Cisco Replaces GM

Cisco will join the Dow on June 8. It will replace GM who has filed for bankruptcy. The automotive giant held the position for 83 years, second only to GE in terms of longevity with the longest tenure of 102 years. Cisco will join other technology companies HP, Intel, IBM and Microsoft. Cisco is a very solid company with a big market share. It deserves the be in the Dow. The Dow is market index comprise of 30 of the biggest companies in the US.  Interestingly enough, Cisco is one of the biggest contributors to Linux. So, this is good news for Linux.

Chrome For Linux

Google just announce that Chrome is now available for Linux and the Mac, but it comes with a big fat warning to “NOT download them” unless you’re a developer or tester and you’re willing to work with a buggy release. The current version is rough and unstable. It’s an incomplete product that’s unpredictable and crashes often. So, why release it? To make good on a promise? Yes, Google delivered, but it’s a half-baked product at the moment. So, I would wait before using it. But, if you’re itching to get your hands dirty on Chrome. Go ahead and download it, but expect a very bumpy ride.

Debris Linux

The word debris means the remains of something broken down or destroyed or something that is discarded or rubbish. It certainly is an interesting name for a Linux distribution. Debris Linux boasts it will run on old or possibly discarded hardware. Here’s a excerpt from from Distrowatch about the Debris distribution:

The name Debris Linux first appeared in May 2007. Prior to that the distro was known as BeaFanatIX (BFX). Debris Linux 1.0, the first stable release under the new name, was announced on April 5th, 2008 and was based on Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon). Debris Linux is a live CD with a custom installer called DebIthat supports traditional hard drive installations or the creation of a live bootable USB stick using a frugal installation similar to Damn Small Linux. The distribution fits on a single ISO image that is always less than 200 MB, allowing Debris Linux to fit on a mini (3″ / 8cm) CD, despite providing a completely functional GNOME desktop.

The goals for the distro include keeping it small, compact, and keeping hardware requirements as modest as possible to allow Debris to run well on older hardware. Recommended system requirements are a Pentium II or better processor, 128 MB RAM, and 2 GB of hard disk space. A fully installed system takes up just 850 MB of disk space, making Debris ideal for low-end or first-generation netbooks and nettops with 2 or 4 GB of SSD storage as well as legacy systems with storage limitations. In many ways Debris Linux is to Ubuntu what distributions like Slax and Wolvix Cub are to Slackware. A relatively small but active community has grown around the distro and there is an active user forum.

Gimp Effects

117 new Gimp effects are available for download at Gimp FX Foundry, a SourceForge project. Effects such as blurring, distorting, Roy Lichtenstein effect, planet render effect, old photo script are  available for download. Here’s the complete list. These effects are not part of the standard Gimp installation. Gimp, the image manipulation program is available for free. It’s available in Linux, Windows and the Mac OS X.

Android on Mini Laptops

Android sounds like a robot, but it is actually a Linux distribution by Google. Acer, the third largest PC maker will offer Android to its mini laptops. It will compete with several Linux distributions like gOS, Linpus and Ubuntu’s Netbook Remix among others. Most of all, Google is now a competitor of Microsoft in the OS market. Currently, most mini laptops are powered by Windows XP since Vista, Microsoft’s flagship OS is too slow and resource hungry to run the underpowered mini laptops. The Android offering is going to be attractive to consumers since Google already has the brand, the online office applications and Chrome, its own browser.