Nova OS

Meet Nova OS, Cuba’s Linux-kernel based operating system, built by students of University of Computer Sciences.

The operating system is called Nova OS and the latest available version is 4.0, released March 22, 2013, which is based on Canonical’s Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) and built around the GNOME 3.4 desktop environment.

Yes, that means Nova OS does not use Ubuntu’s Unity user interface, providing users with a traditional layout comprising two panels, using GNOME’s GNOME-Shell interface, but with a custom design.

At the moment, Nova OS 4.0 is distributed in three editions, Escritorio, Ligero, and Servidor. The Escritorio edition is the main one, also known as the Desktop CD, which provides users with a complete GNOME-based desktop environment.

Thunderbolt 3 vs USB-C

This is a good read regarding the differences between Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C.

Thunderbolt 3 is backward compatible with USB-C.

All USB-C devices can be plugged into, and will work in, a Thunderbolt 3 port, but it will transfer data at the slower USB-C speed. An easy thing to remember is that Thunderbolt 3 ports are technically backward-compatible with USB-C devices.

Thunderbolt 3, however, is not (necessarily) USB-C compatible. While it’s true that you can physically plug a Thunderbolt 3 device into a USB-C port, it isn’t guaranteed to work. Some Thunderbolt 3 devices, like power adapters, may charge your USB-C-only laptop, but devices that transfer data probably will not. You’ll likely get a message on your laptop screen that the Thunderbolt 3 device is incompatible with the USB-C port.

 

 

Debian 8.1 Released

Per the Debian website:

The Debian project is pleased to announce the first update of its stable distribution Debian 8 (codename jessie). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustments for serious problems. Security advisories were already published separately and are referenced where available.

Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian 8 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away old jessie CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated.

Those who frequently install updates from security.debian.org won’t have to update many packages and most updates from security.debian.org are included in this update.

New installation media and CD and DVD images containing updated packages will be available soon at the regular locations.

Upgrading to this revision online is usually done by pointing the aptitude (or apt) package tool (see the sources.list(5) manual page) to one of Debian’s many FTP or HTTP mirrors. A comprehensive list of mirrors is available at:

https://www.debian.org/mirror/list

RIP Mandriva Linux

Mandriva Linux is deader that dead. How could that be? Well, for one, the distro hasn’t been updated since 2011. Most of the developers were laid off as early as 2010. Whatever is left of the company called Mandriva, is liquidating pretty much all its assets. Mandrake, the predecessor of Mandriva, used to be my favorite Linux distro. You can view my post about Mandrake here back in 2004. There’s another post here. Mandriva had quite a market share back in its day. Then came Ubuntu. Ubuntu pretty much took the wind out of Mandriva’s sail. So, here we are now. There are a couple of forks. Mageia and OpenMandriva are chugging along.

Batteriser

Batteriser is a device that increases battery life for up to 800%. Batteries that were once doomed for the trash can, can now be revived by placing a tiny sliver of metal device over a battery cell. This device acts as a sleeve and it’s thin enough to fit nicely in any battery compartment in any electronic device. The metal sleeve will sell for about $2.50 each. You can get a pack of 4 for $10. Eight times over the regular battery life is quite amazing. Duracell, Energizer and Maxell are probably not too happy about to hear about this innovation.