What’s a Portable App & Why Does it Matter? . . .

Interesting article for Windows & Linux users alike.   Each Operating System has “Portable Apps” which have several differences when compared to standard “Installed Apps” . . . so see the write up at HTG’s website for details – including pros & cons.

OTG article re Portable Apps

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?

3 Ways to Deal With a Frozen Linux System . .

Appropriate subject matter . . . especially for this Winter!  And the answer is not “just move your PC to Florida” . . .  (btw – – hopefully the next OTC meeting will happen before APRIL!).

Anyway . . . this post is not about the weather, but it focuses on a user’s PC running Ubuntu (or most other Linux distros) . . . that has frozen for a variety of reasons (mainly program, system bugs or browser badware).  These freezes can impact just one program that won’t respond to user input or the whole desktop is frozen.

In Windows, one typical response is the good old “ctrl + alt + del” key sequence.   This often does nothing on Linux (although a user can create a key-binding to call the reboot command).  That is not the preferred or best way to handle Frozen systems.

The following article from the folks at “linuxhandbook.com” does a good job of laying out the options and is worth a read.   At a future meeting, this is a key topic I’d like to cover in greater detail.

Here’s the link:   How to fix a Frozen Linux System

Ubuntu now available in Win10 from official MS Repo . .

This is the reverse of running Windows in Ubuntu via Virtual Box.   Now the  Ubuntu “Bionic Beaver”  desktop image is available from MS “Hyper-V Gallery” . . . (great for learning Ubuntu without risk) . .

I’d love to see one of the Club’s Windows users demo this way of running an alternate OS.   Any volunteers?

OMG Overview: Whats & Whys of Win10 HyperV

Link to MS Virtual Machine Gallery tutorial