The initial beta release of SteamOS
became available for download yesterday. Intended to run on Valve's emerging SteamBox platform [Prev]
, you can also install it on a fairly modern desktop PC today, presuming it can match up with the adoption-limiting early hardware support requiring UEFI BIOS and Nvidia GPUs ("AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon!"). [more inside]
posted by laconic skeuomorph
on Dec 14, 2013 -
Google makes great maps
. But Apple and Google aren't getting along well. So in its new iOS 6, Apple dropped all Google mapping tech in favor of its own Maps app that it promised would "blow your head off"
. Some people
like it. Others
don't. But the numbers
are that 63 countries with a combined population of 4.5 billion people will lose at least one of the traffic, transit, or street views they had before. And even arch-supporter John Gruber acknowledges " the maps experience in iOS 6 is a downgrade"
. Google may produce an official Google Maps app for iOS. Then again, they may not
posted by Egg Shen
on Sep 19, 2012 -
has been reborn a number of times, often without significant success but things are looking up
. Starting in 1991 with the production of an all-in-one hardware/software home multimedia computer (the BeBox
, the first of which was available to the public in 1994
), the possible purchase by Apple was at the height of success for BeOS (instead Apple chose to buy NeXT
in 1996), and the low point of being when BeOS was bought by Palm for $11 million
in 2001, where it became part of the Palm OS Cobalt that nobody wanted
. In 2002, news of BeOS' rebirth as yellowTAB
came out, with another shift as yellowTAB became magnussoft ZETA
, which finally folded in 2007, as their figures were far below expectations
. From here, fans and enthusiasts took over, with a number of attempts to re-create BeOS from scratch. Most failed, but Haiku
) has survived, and today they announced that the first alpha version of the Haiku operating system
is available for download
(direct download or through torrent), and a preliminary review
sounds positive. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 14, 2009 -
has quickly become the number one Linux distro
for the desktop. Not only is it free, but it has also made Linux easier to use than ever. Now, Wubi
enables Windows users
to install Ubuntu just like any other application, so you no longer have to mess around with partitions, burning CDs, etc. [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Jan 21, 2008 -
Whizzkid develops Linux application for Windows
[...]The significance of the development is that Linux and Windows are able to work in parallel on the same computer or server. To[sic] now, the computer world is divided into systems that operate either with Windows or with Linux. [...]
posted by Postroad
on Apr 12, 2004 -
SCO is at it again
... this time they've asked a federal judge to declare that Linux's general public license — a backbone of the free software movement — unconstitutional.
Let's hope the judge has more sense than SCO.
posted by silusGROK
on Oct 31, 2003 -
Wal-Mart Ships PCs with Lindows
Wal-Mart has stood up to MicroSoft's monopoly with its latest computer offerings, being sold sans
Windows. The retailer is selling its super cheap boxes either without an OS or with the upstart LindowsOS. I guess I'll have to start shopping at WalMart to show my support!
posted by misangela
on Jun 21, 2002 -
Hailstorm now more, kinda.
Microsoft has cancelled/heavily reconsidered the Hailstorm part of their .Net initiative, blaming the fact that businesses were never interested in seeing if consumers wanted to use it or not.
posted by bliss322
on Apr 12, 2002 -
Yes, the nation's in mourning, but does that mean Apple's going to postpone its OSX Update
? I mean they said September, and that was like two months ago. I wannnnnnnnnnnnt it.
posted by adrober
on Sep 17, 2001 -