Windows 10 versus Ubuntu
In yesterday's roundup I included two stories about Windows 10 and the fate of the Linux desktop. Today there's a story at Datamation that compares Windows 10 with Ubuntu to see which one might be a better fit for readers.
Matt Hartley at Datamation reports:
I'll be honest. From a visual point of view, I'm not a fan of the new Windows layout. While it's far better than previous releases, it's still not for me. Unfortunately, though, my opinion alone isn't going to sway anyone from avoiding this release.
The first issue is that it's going to be a free upgrade for a lot of Windows users. This means the barrier to entry and upgrade is largely removed. Second, it seems this time Microsoft has really buckled down on listening to what their users want. Many of the new features have allegedly been due to Windows feedback.
But the fact is, when you bother to include older peripherals and hardware, Linux still outshines Windows all day long in terms of hardware support. Try running anything from the XP era on your Windows 10 desktop, let me know how good the driver support is. Under Ubuntu, it just works. Window's only advantage is having an edge with smoother graphics drivers.
Dell updates Developer Edition laptops powered by Linux
Dell has updated its Linux-powered Developer Edition laptops, and they will also include Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
Lee Hutchinson reports for Ars Technica:
In addition to an upgraded XPS-13 Developer Edition based on Dell’s 2015 XPS-13 refresh, the line is adding a piece of workstation-class hardware: the Dell Precision M3800 mobile workstation, Developer Edition.
The branding is a bit of a mouthful, but the hardware to back it up is substantial. Built around Dell’s M3800 workstation-class laptop, the Developer Edition ships with what Dell Web Vertical Director Barton George calls "the vanilla image of the most recent LTS release (14.04)." The workstation’s default configuration includes a 15.6" 1920x1080 display, 8GB of RAM, and a 500GB 7200 RPM hard drive, but it can be customized with up to 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, a 1TB mSATA SSD, and a 15.6 UltraSharp IGZO UHD Touch display with 3840x2160 pixels.
The base configuration lists at $1533.50, while the price with upgrades comes up in the configuration tool as $2,765.50 (though about $1,000 of that is the 1TB SSD—going with a 256GB 2.5" SSD instead of the mSATA 1TB option drops the price by $735 to $2,030.50).
KDE Plasma 5.2 released
The KDE site has announced the release of Plasma 5.2.
Today KDE releases Plasma 5.2. This release adds a number of new components, many new features and many more bugfixes.
This release of Plasma comes with some new components to make your desktop even more complete:
BlueDevil: a range of desktop components to manage Bluetooth devices. It'll set up your mouse, keyboard, send and receive files and you can browse for devices.
KSSHAskPass: if you access computers with ssh keys but those keys have passwords this module will give you a graphical UI to enter those passwords.
Muon: install and manage software and other addons for your computer.
Login theme configuration (SDDM): SDDM is now the login manager of choice for Plasma and this new System Settings module allows you to configure the theme.
KScreen: getting its first release for Plasma 5 is the System Settings module to set up multiple monitor support.
GTK Application Style: this new module lets you configure themeing of applications from Gnome.
KDecoration: this new library makes it easier and more reliable to make themes for KWin, Plasma's window manager. It has impressive memory, performance and stability improvements. If you are missing a feature don't worry it'll be back in Plasma 5.3.