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What Chrome OS has on Windows that Linux doesn't
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 09 July 2009 11:20

  Google's Chrome OS isn't the first operating system to challenge Microsoft Windows' commanding lead. But it's got an advantage that other rivals such as Linux lacked: the Web.

July 9, 2009 4:00 AM PDT
by Stephen Shankland

Any new operating system must attract the developers who produce the applications to make it useful. The trouble Windows challengers have had is matching the wide spectrum of software available for Windows already.

That software includes mainstream titles such as Microsoft Office, Quicken, Adobe Photoshop, games, but also innumerable programs for narrower niches such as genealogy. Although some people are happy if they have the handful applications they need, an operating system needs broad support to achieve mass penetration.

New Linux patch could circumvent Microsoft's FAT patents
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 02 July 2009 11:49

A Linux developer has published a new kernel patch that provides a workaround to avoid Microsoft's patents on the FAT filesystem.

By Ryan Paul | Last updated July 1, 2009 7:15 PM CT

The patch, which has undergone extensive legal review by patent lawyers, could make it possible to use FAT on Linux without having to pay licensing fees to Microsoft.

 Microsoft's recent lawsuit against TomTom, alleging infringement of filesystem patents, has left many questions unanswered about the legal implications of distributing open source implementations of Microsoft's FAT filesystem. A new Linux kernel patch that was published last week offers a workaround that might make it possible to continue including FAT in Linux without using methods that are covered by Microsoft's patents.

Run your Linux like a Mac
Written by Danrok   
Tuesday, 16 June 2009 11:56

From The Inquirer:

LINUX users who want to run their computers so that they look like Macs can pick up this Mac4Lin distribution here.

Google releases Chrome preview for Mac OS X and Linux
Written by Daniel   
Friday, 05 June 2009 11:16

Google has issued an early preview release of its Chrome browser for Linux and Mac OS X. Although these ports are still largely incomplete, the preview demonstrates Chrome's potential as a cross-platform browser.

By Ryan Paul | Last updated June 5, 2009 9:28 AM CT

Google has announced the availability of the first official Chrome developer release for Linux and Mac OS X. The search giant says that the release is a preview intended for testing purposes only and that the software is still unsuitable for regular users. [Ars Technica...]   [Comments...]
Hands on: Google Chromium browser alpha for Linux
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 28 May 2009 10:53

   The open source Chromium project, which serves as the basis for Google's Chrome web browser, has reached alpha status on the Linux platform. Ars takes a look at the Linux port's progress and functionality.

By Ryan Paul | Last updated May 27, 2009 10:10 PM CT

When Google's Chrome web browser debuted with much fanfare last year, it was not Windows-only and not cross-platform compatible. The developers soon began working on Linux and Mac OS X ports of the browser's underlying open source Chromium code base. These ports are beginning to mature and could soon be ready for regular users.

We took a look at the Mac OS X port of Chromium a few months ago, but the Linux port was still barely functional at the time. A lot of progress has been made since then and the Linux version is now in the alpha stage. We tested it on Ubuntu 9.04 to see how it compares with the latest release of Chrome for Windows. There are still missing features and lots of rendering bugs, but it is clearly moving in the right direction.   [ARS Technica...]   [Comments...]
The Day, Or Year, The Linux Desktop Died
Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 14 May 2009 11:45

It was back in 2002, according to Sam Trenholme, the creator of the secure DNS server software MaraDNS.

Posted by Serdar Yegulalp, May 14, 2009 11:45 AM

That was the year that forces conspired to make sure Linux on the desktop would never become a reality. Linux as a server was another matter entirely, but to him the "Linux desktop" is as dead as the Amiga.

How did this happen? Sam cites three things.

 * Mac OS X was out and getting application support; UNIX was finally on the desktop (and it wasn't Linux).
 * Windows XP came out: Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) finally had an OS for end-user desktops with server-level stability. [I question whether XP's stability is "server-level"; that to me would imply being able to hot-add memory or do other things that are way out of XP's league. "Suitably stable" is more like it.]
 * Loki games, a company that made games for Linux, went out of business. This was the final nail in the coffin for commercial desktop applications for Linux...[Information Weekly...]    [Comments...]

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