Pinebook Pro, the $199 Linux Laptop, Gets Keyboard & Bluetooth Spec Bumps

Another option for Linux Laptops . . at this price point ($199), it’s a reasonable machine.

Longer battery life, plus IPS display make it useable.  Latest wifi, bluetooth & mag-alloy body are other pluses.  On a Windows machine, 4 GiB ram is meager, but not on Linux (Ubuntu “Mate” only takes 1/2 GiB ram . . . ).

One downside is the 64 GiB eMMC storage memory . . but again that’s plenty for  the base OS and common required programs (LibreOffice, Firefox,  etc.)

If my little Acer Travelmate laptop gives up the ghost in the next year or so, this would make a good replacement for OTC needs.

OMG Ubuntu! blog on PineBook Pro

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?

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

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 . . . .