Do touch interfaces work on Linux desktops?

In today's open source roundup: DistroWatch looks at how touch interfaces perform in various Linux desktop environments. Plus: Linus shares his thoughts about computing security. And a review of the ASUS ZenWatch 2

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Linus and security

Security problems on various computing platforms are always in the news, and Linux creator Linus Torvalds wasn't shy about sharing his thoughts about security with BGR.

Andy Meek reports for BGR:

In his interaction with BGR, he was, no surprise, candid about everything from security and privacy to what the future holds for Linux (“That’s not how I work or think.”) as well as his thoughts on the future of Android, given how deeply embedded Linux is in it.

The most secure platform, he offers in response, is something that’s “not actually usable.”

“Unplug the network cable and instantiate draconian measures for physical security,” he said. “You’ll make sure nobody can get in, but you’ll also make sure that nobody actually wants to use the platform. And that may sound like an extreme case, but it’s a very fundamental issue in security. You cannot look at security as something separate.”

“Security issues are ‘just’ normal bugs,” he says. “And you cannot separate security from other issues. Any time you try to make things be about just security (like in your question), you’re missing some other part of the equation.

More at BGR

ASUS ZenWatch 2 review

Smartwatches are all the rage these days, and the ASUS ZenWatch 2 is another addition to models based on Android Wear. Android Central has a full review of the ASUS ZenWatch 2.

Phil Nickinson reports for Android Central:

Is the ZenWatch 2 great? I wouldn't go that far. But it's good. Probably good enough for a lot of wrists.

And that's the real crux of the ZenWatch 2. It's the new low-cost option — again, what we're using is $149. And as such it's not awful. In fact, it's downright stylish at that price. I'm still of the mind that round smartwatches are better, but there's no denying that ASUS has done decently with the square form factor yet again, if that's how you roll.

The software is ... well it's Android Wear. That's Google's baby, though, and it's not really surprising that we've got a consistent experience across all the watches. (And are we really getting close to complaining about consistency in Android devices? I hope not.)

There's a lot to like about the ZenWatch 2, so long as you remember what you paid for it. And for $149 — remember, in this review we're showing you the model that's going to be carried in Best Buy in the U.S. — this is a pretty good-looking watch. The display is still disappointing. But the included strap and overall design is decent enough. Plus, you've got a couple size options, which opens up the ZenWatch to smaller wrists.

More at Android Central

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