Archive | December 2013

Linux 2013: Year in Review

2013 was a most interesting year in Linux all around. Most folks will cite the advancements in the gaming arena and in embedded and mobile devices. But 2013 was a great year in Linux distributions. The desktops and associated wars calmed down, some tricky technology got wrestled into submission, and stability seemed to be everyone’s watchword. Lots of folks are reminiscing about the year, so let’s take a look.

Swapnil Bhartiya posted a review of the year from "a Linux user’s point of view" saying, "2013 was one of the most dramatic years of my life-time. As a Gnu/Linux user (where privacy and control of data is prime objective) this year was quite promising as Gnu/Linux rose as the dominant player in the consumer space." See his article for a review of the most important stories of 2013, which include SteamOS, "Canonical in flux," and the "Rise of openSUSE."

Earlier this month OMG!Ubuntu! posted their Best Linux Application of 2013 and The Best Linux Games of 2013. Their lists aren’t just your ordinary Firefox, LibreOffice, or top commercial games lists, no. Their favorite apps of 2013 include names such as Geary, Springseed, Lightworks, and VoD Enablement App. Some of their favorite games of the year are Half-Life 2, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, and Metro: Last Light.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols posted an article yesterday proclaiming this year’s holidays as "A Linux Christmas." He was speaking primarily of mobile devices and tablets, but a Linux Christmas is a Linux Christmas. See his full post for more.

The Var Guy claims nothing much happened in Desktop Linux in 2013 instead focusing on the cloud and gaming. He predicts this to be the start of a trend and that Desktop Linux will continue to fade from consciousness in favor of cloud and Android-based devices. He concludes, "The days when cool new things will keep happening on our Linux PCs may be gone." See his full post to see if you agree. today published their Top 10 list of Open Source stories for 2013. Among those that made the cut are an interview with Google’s Chris DiBona, A year of Linux desktop at Westcliff High School, and Open source project management on the rise. See the full post for more.

Jack Wallen took a different tack and highlighted his top 10 disappointments in Open Source in 2013. His list includes things like the "Rift between Canonical and open source" saying, "It seems like much of the open source community (especially the hard core users) abhor what Mark Shuttleworth and Canonical have done." Another is the Hand of Thief trojan/virus, which is just the beginning says Wallen. The loss of Groklaw and GNOME 3 are also mentioned. See his full post for more. looked back today at their top stories of 2013. Among the top hitters were The Wayland Situation, SteamOS vs. Windows 8.1 NVIDIA Performance, Btrfs vs. EXT4 vs. XFS vs. F2FS On Linux 3.10, and 15-Way Open vs. Closed Source NVIDIA/AMD Linux GPU Comparison. See Larabel’s full list for more.

Last up is this list of terminal/commandline apps from K.Mandla. One of his little sites highlights lightweight, mostly commandline, applications and this year had over 500 to choose from for his list of "award winners." Be sure to check that out too.

As a bonus, here’s an article from Sean Michael Kerner at titled Linux Makes Open Source a Software Industry Force. It begins, "One of the great technology industry success stories that has emerged during eWEEK’s existence is the rise of the open-source Linux operating system." See that full article here.

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Rochester Optical is said to debut its prescription frames for the wearable tech in less than two weeks, and apparently they’ll come in an array of styles.

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Red Hat Ends Year on High Note

In the last month Red Hat and Fedora have been earning their share of headlines. Besides the new partnerships and infrastructure, Red Hat has released a beta for the upcoming version 7 this month. In addition, Fedora 20 was released, their quarterly earnings were up, and stock prices continue to rise. has published some end-of-year benchmarks in a comparison test with six distributions including Fedora 20, RHEL 6.5, and RHEL 7 Beta.

Since our last report on Red Hat finances their stock has continued to rise. Expectations after the third-quarterly report were up to $65 a share since earnings beat projections in most areas and is now considered a "Strong Buy" by Zacks. "Red Hat continues to gain market share. We believe that the company has significant growth potential in the public cloud segment over the long term." Today’s prices are down .32% to $55.90 a share as of this writing.

In related news, it has been reported that "EVP Michael Cunningham unloaded 20,000 shares of Red Hat stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $56.25, for a total value of $1,125,000.00." Mark Cook and Jim Whitehurst also sold 42,111 shares this month.

In more fun news, has performed a six-way distro comparison featuring Fedora 20, RHEL 6.5 & 7 Beta along side contenders Debian 7.2, Ubuntu 14.04 (developmental), and openSUSE 13.1. See the full write-up here.

Some other related posts include Red Hat is Hiring, Welcome to CentOS 7, and Managing Linux with OpenLMI.

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The Salter for Williams-Sonoma Touchless Tare Glass Scale allows for hands-free operation. The scale can also measure liquid ingredients.

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