Linux Foundation recommends Linux on Chromebooks

In today's open source roundup: The Linux Foundation encourages users to install Linux on their Chromebooks. Plus: Five important trends in open source. And a review of the Nexus 6P phablet

Linux Foundation recommends Linux on Chromebooks

Chromebooks have been red-hot sellers on Amazon, with many models getting positive reviews and high star ratings by users. And now the Linux Foundation is encouraging Chromebook users to install Linux on their laptops as a way to learn more about it.

Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:

The Linux Foundation had a very interesting promotion this month and users who registered for their courses also received free Chromebooks. That is a great marketing move, but Chrome OS is not exactly the best development environment out there. It's an operating system made to cater to people who just want to use their notebooks for regular stuff, like writing documents, watch movies, or surf the Internet.

The good thing about Chromebooks is that users can also install a Linux OS on it, with a very handy tool named Crouton. This helps The Linux Foundation students get a much better understanding of how a Linux system works or how they can set up a Linux server, for example.

ChromeOS is a Linux distribution, but it's heavily modified to provide just a very specific set of features. On the other hand, Chromebooks are now outselling regular laptop and notebooks, so more people are actually using Linux than ever before. Enhancing your experience by adding a "proper" Linux OS is the next logical step.

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Five important trends in open source

Open source software has taken the world by storm, and become a critical resource for computing around the world. A writer at InfoWorld has identified five key trends in open source that are worth considering.

Eric Knorr reports for InfoWorld:

...senior managers tend to have only a superficial idea of open source's crucial role -- Linux, Hadoop, OpenStack, and a handful of other high-profile projects aside. Nor do they often realize how much or how frequently both dev and ops download, evaluate, and put into production open source software.

So even with open source's precipitous rise in importance, the trends within it remain relatively obscure to the world at large. Thanks to the collective wisdom of InfoWorld's contributors and various interviewees who've shared their use cases, I can offer a few observations about what's actually happening:

1. Open source is ground zero for technology development.

2. The cloud is eating open source applications.

3. Big Internet companies are huge open source contributors.

4. GitHub is the center of the universe.

5. Security has become a major sore point.

More at InfoWorld

Nexus 6P review

Phablets are all the rage these days, and Google has just launched the latest version of its own large phone. TechRadar has a full review of the Nexus 6P.

John McCann reports for TechRadar:

The Nexus 6 was a big phone. It was also heavy. And that made it a bit of a beast to handle. Thankfully, Google and Huawei appear to have noticed this, and the Nexus 6P is a little more manageable. Screen size has dropped from 5.96 inches to 5.7 inches, which in turn sees the handset's dimensions reduce in both width and thickness. This allows the Nexus 6P to sit more comfortably in the hand, although you'll still notice its heft.

The 5.7-inch display looks shiny and colorful, and is extremely responsive under touch. The QHD resolution means everything is exceptionally sharp on screen, while the AMOLED technology makes colors bright and vibrant.

The Nexus 6P is a powerful, feature-packed smartphone with a premium design and fresh new operating system. It'll likely be too big for some, but for those looking for a smartphone with a lot of screen real estate, a wide range of features, premium finish and a price tag which undercuts some of the competition, the Nexus 6P is an exciting prospect.

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