Elementary's development process

The team behind elementary OS gives a look at the development process on their blog to help answer the inevitable question of when their next release, codenamed Loki, well come out. It's a fascinating read. They still don't (and won't) give a release date, but they offer clues:

When we release Beta 1, it is for developers and testers to help us find any major regressions before we release the stable version of Loki (called GM or Grand Master). The Beta1 milestone represents a kind of “home stretch” where we wrap up big features and get the OS ready for translations, screenshots, and documentation. This is what we’re working on right now. Depending on how Beta1 goes, there may or may not be additional beta releases.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS review at Ars Technica

Ars Technica covers the big new features in Ubuntu's latest release in a favorable review:

Ubuntu 16.04 is in fact the most exciting release Canonical has put out in recent memory. And after using it for the last few weeks, this may even be the best release Canonical has presented to date.

The article also talks briefly about some Ubuntu flavours, particularly Ubuntu Mate.

Manjaro Review @ Freedom Penguin

Interesting and thorough review of Manjaro here. Also includes a couple of videos with the review. It's refreshing to read reviews that don't just hype distros.

May 2016 PLUG Meeting: Ubuntu Mate 16.04

This coming Monday...

Ubuntu Mate 16.04

Jason Wallwork will present the newly minted Ubuntu Mate 2016.04, a popular Ubuntu spin-off suitable for older computers or performance snobs. It features the solid Mate desktop with the traditional GNOME look, cool setup tools and the elegant Software Boutique showcasing best-of-the-breed software. You don't want to miss it.

Rumour also has it that the Raspberry 3 might make an appearance. Or not. You'll have to come to find out.

We'll also be giving away a book as a door prize at the meeting.

Date: Monday, May 2, 2016 - 7 PM

Remember that PLUG now meets on the FIRST MONDAY of each month.

Membership, although voluntary, is encouraged. Membership fees cover our room rental costs and any surplus is used to treat members during the Christmas Pizza party. A membership is only $25 a year, a fee that hasn't changed since 2000. You can pay via cheque, cash or Paypal. Membership also gives you the twice the chances to win a raffle prize, the chance to review Linux-related or other computer books, and bragging rights.

We have a Linux magazine swap at each meeting. Bring in recent Linux magazines (within the last year) to trade with or give to other members.

Location: Applewood Manor
1500 Lansdowne Street West, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
Parking is on the east (right) side. Entrance is at the front of the building. From the front, go down the hall to the right, and enter the last door on the left.

After the meeting, everyone is invited to Tim Horton's on MONAGHAN ROAD (just a stone's throw north of Lansdowne). They have free wireless along with their treats and refreshments.

Hope you can make it!

Note: PLUG MUG nights continue every MONDAY night except the week of a regular PLUG meeting (as long as there is interest). Please check the forums for the weekly sign-up list.

Ars Technica: Google Play Store and “over a million apps” could be headed to Chrome OS

An Ars article points out a couple of a posts in a Chrome OS sub-reddit where users have discovered Google may be about to enable Android apps in the Google Play store as a feature on Chrome OS:

In the Chrome OS subreddit, users are reporting some interesting behavior in their Chromebooks. "TheWiseYoda" noticed that when the settings first load up, an option flashes on screen that reads, "Enable Android apps to run on your Chromebook." The option immediately disappears, so it's not possible to click on its confirmation box. We were able to replicate this on our second-gen Chromebook Pixel running the developer build.

After some hunting in the Chrome OS source code, TheWiseYoda found a few strings in this file (starting at line 6522) that mention the arrival of Google Play on Chrome OS.

Though we've seen some Linux distros that run Android Apps like Remix OS and distros that emulate the Chrome OS look like Cub Linux, this would be like a mixture of the two. And why not? Chrome OS makes perfect sense for running Android apps in it. After all, it's meant to be web-based and this would expand the ecosphere for Chrome apps gigantically.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.

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