OpenSUSE 12.3 Released (Part 1)

7/8/2013 2:10:27 PM

The openSUSE project, the worldwide community that promotes Linux and creates Linux distributions, has released openSUSE 12.3. The latest version of openSUSE offers the integration of systems and delivers better system log experience with journals.

OpenSUSE 12.3 has been loaded with graphical package management tools and a new theme that brings consistent performance right from the boot to the desktop. The 1 GB live images have now been optimized for USB sticks, and the ARM team has readied stable OpenSUSE 12.3 ARM v7 and experimental ARM 64-bit images for this architecture. According to a post on the OpenSUSE website, the latest desktop delivers faster metadata handling, a new print manager, provides improved Bluetooth integration in KDE’s Plasma Desktop, improved notifications, better file management and account integration for Exchange and Windows Live in GNOME Shell.

OpenSUSE 12.3 Released

OpenSUSE 12.3 released

Apart from the experiential features, the 12.3 comes with a host of new technologies like PostgreSQL 9.2 that has native JSON support (NoSQL style).

Now type in Hindi on your Android device

Now go desi while texting on your Android phone. Android has apparently released its Hindi keyboard app, Google

Hindi Input, which is available at Google Play.

The app is said to be compatible with any Android smartphone or tablet that runs Android 2.2 aka FroYo or later, which basically includes any phone or tablet that entered in the market in the last couple of years.

Now type in Hindi on your Android device

Now type in Hindi on your Android device

Other than a Hindi keyboard, the Google Hindi Input also adds English-to-Hindi transliteration mode, which means you can type in Hindi the same way as it is done in English. Transliteration mode basically converts the Hindi words written in English (Roman/Latin) script to actual words in the Devnagari script.

Here are the steps to follow for Hindi texting:

  1. Toggle the button ‘a->?’ on the English keyboard to turn on/off transliteration mode.
  2. In the transliteration mode, you can type a Hindi word using English letters of the alphabet and the app will convert them to Hindi.
  3. By turning off the transliteration mode on the English keyboard, you can type in English.
  4. Toggle the globe button to switch between the English and Hindi keyboard.
  5. Consonants are alphabetically ordered into two pages.
  6. Press the paging button “1/2” “2/2” to navigate between pages. Long-press the character key to select various forms in the pop-up.

Evernote hacked; resets passwords of users

Evernote, the Web-based note sharing service, fell prey to the dark forces of the cyber world. Evernote has said that it has reset the passwords of its 50 million users because it was hacked. The hackers have breached Evernote's computer network and have managed to access details of the users including their user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords.

According to a Reuters report, Ronda Scott, spokeswoman for Evernote, sent out an email saying, “The attack follows a similar pattern to other cyber-attacks on Internet-based companies in recent weeks”.

Evernote hacked; resets passwords of users

Evernote hacked; resets passwords of users

The company informed its users about the attack on its website stating, “In our security investigation, we have found no evidence that any of the content you store in Evernote was accessed, changed or lost. We also have no evidence that any payment information for Evernote Premium or Evernote Business customers was accessed”.

However, no information on how many accounts have been compromised could be gathered. The spokeswoman also was tight-lipped on whether the hackers have unscrambled encrypted passwords.

GNOME and Kylin are now official Ubuntu flavors

Here is some good news for Ubuntu enthusiasts. Ubuntu GNOME and UbuntuKylin have finally been officially designated as Ubuntu flavors by the Ubuntu Technical board. For the uninitiated, Ubuntu GNOME 3 delivers GNOME 3 experience on Ubuntu and UbuntuKylin offers a fully customized Chinese user experience on Ubuntu 13.04.

GNOME and Kylin are now official Ubuntu flavors

GNOME and Kylin are now official Ubuntu flavors

The official designation means that now developers of the two flavors will get access to Ubuntu's build infrastructure. The flavors can now be managed as part of the Ubuntu project instead of an unsupported fork.

In October 2012, Ubuntu GNOME was first unveiled along with Ubuntu 12.10. Moreover, it is the only formal release of the Ubuntu GNOME distro besides the 12.10.1 update. Now the next development release can be expected along with the 13.04 final betas.

Besides its Chinese language support, UbuntuKylin will also extend China centric changes to the Unity environment. The changes will include “…making the online music search access music websites in China, adding Chinese calendar support alongside lunar and Gregorian calendars, and making the weather forecast pull its information from the China Meteorological Administration”.

Intel releases Android 4.2 with dual-mode Windows 8 option

Intel has been quite late in catching up with the Android iteration. It is only recently that the hardware company decided to introduce the Lexington chipset, which can be used on entry-level phones made by Xolo, Asus and Safaricom.

Apparently, Intel has upped the ante and the latest move by the chip-maker has been to release Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) developer code that can be used on Intel-based hardware, most notably Windows 8 running systems.

Intel releases Android 4.2 with dual-mode Windows 8 option

Intel releases Android 4.2 with dual-mode Windows 8 option

Intel developers at its Open Source Technology Center have been working on the Intel-optimized Android 4.2.2 alpha dev code, which can be used on Windows 8 with the dual-mode option.

The post states that the developer code offers UEFI boot support, as well as support for dual-booting with Microsoft’s Windows 8. The dev code is said to be powered by the Linux 3.8 kernel and comes bundled with an interactive installer which will make working easier.

Now plug your Android to boot Linux on a PC

The benefits of Android are growing by leaps and bounds. Those who have used Linux operating systems know that you boot Fedora, Ubuntu or many other distros from a CD, DVD, or flash drive. Now you can add another option to the list, your Android phone.

Using DriveDroid, which is a free app, you can store a Linux ISO on your phone and directly boot that disk image by plugging it to a PC.

With this, you will not have to overwrite Windows or any other OS running on your PC’s hard drive and can easily boot into an operating system such as Ubuntu or Chromium OS.

This also gives you the freedom to test the OS before finally installing it and allows you to boot a Linux OS on a PC as a sort of repair utility, wherein you can reformat the hard drive, recover files, or perform other operations if there’s something wrong with your primary operating system, the report further stated.

Using DriveDroid, you can also download Linux-based operating systems. The list includes Ubuntu, Fedora, Arch, CrunchBang, Debian and OpenSUSE.

DriveDroid requires a rooted phone or tablet and a USB cable to work properly. Some operating systems and some Android devices may not work as well as others.

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