Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Feb 2014 23:21 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu

The Ubuntu Touch smartphone OS has come a long way, but it still has further to plod before it's ready for market - all Canonical will tell us that it hopes to see an Ubuntu phone before the end of this year. Nevertheless, now that some phone manufacturers are on board with the project, we've been able to play with a couple of prototypes: One was just a non-functioning handset from a Spanish company called BQ, showing off plain but solid build quality reflective of a mid-tier device. The other was more interesting - a re-purposed Android handset from a second Ubuntu partner, Meizu, which makes light work of the operating system and interface.

It looks a bit choppy to me, but alas, it's a development build.

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RE: Oh well...
by moondevil on Fri 28th Feb 2014 12:41 UTC in reply to "Oh well..."
moondevil
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2005-07-08

On the other hand, ChromeOS runs on 3rd rate hardware and is selling fairly well


Where?!? I am yet to see anyone using one on my travels across Europe, or on sale for that matter.

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RE[2]: Oh well...
by drcouzelis on Fri 28th Feb 2014 14:11 in reply to "RE: Oh well..."
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2010-01-11

Where?!? I am yet to see anyone using one on my travels across Europe, or on sale for that matter.

I recently had some free time in Connecticut (US) so I browsed my local Staples store. I was surprised to see more than one Chromebook (I think there were three different models) on display and for sale. I tried one out. I was surprised because I had forgotten that Google added "windowing" support, and that it's no longer just a single fullscreen web browser window. ;)

I had some fun listening to a sales clerk explain Chromebooks to another customer. As a computer nerd myself, the clerk's description sounded a little silly.

Anyway, I have absolutely no idea if Chromebooks are selling well or are popular or are useful or are able to make me pancakes. I just wanted to share that story. ;)

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RE[3]: Oh well...
by leos on Sat 1st Mar 2014 06:36 in reply to "RE[2]: Oh well..."
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

I picked one up this summer, the Samsung arm version.
The guy at Futureshop asked me if I knew what it was, since most people buy it and then return it when they realize it isn't a normal laptop.
It's ok, but overall I regret buying it. The only use it has is for watching Netflix. My iPhone is a better web browser, and it's useless for doing work on. So it mostly collects dust. Dirt cheap and about as appealing.

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RE[2]: Oh well...
by vtpoet on Tue 4th Mar 2014 13:40 in reply to "RE: Oh well..."
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2013-12-31

Don't really have a dog in the ChromeOS hunt, but just noticed this article:

http://www.linux.com/news/embedded-mobile/mobile-linux/764754-how-w...

For what it's worth.

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