The Mandriva Limited Edition 2005 desktop

News came that a few days ago Mandriva SA, the French company that produced open source software for many years including the Mandriva Linux distribution, was put into liquidation. Created as MandrakeSoft, the company was among the pioneers of the use of Linux on the desktop but in recent years abandoned it to try to survive by selling other products.

The C.H.I.P. (Image courtesy Next Thing Co. All rights reserved)

In recent years the range of really tiny and very cheap computers has increased tremendously. A few days ago, a fundraiser started for one of these called C.H.I.P. that immediately had an incredible success. Next Thing Co. is a company based in Oakland, California, USA, which aims to offer a PC for just $9. To do this it needed to raise $50,000 and while I’m writing $943.501 were already pledged. The fundraiser will continue until June 6, 2015.

In Las Vegas, Hewlett-Packard’s CEO Meg Whitman, together with the company’s CTO Martin Fink, unveiled a new computer architecture that aims to revolutionize the sector. The Machine, as at the moment is called the new HP computer, uses hardware of type very different from the current such as photonics instead of copper and memristors instead of the current RAM and storage memories.

A VoCore computer (Photo courtesy VoCore team. All rights reserved)

In recent years we’ve been seeing an extraordinary proliferation of very small computers that have low costs but really interesting potential. A project that is raising funds via the crowdfunding method on the IndieGoGo website is VoCore, which has the purpose of producing large quantities of a coin-sized computer, less than one square inch (25 mm x 25 mm).

Satya Nadella at LeWeb 2013

The rumors of the past few days have been confirmed with the official announcement that Satya Nadella is the new Microsoft CEO. His predecessor Steve Ballmer remains on the company’s board of directors. Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder, is leaving his role of President of the board of directors to John Thompson to take on the special role of technology adviser.