What Microsoft's Secure Boot means for the future of Linux. Secure Boot, Microsoft's implementation of UEFI, has been a cause of concern for Linux users ever since it was announced in January 2012.
We've looked at it a few times before, but as the dust is still settling, we've decided to revisit it. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let's go back to the beginning and find out exactly what Secure Boot is. Prior to 2012, all PCs booted using BIOS. This was a relic of the 80s that many manufacturers miss-implemented, which lead to a kludgey kind of system that was held together by the digital equivalent of gaffa tape. It worked, but only because of the hard work of developers who could have spent their time coming up with much cooler things than boot interfaces if they weren't fiddling around trying to make the darned things work more smoothly. So when Microsoft started to talk with manufacturers about the possibility of replacing the old system, everyone was quite glad of the impending demise of BIOS.
ReactOS Project. Why Google's Chrome OS will be a success. The statistics for Chrome OS adoption don't make pretty reading, and we're three years down the line from its launch.
However, if Google is patient enough, then its vision of a Chromebook future has a strong chance of becoming a reality. While seasoned users are attached to their local storage and desktop apps, for the next generation a browser-based life isn't so inconceivable. More encouragingly for Larry Page, it seems most people who try a Chromebook actually quite enjoy the experience, myself included. Firefox OS - Mozilla. Foxconn and Mozilla confirm Firefox OS partnership. Mozilla has confirmed earlier reports saying that Foxconn is entering into a "wide ranging partnership" with it to develop and use the Firefox OS in Foxconn devices.
Mozilla's SVP of Mobile Devices said: "This cooperation demonstrates the full potential of Firefox OS, the open Web mobile operating system, to enable not only the smartphone but also a wide range of mobile devices". Foxconn announced the partnership itself at an event before the Computex show in Taiwan, where it said it is developing five devices that could include smartphones, tablets, laptops and TVs. Firefox Mobile Is Doomed to Failure: 10 Reasons Why. At long last, Mozilla’s Firefox mobile operating system is ready for show time.
Mozilla announced on Jul. 1 that its partners, including Alcatel and ZTE, are ready to launch the first devices running the Web-based operating system. The company also promised that other mobile device makers would introduce products soon and that Firefox OS-based devices will appear on store shelves within the next several weeks. Still, the announcement failed to raise much enthusiasm. Open source: Its true cost and where it's going awry by Monty Widenius. Open-source advocate Michael 'Monty' Widenius, main author of the MySQL database, says changes in the movement over the past few years are threatening the viability of projects.
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Company attitudes to contributing finance and manpower to open-source initiatives have been shifting recently, according to Widenius.
Ever since his earliest involvement in the mid-1990s immediately preceding the movement's emergence, people have been prepared to pay for software they valued.
FreeBSD. FreeBSD is a free Unix-like operating system descended from AT&T Unix via BSD.
Although for legal reasons FreeBSD cannot be called "Unix," it is a direct descendant from BSD, which was historically also called "BSD Unix" or "Berkeley Unix. " Due to its permissive licensing terms, much of FreeBSD's code base has become an integral part of other operating systems such as Juniper JUNOS and Apple's OS X. With the exception of the proprietary OS X, FreeBSD is the most widely used BSD-derived operating system in terms of number of installed computers, and is the most widely used freely licensed, open-source BSD distribution, accounting for more than three-quarters of all installed systems running free, open-source BSD derivatives. History However, there were legal concerns about the BSD Net/2 release source code used in 386BSD.
Features FreeBSD 9.1 startup with console login prompt Networking Storage FreeBSD has several unique features related to storage. The FreeBSD Project.
Linux. If OEMs aren't committed to Windows, where are they to go? Microsoft's 10-K annual report filing with the SEC suggests that the company is worried that building its own Surface tablet will affect their OEM partners commitment to the Windows platform.
ZDNet's Zack Whittaker digs out the meatiest part of the filing (emphasis added): We derive substantial revenue from licenses of Windows operating systems on personal computers. The proliferation of alternative devices and form factors, in particular mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers, creates challenges from competing software platforms.
These devices compete on multiple bases including price and the perceived utility of the device and its platform. [...]Even if many users view these devices as complementary to a personal computer, the prevalence of these devices may make it more difficult to attract applications developers to our platforms. In addition, our Surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners, which may affect their commitment to our platform. Russian President Medvedev asked to fund Windows clone. 13 September 2011Last updated at 14:14 By Katia Moskvitch Technology reporter, BBC News ReactOS is much faster than WIndows, the developers say A free, open-source Windows "clone" - ReactOS - that has been in development for over a decade has caught the eye of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
A student at a Russian high school the president visited recently gave Mr Medvedev a brief overview of the project - and asked him for 1m euros.