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The BQ Aquaris E4.5 – an Ubuntu option for your mobile reading pleasure
April 14, 2015 | 10:25 am

I already reported more than once on the advent of Ubuntu Phones, which seek to bring the open-source popularity and ubiquity of Linux-based computing to mobile platforms. Now devices based on the platform are finally coming to market. And one of the first out of the gate is the bq Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, offered by BQ, a Spanish company hitherto mostly associated with 3D printers and portable devices. BQ emphasizes heavily the Ubuntu Phone's new features, such as Scopes, "individual quick start screens that give you access to everything you need: music, videos, social networks, etc. without having to go from...

Ubuntu Phone platform surmounts App Store envy?
February 8, 2015 | 4:26 pm

Ubuntu's rather delayed attempt to crack the mobile market with a Linux-based mobile phone is getting even more attention than it otherwise might, not only because of its transition to an open source OS, but also because of its replacement for apps: Scopes. Ubuntu descibes these as: "a world away from the traditional app icon grid ... Scopes are a new UI paradigm, designed to deliver content and services directly to categorised home screens, giving users a rich, unfragmented experience. Developers have a new way to create app-like experiences that are easier to discover, build, and are integral to the OS." Jay...

Ubuntu Phone sadly delayed yet again
December 23, 2014 | 4:25 pm

I've been a loyal and - mostly - contented user of Ubuntu, the free open-source Linux-based OS produced by Canonical that's one of the most popular Linux distributions available. And I have not been a casualty of the controversy and factional faceoff over its new Unity GUI - which I personally find both seamless and far more convenient to use than either Windows 7 or Windows 8. So it pains me to have to report that the Ubuntu Phone, planned to be both Canonical's major foray into the mobile OS market and a big step forward for Linux on mobile devices,...

Weekend Roundup: Ubuntu makes history; The Strand gets snarky; Neil Gaiman gets his own road; and more
August 17, 2013 | 10:04 am

A sign at The Stand Bookstore in ManhattanHow The Strand sells print books to ebook readers (Boing Boing) Avi Solomon snapped this pic of the window display at NYC bookstore The Strand lauding the virtues of their "Real books priced lower than ebooks," including the fact that you can read them during take-off and landing. * * * 10 Forgotten Classics You Need to Read (The Huffington Post) They are called classics for a reason, as I discovered after reading about 400 novels for my new book, The Novel, An Alternative History: 1600-1800 (Bloomsbury). Thousands of novels were published around the world during these two centuries as it gradually overcame poetry and the drama to...

Morning Links: Libraries, tablets and more
February 20, 2013 | 9:00 am

              Canada’s Futile Quest to Own Postal Codes (GigaOM) New Online Educational Library for Jewish Schools (Digital Book World) Ubuntu for Tablet PCs is Here (Good e-Reader) What’s Going on with Readers Today (Goodreads) Kindle Daily Deals: The 500 by Matthew Quirk (and 3 others)...

Open source manual org FLOSS rolls out new features
July 5, 2011 | 9:31 am

FLOSS Manuals, which gathers volunteers to produce free, remixable manuals for free and open source software, has sent out its latest newsletter. You can read it online, but here are some of the big items from it. New social networking tools for collaborators, including Twitter-style micromessaging and integration with existing FLOSS workflow. New book tools for more efficient collaboration, including better tracking of changes, recent activity, and contributors. A partnership with Google's Summer of Code that will lead to a forthcoming GSoC Documentation Camp, in order to further the development of a few projects that need a little extra push. Check back with...

Self-publishing Ubuntu Linux guide was an adventure, author says
March 21, 2011 | 7:15 am

ubuntuguideAuthor Keir Thomas has posted an account of how he came to write and self-publish an Ubuntu Linux reference book, after being spurned by a number of other publishers including O’Reilly who felt the profit margin was too low on inexpensive books at the moment. So Thomas decided to write and publish the book himself through Amazon’s print-on-demand subsidiary CreateSpace. And to drum up interest in the printed book, which he priced at $12.99, he gave the e-book away as a free PDF. Thomas estimates that the book had to be downloaded about 446 times for every...

Nook 3G phasing out; Nook Color sells e-magazines
January 24, 2011 | 8:38 pm

Engadget has an exclusive report indicating that Barnes & Noble is phasing out the Nook 3G. The company is encouraging retail partners not to send bulk orders, noting that the supply is dwindling to the point where there will not be sufficient supplies to fill them. This is more than likely the first sign that a next-generation Nook is on its way, and will feature the clearer Pearl e-ink display found in the latest version of the Kindle. On a related note, David Carnoy at CNet reports on a Barnes & Noble press release noting that more than...

Two weeks with a Sony PRS-700: Unexpected uses and a disappointing discovery
May 31, 2009 | 4:18 pm

Drink menu at St. Louis water parkI am in St. Louis this weekend, along with my parents, for a visit to my brother, sister-in-law, and four nieces and nephews. I am away from my own desktop computer, and am having to make do with a slightly flaky Ubuntu laptop---and do not quite have either the energy or the facilities to write the in-depth examination of how the PRS-700 deals with different e-book formats that I had intended. However, I have brought along the PRS-700 (as well as my iPod Touch) and have observed a few possibly-unexpected uses of the Sony Reader---and another flaw or two---along the way. (Update:...

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