Chromixium OS 1.0 review

In today's open source roundup: DistroWatch reviews Chromixium OS 1.0. Plus: Steam adds more Linux games to huge summer sale. And three ways to improve Debian Linux


DistroWatch reviews Chromixium OS 1.0

Chromebooks have been hot sellers on Amazon for a long time now, with many models getting high star ratings and reviews. But what happens when you combine a Chromebook-like interface with the power of Linux? DistroWatch did a full review of a distribution called Chromixium that does just that.

Jesse Smith reports for DistroWatch:

I want to make it clear I do not own a Chromebook and, unless I'm mistaken, I've never used a Chromebook computer. I mention this because one of Chromixium's goals is to provide a Chromebook-like experience and, honestly, I have no idea whether it accomplishes this goal. Assuming, for a moment, that it does, I have to admit I'm entirely outside the target demographic for such a device. A computer which deals almost exclusively in on-line web services and web applications would not be useful to me.

However, for a person who wants to use their computer almost exclusively for browsing the web, watching YouTube videos, checking e-mail and social networking sites, I can see how such a simplified user interface would be appealing. In a lot of ways I think Chromixium has similar design goals to Peppermint. Both projects have minimal interfaces, a focus on web apps and use local programs to round out their functionality.

My point is that people who are likely to enjoy Chromebooks and use their computers almost solely for accessing the web will probably find Chromixium quite useful. However, while it is technically possible to access more features and off-line software through Chromixium's application menu, the process is slow and awkward when compared with other desktop Linux distributions.

Granted, Chromixium is still in its early stages, it just hit version 1.0, so the standalone features will probably improve in time. For now, I think Chromixium offers an interesting web-focused environment with the fallback option of using locally installed applications. The implementation has some rough edges at the moment, but I suspect it will get better in future releases.

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The Chromixium site has a full description and download links :

Chromixium combines the elegant simplicity of the Chromebook with the flexibility and stability of Ubuntu’s Long Term Support release. Chromixium puts the web front and center of the user experience. Web and Chrome apps work straight out of the browser to connect you to all your personal, work and education networks.

Sign into Chromium to sync all your apps and bookmarks. When you are offline or when you need more power, you can install any number of applications for work or play, including LibreOffice, Skype, Steam and a whole lot more.

Security updates are installed seamlessly and effortlessly in the background and will be supplied until 2019. You can install Chromixium in place of any existing operating system, or alongside Windows or Linux.

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Steam adds more Linux games to huge summer sale

Steam has been having a giant summer sale, and now more Linux games have been added to it. Linux gamers seeking bargains can get a good deal with Steam's sale.

Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:

The Steam Monster Summer Sale continues, and today we have yet another batch of great Linux titles that are just waiting to get a buyer. The sale will continue until June 18, and each day will bring us new discounts.

The latest Steam sale from Valve is a very generous one, and it looks like Linux users will be able to pick up some awesome titles at ridiculous prices, but that was to be expected. Now, one in five games on Steam has Linux support, so it's more than likely that you'll find something to like and buy. We'll take a look at some of today's offerings, but please keep in mind that you have less than 10 hours to decide what you want.

The games in today's sale that have Linux support are Left 4 Dead 2, Transistor, The Banner Saga, Insurgency, Game Dev Tycoon, Grim Fandango Remastered, Endless Legend, and the Civilization franchise, with the exception of Sid Meier's Civilization® III Complete and CivCity: Rome.

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