This won’t mean anything to most of you right now, but Steam OS is being released to the public tomorrow
Valve’s Steam OS is going live to the public tomorrow, but unless you’re already a Linux enthusiast with lots of time on your hands, this won’t affect you for a while until some sort of purchasable console. I am not a Linux person in the least, so I’ll be waiting for a console, but if you’ve got a free box and you dig building and testing a brand new, highly specialized flavor of Linux, go for it. I’m just the messenger. However, if you do grab it and become a beta tester, there’s always a chance you could be one of randomly selected 300 people to get a real Valve prototype Steam Box, but again, they probably will expect you to do something with it.
If you want to bring some serious technology out to your next deer hunt, this .338 Lapua Magnum rifle is outfitted with a Linux-powered advanced tracking system that will let you mark, track and accurately hit your target no matter the wind or other environmental conditions. Fuck it, just send in the unmanned drones. Ooh! Or a VATS system for deer. Yes!
Valve’s Steam Box console is a real thing and it really is coming sometime this year in 2013. And the other thing? It will be running all of your Steam games and Steam profile and whatnot through Linux, which is convenient that last year Valve finally released Steam for Linux.
In decades of its existence, Linux desktop usage has never really made it into the mainstream. And now that the desktop OS is slowly becoming a niche product, Ubuntu will be the first major Linux flavor moving to the mobile sphere with an Ubuntu mobile operating system and mobile phone. And god, I hope this works, because the Ubuntu mobile OS looks absolutely gorgeous (starting at @ 7:00 in the video below).
There are already Android tablets by the dozen, but not really any that do Linux. PengPod will be able to do both— a mobile Android interface and a full Linux desktop in a tablet that will only be $100 when it launches in January.
People who are fans of Linux aren’t always the same people who are looking for the straightforwardness and simplicity of a netbook. But Dell’s going to give it a college try, announcing a line of Ubuntu powered ultrabooks.
No, not the Raspberry Pi, the other teeny tiny Linux computer. This is the FXI Cotton Candy, a miniature Linux box about the size of a USB thumbdrive. The device, which can run either Ubuntu or Android 4.0, has a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a Mali 400MP GPU that allows it to decode high-definition video.
If you’ve got a high end Android phone and you’re a Linux fan, you can now have both at once with Canonical’s Ubuntu for Android. It doesn’t replace the Android OS, but when you dock your phone, you can run Ubuntu on a normal sized monitor and keyboard with the phone acting as the computer.
At CES next week, as far as I can tell, much of the consumer product focus will be on smart TVs, super thin TVs, super thin laptops and lots more cheap tablets. And while most of the smart TVs will be running some form of Google TV or a proprietary system, Ubuntu is expected to show off some Linux-powered smart TVs as well.
Not about to let Apple, Microsoft and Google remain the only players in the mobile revolution, Ubuntu announced yesterday that it too will be competing with mobile and TV versions of Ubuntu Linux for smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.