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.

Tecmint: 15 Examples of How to Use apt-get

Bet you didn't know that apt-get has so many options. If you're using Debian or a Debian/Ubuntu-based derivative, Tecmint shows many different ways of using apt-get including lesser-known uses like getting version numbers of packages, verifying packages, and fixing broken packages. Are there other ways you use apt-get? Let us know in the comments.

http://www.tecmint.com/apt-advanced-package-command-examples-in-ubuntu/

Ars Technica: Homebrew Router using Ubuntu-server

Ars Technica has a well fleshed-out article showing you how to use off-the-shelf components and Linux to make your own router that is much more powerful than anything you can buy pre-made. Note that the hardware they use in this article is overkill for most purposes unless you have a 200 computer network you're serving. But the hardware is PC-based so any Mini-PC would work, even older PCs. What I find interesting about the article is that it goes into the details of how to configure Ubuntu-server to be the router. Let us know in the comments if you have ever turned a PC into a router or installed custom software on a router and how well it worked for you.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/04/the-ars-guide-to-building-a-linux...

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