of the first major OS name to afloat the idea and even start working on it, with options ranging from Ubuntu Edge, Ubuntu For Cars or the Nexphone concept the idea is now well conceptualized and waiting to became a reality sooner or later, recently Microsoft also joined the race with Windows 10 and started talking about the idea of "Universal Apps" across the Windows devices Eco-system. Microsoft has also taken the first step to make way into the Linux stronghold of "Internet of Things (IoT)" devices with it's "Windows For Devices" initiative and has already started offering free Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi 2.

In a recent presentation Mark Shuttleworth founder of Canonical’s Box (the company to market commercial support for Ubuntu) focused more on the convergence, specifying that currently Ubuntu’s phone application platform can already resize and fit applications to fit the different screen sizes, including smart phones to windows desktop screen sizes.

Windows 10 Vs Ubuntu

Here is a peep on how both Windows and Ubuntu are being remodeled around convergence and what are their USP's.

Raspberry Pi 2 - 6x Faster, Quad-Core, 1GB And Support For Windows 10 At Just $35

The $35 Raspberry Pi Mini-PC originally aimed to be an affordable educational device to learn computing has started a whole new category of enthusiast using the mini-computer under various scenarios from smart electronic projects to desktop computer's and mini-servers.

The all new second generation Raspberry Pi 2 Model B has now available offering 6x more performance then it's predecessor, thanks to an all new 900MHz Quad-Core Armv7 SOC (Single Board Computer) Broadcom BCM2836 coupled with 1GB of RAM. Apart from the CPU and RAM everything remains the same from form factor to connectors like 4 USB ports, 40 GPIO pins, Full HDMI port, Ethernet port, Combined 3.5mm audio jack and composite video, Camera interface (CSI), Display interface (DSI), Micro SD card slot and VideoCore IV 3D graphics core - which means all the older accessories and software-code can be used with the new Pi.

To make the news even more sweeter, the new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B will cost the same US$35 and will also support an IoT (Internet Of Things) trimmed down version of Microsoft Windows 10. This release of Windows 10 will also be 100% free for the Maker community through the Windows Developer Program for IoT.

Raspberry Pi 2

Affordable Bluetooth 4.0 USB Dongle For Raspberry Pi

While Raspberry Pi certainly is a cheap mini-computer, adding accessories to it blows up ownership costs a lot. While adding WiFi is relatively cheap, finding a compatible Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 (BLE) for a bargain is hard. Luckily, I found the Orico BTA-403 Mini Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter Dongle which comes with CSR8510 Low Energy Chip and is compatible with Linux and Raspberry Pi despite being not listed as such in the description, this is certainly a must-have deal for $8 including worldwide shipping. Instructions for setup are as shared below.

ORICO BTA-4 BLE USB

MicroXwin Runs Debian & Android Together, Works Faster On Raspberry Pi

X- Window System is the core graphic-framework for Unix/Linux desktops. Sadly, it does not works very well with low-power mini-pc's like Raspberry Pi and therefore alternatives like Wayland are being developed. MicroXwin is a kernel-based X Windows implementation, which claims to be the smallest and fastest X implementation promising a faster, stable and has low-latency GUI on mini-pc's with the added advantage of being a unified Linux distribution that can run Android and Debian/Ubuntu applications simultaneously. Both Android and Debian apps run at native speeds and unlike other hacks Debian apps don't depend on Android and has full compatibility with all Android applications.

This is looking to be a great solution to the lack of proper graphic-driver problem on Debian ARM, which prevents proper YouTube and HD video playback on these devices where Android will act as the solution under the unified distribution. VolksPC, the company behind MicroXwin have also shared two videos - one showing Debian-Android duality, and the other showing upto 66% faster desktop performance on Raspberry Pi.

KDE Plasma 5.0 : A Visually Stunning Desktop Experience

KDE is one of the most popular desktop interface on Linux platform, the new Plasma 5.0 upgrade brings the much-awaited fresh new look with a cleaner interface on top of a new graphics stack. The update provides users visually updated core desktop experience which is not only easier but also familiar to the user. Plasma 5.0 introduces a new major version of KDE's workspace offering. The new Breeze artwork concept introduces cleaner visuals and improved readability. Central work-flows have been streamlined, while well-known overarching interaction patterns are left intact. Plasma 5.0 improves support for high-DPI displays and ships a converged shell, able to switch between user experiences for different target devices. Changes under the hood include the migration to a new, fully hardware-accelerated graphics stack centered around an OpenGL(ES) scenegraph. Plasma is built using Qt 5 and Frameworks 5.

KDE Plasma 5.0

[Video] Modern And Fluid Maynard Desktop For Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi is not designed to run heavy KDE or Gnome based Dekstop interfaces and users are looking forward to a more responsive and modern desktop then current default LXDE shell. Wayland Weston is the answer with it's minimal and fast compositor which is suitable for many embedded and mobile use cases like RPi.

Maynard a new desktop environment designed for the Raspberry Pi utilizes Wayland and the power of Hardware Video Scaler (HVS) inside the BCM2835 chip of Raspberry Pi's hardware to offer a much smoother, yet modern looking working environment on limited system resources. The future default Desktop environment for Raspberry Pi is far for complete, but has started to take a nice shape destined to be a fully-functional, light and pretty shell. Do watch the video demonstration shared below and follow the simple installation instructions to try it yourself.

Maynard Desktop For Raspberry Pi

Elementary OS : A Sleek, Beautiful, Fast, Feature Rich, Secure, Free and Open Source Operating System

If you are looking for a fast, feature-rich, easy-to-use, good-looking Desktop Linux distribution for replacing Windows, Elementary OS is what you need. Designed from the ground-up as an free replacement for Windows on the PC and OS X on the Mac, Elementary OS comes bundled with everything you'd expect from an ready-to-go OS after install which includes an excellent suite of custom tailored apps like a fast web browser, an app store with thousands of apps, free security-updates for life, music-player and organizer, all-in-one Jabber, Facebook, Google Talk, AIM, IRC, Yahoo! etc. instant messenger, multi-account modern desktop email-client, photo-organizer-editor and much more.

Elementary OS Luna not only looks beautiful but has also been engineered from the core to be light on system resources. It boots-up quickly, logs you in instantly, and uses the bare minimum of resources so that your apps enjoy a speed boost as well. Do watch the introduction video posted ahead.

Elementary OS

Configuring Network Folder Sharing On Radxa Rock

Radxa Rock - the cheap and powerful quad-core mini-computer has already receiving great success with majority of stock vanishing across all major online distributors. Luckily, I had received my Radxa Rock a while back and has now successfully taken over the job of my Wireless Network Attached Storage (NAS) from Raspberry Pi.

The process of setting up NAS on Radxa Rock is much more easier then Raspberry Pi as the external disk is automatically detected and mounted on every boot (Thanks to Ubuntu Desktop based Linaro image), but when using the folder sharing via Samba Share we need to add an extra line to smb.conf to make the data accessible over network.

Network Folder Sharing Over Samba

Ubuntu Dual Boot Installer Allow Users To Easily Create Android-Ubuntu Dual Boot System On Their Mobile Phone

The beauty of Android is that it allows users the flexibility to tweak things to the extent that their devices can run other operating-systems. Ubuntu Dual Boot Installer takes advantage of this and has now released an app allowing users to run Ubuntu and Android on a single device as a dual-boot system. A user can install and use fully functional Android and Ubuntu images and switch between them easily, on each-side, an app with a simple user interface enables them to boot back and forth at the tap of a button.

Android-Ubuntu Dual Boot

Piixl Jetpack - SteamOS Gaming PC That Hides Behind Your TV

PiixlWhy waste space for desktop computer and pay additional cost for a computer-screen when your existing LED TV can do this for you. Piixl Jetpack is an upcoming compact computer which allows you to do exactly that. Aimed to be an gaming PC powered by upcoming SteamOS, the PC will also be able to run your favorite flavor of Windows or Linux operating-system. Featuring an expandable chassis supporting "Open PC Architecture" (allowing a wide variety of hardware customization) the ultra-thin and quiet Jetpack will be mountable directly to the back of a television screen or under a table via standard VESA mount specifications. No price information is yet announced but since Piixl Jetpack is not the only one joining the revolutionary "Computer behind TV" concept powered by SteamOS, consumers will surely get a worthy deal in near future.

Piixl Jetpack
Piixl Jetpack
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