Softpedia has been informed by Dylan Callahan from the Chromium OS for All SBCs projects about the availability for purchase of a portable desktop computer called Fancy.
Fancy has been designed with a single goal in mind, to offer Linux, Chromium OS/Chrome OS, and Android enthusiasts one of the fanciest, yet portable and quite powerful desktop computer that comes in a small form factor (the size of a regular cable modem or wireless router) and it's easy to carry anywhere you want.
You can buy an HP Chromebook at around £199 in the UK. Or you can get a HP traditional laptop, with dvd burner and 500gb HD for £60 more….if you were really daft you could install ChromeOS on that and have a better spec’d machine with 50x more storage capacity.
Chromebooks as a general rule may be cheaper, but I don’t think they are better value.
Chromebooks are already outselling Macs. So Linus Torvalds is wondering if this really might be the year of the Linux desktop. With the addition of Android apps to the Chromebook, maybe it really will be.
Google has announced that new Chromebooks rolled out by its notebook partners will start supporting Google Play, a move which is likely to substantially ramp up shipments of Chromebooks.
Google has pulled the move the software market has been waiting ages for, and built a system to run Android apps on its desktop operating system.
The system works by setting up a Linux container in the Chrome operating system that runs a complete version of Android in a locked-down environment to minimize security issues. It's not an emulated version of Android, so there should be a minimum number of issues, Chrome OS team leader Kan Liu told developers at the Google I/O conference.
Regardless of what caused you to first make the switch, it's exciting to be a part of a community that supports so many different needs with a single ecosystem of overlapping project. The Linux community gives you choice, through a variety of distributions, to find an operating system that finely matches your individual needs.
Solomon Hykes, founder of Docker, details his firm's open-source experience and releases new tools at the OSCON conference.
Solomon Hykes, founder of Docker Inc., is a familiar name in the world of open source today, but he wasn't always an open-source developer. In a keynote at the OSCON conference on May 18, Hykes detailed Docker's open-source voyage and released a trio of new tools as open source.
As containers from Docker and other vendors grow in popularity, so does the need for enterprise-ready data storage solutions that work well with containers. Here's an overview of the challenges on this front, and how developers are solving them.
You may be wondering why data storage for containers is an issue at all. After all, in our era of scale-out storage, automatic failover and redundant arrays, figuring out ways to store and protect data is not usually difficult.
SAP has released a beta version of its Hana Cloud Platform for Cloud Foundry.
The software giant yesterday released a Cloud Foundry beta service that works on the Pivotal-inspired open-source cloud.
Coming with the beta is support for Java, Node.js, HTML5, MongoDB, Redis, PostgresSQL and RabbitMQ.
James Whitehurst is president and chief executive of Red Hat, the world’s largest open source software company.
Q. You joined Delta Air Lines at noon on Sept. 11, 2001, as acting treasurer. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2005, by which time you had been promoted to chief operating officer and had to lay off tens of thousands of people. Talk about managing through crisis!
A. I got promoted about 12 weeks before we filed for bankruptcy. That was really my first major leadership role, with 80,000 people working for me. I was 35 years old and I was too naïve to know I should have said no [to the promotion]. I’m naturally a very calm person and that helped, but it was really brutal.
One of the key things I learned is that in this type of situation, your goal should not be to comfort or make people feel better, but to be open and honest. Tell people what it’s like and allow them to make the decisions that work best for them. A lot of leaders want to show a ray of optimism, but all you do is shade the truth. Be honest and say, “This is what it is and this is what we’re going to do about it.”
Google's low-cost Chromebooks outsold Apple's range of Macs for the first time in the US recently. While IDC doesn't typically break out Windows vs. Chromebook sales, IDC analyst Linn Huang confirmed the milestone to The Verge. "Chrome OS overtook Mac OS in the US in terms of shipments for the first time in 1Q16," says Huang. "Chromebooks are still largely a US K-12 story."
IDC estimates Apple's US Mac shipments to be around 1.76 million in the latest quarter, meaning Dell, HP, and Lenovo sold nearly 2 million Chromebooks in Q1 combined. Chromebooks have been extremely popular in US schools, and it's clear from IDC's comments the demand is driving US shipments. Outside of the US, it's still unclear exactly how well Google's low-cost laptops are doing. Most data from market research firms like IDC and Gartner focuses solely on Google's wins in the US.
Actually, I suppose I loved Mandrake first, which I installed back in ’02 and used, like. forever. But at that time it wasn’t the distro I loved so much as GNU/Linux. I had no experience with other distros, even though I knew about them, so Mandrake represented, by proxy, all of Linux. Such is the way it goes with new Linux users.
Around 2008, when Mandrake/Mandriva’s future became uncertain, I moved on to distro hop for a while, not finding anything that really tripped my trigger. However, PCLOS came close, not surprisingly given its Mandrake roots, and became the distro I used for a number of years. Then an install failure, followed by an inability to login or open an account on the distro’s forum, prompted me to move on.
Which led me to Bodhi, a resource sipping Ubuntu based distro using the Enlightenment desktop version 17, or E17, which at the time was the most elegant and configurable of the lightweight desktops available.
Like their laptop predecessors, the Librem 10 and 11-inch tablets are running free and open source software and are targeted at users that want more privacy than is available from major manufacturers. Both devices run PureOS 3.0 Linux and have privacy protecting services like Tor, HTTPS Everywhere and ad blocker Privacy Badger pre-installed. The company is working towards getting both devices QubesOS (the OS of choice of Edward Snowden) certified.
What is Linux? It means different things to different people, from the purist who considers it to be the kernel, to the GNU advocate who sees it as a part of GNU/Linux and the new user who thinks it is another name for Ubuntu.
In truth, Linux is all of these, depending on your point of view. Strictly speaking, the term Linux used alone refers to the kernel of the operating system, while GNU/Linux is the whole operating system, comprising the Linux kernel and GNU tools – either would be useless without the other (or one of its alternatives).
If you then add a collection of application software, along with some tools to manage the whole thing, you have a distro, such as Ubuntu.
Libreboot, the downstream of Coreboot that doesn't permit any closed-source microcode/firmware blobs as part of the hardware initialization process for this alternative to proprietary BIOS/UEFI, has become an official GNU project.
As of a few days ago, Libreboot is officially a GNU project. It's not too surprising though considering tends to be what runs on the systems endorsed by the FSF due to freeing systems down to the BIOS compared to Coreboot that still permits some binary-only modules for modern hardware. Libreboot is basically a de-blobbed version of Coreboot.
Webconverger, a Debian-based GNU/Linux operating system whose main design goal is to distribute a fully functional and controlled web kiosk platform, has been updated today to version 35.1.
There are many Linux kernel-based distributions out there that claim to offer a powerful web kiosk system for use in offices or Internet cafes, but Webconverger is among the most popular ones, and it is based on the almighty Debian GNU/Linux operating system.
The last Foss Force interview with Jeff Hoogland was in January, 2015. He had un-project-headed himself from his creation, Bodhi Linux, then decided to return. He’s still there, maintaining his Enlightment-based Ubuntu derivative. Why yet another distro? Hoogland says why quite eloquently during the interview, so there’s no need to repeat his words here. He’ll also explain the Moksha desktop and explain why it is based on E-17 instead of a more recent version. (The Wikipedia link above will teach you about the Enlightment desktop’s tangled path, which is way beyond the scope of this video intro.) Besides Bodhi Linux and being a full-time dad, he is a pro-level Magic the Gathering player, complete with active Twitch and YouTube feeds devoted to the game. A full life indeed! (We should all live so well, eh?)