Ubuntu Wallpapers, Fedora 20 Tour, and Linux Rules!

by Ostatic Staff - Mar. 01, 2014

What started out as quite the slow news day turned out to be deceptively interesting. OMG!Ubuntu! has picked out five of the best community submissions for Ubuntu 14.04 wallpapers and Chema Martin posted a "visual tour" of Fedora 20. Bruce Byfield looks at why proprietary software isn't ported to Linux. Jack Wallen says Linux rules because it behaves "exactly how the user wants." Tonight's news also includes an announcement from the Free Software Foundation, Red Hat world's records, and the games to look forward to in 2014!

For those that like a few images with their stories comes two heavy on the pictures. First up is OMG!Ubuntu! with a preview of some of the wallpapers that may end up in Ubuntu 14.04. They pick out five (or six, actually) of their favorites and one can get an idea of some that may be present in when the next release of Ubuntu is announced.

Chema Martin of The Linux Experience posted a screenshot tour of Fedora 20 GNOME on his blog. He says the desktop is "a joy to watch in Fedora 20 GNOME, so clean and uncluttered. The default wallpapers are gorgeous." Today's tour is an accompaniment to a recent review of Fedora 20 in which Martin said, "Fedora 20 continues to be my champion distro for the third release in a row. Performance is king, Looks and ease of use continue their ever improving path, and having the very latest from applications is something truly worth experiencing."

Jack Wallen said today, "Linux rules the universe by behaving exactly how the user wants." The title lured me in, but alas, he was commenting on the news that Ubuntu will let users turn local menus back on in their next release. He prefers the "Head Up Display" of the current Ubuntu but concludes, "where Linux has always ruled the operating system universe -- its ability to look and behave exactly as the user wants."

Bruce Byfield blogged today that every couple of years someone comes up with the original idea to encourage proprietary software companies to port their software to Linux. The most recent is an online petition for Photoshop and other Adobe software. Byfield says it comes down to market share and FOSS competition. There just isn't enough money in it, but Byfield says it so much more elegantly.

Other links of interest today are FSF joins forces with Software Freedom Law Center and Open Source Initiative to fight software patents in U.S. Supreme Court, Many Linux Games To Look Forward To In 2014, and RHEL Powers Scalable Computing Platforms with 10 New World Record Benchmarks.