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BackTrack 5 R2 Linux Officially Released

One interesting piece of news is that BackTrack 5 R2 Linux Officially Released.

After months of development, bug fixes, upgrades, and the addition of 42 new tools, we are happy to announce the full release of BackTrack 5 R2 available for download now. Running our custom-built 3.2.6 kernel with the best wireless support available, this is our fastest and best release of BackTrack yet. In the past few weeks, we have had a flood of submissions to our BackTrack Redmine Tracker with submissions for many new tools and dozens of packages that needed to be updated and this has helped to make this one of the strongest releases we’ve ever had.



BackTrack 5 – Penetration Testing Distribution from Offensive Security on Vimeo.

The Raspberry Pi Launch

Here is a picture of the Raspberry Pi computer :

Here is more info of the tiny computer from http://www.raspberrypi.org/ website.

Model A or Model B?

All of the first units to be produced are the $35 Raspberry Pi Model B. These are the more fully featured versions of the Raspberry Pi. The main difference from the Model A is that they include an Ethernet port, and 2 USB ports.

We’ve been working hard at cost reduction over the last few months, and we’ve been able to make one significant change to the Raspberry Pi lineup. The $25 Model A has been reworked to include 256MB of RAM – double what we were originally planning to offer – and will be going into production immediately.

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We are launching with Model Bs as there has been a much larger demand for them from the community. This first launch is aimed at software and hardware enthusiasts, makers, teachers and others who want to build exciting things with the Raspberry Pi before the official educational launch, which will happen later in 2012.

This means that when we launch into the educational market, there will be an experienced community of people using and making things with the Raspberry Pi. Software will be more mature and free of obvious bugs, and easier for children and educators to use.

And yes, this PC runs Linux !

Ubuntu for Android

Another piece of news from Canonical …. A full Ubuntu desktop, on your docked Android phone.

 

More info at In every dual-core phone, there’s a PC trying to get out.

Spark, First Linux Tablet Running KDE Plasma Active

There is an article on www.ubuntuvibes.com about a Linux Tablet Running KDE. Here is an except from that article :

Aaron J. Seigo, from KDE Plasma Active development team has revealed a tablet which could be the first device to come with Plasma Active pre-installed.

If you don’t know about Plasma Active project yet:
Plasma Active is a joint project by the KDE community, basysKom and open-slx. The goals for this open source project are to deliver a fast embedded UX platform with minimal memory requirements, provide customizable and modular to support different form factors and design an interface that adapts as users change Activities.

Plasma Active is intended for all types of tablets, smartphones and touch computing devices such as settop boxes, smart TVs, home automation or in-vehicle infotainment.
Here is a video of KDE Plasma Active, but not  Spark, but it gives a indication of what the tablet might do.
Take a look at the following blog post for some Spark answers.
Also watch The Linux Action Show from minute 40 for more in-depth look at this linux tablet.

Ubuntu TV

One more interesting article that I found today was Ubuntu TV Will Be In Your Living Room This Year from http://gizmodo.com/5874227/ubuntu-tv-could-be-in-your-living-room-this-year.

Apparently next year we will be able to buy a TV that has the Ubuntu Linux OS on it (a version optimized for TV)  with an interface based on Unity.

Nice one for Canonical.

P.S. : Here is a demonstration of the new interface.