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Canonical Delivers Ubuntu Version 12.04: Precise Pangolin

Canonical has announced the release of the latest version of Ubuntu: version 12.04 LTS, which you can get here. Dubbed "Precise Pangolin," we've covered the beta versions of this important upgrade to one of the most popular Linux distros. Version 12.04 is based on the 3.0.2 Linux kernel, and is a long-term support (LTS) release of the operating system, with maintenance updates guaranteed for five years. It's positioned as ideal for cloud computing, and Mark Shuttleworth and others have steadily positioned it as aimed at enterprise users. Here is more on this release. Previously, LTS versions of Ubuntu were supported for three years for desktop users and five years on the server, but Canonical has upped the support for Precise Pangolin to five years across the board. It's one of many pitches the OS makes to enterprise users.  The Unity desktop environment in version 12.04, which has been so controversial, has become much faster...

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The Numbers Are In On Android's Brief History

As the Google/Oracle trial continues, The Verge has published a complete internal presentation from Google's Andy Rubin and his team that discussed projections--including specific financial targets--for the Android mobile OS. The presentation shows that in mid-2010 there were 20 million Android phones, but Google expected that number to double to 40 million by the end of that year. Google was projecting $278.1 million in Android revenues for 2010, with $158.9 million from ads, $3.8 million from app sales and $115.4 million from selling Android handsets.  The company wanted to be generating $840.2 million from advertising and nearly $36 million from app sales by 2012. The presentation shows just how far Google's mobile operating system has come. Android lives in so many people's pockets, is spreading out to so many smartphones and other types of devices, and is so often discussed in the media that it can be easy to forget how young it...

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Oracle v. Google: The Trial and the Errors

With all the fabulous and exciting technologies to talk about here in the world of FOSS -- the shiny, brand-spankin'-new Ubuntu Linux 12.04, to name just one -- it always seems a crying shame to have to waste any breath at all discussing lawsuits. Discuss them we must, however, because...

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Most Popular Linux Distribution: Ubuntu (and Its Variants) [Hive Five Followup]

There are Linux distributions of all shapes and sizes, with varying levels of complexity and difficulty. Some are super-easy to install, and can be installed like any other OS, with minimal knowledge of the command line—you click "OK" a few times and you're up and running. Others require you get...

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Google Drive Is Alive: 5GB of Free Dropbox-Like Storage on Google's Servers [Video]

Google Drive, the long-rumored web-based file storage tool, launches for real today. It's a little Dropbox, a dash of Google Docs, all with the amazing organization and search power you've come to expect from the people that created Gmail. Here's what it has in store. More »...
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Creating a Mashup Dojo Widget

Dojo is a powerful user interface toolkit that lets developers build interactive web applications. In a previous article, I explained the steps you can take to create a custom Dojo component. While that article covered how to create the component structure, template, class, style, and how to test the component, the example I created was pretty simple.

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