Linux dominates Amazon's Christmas tablet sales

Today in Open Source: Linux tops Amazons tablet sales charts. Plus: A review of Centrych OS 12.04.3, and a review of PCLinuxOS 2013 KDE

Linux Dominates Amazon Tablet Sales

ZDNet has a very heartening report that Linux apparently dominated Amazon's Christmas tablet sales.

A closer look at Amazon tablet sales shows Android powered all of the top ten selling tablets. Other than Amazon's own tablets, the top ten sellers were low-end, sub-$100 7” tablets from Chromo and Tablet Express/Dragon Touch, along with Samsung's Galaxy Tab 3.

Apple? Microsoft? They came in at 11 and 12, respectively, with Apple's low-end 16GB iPad mini and Microsoft's 32GB Surface RT. For laptops, Chromebooks were big winners. That's also no shocker.

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While I'm happy to see Android doing so well, I'd really like to see other Linux-based products topping the charts too. Perhaps an Ubuntu based tablet or phone might also be a good option for consumers. I'd very much prefer that customers had another choice besides just Android, iOS or Microsoft Windows based products.

Centrych OS 12.04.3 Review

DistroWatch has a full review of Centrych OS 12.04.3, an Ubuntu-based distro.

In short, what started as a good approach on paper felt to me to be a sort of Frankenstein's monster of operating systems. Yes, it does carry modern software on a tested kernel and, yes, Centrych does feature a sort of KDE-style user interface using Xfce's lighter technology. But the weaknesses of both approaches stand out just as much as the strengths of both approaches. The distribution did not feel unified to me.

Perhaps, in fairness, this is because I am accustomed to using Xfce and KDE separately. Perhaps it is because I'm used to either all shiny new technology or conservative software versions and having these combinations goes against my habits. Maybe it is my habits alone which makes Centrych feel awkward. Still, I feel as though this approach, while an attractive idea, needs more polish before I am comfortable recommending it.

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I haven't used Centrych, but it sounds like the developers tried to combine elements of KDE and Xfce. The end result seems like a bit of a mish-mash. I'll reserve final judgement until I have time to play with it, but DistroWatch's final thoughts about it don't bode very for its success on the Linux desktop.

Have you used Centrych? I'd love to know what you think, please share your thoughts in the comments below.

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