Archive for ‘Linux’

September 29, 2010

Previewing Google’s New Operating System

Google open-sourced its Chromium OS project, more than a year before the operating system is scheduled for release. Google hopes a variety of developers and companies will become involved in the project, and has pledged to release regular updates as well as a comprehensive log of bug reports and fixes.What we are going to talk about is Google’s design vision for Chromium, the unique benefits it offers, and a bit of why Google is throwing its hat into this particular ring in the first place. Chromium, after all, is a Linux-based OS entering the smartbook/netbook market at a time when said product segment is already being served by a variety of Linux distros (some customized to the hardware, some not), XP, and Windows 7. In the midst of all these options, do we need another operating system? 

Chromium is designed around the premise that computers have largely evolved into boxes from which we access the Internet. If you’ve ever lost Internet service (but not electricity) for a protracted period of time, you’ve probably seen the company’s point. Evaluated in terms of what a modern system is capable of doing, getting online is but one, minor feature. From a user perspective, however, Internet connectivity is a matter of tremendous importance—lose the net, and your system transforms from a communications platform/multimedia hub into a box for writing papers, gaming alone… or something .Chromium simplifies the concept of an application the same way it simplifies the operating system i.e., by throwing most of it away. Chromium apps won’t just interface with the web or contain web-based components, they’ll exist there. The ‘cloud’ in cloud computing thus transforms from an abstract concept of computing resources or storage floating vaguely in space into something much more unique and personal. The cloud has literally become your cloud—your life, online. Checkout the video describing Chromium project below.

Whats Google Chromium Os?

September 29, 2010

OpenIndiana Picks up Where OpenSolaris Left off

For those disappointed by Oracle’s decision to discontinue supporting a free version of its Solaris Unix-like operating system, a new alternative emerged to take its place. OpenIndiana is part of the Illumos Foundation. OpenIndiana will be built on the last available version of OpenSolaris and will contain bits of Solaris 11. OpenIndiana is the new OpenSolaris.OpenIndiana is said to be compatible with Solaris 11 and Solaris 11 Express and should be an easy drop-in replacement for those systems. Initially OpenIndiana will contain some closed-source code since the current code-base is not fully open. These bits will eventually be replaced by fully Open Source code.OpenIndiana was born out of the need of many companies who relied upon Solaris and OpenSolaris for their businesses. When Oracle bought Sun, it changed the license of Solaris 10 (the previous version) so that it was no longer free to use and increased the price of their contracts to $1000 – $2000 per socket per year. For those that that prefer Solaris over other Open Source alternatives – such as the founder of OpenIndiana – an alternative option now exists. With OpenIndiana, former Solaris users can switch and receive free security updates and regular releases.
September 28, 2010

Fedora 14 Preview

Fedora 14 is on track for a final release date of November 02, 2010. If all 14 does is improve upon 13, Fedora will have another winner on its hands. Why? Fedora 13 was one of the strongest releases the Red Hat sandbox has had in a while. And with what Fedora 14 has under and above its hood, the next release should up the ante yet again for the Fedora distribution.But what exactly is in store for Fedora 14? And who is this release really targeting? Historically, Fedora was a distribution that attracted only those that wanted “bleeding edge” software and a distribution they could (and almost needed to) tinker with. With the release of Fedora 13 things started to change a bit. The end user could happily use Fedora out of the box. It was stable and it had plenty to offer users of all levels.But when you first read the list of features highlighted for Fedora 14, you might think the release is targeting developers

August 13, 2010

Vector Linux for SOHO

VECTORLINUX is a small, fast, Intel Linux operating system based on one of the original Linux distributions, Slackware. The enormously popular Slackware is the true “Unix” of Linux distributions and is used by major corporations, universities and home users alike. It’s popularity stems from the fact that it is a robust, versatile and almost unbreakable system. Slackware has been traditionally known to be about as user friendly as a coiled rattlesnake and that’s where Vector Linux comes into play.