Kahel Linux

Introducing Kahel Linux, another Philippine-based distro, the third one of its kind, behind AMA and Bayanihan. Kahel means orange in the local language as evident in the orange shirt in the distro’s mascot. Kahel is based on Arch Linux which is part of the Debian family of distros. Kahel runs in Gnome and powered by the Linux 2.6.30 kernel. The distro supports NILFS2 and BTRFS by default. It also utilizes the Pacman and Package Kit. Visit Kahel’s website.

50 Million Netbooks By 2010

An estimated 200 million units of notebooks will be shipped in 2010. Of the 200 million units, an estimated 25% or 50 million units are going to be netbooks. Microsoft may deem netbook sales insignificant, but 25% of the notebook market is a big deal.

Canalys, a leading market research firm details their netbooks report:

The PC industry is undergoing a more dramatic transformation than seen at any time in the last 15 years. The netbook category was invented as recently as 18 months ago by the likes of Asus and Acer and is the only PC segment enjoying growth this year. The impact of netbooks has been profound.

It has forced Microsoft to fend off a threat from Linux by reducing its operating system prices and to continue promoting its aging XP brand. Netbooks have dramatically lowered industry price points, attracting new categories of consumer buyers.

Furthermore, hard-pressed PC vendors have been forced to cut their operating costs to have any chance of turning a profit. The biggest change of all has been the success the telcos have had in selling subsidised 3G netbooks, emulating the mobile phone business model.

The market shares of PC vendors are changing rapidly on the back of their willingness to commit to the netbook category and their agility in chasing these new, substantial telco deals.

Read the rest of Canalys’ report.

Ubuntu USB Thumbnail Diagnostic Software

Workswithu.com had a recent article about Ubuntu’s USB Thumbnail Diagnostic Software capable of determining if your desktop or laptop is qualified of running Ubuntu 9.10. Canonical and Ubuntu volunteers were at the Atlanta Linux Fest testing systems. Canonical will review the results of the diagnostic tests to fix any potential bugs and user issues. Canonical plans to release the USB Thumbnail Diagnostic Software to everyone. I hope they put it online soon. This is the kind of software that should be included in every ISO.

Linux Webcam Using Flash

I searched high and low for a solution to a problem with my webcam in Linux. I have a Logitech Quickcam Fusion that doesn’t seem to work with Adobe Flash 10. Many programs like Yahoo and Ustream.tv use Adobe Flash to capture a webcam. My webcam works just fine with other apps like Cheese and Ekiga, but not with Flash programs. I tried the Flashcam fix, but something is not quite right. There seems to be no fix at the moment based on what I read on the Ubuntu forums. This is an issue with Adobe Flash in Linux. Hopefully, it will get fixed soon, like the next release! Has anyone got theirs to work? Any tip is appreciated.

Linux Is Bloated and Scary

Linus Torvalds called Linux bloated and scary. Did he really mean this and this? Kidding aside, it’s only natural that an OS that’s maturing will get fat with age. Hundreds of lines of code are being added each day. Linux now has over 2.7 million lines of code. Does Linux really need to go on a diet? Maybe. Maybe not.

I think the biggest misconception is that most people think Linux is the Gnome Desktop. It’s really not. In fact, you can run Linux using an entirely different graphical desktop environment like KDE, Xfce, Fluxbox, Icewm, Windowmaker and many, many others . So, it’s a bit deceiving, because users only see the graphical desktop environments and not the kernel.

It’s a good bet that Linus Torvalds was talking about the kernel and the kernel only.

7 Cool Linux Projects

If you are running out of things to do in Linux, (is that possible?) take a look at several Linux projects from TuxRadar. You can host a photo album through Soph, build a media server, make music with Rosegarden, write interactive fiction with Gnome Inform, access remote desktops with VNC, record a podcast with Audacity, animate graphics with Gimp. 7 Cool Linux Projects.

10 Best Free Linux Browsers

Linuxlinks.com gives a list of free Linux browsers:

  1. Firefox – Highly popular browser delivering safe, easy web browsing
  2. Chromium – Open-source project behind Google Chrome
  3. Opera – Popular graphical web browser and Internet suite
  4. Konqueror – KDE 4’s advanced file manager, web browser and document viewer
  5. Epiphany – Simple yet powerful GNOME web browser targeted at non-tech users
  6. Dillo – Small, stable, developer-friendly, usable, very fast, and extensible
  7. Arora – Simple webkit based web browser using Qt toolkit
  8. ELinks – Feature-rich program for browsing the web in text mode
  9. Lynx – Very fast and easy to use
  10. Flock – Built on Firefox, specializing in social networking and Web 2.0 facilities

My take: the first 5 browsers are definitely worth the look. Firefox is still the default and standard for Linux distributions. Chromium is making inroads. Wait, until Chrome OS comes out. There will be a big spike in Chromium’s use. Lynx is useful for scripting. Finally, Flock is just an interesting browser.