The Linux WiFI Tower | LAS 389

The Linux WiFI Tower | LAS 389

We go 350ft into the air to find out how Linux powers a wireless ISP (WISP). Get an inside look at how a modern services business can be built around Linux.

Plus our thoughts on Chrome OS & Android merging, what it means for desktop Linux, new secure messaging options & more!

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Runs Linux

Rugged vehicle-PC runs Linux

Acrosser’s latest rugged vehicle-PC runs Linux on a 5th Gen Intel Core Broadwell-U processor, offering sufficient power to run multiple, simultaneous apps.

Desktop App Pick

Cutegram

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Cutegram is a free and opensource telegram clients for Linux, Windows, OS X and OpenBSD, focusing on user friendly, compatibility with desktop environments.
Cutegram using Qt5, QML, libqtelegram, libappindication, AsemanQtTools technologies and Faenza icons and Twitter emojies graphic sets.
It’s free and released under GPLv3 license.

Weekly Spotlight

Chromixium OS

Chromixium combines the elegant simplicity of the Chromebook with the flexibility and stability of Ubuntu’s Long Term Support release. Chromixium puts the web front and center of the user experience. Web and Chrome apps work straight out of the browser to connect you to all your personal, work and education networks. Sign into Chromium to sync all your apps and bookmarks. When you are offline or when you need more power, you can install any number of applications for work or play, including LibreOffice, Skype, Steam and a whole lot more. Security updates are installed seamlessly and effortlessly in the background and will be supplied until 2019. You can install Chromixium in place of any existing operating system, or alongside Windows or Linux.


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Google Plans to Introduce Android Laptops, Replacing Chrome as OS

  • Starting next year, the company will work with partners to build personal computers that run on Android, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans. The Chrome browser and operating systems aren’t disappearing — PC makers that produce Chromebooks will still be able to use Chrome. But they will now have the choice of Android.

  • Even back in 2009, when they launched Chrome, co-founder emeritus Sergey Brin suggested the two systems may merge. The convergence momentum began two years ago when Sundar Pichai took the reins of both operating systems. Last year, after Pichai was promoted to SVP of all products, he appointed Hiroshi Lockheimer, his anointed successor, as engineering lead for Android and the Chrome OS.

  • “Mobile gives us unique opportunities in terms of better understanding users,” Pichai said on the earnings call. “My long-term view on this is it is as compelling or, in fact, even better than desktop, but it will take us time to get there and we are going to be focused until we get there.”

Later he Tweeted..

Ever since Google unveiled Material Design, which works well on just about any size application, from full-screen tablets applications to small smartphone applications, and everything in between, it was clear to me Google was looking into expanding Android beyond smartphones and tablets.

Major Fedora KDE maintainer burns out

Kevin Kofler. An Italian, who lives in Austria

the way the Fedora Project has been treating KDE since Fedora 21 (when
“Fedora.Next” was introduced) makes me feel like a second-class citizen
in the Fedora community. After years of fighting for equal treatment of KDE
in Fedora, Fedora.Next with its “Fedora is now more focused” (on GNOME)
message was a major setback and a huge disappointment. (Another symptom of
this evolution is how the PackageKit backend was rewritten with only the
exact feature set GNOME Software happens to need, leaving Apper utterly
broken.)

Tor Project launches encrypted anonymous chat app to the public

The Tor Project says Instantbird was chosen as its transport protocols are written in a “memory safe” language — Javascript — and already supports a number of languages, as well as the fact Instantbird is an XUL application. While the client lacked off-the-record (ORT) cryptographical protocol support, Tor has implemented the new features within the beta Tor messenger.

Twitch Installs Arch Linux

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The project kicks off on Saturday October 31 at 4pm Eastern. If it all gets a bit much, the tremendously relaxing Bob Ross marathon will still be running and is highly recommended.

openSUSE 42.1 Leap and Fedora 23 Release next week

Next week users worldwide will be able to enjoy the power and stability of openSUSE’s newest release when it is unveiled at SUSECon in Amsterdam on Nov. 4. Until then, here is a preview of the features in Leap.

After last week’s schedule adjustment, and a last minute panic where we discovered that the installer wasn’t actually showing help when you pressed the help button (thanks everyone who scrambled to fix that!), we’re on schedule for a release on Tuesday, November 3rd. Check back here for the release announcement, or just go straight to http://getfedora.org after 10am US/Eastern (15:00 UTC).

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