5/18/2013 Show Notes

You can find the Going Linux podcast on iTunes, on Stitcher, or on the Going Linux website:

http://goinglinux.com … and on Twitter (@goinglinux) and Google+ (or just Google for Larry Bushey Linux. You’ll find lots of stuff!)



“The year of the Linux desktop is here now!”

Talking Points

  • Simon Phipps is…

  • “The year of the Linux desktop” has already arrived

  • Not Android

  • Chromebook – a Linux-powered computer that runs a single application. The Chrome browser.

  • Linux hasn’t replaced Windows. It’s replaced the Windows application.

  • Chances are that the last time you went to the Internet and signed up for a new service, it did not come as a downloadable Windows application. It was cloud based. Internet based. Linux based.

  • The average computer user can do everything they want with the Chromebook or Chromebox machine running just one application — the Chrome browser — and all of the apps that run inside the Chrome browser. All available in the Chrome web store.

  • A couple of years ago, on Computer America, we discussed that the future of computing is the Internet and Internet apps. Google has already developed that Linux-powered online ecosystem and it’s available today at multiple price points.

  • Various hardware manufactured by HP ($330), Samsung ($250 & $450) and Acer ($199), and the latest is the Chromebook Pixel model ($1300 wi-fi & $1450 LTE).


  • Designed and built by Google, the Chromebook Pixel boasts what Apple would call a “retina” display, a touch screen and a glass trackpad.

Links we discussed in the show:

InfoWorld article by Simon Phipps:


Macbook Pro Retina:

227 dpi, 2560×1600 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retina_Display

Chrombook Pixel:

239 dpi, 2560×1700 https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=chromebook_pixel_wifi

Torrent Sync: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/04/bittorrent-sync-secure-file-sync.html

Canon Pixma MP620 on Linux: “paperweight” http://www.openprinting.org/printer/Canon/Canon-PIXMA_MP620