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Intel’s next-generation Core processors will consume less power and offer better performance than today’s chips. Dell is now offering Ubuntu Linux as an option on some of its gaming desktops.

And if you don’t like the look and feel of Ubuntu, you might want to try Pear OS 7: It’s basically Ubuntu 12.10 with an Apple-inspired user interface.

pear os 7

Here’s a roundup of some of the day’s news from around the web.

  • Pear OS 7 released, gives Ubuntu 12.10 an OS X-inspired flavor
    Pears taste a lot like apples… but this particular pear is basically a remix of Ubuntu 12.10 designed for folks looking for an alternative to the Unity user interface. [Pear OS]
  • Intel is shipping Haswell chips to PC Makers
    Lower power consumption, longer battery life, thinner and lighter tablets and notebooks? It’ll probably be a little while before computers with Haswell chips hit the streets, but now that PC makers are getting chips from Intel, the ball is rolling. [CNET]
  • Ubuntu is now an option for Dell’s Alienware X51 gaming desktops
    Now that Steam is available for Ubuntu, we’re starting to see the Linux-based operating system show up in previously unexpected places… like on Dell’s Alienware gaming rigs. You can now pick up a gaming desktop preloaded with Ubuntu for $600 and up. [Dell]
  • Preview build of Ubuntu 12.04 for GK802 mini PC
    While we’re on an Ubuntu kick, if you have a GK802 or other Android mini PC with a Freescale i.mx6 quad-core processor, you might want to check out this preview build of Ubuntu 12.04 for the device. It turns an Android stick into a full-blown Linux computer. So far this build lacks hardware-accelerated graphics, but the quad-core CPU is fast enough to handle basic 3D and HD video using software decoding. [jas-hacks]
  • MS Outlook may be coming to Windows RT
    Windows RT may come with Office Home & Student preloaded… but you know what it doesn’t come with? Outlook. In fact, there’s not even an option to run Outlook. But it looks like that could change soon. [CNET]
  • Chromium developers write collaborative fiction to trigger the buildbot
    In order to trigger the Chromium buildbot, you need to make a code change. Sometimes you want to trigger it even if there are no changes… so developers have started an interactive story-writing project. The results are… interesting. [François Beaufort]

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4 replies on “Lilbits: Haswell is shipping, Alienware gets Ubuntu (4-05-2013)”

  1. Hey Brad…Thank You for posting Lilbits. I enjoy the extra reading on Liliputing.

    1. Intel said the initial chips coming out will have this bug. From the linked CNET article:
      “Intel issued a PCN documenting a chipset USB errata and stating that
      chipsets with the errata will be in production during the initial ramp”

      There is no delay. People will receive products with the bug. I guess that means don’t be an early adopter. I try not to be an early adopter since there are always issues in the beginning (at least more when compared to some months later), both known and unknown at release.

      1. They also claim it’s a minor issue…

        “This issue has only been observed with a small subset of USB SuperSpeed thumb drives and does not affect other USB peripherals.”

        But yeah, there are usually always issues on first release… These are mainly the desktop releases and thus they probably feel its probably not a big deal, but probably would have had to do a recall if it was for the mobile version… Since then it can’t easily be replaced and more likely to run into a suspend issue with laptops and similar portable/mobile products than on a desktop…

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