Microsoft has followed up on its February promise to make Windows 10 available for the Internet of Things and has finally shipped a preview of the operating system for the Raspberry Pi 2. The RBP 2 isn’t the only device supported — the new Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview (we didn’t name it, don’t blame us) is also available for the MinnowBoard Max.
Next Thing’s CHIP could be the next big little thing: A $9 literally chip-sized BYOP (Bring Your Own Peripherals) computer that runs a variant of Debian Linux. The hardware design is Open Hardware, meaning you can study and learn how it works and modify the design, if you want to fabricate your own tiny computer. With nearly a month of backing left, it’s nearing $1 million in Kickstarter funding — far exceeding its target goal of $50,000.
This game has a somewhat steep learning curve. It’s maybe not Dwarf Fortress steep, but if you’re primarily familiar with casual games, or maybe hack n’ slash or first person shooter games where the mechanics are fairly straightforward, you may be in for something a little different than what you’re used to. But if you’re familiar with other city planning games, like the SimCity series, at least some elements of the game should look familiar.
Pydio, formerly known as AjaXplorer, is an open source application that can be used to setup fileserver on any system. It is an alternative to SaaS Boxes and Drives, with more control, safety and privacy, and favorable TCOs. It provides the easy access to files/folders from any system, from any browser over LAN or WAN. It has an embedded WebDAV server and native mobile applications for iOS and Android. It is easy to install, configure and it is designed to provide enterprise grade security and control over your data. Moreover, Pydio users and groups can be mapped directly from your external LDAP/AD server, or from the most common PHP-based CMS.
The Raspberry Pi has been very popular among hobbyists and educators ever since its launch in 2011. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized single-board computer with a Broadcom BCM 2835 SoC, 256MB to 512MB of RAM, USB ports, GPIO pins, Ethernet, HDMI out, camera header and an SD card slot. The most attractive aspects of the Raspberry Pi are its low cost of $35 and large user community following.
One of the best things about Linux is the range of choices available in terms of desktop environments. But that same blessing can sometimes be a curse for new users who might not understand the differences between each desktop. Linux and Ubuntu has a roundup of five of the best Linux desktop environments that might be helpful for anyone new to Linux.
Microsoft has handed a pile of money to the OpenBSD Foundation, becoming its first-ever Gold level contributor in the process. “This donation is in recognition of the role of the Foundation in supporting the OpenSSH project,” the Foundation said via a post to the OpenBSD Journal website on Tuesday.