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Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’: Google announces Chrome OS

July 8th, 2009 1 comment

I’ve been soooo busy at work (impossible deadlines as always) that I’ve been a bit silent, but alas who could not be excited to hear about Google’s venture into the netbook market just to shake things up?

It’s been an exciting nine months since we launched the Google Chrome browser. Already, over 30 million people use it regularly. 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.

Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.

Thats right, whilst many claimed the Google Chrome browser was infact an OS, now the company has come around with an actual OS with the Chrome moniker just to confuse the hell out of journo’s who just didn’t get the difference between a browser and an operating system.

Mind you, I do use Chrome quite a bit, especially not that I’ve switched full-time to GMail, its a great browser – just missing a few addons that Firefox has to really make it shine – like Adblock Plus, XMarks and web developer like extensions.

CNet has an interesting tidbit too. Whats important here is that it will be available for x86 and ARM processors and aims for a different breed of devices to their Android platform. Its based on a Linux Kernel with a new desktop environment (so another Gnome or KDE like desktop environment). As the Google Blog puts it:

Google Chrome OS is a new project, separate from Android. Android was designed from the beginning to work across a variety of devices from phones to set-top boxes to netbooks. Google Chrome OS is being created for people who spend most of their time on the web, and is being designed to power computers ranging from small netbooks to full-size desktop systems. While there are areas where Google Chrome OS and Android overlap, we believe choice will drive innovation for the benefit of everyone, including Google.

The idea was mocked by many several years ago, but I guess they had the last laugh now.

Confused about the direction Google is heading? You Are Not Alone, looks like Google‘s Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ telling Microsoft that We’ve Had Enough, that They Don’t Care About Us and to just Beat It. They are Here To Change The World which will no doubt turn into one heck of a Thriller coming up.

I figure most of you would be Speechless by now, some may even be Scared Of The Moon but fear not, they’re working Day and Night to make sure you get One More Chance to get On The Line as soon as your hardware will allow it! Google, you Rock My World. Does anyone even Remember The Time without Google now a days?

RIP Michael Jackson.

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THIS IS FEDORA: Fedora 11 Released

June 9th, 2009 No comments

This is FEDORA.

Fedora 11 aka Leonidas has been released. Whilst the front page is yet to be updated the mirrors are being updated as I write and ISO’s are being propogated.

Download ISO:

In Australia? Try the local mirrors:

Bit of a torrenter? See the Torrent Tracker page.

Approximate sizes (from internode):

Fedora-11-i686-Live.iso             688M
Fedora-11-i686-Live-KDE.iso         686M
Fedora-11-x86_64-Live.iso           691M
Fedora-11-x86_64-Live-KDE.iso       693M

See the Fedora 11 Release Notes for more information about changes in this release, the Fedora 11 feature list or the Unoffficial Fedora 11 Guide.

I’ve been awaiting this release primarily for the Linux Kernel v2.6.29 (in comparison to Jaunty‘s Kernel 2.6.28) which brings a slew of updates to the table – in particular KMS (Kernel mode setting – flicker free graphics), the inclusion of Btrfs in the kernel for preliminary testing and better memory mangement. Ofcourse Fedora 11 ships with X.org 1.6 as well. With the inclusion of GCC 4.4 all packages are now compiled with gcc4.4 too.

I’ve only dabbled in Fedora 10, but I think its a worthy move from my primarily Ubuntu lifestyle.

Whats really interesting though, is that Ubuntu 9.10 seems to have a decent performance bump, so whilst the wait for Fedora 11 is over, its time to get excited about the snappier the Karmic Koala.

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Dawn of the GUI: Operating System GUIs from 1981 to 2009

April 23rd, 2009 1 comment

Here’s an interesting post from WebDesignDepot, a tour of Operating System GUIs from 1981 to the present.

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Of particular note is Steve Jobs’ NeXTSTEP GUI from 1989, way ahead of its time. All other operating systems look so paltry and boring in comparison.

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Ubuntu 8.10: Intrepid Ibex Released!

October 31st, 2008 1 comment

With the amount of coverage surely to be taken by Windows 7 we can’t forget the other side of the force, Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex was released a few hours ago.

Believe it or not I actually stayed up waiting for it to hit the servers, then hopped over to the iinet FTP server (mirror’d by the Internode servers also) as the 3FL Mirror (Westnet) wasn’t up to date (it is now!) and started leeching the sucker.

8.10 brings:

  • Linux Kernel v2.6.27 – which has the new Atheros driver, improved webcam support and support for the UBFIS file system, among other things documented on KernelNewbies.
  • Support for the UBIFS file system – especially for SSD/Flash drives in the hope it will improve performance and longetitivity of such devices.
  • GNOME v2.24 – which brings a slew of improvements including a tabbed nautilus.
  • X.Org v7.4 – includes Xorg-Server 1.5 which brings faster startup/shutdown times, hot-plugging for input devices.
  • Network Manager 0.7 – which adds 3G and PPPoE connectivity
  • Dynamic Kernel Module support – recompiles kernel modules automajically when kernel is updated.
  • LOTS more, documented in the 8.10 Release notes.

Mono 2.0, Python 2.6 and OpenOffice 3.0 didnt make the cut but will be present in 9.04 already dubbed the Jaunty Jackalope.

Download Ubuntu 8.10 and give it ago. For a complete look at Ubuntu 8.10, checkout these reviews:

Whilst I’ve had to hurry off to work with barely a few hours of sleep I did catch a few minutes of usage after a speedy install thanks to the USB installation method.

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Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS Released

July 4th, 2008 No comments

Ubuntu 8.04 was released when I was in Japan, but it didnt stop me from downloading it – sucked it up at ~5Mbps which was bloody ridiculous!

Now we can finally get our hands on the first update to this LTS, Ubuntu 8.04.1 which contains – amongst a slew of bug-fixed packages – Firefox 3.0 Final. More information on the changes are posted on the Ubuntu mailing list release notification.

I’m still running 7.10 on the server at home – until I get the bawls (and time!) to redo the lovely server ZEUS has become to be! In the meantime, my Dell M1330 is upgrading to the 8.04.1 release as I write.

Grab a copy of Ubuntu 8.04.1 today!

On a side note, just recently saw the release of Sabayon Linux 3.5 which brings some really cool things to the table, I’ve downloaded the LiveDVD and considering giving it a go.

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