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LINUX TOPIC FOR THE MONTH:
“The year of the Linux desktop is here now!”
Simon Phipps is…
“The year of the Linux desktop” has already arrived
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
239 dpi, 2560×1700 https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=chromebook_pixel_wifi
Canon Pixma MP620 on Linux: “paperweight” http://www.openprinting.org/printer/Canon/Canon-PIXMA_MP620