Linux Look-Back | LUP 50

Linux Look-Back | LUP 50

We look back at five years of Linux memories, and reminisce about the bad old days of the Linux desktop.

Then the exciting future for PC-BSD, and it’s new unique desktop.

Plus our favorite ways to track performance, desktop Linux app containers that are already here and shipping and much more!

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On encapsulated linux applications

Hi I wonder why you haven’t talk much about linuxportable apps, is really great for users that dont want to deal with dependencies and distros and such. Even the Portable Linux Games is awesome since games are non standard linux installs (usually a gnome or kde app will make more sense than a game that has no connection with the DE).

Portable Games for Linux

Please let me know what u think, and who has used before?



Using AppImageKit you can package applications as AppImages that run on common Linux-based operating systems, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, debian and derivatives.

The AppImage format has the following properties:

  • The AppImage is an ISO9660 file
  • The contents of the ISO9660 file can be compressed with zf
  • In the first 32k of the ISO9660 file, an ELF executable is embedded
    which mounts the AppImage, executes the application from the
    mounted AppImage, and afterwards unmounts the AppImage again
  • The ISO9660 file contains an AppDir as per the ROX AppDir specification
  • The AppDir contains one desktop file as per the specification

For an AppImage to run on most systems, the following conditions need to be met: 1. The AppImage needs to include all libraries and other dependencies that are not part of all of the base systems that the AppImage is intended to run on 2. The binaries contained in the AppImage need to be compiled on a system not newer than the oldest base system that the AppImage is intended to run on 3. The AppImage should actually be tested on the base systems that it is intended to run on


5 Years ago: July 2009

Official Google Blog: Introducing the Google Chrome OS

We designed Google Chrome for people who live on the web — searching for information, checking email, catching up on the news, shopping or just staying in touch with friends. However, the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web. So today, we’re announcing a new project that’s a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.

openSUSE 11.2 Milestone 4
Sabayon 4.2
  • review –
CrunchBang Linux 9.04.01
PC-BSD 7.1.1
  • The PC-BSD developers have announced the release of version 7.1.1, the Galileo Edition of their open source operating system. Version 7.1.1 is a maintenance release and includes several bug fixes and improvements.
Slackware Linux 13.0 RC1
  • Release Announcement:
Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, released its Launchpad source code

under a free software license. (announcement)

Amazon fails in its irony detection and deletes George Orwell’s 1984 (and Animal Farm) from users’ Kindle e-book readers. (New York Times coverage)

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