Category Archives: Linux

No more bricking of Samsung laptops. – Linus Torvalds

“Samsung laptops will no longer be irreparably destroyed when their users try to boot Linux on them, kernel chieftain Linus Torvalds made certain today.”

Linus Torvalds
Linus Torvalds

Earlier it has been reported by many that Samsung laptops use to brick itself when you try too boot Linux, this was due to EFI.

It has also been reported that driver causing Machine Check
Exceptions on recent EFI-enabled Samsung laptops.

So disable it if booting from EFI since this driver relies on
grovelling around in the BIOS memory map which isn’t going to work.

http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git;a=commitdiff;h=e0094244e41c4d0c7ad69920681972fc45d8ce34

 

Ubuntu comes to your phone.

Ubuntu have been the most favourite Linux distro, now Ubuntu is launching a mobile OS to take on iOS, Android and Windows Mobile.

Ubuntu Phone OS 1

 

 

Ubuntu Phone OS 2

 

 

 

System Requirements Entry Level Ubuntu smartphones High-end Ubuntu smartphones
Processor architecture 1 Ghz Cortex A9 Quad-core A9 or Intel Atom
Memory 512MB to 1GB Minimum 1GB
Storage 4 to 8GB eMMC+SD Minimum 32GB eMMC+SD
Multi-touch Yes Yes
Desktop convergence No Yes

 

Apps will be made by HTML5 and it seems that Ubuntu will be providing a dedicated SDK.  Along with that it seems that the apps available on Ubuntu Software Centre will be available on the Ubuntu phone OS too. So will be the Ubuntu One cloud service.

If it give a full blown Linux Desktop environment, along with Terminal and able to apt-get install , then I am very much sure all the geeks will ditch Android and iOS and jump to Ubuntu phone OS.

It is to be showcased in CES as the website says “If you are going to CES, stop by booth 30659 in LVCC South Hall 3 (Upper Level) or, contact us to arrange a meeting.”  Click the source link for more details, and official news. Do let us know if you visit CES will get in touch with you to get more info, or share your comments below.

Source: Ubuntu

Boot Live ISO without CD,DVD or USB Flash Drive

Today I will show a quick way to use a live iso image without having to write it on a CD/DVD or using a flash drive. The process will work only with live iso images of Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

Ubuntu

Here are the steps.

Make a folder named iso in the root drive.

sudo mkdir /iso

Move the iso image to the folder named iso

sudo mv file-name.iso /iso

You now need to identify your computer’s hard disk.

 sudo fdisk -l

It would be like /dev/sda1 or something alike, do check the output in Terminal and be sure.

Now we need to edit the grub.cfg file 

sudo gedit /boot/grub/grub.cfg

 At the end of the file add these lines.

menuentry "Any Name You Want To See In The Grub Menu" {
set root=(hd0,1)
loopback loop /iso/file-name.iso
linux (loop)/casper/vmlinuz boot=casper iso-scan/filename=/iso/file-name.iso noprompt noeject
initrd (loop)/casper/initrd.lz
}

 

Unity comes to Fedora

After the death of Gnome 2 there has not been much love showed to Gnome 3 by many users. While the new refreshed Unity that shipped with Ubuntu 12.04 was loved by many users.

Some people may say that Unity is only for Ubuntu , but open source means that anyone can use it like the way they want it to. The source code of Ubuntu’s creation Unity was always available its just that no one ported it to other Linux distributions. Luckily some people now ported it to Fedora.

 

 

If you are a Fedora user and want to try out Unity

download.opensuse.org/repositories/GNOME:/Ayatana/Fedora_17/.

 

 

So will we see more Linux distributions shipped with Unity? What do you think, leave your thoughts in the comment section.

 

Source: Gnome Ayatana team

Mozilla shows no love for Linux.

Mozilla is supposed to bring a web app store but even if Mozilla is known for its open source work, initially the web app store won’t support Linux.

What Mozilla had to say:

“Linux support for apps is a nice to have because most of our users are not running Linux,” Mozilla staffer Dan Mills wrote. “I think we’re supportive and absolutely willing to accept patches to make something work on Linux, but it’s just not something that affects the 80% (I don’t think it’s even 10%, though I don’t have any data handy). By definition, this is a nice to have, not a stop-ship feature. Remember that we are making software for a lot of people, and staff and community are actually a tiny slice of the userbase. I know it’s hard, but we need to focus on the userbase at large, not on us.”

That’s very disrespecting from a company that’s known to support open source.

But not all Mozilla members think the same, luckily Mozilla community member Ruben Martin thinks on a different direction. He says “Linux is not another platform, it’s the platform which shares our values about being open and the reason most people gets involved with Mozilla, because they believe in libre software and in the open web. Not supporting Linux is not supporting a big group of people that empowers Mozilla, and not supporting them/us is not supporting Mozilla.”  

 

 

 

While a very disturbing comment made by Mozilla’s Asa Dotzler, “What we need most, I suspect, is available Linux coders, people who know Gnome, Unity, GTK, etc. to do the platform integration work. I don’t know who those people are. Looking around the sub-set of community members employed by Mozilla who could help on this, I don’t see any available resources or even any resources I would move from their current work to this work.”

It’s strange how with millions of dollar in their pocket Mozilla says that they don’t have enough Linux coders! Well if they really don’t have coders in Linux why they don’t take help from the vast number of Linux and Open Source community?

But not all the people who works in Mozilla have the same feelings about Linux. Mozilla CTO, Brendan Eich says “Indeed the whole apps, marketplace and web runtime plan is too large to do at one step, or even with platform parity at the first step. That does not mean we give up our cross-platform commitments.We support Linux as you say, because of our cross-platform principles first, and because of lead users in the Linux community and among our top Gecko hackers. There’s a nexus: B2G is based on Linux and Gecko, but of course without any Linux desktop (and without X-Windows. This is a good thing!).”

So Mozilla has started treating Linux as a third class citizens and Linux is no longer important to Mozilla its only Windows and Mac that gets all the love from Mozilla. So I think it’s time Linux distros starts moving from Firefox as default browsers , no one knows when they will stop sporting Firefox browser for Linux.