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Surface Pro Owner? Here’s How to Install Ubuntu

surfacebuntuOwn Microsoft Surface Pro tablet? If you do and you want to make it insanely cooler you could install Ubuntu on it.  

The Surface Pro, with an Intel i5 CPU, 4GB RAM and speedy 64GB SSD, not to mention a 10-point touch screen, does make for a dream Ubuntu PC/tablet hybrid on paper.

Geek.com’s  has posted an indepth guide on installing Ubuntu on the device – which does require a fair bit of faffing to get up and running. Holly reports that while the ‘stylus, touch input, and keyboard covers will work’ out of the box, WiFi doesn’t, and that the ‘…Unity interface isn’t particularly useful when everything is this small.’

Game anyway? Hit the link below for the full tutorial.

Install Ubuntu on Surface Pro

Surface Pro Owner? Here’s How to Install Ubuntu OMG! Ubuntu! – Everything Ubuntu. Daily.

Cutter – Disconnect routed IP connections

Cutter is an open source program that uses the FIN-ACK-RST packet technique described above to abort TCP/IP connections routed over the firewall or router on which it is run.
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Mark Shuttleworth Marks Bug #1, ‘Microsoft Has Majority Marketshare, As Fixed

Mark Shuttleworth has marked Ubuntu’s ‘Bug #1‘ as fixed,

The bug, opened back in 2004 a month before the first release of Ubuntu was made, concerned Microsoft’s dominant market position. The desired ‘fix’ for the bug was listed as ‘…the majority of the PCs for sale should include only free software.’

Has that happened?

Actually, it sort of has – just not in the way most of us would’ve guessed back in 2004.

Android is an open-source Linux-based operating system that commands a hefty share of the computing market; and sales of Chromebooks, powered another open-source Linux-based OS, are increasing by the month.

With more even more devices powered by open-source, including FirefoxOS and Intel/Samsung’s upcoming Tizen, on the horizon the footprint of free software on the wider computing market is only going to grow larger at the expense of Microsoft and their Windows OS.

As Mark Shuttleworth reasons:

“Personal computing today is a broader proposition than it was in 2004: phones, tablets, wearables and other devices are all part of the mix for our digital lives. From a competitive perspective, that broader market has healthy competition, with IOS and Android representing a meaningful share.

Android may not be my or your first choice of Linux, but it is without doubt an open source platform that offers both practical and economic benefits to users and industry. So we have both competition, and good representation for open source, in personal computing.

Even though we have only played a small part in that shift, I think it’s important for us to recognize that the shift has taken place. So from Ubuntu’s perspective, this bug is now closed.”

Mark Shuttleworth Marks Bug #1, ‘Microsoft Has Majority Marketshare, As Fixed OMG! Ubuntu! – Everything Ubuntu. Daily.

Ubuntu Axe Laptop Competition After Just 2 Weeks

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Ubuntu Billboard in Ukraine

Ubuntu has been forced to axe a competition offering an Ubuntu-loaded Dell XPS laptop as a prize after just two weeks.

The ‘Billboard Photo’ contest, launched on May 14th, tasked Russian and Ukrainian Ubuntu users with locating and photographing one of several Dell-branded Ubuntu laptop advertisements on show in a handful of cities. The image deemed most original would win a Dell laptop, while 2 runners-up would snag some Ubuntu merchandise.

As of today the contest is officially over because, what Ubuntu’s David Planella refers to as ‘extenuating circumstances’, the billboards have been removed.

And no billboards means no contest.

No more entries will be accepted; and Planella says that anyone who submitted a picture to the contest pool on Flickr will be contacted with further details.

The (relatively) good news is that few will be inconvenienced by the contest curtailing, with only a single entry having been submitted since its launch – an image that was taken before the contest was announced!

What happens to the prizes, including a laptop and slick Ubuntu-branded messenger bag? Unknown at present.

But Dell, if you’re reading this, a) loving your work and b) feel free to send them my way! 😉

Ubuntu Axe Laptop Competition After Just 2 Weeks OMG! Ubuntu! – Everything Ubuntu. Daily.

Automatically restart SSH sessions and tunnels Using Autossh

autossh is a program to start a copy of ssh and monitor it, restarting it as necessary should it die or stop passing traffic.The original idea and the mechanism were from rstunnel (Reliable SSH Tunnel). With version 1.2 of autossh the method changed: autossh uses ssh to construct a loop of ssh forwardings (one from local to remote, one from remote to local), and then sends test data that it expects to get back.
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Humble Indie Bundle 8 Launches with 7 New Linux Games

Wake up! There’s a new Humble Indie Bundle waiting to have your cash thrown at it!

The drill, as always, remains the same: the Humble folks have some games, and you can buy them for however much you like.

Games on offer in this latest bundle are:

  • Adventure game Dear Esther
  • Platformer Capsized
  • The action-packed Awesomenauts 
  • Puzzler Thomas Was Alone
  • Sandbox puzzle game Little Inferno

If you pay more than the average price at the time of purchase you’ll also nab:

  • Top-down actioner Hotline Miami
  • Discovery game Proteus

Offer up more than $1 and you’ll also grab a key to redeem these games on Steam.

Go to Humble Indie Bundle 8

Humble Indie Bundle 8 Launches with 7 New Linux Games OMG! Ubuntu! – Everything Ubuntu. Daily.

Standalone Opera Mail Client Coming to Linux

Opera’s popular  e-mail feature is to be removed from the browser and released as a standalone application, developers have announced.

The decision to remove the feature, which was first added in 2000, is part of several major changes planned for Opera 15. The next generation version of the browser, currently available for testing as ‘Opera Next’, sees Opera swap out its Presto rendering engine in favour of Google’s new Webkit-fork ‘Blink’.

But rather than ditch with the integrated e-mail client, called M2, entirely Opera developers have decided to package it up and release it as a separate, standalone product.

Opera Mail - Now a Standalone App

Not on Linux Yet – Opera Mail RC on Mac OS X

“It’s almost ready, so today we want to introduce to you, the first release candidate of Opera Mail,’ the Opera’s Adam Minchinton writes on the desktop team blog‘So please download it and send us your feedback.”

Now for the not so good news. Downloads of Opera Mail’s Release Candidate are currently only available for Windows and Mac OS X, though – thankfully – Opera devs have confirmed that the app will be coming to Linux.

Mail Apps

Following Mozilla’s axing of direct development on Thunderbird, and lightweight mail app Geary failing to get funding, the desktop mail client was looking doomed.

But this news, along with that of innovative app Inky’s plans for Linux, means mail app fans need not worry just yet…

Standalone Opera Mail Client Coming to Linux OMG! Ubuntu! – Everything Ubuntu. Daily.

TuxOnIce – Revolutionise the way you start your Linux System

TuxOnIce is most easily described as the Linux equivalent of Windows’ hibernate functionality, but better. It saves the contents of memory to disk and powers down. When the computer is started up again, it reloads the contents and the user can continue from where they left off. No documents need to be reloaded or applications reopened and the process is much faster than a normal shutdown and start up.

TuxOnIce has a long feature list, including the ability to cancel hibernating or resuming by pressing Escape, image compression to save time and space, a versatile plugin architecture, support for machines with Highmem, preemption and SMP.

In general, you do NOT need to change any configuration file and you do NOT need to install the hibernate package. TuxOnIce automatically determines your swap partition. Just install the 3 packages above and try to supend and resume (“sudo pm-hibernate” in command line).
If suspend or resume does not work, take a look at “/var/log/pm-suspend.log” and “dmesg”, provide feedback on the mailing list, file a bug or contact the TuxOnIce PPA team members.
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Football Manager 2014 Will Support Linux

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Popular PC sport simulation game ‘Football Manager’ will support Linux with its next major release, games developers Sports Interactive have said.

The news means that the upcoming Football Manager 2014 will be the first official release of the series on Linux.

Thanks to Steam, the game will be available to buy on one platform, but install and play on all; you won’t need to buy it again to play it on your Macbook or Windows partition.

Furthermore, the Linux release will support “cross play”, enabling connection with/playing against Mac and PC users.

What Is Football Manager?

Football Manager is a football management simulation game. The goal (pun intended) is to buy, sell, build and train the ultimate football team, play them against others in various tournaments and cups with the aim of coming out top.

The game is made by Sports Interactive and published by Sega and is a continuation of the Championship Manager series started in 1989 by the same developers. Legal fallout from a split with publisher Edios Interactive forced the developers to change the name.

Football Manager is released annually for PC and Mac users, though PSP and XBox 360 versions have been produced in the past.

Football Manager 2014 is expected to see a release date sometime around October.

Football Manager 2014 Will Support Linux OMG! Ubuntu! – Everything Ubuntu. Daily.

Cirrus7 Nimbus Ubuntu PC Delayed – But Finally Gets Priced

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We wondered whether it was the ‘coolest Ubuntu PC ever built’. Not wanting to downplay such a reputation, the Cirrus7 Nimbus will be fashionably late to market. 

But only just.

The German company behind the device, Cirrus7, have said that they ‘can not keep [to] the planned release date’ of late May. Instead, the Nimbus will be launched a month late, seeing release in late June,.

Unlike other small form-factor PCs on sale the Nimbus is fanless. It cools the CPU ‘passively’ by way of laser-cut aluminium layers stacked on top of one another to form a case that double up as a heatsink. No other form of cooling is used – or even needed, say the company.

Pricing, Performance & Power Use

Alongside a revised release date for the metal marvel comes the first indication of how much you can expect to pay for it.

Pricing starts at €499 for a dual-core Intel Celeron* G1610T clocked at 2.3Ghz, rising to €758 for a quad-core Intel i7-3770T clocked at 2.5 GHz. Several intermediary options, such as i3 and i5 choices, are also available.

Is this good value? For a bit of context the Intel i3-powered Lenovo Q190 retails for €400+ – a lower price, but with a far weaker processor than that offered by the cheapest Nimbus.

Price/performance ratios aside, the choice of CPU will also dictate the power on offer from the integrated graphics. The i5 and i7 options offer Intel HD 4000 (as used by Apple in the MacBook Pro); but the lower-end models are paired with far less capable offerings.

Not that super-stellar graphic performance is going to be top of the want list for anyone shopping for a low-power, small-profile PC to start with. Anyone hoping to do hardcore gaming or HD video editing on a PC like this should have a quiet word with themselves…

Later in the year the company say we can look forward to options featuring Intel’s new super performant and super power-friendly Haswell CPUs.

For more details on the specifications of the Nimbus see our previous post.

Pre-Orders

Intrigued? Cirrus7 are advising anyone interested in purchasing a Nimbus to get in touch via preorder@cirrus7.com.

Mailing, they say, does not constitute an obligation to buy but will offer up early notifications about release dates and availability.

*They may be Celeron by name, but not in performance

Cirrus7 Nimbus Ubuntu PC Delayed – But Finally Gets Priced OMG! Ubuntu! – Everything Ubuntu. Daily.