System 76 announces Meerkat Ubuntu desktop computer

In today's open source roundup: Check out the tiny Meerkat Ubuntu desktop. Plus: The 2015 Linux Jobs Report, and Mozilla releases Unity 5 to game developers

System 76's Meerkat Ubuntu desktop computer

System 76 has long been known as a supplier of Linux computers. The company sells various models with Linux on Amazon that have proven to be quite popular. Now the company has announced its tiny Meerkat Ubuntu desktop computer.

System 76 announced the Meerkat Ubuntu desktop on Google+:

Coming soon! The Meerkat Ubuntu desktop! Engineering is complete. We're working on retail packaging as well as imaging and distribution setup.

Tentatively scheduled for release March 19th, the Meerkat will feature Intel 5th Generation processors, up to 2 TB of storage and 16 GB of memory packed in a 4" x 4" package. Pricing is to be determined.

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System 76 also talked about CPU options for the Meerkat Ubuntu desktop:

Two CPU options will be available - i3-5010U and i5-5250U. The Meerkat will use M.2 SATA SSD's for cetain - possibly PCI but that hasn't been validated.

M.2 PCI SSD's have amazing read speeds. They're currently being tested on the Leopard Extreme.

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System 76 also shared information about the cost and GPU after Google+ users asked about them:

We can't be sure since packing cost aren't back to us yet. Ballpark is around $500.

GPU depends on the CPU - i3 is Intel HD 5500. i5 is Intel HD 6000. Iris Pro won't be an option - that class of Broadwell CPU won't be released until 3rd quarter which is very close to Skylake's release. Our awesome Galago UltraPro has Iris Pro graphics now!

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The 2105 Linux Jobs Report

The Linux Foundation's annual jobs report is out. You can download it free from the Linux Foundation site at the link below.

With its ability to adapt faster than any other platform to new technologies and markets, Linux is today’s defacto choice for everything from open cloud operating systems like OpenStack to product innovations like Tesla automobiles—and the opportunities abound for professionals who can support these increasingly ubiquitous Linux-based systems and projects. The time is right for professionals with experience on other operating systems to learn Linux.

To better understand the clear advantage that professionals with Linux expertise have in the job market, and to learn how employers can attract and retain the best of them, Dice and The Linux Foundation surveyed both hiring managers and job candidates. The 2015 Linux Jobs Report reveals and analyzes the responses from more than 1,000 hiring managers at corporations, small and medium businesses (SMBs), government organizations, and staffing agencies across the globe—as well as responses from more than 3,400 Linux professionals worldwide.

More at The Linux Foundation

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