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Have Linux Distros Gotten Too Tubby?

The size of Linux's waistline has long been the focus of recurring attention here in the Linux blogosphere, even drawing occasional criticism from Linus Torvalds himself. Recently, however, a fresh weight-related complaint was made -- not about the kernel itself, but about today's Linux distros. "Linux fatware? These distros need...

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Open Home Control: New Home Automation Hardware Project

Open Home Control will provide a framework for creating a large network of different devices that offer AES-256 data encryption and can resend data packets when transmission is disrupted...

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$50,000 Prize for New Open Source Open Flow Driver

To spur OpenFlow adoption, the Open Networking Foundation have a $50,000 prize for whoever can produce an OpenFlow driver to become an open source reference for developers and vendors...

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Would You Pay to Play Linux?

Some colleagues of mine are asking users if they would pay for Linux. Given that folks pay for Windows and Mac, why wouldn't they pay for Linux? Some of the answers so far are quite interesting. Perhaps they're not as you'd expect. Linux users are known, among other things, as being cheapskates. That was the excuse many larger gaming houses cited as why they quit porting to Linux. Some distribution leaders find the exact opposite. Besides all the business sponsors, Linux Mint rakes in over $5,000 a month in user donations. Many others have donation buttons and some raise respectable numbers. Certain software makers have raised some decent funds from Linux users, like the Humble Indie Bundles. But as a general rule of thumb, Linux users ain't paying for shift. Case in point: Alastair commented at TuxRadar to the...

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Wayland Gets Flavored With Weston SPICE Back-End

The latest back-end to be published for Wayland's Weston compositor is for Red Hat's SPICE...

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Windows 8.1 Set to Bring Back the Start Button

Microsoft is preparing to revive the traditional Start button it killed with Windows 8. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that Windows 8.1 will include the return of the Start button. We understand that the button will act as a method to simply access the Start...

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