So this is Chrome OS

I saw the Install Chrome OS option on Parallels and thought I’ll just install and try it. There’s nothing much to do there actually. Most of Google custom domain apps aren’t working with Chrome OS. It requires you to be on the Google-owned domain.

Chrome OS screenshot

Here are some of the apps. If you click on the chess icon, it launches an Adobe Flash made chess game online. Those apps are just bookmarks to the online websites.

Windows 7 is here

Windows 7 has a great showing in Singapore I heard. Congrats:

Interestingly, what’s missing in the video is Windows ME. It’s fine, it will not be missed anyway. Windows 7 is a great operating system offering from Microsoft. I’ve been using it since its prerelease. It’s worth the upgrade and the money.

Snow Leopard accidentally your data

Opps. If you’re on Snow Leopard, never log into your guest account. Logging into the guest account then back to your account can cause your account’s home directory to be deleted as though it is brand new. It is speculated that Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard deletes the user’s home directory instead of the guest’s directory.

Snow Leopard bug can delete account data

A bug has been reported in Apple’s new Snow Leopard version of OS X that can result in the loss of an entire user account’s data. The glitch seems to be triggered by using a Guest account and then trying to log back into a regular account.

According to multiple topics on the Apple Support discussion boards, the problem can occur when a user logs into their Mac’s Guest account — whether by accident or on purpose — and then tries to log back into their regular account.

In some cases, users have reported finding their regular account empty of data, as though it were a brand new account.

Speculation is that something makes Snow Leopard treat the regular account like a Guest account, from which by default all data is deleted upon logout. Further speculation is that the problem occurs when the Guest account was already enabled in Leopard before being upgraded to Snow Leopard. (Source: IT Wire)

This is really bad if it’s true. Apple has yet to confirm this.

Ubuntu aims of 10-second boot time

Woah, Ubuntu is aiming for a 10-second boot time. Nobody would complain for a faster operating system.

Ubuntu aims for ten-second boot time with 10.04

The growing adoption of the Linux operating system on netbook devices has compelled Linux distributors to focus on improving startup performance. Ubuntu 9.04, which was released last month, is one distribution where these improvements are particularly noticeable.

The developers behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution aim to significantly improve boot performance. Their ambitious goal for 2010 is to reduce total boot time to 10 seconds. (Source: Ars)

On a side note, I just ordered a MacBook Pro.

Intel acquires embedded OS maker Wind River

Intel buys Wind River:

Intel strikes back at ARM, buys embedded OS maker Wind River

Intel has massively stepped up its plans to conquer the embedded space by buying the company behind the hugely popular VxWorks real-time embedded OS. This is a blow to ARM, and it signals just how serious Intel is about embedded.

Yesterday evening, after writing the previous two articles on the battle between Intel and ARM + NVIDIA for the ultramobile space, I was telling our Linux editor why I think Intel pours so many resources into Moblin and other parts of the Linux ecosystem: they want to keep x86-based Linux well ahead of ARM, because the software stack is critical to making inroads in low-power mobile and embedded applications. But while Moblin might be fine for web tablets and the like, real embedded customers of the sort that Intel would ultimately like to poach from ARM run the VxWorks real-time OS by Wind River. So this morning, Intel has announced that it is going to do with VxWorks what it cannot do with Linux—it’s just buying the whole thing.

Intel plans to buy Wind River for a cool $884 million in cash, and it seems likely that it plans to extend their Linux strategy to this new OS. Intel’s announcement on the deal emphasizes that Wind River will be run as a subsidiary of Intel, and that “Wind River will continue to develop innovative, commercial-grade software platforms that support multiple hardware architectures that are optimized for the needs of its many embedded and mobile customers.” But Intel isn’t shy about trumpeting the fact that Wind River will now turn considerable attention to the x86 port of VxWorks. (Source: Ars)

Ubuntu’s bug #1: Microsoft has a majority market share

Ubuntu’s bug number 1 is reported by Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical Ltd. and as of 2009, provides leadership for the Ubuntu operating system.

Bug #1 in Ubuntu: “Microsoft has a majority market share”

Microsoft has a majority market share in the new desktop PC marketplace.

This is a bug, which Ubuntu is designed to fix.

Non-free software is holding back innovation in the IT industry, restricting access to IT to a small part of the world’s population and limiting the ability of software developers to reach their full potential, globally. This bug is widely evident in the PC industry.

Steps to repeat:

  1. Visit a local PC store.

What happens:

  1. Observe that a majority of PCs for sale have non-free software pre-installed.
  2. Observe very few PCs with Ubuntu and free software pre-installed.

What should happen:

  1. A majority of the PCs for sale should include only free software like Ubuntu.
  2. Ubuntu should be marketed in a way such that its amazing features and benefits would be apparent and known by all.
  3. The system shall become more and more user friendly as time passes.

(Source: Launchpad)

I dream the end of all phone software

I finally got that damn Samsung PC Studio 3 software to work in Windows 7 64-bit after trial and error. I dream of the day all phone device makers adhere to a standard and make phone software compatible to even rival phones. Perhaps even an operating system integration. I can imagine some Windows Live Mobile tool or something that can open text messages, arrange contacts and extract out files. Phone device makers can make additional features exist as plugins. That would be my dream come true. I dislike all phone software. Hardware makers seem to care little about software.

Ubuntu 9.04 is out, Netbook Remix included

As you probably have heard, Ubuntu released 9.04 today. What I am really excited about is the new Netbook Remix. I haven’t downloaded it and test it on my Netbook but I’m prepare to do so sometime next week.

I have an Acer Aspire One. Here’s the level of support:

Acer Aspire One

Works well for most things, sound, webcam, ports all reported to work correctly. Minor problems include pulseaudio interfering with sound recording, and media card reader issues unless it is booted with a card in the slot.

Known issues:

335843 – media card reader not hotpluggable on acer aspire one

354620 – Recording from microphone stutters when pulseaudio is running

I hope they fix the wireless indicator. Continue reading “Ubuntu 9.04 is out, Netbook Remix included”