Great Linux propaganda posters

In today's open source roundup: Groovy Linux propaganda images. Plus: Google will launch its own cellular service, and why Chromebooks are hurting Microsoft

Linux propaganda images

Linux has always had passionate advocates and some of them have created images that some might construe as propaganda.

A redditor asked about such images and got some interesting responses:

MOX-News: "Essentially I've had the idea for a while to make some t-shirts or something similar with Linus or Stallman's face on them in the form of old communist propaganda (Stallman makes a nice Marx, Linus works for both Lenin and Stalin). However, I've been unable to find good examples of any of these and I think it's time some existed."

Mao_neko: "This one about FOSS springs to mind."

Chapo_Rouge: "Brought to you by the good people of the gentoo subreddit

Gran Theft Gentoo #1: RMS

Gran Theft Gentoo #2: Linus

And the best for the end :

Gran Theft Gentoo #3: Cover Art"

AskMeAboutCommunism: "I can't find the exact one, but I saw on a livestream Laura Poitras has a variation of this on the wall in her office."

Espero: "A few more:


Don't Let That Shadow Touch Them

Car Analogy



We suck more

No thanks - No proprietary for us"

Frikisada: "I had this as background for a while."

Ayakushev: "There is this."

More at Reddit

Google's cellular phone service

Google will launch it's own cellular phone service to compete with large carriers such as AT&T and Verizon.

Jacob Long reports for Android Police:

Reports indicate that Google has taken definitive steps towards launching their own cellular phone service, making a long-whispered rumor sound like more than just hearsay. Google is working on deals with both Sprint and T-Mobile to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) on their infrastructure. While details are sparse for now, this might be your surest bet to avoid bloatware if there ever was one.

Our tipster told us that Google Voice (now, that would probably be Hangouts) would be the backbone of the Google plans, which would be data-only. With access to mobile data and possession of a Voice number, the experience would theoretically be nearly equivalent to a conventional phone plus data plan. The tipster also told us that the plans would offer unlimited data, while leaning on WiFi where available.

More at Android Police

Valentina Palladino at Tom's Guide speculates that Google might be trying to expand web access for more people:

This likely isn't an attempt by Google to crush existing cellular providers, but rather a way for the company to get Web access to more people. Google has many efforts in place already to do just that, including satellites, balloons and drones, and the company has been lobbying the government to free up wireless spectrum space to make room for new networks. Either way, Google entering the cellular provider world could shake things up, no matter the company's intentions.

Currently there's no word on pricing or availability of Google's cellular service plans, or the phones to go along with it. However, The Information's report says the company has looked into both unlimited and pay-as-you-go plans. Also, Google plans to sell service packages through an online store, rather than a brick-and-mortar retail store.

More at Tom's Guide

Chromebooks hurt Microsoft's laptop sales

Chromebooks have proven to be enormously popular over the last few years, and they have become a real threat to Microsoft's laptop sales. But why are Chromebooks doing so well?

I looked at what makes Chromebooks such a threat to Microsoft on my blog:

Chromebooks are the sleeper-product-from-hell for Microsoft. They came out of nowhere and now pose a legitimate threat to Microsoft in the laptop sales category. How many could have predicted this when the first Chromebooks were released? Back then it would have seemed absurd for an upstart operating system to even have a chance at competing with Windows-based laptops.

Take a good look at Amazon’s laptop bestseller list. As I write this blog post, there are seventeen Chromebooks listed in the top one hundred bestselling laptops on Amazon. That’s an extraordinary achievement for an upstart product like Chromebooks. Google has to be very pleased indeed to see such obvious signs of success for the Chrome OS platform.

More at Jim Lynch

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