We wrote about Bitcoin open source project when it was officially launched sometime in 2010. We did a followup article when the value of one Bitcoin hit $1 USD. And somehow I managed not to buy any during those early days (it was not easy acquiring these elusive "internet money" back then, being outside of US and EU didn't help either, I guess). But even then, I'm happy that Bitcoin is proving all its naysayers wrong. We saw it coming and we were able to inform our readers about Bitcoin before it was cool. The value of Bitcoin just went past an astronomical $1000 mark!! Nobody in their wildest of imaginations would have thought of sky high valuations like that for Bitcoin within such a short period of time.
Ubuntu is finding new takers everyday. System76 was the first to introduce an Ubuntu pre-loaded touchscreen laptop. Though Dell is no stranger to Ubuntu and Linux in general, this is the first time they are showcasing a laptop running Linux equipped with a touchscreen display.
Sailfish OS project was started by a group of ex-Nokia employees aimed at continuing the development of MeeGo OS. Originally the MeeGo was the result of the merger of Nokia's Maemo and Intel's Moblin projects, both Linux systems. But when Nokia decided to ditch MeeGo in favor of proprietary Windows Phone, a bunch of disgruntled Nokia employees who included Sami Pienimäki, Jussi Hurmola, Marc Dillon and Stefano Mosconi, formed Jolla, the company behind open source Sailfish OS, in October 2011. And their hard work is finally paying off. The first ever Sailfish OS powered smartphone is arriving at the end of this month.
Two more blockbuster games are now available for Linux via Steam. Metro: Last Light is a single-player first-person shooter and horror video game developed by Ukrainian studio, 4A Games. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world and features a mixture of action-oriented and stealth gameplay. On the other hand, Football Manager 2014 for Linux was announced earlier this year and it is heartening to see that the devs have lived up to their promises.
When Google took over Motorola an year ago, the speculation was that Google would simply sell off the hardware division of Motorola since they are only interested in the patents. But the arrival of Moto X proved everyone wrong. And now, Google is really starting to bring more life into Motorola. Project Ara is what its called. Remember Openmoko? It is similar but only better. Project Ara intends to create a free and open hardware platform for smartphones, where the users will be able to replace/upgrade hardware components at ease.
Much like the previous Ubuntu 13.04, the latest Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy Salamander" is also an incrementally updated release with no major visible changes. But that is to be expected with Unity slowly maturing as a robust desktop alternative. For a more detailed analysis, wait for our full-blown review of Ubuntu 13.10. For now, here are a few things you could do after installing Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander to make it even more tuned to your needs.
Lightbeam is a Firefox extension that debuted as Collusion in 2011 and created by Mozilla software developer Atul Varma as an experimental add-on to visualize browsing behavior and data collection on the web. Watch this highly rated TED talk where Mozilla's Gary Kovacs introduces the Collusion add-on. Using interactive visualizations, lightbeam lets you see the full depth of the web today, including parts that are not transparent to an average user.
When it comes to Ubuntu pre-installed laptop and desktop offerings, System76 pretty much pioneered the movement. Now they have come up with the first ever touchscreen enabled Ubuntu laptop called Darter UltraThin. It features a 14.1" 1080p full high definition touch display with glossy finish. Shipment will begin by the week of October 28th. But you can already pre-order Darter Ultrathin for $5 ground shipping in the US through October 28th.
Towards the release of a major Ubuntu version, a lot of people writes to us seeking help regarding corrupted ISO image file problem. This can be because of so many reasons. At one point, the default Startup Disk Creator failed every time and I had to rely entirely on UNetBootin for creating Ubuntu based bootable USB drive. There can be other reasons too, prominent one being the .iso file corruption. Let's find out how to check the authenticity of an ISO image file (it can be Ubuntu or any other distro) that you downloaded for creating a bootable live USB.