Ubuntu One's shocking shutdown bodes well for Canonical
In today's open source roundup: Canonical announces Ubuntu One file services will shut down. Plus: Amazon launches an Apple TV killer, and a review of Wine 1.7.15
Today we are announcing plans to shut down the Ubuntu One file services. This is a tough decision, particularly when our users rely so heavily on the functionality that Ubuntu One provides. However, like any company, we want to focus our efforts on our most important strategic initiatives and ensure we are not spread too thin.
Our strategic priority for Ubuntu is making the best converged operating system for phones, tablets, desktops and more. Additionally, the free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB-50GB free storage. If we offer a service, we want it to compete on a global scale, and for Ubuntu One to continue to do that would require more investment than we are willing to make.
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No doubt this will shock some users, but kudos to Canonical for realizing that it was a bad idea and that they needed to focus their resources in more important areas. Sometimes it's better to admit you made a mistake, and then just move on.
Amazon launches Fire TV
I guess I was wrong a while back when I thought they were launching something similar to Google's Chromecast. Oops! They went for an Apple TV type product but it also plays games and other apps, and there's even a game controller for it too.
Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box that connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. With a huge selection of TV episodes and movies, voice search that actually works, plus exclusive features like ASAP and Amazon FreeTime, it’s the easiest way to enjoy Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, music, photos, games, and more.
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Looks like a nice device, especially if you are a Prime member or if you just prefer the Amazon ecosystem to that of Apple or Google. Too bad I haven't owned a TV in years.
Wine 1.7.15 for Linux review
Softpedia has a full review of Wine 1.7.15.
Wine (originally an acronym for “Wine Is Not an Emulator”) is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications, but it also runs on Mac OS X systems. Wine translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, eliminating the performance and memory penalties of other methods.
Wine is not the only solution for running Windows software inside a Linux OS, but it's the best and it's free. The installation is a piece of cake and using it is even simpler. If you have a dire need for specific Windows apps, you really need to give Wine a chance.
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I've never been a big fan of running Windows applications in Linux. Making a clean break from Windows always made more sense to me, but I'm still glad that Wine is available for those who really need it.
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