The origin and evolution of Elementary OS

Today in Open Source: How Elementary OS got started. Plus: Does Google already own Mozilla? And a review of openSUSE 13.1

Elementary OS

Elementary OS has gotten a lot of attention from Linux users and Wired has a look at its origin and evolution.

Daniel Foré didn’t plan on building an operating system.

In 2006, Foré was fed up with Windows, and he switched to Linux, the open source operating system. But he didn’t just use the OS. Like so many others, he also helped improve the thing. He had no programming experience, but wanted to be involved in this famously communal project, so he designed a set of icons for the OS. And from there, he went to work on a desktop theme called Elementary.

Elementary OS
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It's quite interesting to read how Elementary OS got started. Leave it to Windows to drive talented people over to Linux. It's an old story, but I never tire of hearing about it. Heh.

Google and Mozilla

ZDNet has a somewhat shocking article about how 90% of Mozilla's revenue comes from Google.

If you do, you'll find that more than 90 percent of Mozilla's revenue comes from Google. Yow!

I wasn't sure my math was right so I checked with Mozilla. I was right.

A Mozilla spokesperson told me, "Mozilla's search agreement with Google accounted for approximately 90 percent of our 2012 royalty revenue, as disclosed in our annual financial statement."

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Wow. I must admit that I had no clue about this. It does not seem like a good idea to me for Mozilla to have so many eggs in the Google basket. It almost makes me think that Google already owns Mozilla, in a certain way.

It might be a good idea for the folks at Mozilla to immediately begin diversifying their revenue streams. It's somewhat unseemly and potentially dangerous to Mozilla's credibility to be so dependent on Google like this. Some may even wonder if Google is quietly influencing things behind the scenes at Mozilla.

openSUSE 13.1 Review

I've got a review of openSUSE 13.1 on Desktop Linux Reviews.

openSUSE 13.1 has been released so it’s time for a review. I’ve always liked openSUSE, I started out with SUSE Linux years ago and it’s always had a special place in my heart. I’m glad it’s still around and doing so well these days. Whenever I install it, I’m reminded of where I got my start with Linux and I’m grateful that it was available back then.

This review covers the KDE version of openSUSE 13.1. However, you can also use GNOME as the default desktop environment. Both desktops are great, and work well in openSUSE. Ultimately it gets down to your personal preference, but I don’t think you can go wrong with either option.

openSUSE 13.1 Review
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openSUSE 13.1 is quite good, though it does have a couple of weaknesses that I covered in the review. Still, it's well worth checking out if you are in the market for a new desktop Linux distribution.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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