Ubuntu 21.10 isn’t the only new release of a free and open source operating system today. The OpenBSD team have also released version 7.0 of their Unix-like operating system based on BSD rather than Linux.
And while operating systems are cool and everything, they’re not much use these days without a proper desktop environment, and the folks behind the popular KDE Plasma environment have released version 5.23 with a number of design and performance tweaks. Since it’s coming on the 25th anniversary of the announcement of the KDE project, it’s also being referred to as the KDE Plasma 25th Anniversary Edition.
Here’s a roundup of recent tech news from around the web.
KDE Plasma 5.23 (25th anniversary edition) [KDE]
KDE Plasma 5.23 released on the 25th-anniversary of the KDE desktop environment. It brings a design refresh with a new theme, new custom color options, a faster Kickoff app launcher and Discover app center, system tray updates, and more.
OpenBSD 7.0 [OpenBSD]
OpenBSD 7.0 released with support for 64-bit RISC-V processors, ARM64 updates (including improvements for Apple Silicon, even if it’s not ready for most users yet), and many other new features, updates, and bug fixes.
Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22478 [Microsoft]
The latest Windows 11 Insider Preview build includes new desktop backgrounds celebrating 7 years of the Insider Program, Fluent emoji, and the introduction of Update Stack Packages (improvements for Windows Update delivered outside of major OS updates).
Shortage Alert: ODROID-H2+ discontinued [FanlessTech]
Hardkernel’s ODROID-H2+ single-board computer with an Intel Celeron J4115 has been discontinued, due to supply chain issues that made it difficult to obtain key components.
6.9 inch mini laptop [Taobao]
This Chinese mini laptop with a 6.9 inch display has an Intel Celeron J3455 Apollo Lake processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB to 1TB of storage. It also has a QWERTY keyboard, and a Trackpoint-like red pointing stick. It looks nearly identical to the Topton L4,
but allegedly supports 5G. Update: It’s 5Ghz wireless, apparently. Google Translate was not very helpful in figuring that out. Thanks for the heads up Jack!
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There is huge shortage of everything! I just wanted to buy a 300-400$ mini PC. But except some low quality models, there is nothing.
Like some One netbook with Celeron or something.
The chip shortage for ODROID-H2+ may not be related to the Intel processor, but the Ethernet, PMIC, and audio codec have very long lead times (up to 60 weeks), based on what Ameridroid reported.
Thanks for the additional info!
J3455 means it’s not eligible for Windows 11. Why bother introduce a new device which runs a 5 years old processor and can’t run the latest OS?
The strange thing is that on the Taobao page, it mentions win11 on the title! “6.9寸win10电脑PDA手写windows系统掌机umpc口袋触控win11微型5G.” As you said, the J3455 is not “officially” supported by Microsoft, and we don’t even know if TPM is enabled or not in the bios…the advertising is confusing, and misleading.
good point. it does look sturdy, which is 1 thing those old skool netbooks had going. pricing is borked, 100 yuan is a hamburger, dont they mean 1000? off topic, but link another taobao link shows 10 inch fujitsu with ubuntu, i’d imagine one way fujitsu could differentiate from crowd, is with a 10 inch POSIX compliant solarisbook. although idk legal issues with oracle, they may need to iron that out.
That UMPC with mobile broadband seems interesting.
Too bad I won’t be buying anything from Taobao. Plus, as others have mentioned, it has some potentially incorrect info in the product page. I’m questioning if it even has 5G. Maybe it meant 5 GHz Wi-Fi…
It’s 5G Wifi, not 5G mobile. On Google Translate, it’s 8+128GB for 1688 RMB (260 USD), up to 2288 RMB for 8+1TB. 100 RMB is for a thumbdrive with Win 11 (Trial?) image.
I sent in the leads to Brad. What caught my eyes are the price, the pointing stick and positive buyers’ feedbacks, especially with that tiny keyboard. This is for China market, they play by a different set of rules and expectations. What I need to know is it’s a Topton L4 with 1024 x 600 screen resolution that don’t work well for some Win programs. Thanks, Brad ! IF somehow you are still set to get this, AliExpress is a better place than Taobao.
Whoops, I’ve update the article to reflect that. Thanks again for the tip. I tried to respond to your message before posting this, but my email bounced.
Thanks. That’s unfortunate. That price + 5G mobile broadband seemed too good to be true. I guess I’ll keep looking.
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