How to open a site as an app on your Chromebook

In today's open source roundup: Open a site as an app on your Chromebook. Plus: Why didn't Google use Chrome OS in the Pixel C tablet? And Ubuntu 15.10 has been released

How to open a site as an app on your Chromebook

Chromebooks have long been popular on Amazon's bestseller lists, and many users have made the jump from Windows and OS X. But even the most experienced Chrome OS users can still learn a new trick now and then.

Did you know that there's an easy way to open a site in a new window instead of a new tab on your Chromebook? TechRepublic has a helpful guide on how to do it.

Jack Wallen reports for TechRepublic:

Chromebook lovers tend to spend the majority of their work day (or personal computing time) stuck within a browser window. Tab after tab is added to that window, until it becomes impossible to know which tab is which. Fortunately, there's a way around this.

Say, for example, you have a webmail site you visit throughout the day and would rather relegate the site to it's own window (but don't need the standard browser controls that normally appear when you open a page in a new window). Believe it or not, this is actually quite simple; and once you know how to do it, you'll be "rolling your own apps" for that chromebook to make your life a bit more efficient.

1.Visit the site you want to add as an "app"
2. Click the menu button in Chrome (three horizontal lines)
3. Click More Tools | Add to shelf...
4. Give the "app" a name
5. Check to enable Open as window (Figure A)
6. Click Add

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Why didn't Google use Chrome OS in the Pixel C tablet?

The Pixel C is the latest tablet announced by Google. But it doesn't run Chrome OS, it runs Android. A Chrome OS redditor worried that this might mean that Google is moving away from Chrome OS.

Glacier1 asked his question in the Chrome OS subreddit:

Google is marketing the pixel c as a "productivity" hybrid device but here is the thing, chrome OS does that much better than android with having a desktop class browser, floating windows, true multitasking, full version of google office apps ect. So why didn't google use chrome OS?

This has me worried that google is slowly giving up on chrome. If anything the asus flip is better at the "hybrid" productivity device running a google OS thing than the pixel C. I'm sure the pixel C is a solid android tablet but it's not there yet for what google tries to market it as.

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His fellow Chrome OS redditors responded with their thoughts:

Lokothodida: ”I wouldn't be too worried. The Pixel C seems to be Google's version of the Microsoft Surface (tablet), and a "halo" device for Android tablets (i.e. it will be a premium standard piece of hardware to help inspire quality in other Android tablet manufacturers as the 2013 and 2015 Pixels did for the Chromebook). It's a device that serves a particular purpose, and isn't likely to undercut Chrome OS any time soon.

Google don't seem to be eliminating Chrome OS, and it would be an awful decision to make when there are educational institutions that rely on it. It appears to me that they are trying to gradually do a soft-merge of the platforms from either end, synchronizing the Material Design look across them and improving app compatibility.”

DanReck: ”The Pixel C should make you more worried about the state of Android tablets than about Chromebooks. The market is basically disappearing. Fewer and fewer releases aside from the over prized Samsung junk and the very expensive Sony Z4 and Pixel C. Moreover, there is still no word on the Pixel C release date. With 5.5 inch smartphones becoming the norm on Android, the tablet the market is just gone.”

ClairelyClaire: ”I think the last thing we need is another Android tablet that tries to pretend to be a laptop with traditional input devices (keyboard and mouse). I love my ASUS Transformer TF300, and I still use it to mess around with Android, but Android makes for a crap desktop operating system.”

Booleanerror: ”I see it more as Google pushing the Pixel line as their premium line, which they failed to do with the Nexus line. Many perceived both the Nexus 6 and 9 to be overpriced, so I think they're moving their premium efforts to the Pixel label.”

Baseballandfreedom: ”If you believe Android Police and their "sources", the Pixel C was supposed to run ChromeOS, but Google changed their mind and made it an Android tablet. ”

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Ubuntu 15.10 released

The wait is over for Ubuntu fans, version 15.10 has finally been released. And all of the usual Ubuntu spins such as Kubuntu, Xubuntu, etc. have also been released.

Adam Conrad made the announcement on the Ubuntu mailing list:

Codenamed "Wily Werewolf", 15.10 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

Under the hood, there have been updates to many core packages, including a new 4.2-based kernel, a switch to gcc-5, and much more. Ubuntu Desktop has seen incremental improvements, with newer versions of GTK and Qt, updates to major packages like Firefox and LibreOffice, and stability improvements to Unity.

Ubuntu Server 15.10 includes the Liberty release of OpenStack, alongside deployment and management tools that save devops teams time when deploying distributed applications - whether on private clouds, public clouds, x86, ARM, or POWER servers, or on developer laptops. Several key server technologies, from MAAS to juju, have been updated to new upstream versions with a variety of new features.

The newest Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu are also being released today.

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