The End of App Stores is Rapidly Approaching . . . . (?)

Interesting article in the link below.   The premise is that a newer type of webapp is coming to the fore . . PWA’s (Progressive Web Apps).

At this time, I’m somewhat skeptical that App Stores can be replaced that easily.   It’s more likely there will be a hybrid combo of methods to install and manage apps.

End of Apps Stores?

Yet more “Linux” capability being added to Windows & ChromeOS . .

Every few months now, Google and Microsoft continue to add Linux features and capabilities to allow developers AND users to take advantage of Linux features (like built in superior networking tools and vastly improved security from malware, etc.).

Also, Malware management & risk of hacking inside corporations/govt’s is becoming one of the main drivers to switch away from old legacy Windows code.  In fact, Windows maintenance is such MS is no longer even trying to maintain and update many areas of the Windows code base.

Most IT pros are now predicting MS will either do their own Linux distro (to completely replace Windows) . . . or . . . will buy Suse, Redhat or Canonical and leave the main OS to them, while MS builds tools to allow users to seamlessly run either OS or cross platform programs.

Link to OTC blog about Linux growth

OmahaTechConnect (OTC) – Meeting Agenda Sat. May 11, 2019

AGENDA for OTC meeting on Saturday, May 11, 2019:

  • Tech Update Roundtable Discussion . . .

including Q & A from our members . . . for example, has anyone “upgraded” their installed distros?   Like upgrading from Xenial Xerus (16.04 LTS to Bionic Beaver (18.04 LTS) . . . or even to one of the 6 month interim releases like Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo).

  • Installing an Ubuntu based distro on portable SSD media

including bootloader and disk management tips (we will watch a couple or three youtube videos by knowledgeable linux users)

 

 

Windows 10 now requires more disk/storage (32 GiB)

The size & complexity of the Windows OS continues to expand.   See the link to Chris Hoffman’s blog.   This doesn’t compare favorably to Linux, which normally requires 6 to 8 gigs total.   No wonder these updates take so long and often hose the OS . . . .

Windows 10 Ever Increasing Appetite . . . .

Ubuntu 19.04 “Disco Dingo” Released . .

“Disco Dingo” (aka Ubuntu 19.04)  is out and available as of today (April 18, 2019).   Here’s an update video:

If upgrading, be sure to:

disable all extra (non-ubuntu server) sources in “Software & Updates”

run the normal update process to ensure your existing install is up-to-date

be sure your laptop is either on AC power or at the least has a full 4 hour charge

note:  the actual time required for the update from start to finish is between about 75 to 90 minutes.   But I like to have some insurance that if there is a hang-up, you have plenty of battery power . . .