What can't you do with Chrome OS?

In today's open source roundup: Where does Chrome OS start to fail? Plus: Five classic PC games remade in open source. And Black Lab Linux will switch to systemd

What can't you do with Chrome OS?

Chrome OS can do quite a lot, but it's not all-powerful. A redditor wanted to know what sorts of things Chrome OS devices can't do.

Mogwai asked his question in the Chrome OS subreddit:

What CAN'T you do on ChromeOS?

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His fellow Chrome OS redditors responded:

MisfitMagic: "Native, desktop-application development. Auto-cad + other various industrial applications. High-production video and sound editing."

Voltron: "One, not being able to play games natively, and having it be harder than it should be to have Steam function right in Crouton. I wish I could play games. The few that work from that one Humble Bundle are great though, especially FTL.

Two, the network detection especially with captive portals can still be a little wonky at times. Much better than it used to be, but still not as good as Windows and nowhere close to OS X (which to me is easily the best). I have had instances where I could not get online in a few airports which is very frustrating."

PapaTua: "Still haven't been able to mount a local network share reliably. I can in crouton but the file app mount point is sketchy."

Thewanderingnerd: "Anything without it being tracked, analyzed and monetized by Google?"

Dangerdan: "MS Office - I work with a lot of business people. They use MS Office. Google Docs works well enough for me, but it messes up the formatting when I try to import something a client sent me, edit it, then export it to a .pptx or something and send it back."

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Five classic PC games remade in open source

Open source versions of applications are nothing new, but it's always fun to find open source versions of computer games. Betanews has a roundup of five open source versions of classic games.

Mike Williams reports for Betanews:

Buying the latest games will typically get you top-quality graphics and an iTunes-ready soundtrack, but that won’t necessarily translate into compelling gameplay. And even if it does, there’s no guarantee you’ll be kept entertained for more than a few hours. The solution? Try one of these open source takes on classic PC games.

Sure, the graphics won’t be as good. There is no chance you’ll want to download the soundtrack, and there will probably be odd glitches and bugs here and there. But, you can be sure the central concept will be great (it’s what inspired the remake in the first place). It’ll have been developed by people who love it, rather than just because they want your cash. And as, in most cases, the projects are still evolving -- with new features, content, missions, expansion packs -- you’ll want to keep playing for a long, long time.

1. Freeciv
2. OpenClonk
3. Oolite
4. Open General
5. OpenRA

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Black Lab Linux will use systemd

Systemd is the controversy that never ends in the Linux community. But little by little it has begun to assimilate various Linux distributions. Black Lab Linux is the latest distro to announce that it will eventually move to systemd.

Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia:

The transition to the systemd init system for Black Lab Linux 9 will begin in January 2016, when the first Beta release of the next major version of the operating system will be made available for testing. The team will try to fix as many bugs as possible during the Beta stages of development.

Black Lab Software has also announced that the Black Lab Linux Server and the upcoming Black Lab ARM Server editions will not switch to systemd in this development cycle, because the Server flavors of Black Lab Linux are being updated every two years. The final version of Black Lab Linux 9 will be released in October 2016.

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