Android is a very popular Linux based operating system used very widely on touchscreen mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Being predominantly mobile in usage, you’d expect to see it with low power processors mainly those with the ARM architecture. However, the community of Android doesn’t want to leave those, with Intel systems, left behind.
Android, while commercially licensed by Google for general use, it is also available under an open source Apache License called the Android Open Source Project (AOSP).
The open source code and permissive licensing allow the software to be freely modified and distributed by device manufacturers, wireless carriers and enthusiast developers. Additionally, Android has a large community of developers writing applications that extend the functionality of devices, written primarily in a customised version of the Java programming language.
With the recent release of Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean”, there was a request to the community for an Intel version of Jelly Bean. Android 4.2 for Intel can run on devices with Intel processors – could be your Intel-powered smartphones or even your Intel PC. The stock ISO doesn’t contain all drivers you might need but will include the most common drivers as shipped in the Linux kernel. It is regularly tested by the AOSP community and is available for download from the download section of their website.
**Linux Kernel 3.7.3** has just been released which is the third maintenance release of kernel 3.7 series. This new release brings various bug fixes especially for AMD Radeon graphics cards and it also fixes flickering with some high-resolution monitors. This article, we will see how to install/upgrade to this new kernel using a simple command-line script as described below.
Issue fixed by this update below:
drm/radeon: fix amd afusion gpu setup aka sumo v2
drm/radeon: fix eDP clk and lane setup for scaled modes
Fixes flickering with some high res montiors
KVM: PPC: 44x: fix DCR read/write
KVM: Fix user memslot overlap check
iwlwifi: fix PCIe interrupt handle return value
iwlwifi: fix the reclaimed packet tracking upon flush queue
ALSA: pxa27x: fix ac97 warm reset
video: mxsfb: fix crash when unblanking the display
cpuidle / coupled: fix ready counter decrement
sony-laptop: fix SNC buffer calls when SN06 returns Integers
EDAC: Fix kernel panic on module unloading
drm/i915: fix OOPS in lid_notify
Add device quirk for Microsoft Lifecam VX700 v2.0 webcams.
** Fixes squeaking noise of the microphone.**
drm/nouveau/clock: fix support for more than 2 monitors on nve0
b43: Fix firmware loading when driver is built into the kernel
staging: zram: fix invalid memory references during disk write
ext4: fix extent tree corruption caused by hole punch
You can install this version of kernel in the following Ubuntu/Linux Mint distributions:
Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10 or older
Linux Mint 14/13/12 or older
Disclaimer: Enter these commands at your own risk to install Linux kernel 3.7.3:
**Fedora **is an RPM-based, general purpose collection of software, including an operating system based on the Linux kernel, developed by the community-supported Fedora Project and owned by Red Hat. The latest version of Fedora was available for download on January 15, 2013. Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow). Fedora 18 offers better service and cleaner UI than other Linux. It offers more up-to-date Software than other Linux distribution, It is the third most used Linux distribution.
There are some of the features of Fedora 18 include:
This article will help users install Steam client on their Linux PC, currently, Steam client can only be installed on Debian/Ubuntu-based Linux distribution.
First, let’s get to know what you’ll need. Chances are you might already have it, but we recommend you proceed only if all system requirements are fulfilled.
Minimum System Requirements
Before you begin, make sure you have, at least the following:
A Steam key. This will be emailed to you when you sign up. If you were already in the beta program, you don’t need this; you won’t even need this tutorial.
1 GHz Pentium 4 or Athlon XP1500+
512MB of RAM
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, fully updated. Any equivalent current Debian based Linux distribution will work just fine.
A recent graphics card. It will work best on these: – NVIDIA series 6 and newer
Intel HD 3000 or better
AMD series 5 and up
At least 5GB free hard drive space. You’ll need a lot more, though.
Driver Upgrades (Recommended)
Most games run fine with the recommended set-up. A few might require updated drivers to get the best performance. In rare occasions a game might refuse to run without the driver updates. Determine what graphics hardware you are using and follow the appropriate section below.
In Ubuntu 12.04, launch the “Additional Hardware Drivers” dialog from “System Settings”. In Ubuntu 12.10, launch Software Properties, then click on the “Additional Drivers” tab in the “Software Sources” menu.
Install the newest nVIDIA-experimental-NNN driver (NNN is, of course, your driver version). You probably need to scroll down to see the experimental drivers if you’re feeling confident enough.
Enable the pre-released updates. Do this by going to Edit >> Software sources, and then enable the Pre-released updates option on the Updates tab.
Update your repository to the latest version in the Update Manager.
Remove the currently installed drivers.
In 12.04, launch the “Additional Hardware Drivers” dialog from “System Settings”. In 12.10, launch Software Properties, then click on the “Additional Drivers” tab in the “Software Sources” menu.
Install the newest fglrx-experimental-X driver.
An alternative method of installing the drivers is to install directly from the developer website. Instructions to do so can be found here. This would install the absolute latest drivers for ATI graphics cards, but it could also lead to some unforeseen instability.
For Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, you’ll need to update your mesa stack using the x-updates PPA.
On the terminal, run the following one by one waiting for each to complete before the next.
The iTunes Store has finally brought purchases to India.
iTunes was already used by millions of users sporting iOS devices but were not able to make use of its store features. We couldn’t buy music, movies or TV shows from the store though we could already buy apps – although, I’m pretty sure paid apps were not needed anyways. Still, there were a few of us geeks – us included – who knew the key to unlocking those features.
iTunes currently offers Music – both Indian and International. Browsing songs gets irritating after a few minutes though – the application just doesn’t take a hint. It force feeds us more Indian music. Or maybe we’re just biased that way.
Movies, on the other hand, are only ones classified as “Bollywood”, which at this point is rather disappointing – they’re called “Films”. There are a few worldwide movies available but not enough to make iTunes a preferred movie delivery system at the moment.
The iTunes Store offers one to purchase in Indian Rupees(INR) and it is cheaper on iTunes Store India as compared to iTunes Store worldwide – at various points we’ve seen the prices as much as a quarter of the original USD prices. The iTunes Store offers a 90 second preview for music-pieces larger than 150 seconds and 30 second previews shorter songs. The music is DRM-Free and at its best audible quality.
One could also purchase “Tones” now, also knows as Ringtones on the iTunes Store, for your iOS devices. After searching a lot, we did find a few Hollywood movies, but not up to the mark we were hoping for.
TV shows – well, we’ve yet to see any news on that front. Let’s hope we get proper sitcoms from the US, UK and Australia in place or in lieu of the TV shows that we have here.
Screenshots of iTunes Store
This image and the next clearly show the massive difference in pricing of individual songs. The exchange rate is roughly 50INR per dollar. Getting one song at 15INR one could bag four times the songs one could in the US.
**Android SDK** is a development kit targeted at developing apps for mobile devices running Android. With the Android SDK, one can develop, debug, and test apps via an inbuilt emulator. The emulator can emulate the expected behavior of the Android OS on many platforms including Linux, Windows, and Mac.
Here, we will instruct on how you could install the latest version of ***Android SDK ***under Ubuntu 12.04/11.10 or Linux Mint via our PPA. You can still install it manually if you like; check this page for more details.
Unlike most other SDKs, the Android SDK comes in parts and don’t function without one another. The list of repositories for installation packages on Ubuntu and Linux Mint doesn’t already contain the Android SDK. This is why we would need to add a PPA i.e. Personal Package Archive. This essentially lets us include an additional repository that will let us install the Android SDK via the terminal.
Since it’s the terminal, you’d be guaranteed to have the most recent version of the SDK.
This process will install the following:
The Android SDK and ADK
Eclipse IDE for JAVA
JAVA JDK 6
Install Android SDK
1. Open Terminal
Do this using the keyboard shortcut [CTRL][ALT][T] or [command][option][T] in Macs.
2. Add the new PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/sdk
The above command will include the required repository containing Android SDK.
sudo apt-get update
This will update your system to conform with the latest in the repository.
sudo apt-get install android-sdk
This installs the Android SDK. Be patient and let the process complete.
This completes the installation of all of Android SDK components on your Linux PC.
3. Install the ADT plugin in Eclipse
Start up Eclipse that was installed in the previous step.
In the menu-bar go to **Help **> Install New Software
In the pop-up dialog, click the ***Add ***button and enter the following details and click **OK.**
Fill in the following details
Name: **ADT Plugin**(but you can enter whatever you like really)
Accept the terms of the license agreements and click **Finish **to start the installation of selected items. Read the whole thing if you are into that sort of thing.
[![Add repository into Eclipse](https://www.revryl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/add-repository-eclipse-adt-3-300×264.png)](https://blog-darryldias.rhcloud.com/installing-android-sdk-on-ubuntulinux-mint-via-ppa/add-repository-eclipse-adt-3/)
When the installation completes, restart Eclipse so that changes take effect. You can now start developing your Android apps and games!