Episode 16 – Microsoft Green Lights Moonlight, Best Buys and others sued over alleged GPL Violations, Predictions for 2010

 Running Time: 43:49 and found here

1) Introduction

2) News

Microsoft approves MoonLight as part of the deal with Novell


Lawsuit against Best buys and other over GPL




3) Predictions for 2010(both things we think will happen and won’t)

An App Store for Linux like there is one for the IPhone and Android Phones

Microsoft will be try to make a serious run at VMWare for the Virtualization Market on XSeries, Red Hat will come from no where and put Microsft into 3rd place behind Xen.

Someone will figure out what to do with Google Wave in an enterprise or just in general.  Wave Federation will take off.

Chrome OS and Android will merge.

This will not be the year of the Linux Desktop.  Linux will continue to gain share in the X86 Server market.  Linux will be the perfered Netbook OS paired with something like Chrome OS.

Linux will not see a major virus in 2010.  Really we don’t think there will be a major issue with Viruses in general in 2010.

4) Conclusion

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Thank You all for listening in 2009.  We have grown faster either Joe, Bill, Jason or I thought we could.  That couldn’t have happened without the listeners passing us along.  We look forward to podcasting for you next year.  Have a safe and happy New Year.

Watch the site for the exact date of our next podcast.(Should be 1/15/2010.)

Dell offering Chrome on Netbook

Since it seems that Chrome is a big topic of discussion, I found another interesting article that appears to have been covered on several sites today.  Dell was successfully able to get Chrome running on one of their netbooks.  Check out one of the stories below:




Guess it’s just a Chrome kind of day.

Episode 13 – Linuxinstall.net Podcast – Chrome OS, More on Wave and Web Development environments

Episode running time: 0:52:31  Click here to get to the podcast

1) Introduction

We talked about our latest impressions of Google Wave which we used to create and edit How to setup Web Development Environments

The link we talked about to in our Wave discussion:


Brian and Bill tried out Chrome OS and we talk about our impressions and where we see it getting used.(The Quick Review found here)

2) News

10 Lessons Google needs to learn about being an OS company


Linux Consultants are like Matag repair people…


3) Web Dev Environments

Heard several different comments on Linked in that we didn’t give any real examples.  In our discussion we talk in depth about the what and why of the points we put into the article.  Let us know what you think should be in a development environment.

4) Conclusion

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Chrome OS quick review…

Chrome OS is Google’s attempt to put Linux on net books in a way that anyone can use it. Google has stated that they will only be supporting specific hardware. For instance, the hard drive will have to be a solid state drive to keep the machine booting at the 7 second mark. The interface is really simplified. It’s pretty much just a browser with some links disguised as a buttons.  The folks over at GDGT created a VMWare image of the new OS.  I downloaded it and tested it out using Sun’s Virtual Box.  Here are my first thoughts about the new OS.

The less that perfect parts of Chrome OS:

You must be able to connect to the internet to be able to use it. This may change but seems to be a strong positive in Google’s goal. The theory is that you can or will be able to do everything you need with Web based apps. When I am at home or in an area with Cell Signal this would be fine. Geton an airplane that doesn’t have Wifi and the machine is going to be useless.

They don’t want you to have to worry about drivers. So it’s really unclear about how they plan on doing things like printing and other device connections. If they are planning on using CUPS(the open source print queue manager for Linux) they need to figure out or help the project work with cheaper printers. So how are we gonna get things that don’t have drivers built in to work?

It may actually be too simple. The limitations are supposed to be beneficial but they may turn out to be too limited for even the most basic user. This is like reversing the trend from smart or app phones back to simple phones that just make calls. Not sure that it’s a trend that will work. Only time will tell of course.

The good parts of Chrome OS:

It’s simple. Really this is the perfect for my 80+ year old Grandfather. He wants to do E-Mail and look at our pictures and this is really the easiest OS to do it with. The OS could be nice for that purpose.

It boots really quickly. It connects easily to the network. It just works. Don’t be undersold by those factors.


All in all it’s a wait and see moment for the new Google project. It may work but the discussion of merging it with Android seems to make more sense in the long term.  The real ultimate endgame though should probably be separate OSes with the ability to share apps.  That would provide the best of both worlds.