So the Banana Pro arrived today. I have been reviewing Banana Pis left, right, and center lately. This Banana Pro is the successor to the Banana Pi, similar to the Banana Pi M2 but not quite the same because it is by the folks at Lemaker.. the other developers of the Banana Pi.
Not too long ago I reviewed the Banana Pi R1, and even before that I reviewed the Banana Pi original. These boards keep coming out and they keep getting better. The new M2 is not out yet at the time of writing this but the Banana Pi website lists it as coming soon. There are a lot of interesting new features which may make you reconsider this as opposed to another device for one of your projects.
Not too long ago the Raspberry Pi B+ was released to an unsuspecting community, now the little brother the A+ has been announced. This is a smaller and cheaper alternative to the B+ or even the original A Pi. The board is nearly identical to the B+ with the exception of a few milimeters which have been removed because of the network controller being removed, and of course the network port. The USB controller is also inside the Broadcom processor which means we have 1 USB to save on cost. The price of the unit is about $20 depending on where you live.
The BananaPi R1 has been released and I have just received mine. It doesn't feel like too long ago that I reviewed the Banana Pi and talked about how much better of a machine it is. Since then I have picked up 4 more BPIs and now I have my R1. The R1 is an open source router that has a BPI built in. The router features a 4 port switch and wifi. Of course you will need to make your own case (perhaps 3D printed?) and it comes as just a single PCB.
I am an avid Chromebook user. I have been using mine for about a year now, it is a great little device that serves several uses for our house. It is my daughter's primary computer, she plays games and reading exercises on it. My Girlfriend uses the Chromebook for general purpose web browsing and I use it to stream to my Chromecast. The Chromebook is one of the most used computers in my house, so when Google announced at Google I/O this year that they were toying around with the idea of bringing Android apps to Chrome OS I lost my mind.
I am a big fan of the Raspberry Pi, I have used several different versions including the Model A, and B. I have also been using the Banana Pi, a board build from the Raspberry Pi with beefed up hardware. Today a package arrived at my apartment and inside was the new Raspberry Pi Model B+. First impressions of the board are nice, and some of the improvements are exciting and some of the improvements lead me to believe there might be a Raspberry Pi 2 in the near future.
Ubuntu 14.04 is here and ready for you to use. I have upgraded my laptop and tested it out, this has been a good release with a good amount of improvements. The major improvements are in the Unity interface in my opinion. The desktop environment does not feel half baked or unfinished anymore. To me the Unity interface feels much more fluid and smooth and with hardware support in the Linux kernel, which underpins the OS as a whole, more robust than ever, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is pretty much the complete package.
It is official, Windows XP is finally dead. Windows XP was released to manufacturing on August 24, 2001, and generally released for retail sale on October 25, 2001. The operating system was almost 13 years old. The good news is if you are developing for the web you don't need to worry about Internet Explorer 6 any more because that died with XP. Microsoft would have you believe that they only way to go is to Windows 7 or maybe even Windows 8 if you are brave and Some will move over to a Mac. That is the case for a lot of the users out there but for some, you will be tempted to try an alternative OS that you have heard people talking about.