Google’s Chrome Strategy Heads in New Directions, Draws Linux Comparisons

Google’s Chrome browser and Chrome OS operating system are grabbing headlines this week for several reasons. As Susan reported here, Matt Hartley said recently, ‘Anyone who believes Google isn’t making a play for desktop users isn’t paying attention.’ Hartley favors putting Linux in front of a lot of potential Chrome OS users, and says "I consider ChromeOS to be a forked operating system that uses the Linux kernel under the hood."

Meanwhile, there is a very interesting new feature found in the Chrome for Android app that instantly displays suggestions to queries while you’re typing them into the address bar. For example, if you type in "How old is George Clooney?," you’ll get the answer before being taken to any dedicated site where the answer is found.

Matt Hartley’s article about Linux and Chrome OS on Datamation is worth reading.  He writes:

"Anyone who is living a Google-centric lifestyle on Windows will feel right at home on ChromeOS. Odds are this individual is already relying on the Chrome browser, Google Drive and Gmail. By extension, moving over to ChromeOS feels fairly natural for these folks, as they’re simply using the browser they’re already used to."

"Linux enthusiasts, however, tend to feel constrained almost immediately. Software choices feel limited and boxed in, plus games and VoIP are totally out of the question. Sorry, but GooglePlus Hangouts isn’t a replacement for VoIP software. Not even by a long shot."

Hartley suggests that many Chrome OS users might be better off with a Linux distro that doesn’t focus so intensively on cloud apps and data in the cloud. In fact, we’ve heard from many OStatic readers who have their own spin on this concept. They are buying low cost Chromebooks, only to put their favorite Linux distros on the machines, eschewing Chrome OS altogether. Have you done this?

The new Auto Suggest answers found in Chrome for Android are explored in depth here.  It’s actually a slick idea, and can help users avoid having to land on destination pages to get answers to easily solved questions. Instructions for enabling and using this feature in Chrome for Android are found here

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Mozilla Quietly Shutters its Labs, Delivers Firefox OS Phone in Bangladesh

Mozilla is much in the news this week, partly for technology efforts that are moving forward, and partly for shuttering a long standing effort from the company. Partnered with Grameephone, an operator in Bangladesh, Mozilla rolled out Firefox OS-based phones for Bangladesh that are priced under $60 and are poised to put smartphones in the hands of some users who haven’t had phones before.

Meanwhile, with hardly a peep, Mozilla Labs has been shuttered, with its staffers and resources folded into the rest of the company.

Mozilla’s Firefox OS phone line for Bangladesh is called GoFox F15, and has been created by local mobile phone brand Symphony. Grameenphone, a subsidiary of Telenor, is the service provider for GoFox F15, and confirms that users will have advanced smartphone features available to them as well as Internet access.

"Telenor has been working with Mozilla since 2012, and has launched devices in Hungary, Serbia and Montenegro," reports Mobile World Live.

In August, Mozilla announced that the first smartphone running its Firefox OS mobile operating system went on sale in India, following earlier reports that a low-cost phone would arrive there in July. The phone is called Cloud FX and is built by Intex Technologies, an Indian phone maker.

As for Mozilla shutting down its Labs effort, it’s worth noting that a lot of cool innovation came from Mozilla Labs. According to The Register:

"The browser maker confirmed the change to The Register, saying the move was designed to align the team and their work with Mozilla’s main product groups."

"In a statement attributed to Andreas Gal, Mozilla chief technology officer, Mozilla said: ‘This allows each team to better sponsor research and innovation for their products. Within those teams, staff are creating faster, reacting more quickly to change and doing their best work.”

The shuttering of Mozilla Labs is a clear sign that the company is shifting course, and continuing to put its primary bets on its mobile strategy and Firefox OS.

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IPFire – An Open Source, And Free Firewall Distribution

IPFire is an open-source Linux distribution with many useful features such as web based GUI, web proxy, intrusion detection, VPN, virus scanner, and many. Visit the official website for more details….

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Linux Mint 17.1 codenamed ‘Rebecca’

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How To Change Runlevels In Centos7

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Humble Indie Bundle 12 Brings 10 Linux Games

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Maddog’s New Strategy, Linux Gaming Gloom, and ChromeOS

opensourcesoftwareToday in Linux news Jon maddog Hall today said, "I am never again going to tell people why they should be using Free Software." Bruce Byfield says Linux gaming is a bubble dependent upon the Steam Machine. Matt Hartley says Google is making a play for Linux users with ChromeOS and Richard Fichera said modern enterprise Linux is looking an awful lot like UNIX.

Our top story tonight is the declaration from Jon maddog Hall that he’s really getting discouraged. He’s been singing the praises of Open Source software for 20 years and today said, "I am never again going to tell people why they should be using Free Software. Instead I am going to ask them why they insist on using closed source software." He figures when they shrug their shoulders, he’ll be half way to convincing them.

Bruce Byfield today asked, "Can Commercial Linux Gaming Succeed?" In answering it, Byfield begins:

Linux games have always been one of the goals of free software. If game developers could only be persuaded to develop for Linux, the daydream goes, the operating system would start to gain serious market share. The last few years have lent hope to the dream, but the progress remains slow — so slow, in fact, that its realization is starting to look questionable.

He says the latest version of the dream has lasted for 21 months but it beginning to look "a little insubstantial." He contends that Steam amounts to most of the money generated in Linux gaming today is through Steam and continued growth is dependent upon the Steam Machine. However, it’s been delayed and other manufactures are working on their versions. He thinks commercial gaming came to Linux too late because free versions of popular games have already taken hold. In related news, GamingOnLinux.com has a list of just some of games heading to Linux in the coming months.

Matt Hartley said recently, ‘Anyone who believes Google isn’t "making a play" for desktop users isn’t paying attention.’ He points out that right now the two target demographics for ChromeOS and Linux are very separatea and without proper marketing, they are destined to stay on their own separate paths. He suggests:

Offer Linux on the desktop to the ChromeOS market through offline efforts. This means Linux User Groups need to start raising funds to be present at county fairs, mall kiosks during the holiday season and teaching free classes at community centers. This will immediately put Linux on the desktop in front of the same audience that might otherwise end up with a ChromeOS powered appliance.

In other news:

* Taking stock of Linux – maturation continues

* Will the Earnings Streak for Red Hat (RHT) Continue?

* Making of GNOME 3.14

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