Running Legacy Software and Hardware

When Ubuntu 12.04 LTS was first released, it was already compatible with a wide range of hardware and software applications, largely because  Canonical Ltd and various third-party developers had been working together to ensure the widest possible customer uptake of the OS.

You should generally stay away from old software, but there’s a limit to even what Windows can do. Some hardware may have depended on ancient drivers that are no longer included in Windows or Linux.

When used as a machine emulator, QEMU can run OSes and programs made for one machine (e.g. an ARM board) on your own PC. VirtualBox is also a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.

Recommended computer operating system for personal computers with x86 and ARM architectures

Apple chose to do away with the OS X name in favor of the traditional “macOS” name. The main new feature in macOS Sierra is Siri integration, bringing iPhone’s personal assistant to the Mac for the first time.

Even if you are new to Linux distros, you probably know that is generally not a good idea to use the same tools for domestic purposes and for professional work.

General Purpose:

macOS, Windows, Ubuntu, Fedora, Remix OS

Mobile:

Android, iOS, Windows, Ubuntu, Sailfish OS

Alternative workstation:

Mint, Phoenix OS, Debian, openSUSE, CentOS

Fast operating systems for PC:

Porteus Kiosk, Chrome OS, Android-x86, Q4OS, BunsenLabs

ARM architecture:

Raspbian, Armbian, Retropie, OpenELEC, Windows IOT Core

 

Honorable Mentions:

Manjaro, Zorin, Lubuntu, TrueOS, Sabayon

Lucas Numbers

Édouard Lucas (1842 – 1891) is known for improving and expanding the Fibonacci series. Lucas worked in the Paris observatory and later became a professor of mathematics in Paris. Similar to the Fibonacci, the ratio between two consecutive Lucas numbers converges to the golden ratio. Lucas numbers appear in nature often enough to prove that they reflect some naturally occurring patterns.

Try following example at compilejava.net

public class Lucas {

   public static void main(String args[]) {
      int x,y,z,max; //Declare four integers
      x=2;
      y=1;
      max=10000;

      while( max > x ) {
         System.out.print(x+", ");
         z=x+y;
         x=y;
         y=z;
      }
   }
}

Lucas numbers (beginning at 2): L(n) = L(n-1) + L(n-2).

2, 1, 3, 4, 7, 11, 18, 29, 47, 76, 123, 199, 322, 521, 
843, 1364, 2207, 3571, 5778, 9349, 15127, 24476, 39603, 
64079, 103682, 167761, 271443, 439204, 710647...

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Windows 10 Creators Update

The new features were announced at Microsoft’s Surface PC event on Wednesday, update is due to hit PCs in Spring 2017. Microsoft will be introducing more 3D options with the Creators Update, including a revamped and modernized 3D Paint app. Microsoft is also bringing a few new changes to the taskbar with this update. MyPeople feature, located next to the System Tray, makes communicating and sharing with your colleagues and friends easier.

 

Battlefield 1 Open Beta

Battlefield 1 is a first-person shooter set in the period of World War I, and is inspired by historical events. Players can make use of World War I weapons, including melee weapons and mustard gas to combat opponents. Both bi-planes and tanks are a major part of the game.

“Battlefield 1 is everything I want out of this franchise, and a welcome breath of fresh air in the mostly futuristic shooter market.”, Erik Kain, a reporter for the Forbes magazine, said on Wednesday.

The Top Ten Dev Boards of 2016

  1. Raspberry Pi 2
  2. Raspberry Pi 3
  3. Arduino UNO R3
  4. Atmega328P-PU
  5. NHduino UNO R3
  6. Orange Pi Lite
  7. Raspberry Pi Zero
  8. Orange Pi PC
  9. Banana Pi M1+
  10. Banana Pi Pro

The Raspberry Pi 3 doesn’t have a power switch, which means you have to remember to actually properly shut it down every time you want to turn it off. Some owners reported the Pi 3 heated up to the point where it reduced its speed in order to keep its temperature in check.