Acer AC700 Chromebook

Brave First Wave of Chromebooks are Put To Rest

i.e. No More Support for Old ChromeBooks

We suppose it was only inevitable. 5 years ago Google came out with the first Chromebooks, which were the first real massive attempt at creating consumer laptops that weren’t somehow based on the Windows or Mac operating systems. The Chrome OS certainly had its growing pains, and the first batch of Chromebooks were released to mixed-reviews at best. And yet still, they had a fan following. Google announced that the older Chromebooks have reached their end-of-life and will no longer be supported. Now this doesn’t mean that Chromebooks will no longer work. It’s just that they will continue to function as they are now without any support or new updates. This of course raises security concerns, as Google will no longer give Chromebooks updates if there are major security holes discovered. Of course, with the relative small-market of loyal Chromebook users, hackers may not bother with the Chrome OS. As of right now, the Samsung Series 5 is the first one to lose Google’s support. In a couple of months, the Acer AC700 Chromebook will be the next one to lose support. To give some context, Microsoft supported the Windows XP system for 10 years after its initial release. But we’re in an age of acceleration, and support cycles are growing smaller. Apple’s smartphone support tend to extend to the 3 latest iPhones, with each new iPhone version pushing the next one off the map.… Read the rest
linux netflix

Can I Watch Netflix on Linux?

Yes! Yes you can! Here’s How:

For the longest time you were not able to watch Netflix on Linux computers and laptops because of a proprietary technology that Netflix uses called Silverlight. What is Silverlight? In a nutshell, Silverlight is a plug-in owned by Microsoft that is able to improve the quality of streaming video. In 2014, Netflix started switching over from Silverlight to a version of HTML5 that they use. This But thanks to engineers at both Netflix and Ubuntu, you are now able to watch Netflix via the Chrome Browser. This isn’t limited to the Ubuntu version of Linux either. You can watch it on any Linux distro! Chrome is the one that updated their browser so that it could stream Netflix on Linux operating systems. The Previous Workaround: The previous method of watching Netflix was to install Wine, which is virtualization software that enables people to run Windows programs in the Linux environment. The new update from Chrome, which enables you to watch Netflix, also mentions that they blocked this method from being effective anyway. Anyone that’s spent hours creating workarounds on a Linux distro understands how frustrating it can be when a company blocks your method. Resources Mentioned in this Article: – watch Netflix in Chrome – About Silverlight.… Read the rest
linux mint sarah release

Linux Mint 18 ‘Sarah’ Available Now (in Beta)

The Most User-Friendly Linux Distro Has a New Version

Linux Mint, the one Distro that Linux-users usually recommend to non-Linux users looking to make the transition from Windows, has a new version out, named ‘Sarah’. Some Early Details about the Release: – It will be based on the upcoming Ubuntu 16.04 ‘Xenial Xerus‘ – This latest update comes with full support until 2021. – A new touchpad configuaration. – The ‘Update Manager’ has gotten an update. – Steam, Spotify and Dropbox have been added to the Software Manager and are now easier to install. Click here to read a full run-down of new features. While this is an exciting new update, we should make clear that this is a ‘beta’. So if you’re a brand-new Windows user looking to switch to Linux, you should opt for the latest stable release of Linux Mint instead of downloading this Beta.… Read the rest