News is a bit slow in these last remaining days of what many consider the holiday season, but some headlines stood out today. Our old friend Jack Wallen is back with another top 10 list. iTWire's David Williams resolves to donate to Linux and Open Source projects this year and opensource.com has suggestions for others way to help out in this new year.
I've been a believer in Chromebooks for a long time. Now, everyone else is getting the religion.
NPD, a retail market analysis company, reports that sales of Chromebooks exploded from zilch in 2012 to more than 20% of the U.S. PC market in 2013. This helped push overall notebook PC growth up by 28.9%.
Linux won, the penguin has achieved world domination, and the usual commentarians completely missed it even after years of predicting it. Because it's not something that happened in a single flashy event, but rather has been the product of years of hard work and steady improvement. 2014 is the year that Linux starts to win the desktop, which is the final Linux frontier. And it is the year of exponential growth in every arena.
DNF, the next-generation yum package manager spearheaded by the Fedora project, is now ready for end-user testing ahead of its expected use out-of-the-box by Fedora 22.
If that isn't proof enough of Chromebooks' rise in popularity, Amazon said Thursday that among laptops, the Samsung Chromebook, Asus Transformer Book, and Acer Chromebook were "holiday best sellers."
Acer, which is rapidly gaining popularity among hardware manufacturers, is placing some heavy bets on open source operating systems. The company now has a whopping nine computers based on Google's Chrome OS, including an update to its popular C7 Chromebook. Acer's latest Chromebook, the C720P-2600 (shown), has an 11.6-inch touchscreen and features Intel's dual-core Celeron 2955U chip based on the cutting-edge Haswell architecture. At $299.99, the system will be available in January, and will be shown at the Consumer Electronics Show.
You don't necessarily have to run Manjaro Linux to get the same effect here, but Dobbie03 does note that he's had a great experience with it—it's been rock solid, according to him, so if you're looking for a new distro to try, it might be worth a look.
Fedora 20, the newest version of the Linux-based operating system affiliated with Red Hat (RHT), has been out only for a few weeks. But it is already creating challenges for Linux users with AMD graphics hardware, which is not supported in some cases on the new release. It's a reminder of the way that dependence on proprietary device drivers can drastically hinder open source adoption.
Popularity polls for software are questionable indicators at best. However, with KDE receiving just under a third of the votes in LinuxQuestion's Members Choice for 2011 and 2012 and in Linux Journal's 2013 Readers' Choice Awards, there's enough consistency to call KDE the most popular Linux desktop environment.
Admittedly, if you add all the choices that use GNOME technology (Cinnamon, GNOME, Mate, and Unity), then KDE loses its position. But if you consider a desktop environment as a combination of both the shell and the underlying technology, KDE's position is unchallenged. At a time when half a dozen choices are available, KDE's one-third is probably as close to dominance as any desktop is likely to get.