Chromebooks Can Now Run Linux in Its Own Window

Chromebook’s can now run Linux on its own window, based on this article at lifehacker.com.

Chrome: You’ve been able to install and run Linux on Chromebooks for a while, but a new Chrome extension allows you to run it inside a window, without switching back and forth.

The extension, Crouton Integration, still requires you to enable developer mode and install Crouton, but allows you to run Linux right in a window instead of as a full desktop. If you’ve already installed Crouton, the process to run Linux in a window is easy and detailed over on Googler François Beaufort’s Google+ profile. If you haven’t installed Linux yet, our guide will get you started.

Netflix Comes to Linux

I should start writing about things I missed this year. Apparently, this is one of them. Finally. Netflix is now available in Linux, albeit it’s limited to one browser. For now. It only works on the latest version of Chrome, that’s Chrome 37 or later. It won’t work in Firefox because it currently does not support encrypted media extensions.

What’s made it all possible? Netflix streams in HTML5, but uses the Encrypted Media Extensions for Digital Rights Management (DRM) to prevent piracy. Recently, Ubuntu started to include Network Security Services (NSS) in its normal updates that allow browsers to access EME.

Once it was available, Netflix delivered and the rest is history.

SystemBack

If you want to create a backup of your Ubuntu desktop and create a ISO based on your setup, then SystemBack is the program that you need. SystemBack performs a backup of your system and creates a live ISO that you can boot up and install over multiple computers. SystemBack is available via PPA. To install, just type the following in the Terminal.

// Add repository for SystemBack
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:nemh/systemback
 
// Run an update
sudo apt-get update
 
// Install SystemBack
sudo apt-get install systemback

Once installed, run SystemBack from the Menu.

Ubuntu Upgrade to 14.10

If you’re running an older Ubuntu version and you want to upgrade to the latest 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, there are two ways of doing it. You can upgrade from the Ubuntu Gnome desktop via Software & Updates or you can run the upgrade via the Terminal using this command.

do-release-upgrade

Be sure the backup your previous work. There’s a third option. Install Ubuntu 14.10 from scratch.

Spin a AWS server from a disk image

I was able to successfully create an AMI (Amazon Mirror Image) of the Laravel server that I just created. I launched it and it worked perfectly. Creating an image from a running instance is quite easy. Just go the EC2 Dashboard. Select Instances and choose the Instance you want to clone. Go to Actions and select Create Image. It takes several minutes to create an image. Once the AMI is created, you can launch another instance using the AMI that you just created. It took close to 3-5 minutes before the server was able to serve Laravel page that was recently installed. In the future, if I want to launch a clean Laravel install, I can just launch an instance based on the AMI I just created.