The death of Foresight Linux

In today's open source roundup: Foresight Linux has died. Plus: Must-have apps and extensions for Chrome OS. And Mystery Moto phones with QHD screens

The death of Foresight Linux

There are many different Linux distributions, and some last for longer periods of time than others. Foresight Linux is a distribution that has finally reached the end of the road, and will no longer be developed.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

It's with great sadness in our hearts that we write this article to you all, but it appears that in an email to the Foresight Linux's mailinglist, Michael K. Johnson announces the retirement of the distribution.

Foresight Linux was an open-source and free computer operating system based on the Linux kernel and derived from the Specifix Linux distro. It was mainly built around the GNOME desktop environment, and it featured a rolling-release model with rollback functionality.

Besides the GNOME desktop environment, we remember that there were various Foresight Linux flavors with the more lightweight Xfce and LXDE desktop environments, as well as the Foresight Linux Kids and Foresight Linux Mobile editions.

More at Softpedia

Must-have apps and extensions for Chrome OS

Chrome OS based devices are proving quite popular these days. A redditor is on the verge of owning one and wanted feedback on must-have apps and extensions.

Soswinglifeaway asked his question in the Chrome OS subreddit:

I took the plunge, and my Chromebook will be at my doorstep tomorrow. What are some must have apps/extensions that I should add to my Chromebook?

Basically just looking for tips on how to best utilize my new Chromebook. What are the most useful extensions you've added? Please note I don't plan on doing anything with Linux on it, I'm happy sticking to ChomeOS :)

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Fellow Chrome OS redditors responded:

Joeyelijah: "On the Apps side: Pocket, Polarr, Keep, Sunrise, Pixsta (if you like Instagram), Weather Now, CalendarClock, Cog (system info viewer) and CIRC (IRC client). The hangouts "app" is also good, and gives floating heads on the desktop (though is a little resource intensive)."

Janesdaddy: "uBlock Origin; Pushbullet (if you have an Android phone, or friends with whom you want to share links and information); FoxClocks (if you want to know the time in foreign cities); Clipboard History 2. I would also endorse Pocket and CalendarClock, and the Ethernet dongle (mine has a three-port USB3 hub built-in)."

Blobbydigital: "uBlock, WOT, Invisible hand, Imagus these are some I find useful. especially Invisible hand if you do online shopping."

Tidher: "Keeping it simple, I really like Text as a simple, light-weight notepad. I often use Markdown[2] instead, because I'm so familiar with it and it's easy to do really basic formatting for some notes."

Lodc: "Assuming you used Chrome as your browser on your old computer, you probably already have the essentials and they will automatically sync/install when you log into your Chromebook. So you may find the environment is more complete than you expect."

More at Reddit

Mystery Moto phones with QHD screens

Motorola may be testing new Moto phones with QHD screens, according to a report on Android Community.

R Padla reports for Android Community:

We have some more Android leaks and Reddit is fast becoming a good source for information that usually turn out reliable and true. The latest subject is a mystery Motorola smartphone as shared by one redditor who said there are a number of devices being tested in Chicago complete with QHD screens and not 4K as earlier reported. These Moto phones are still unnamed but the model numbers are given: XT1578, XT1585, and XT192A.

All these Moto phones seem to be under Verizon Wireless and run Android 5.1.1 except for the XT192A that runs Android 5.1. There's a slight difference between the two but the version are definitely the latest.

More at Android Community

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