With the advent of the “netbook” age, Linux is becoming an extremely popular choice for the consumers. Keeping that segment in mind, the community had launched a Ubuntu-based netbook distribution Easy Peasy, formely known as Ubuntu Eee. Easy Peasy uses the Ubuntu Netbook Remix graphical user interface and provides a mix of popular open-source and proprietary software. The USP of Easy Peasy Linux is that all the applications that one might need to regularly use, like Pidgin, Skype, Firefox and Picasa, are all brought in together to provide fast access. However, we believe that the 1.1 version had issues with detecting the wireless network card, on Acer Aspire One, one of the most selling netbooks around.
I guess, the increasing dominance by Linux in the netbook market is making the suited folks at Redmond quite sweaty. If Linux Pro Magazine is to be believed, Microsoft has been trying their best to prove their operating system, Windows’, superiority over Linux, even if that might demand them to ‘bend their fingers’ a little bit.
On the other side of the world, Intel released its new P55 chipset
Well, the P55 and the Lynnfield processor find support in Linux. The Intel DP55KG works fine with Ubuntu 9.04 and its kernel 2.6.28, but with a glitch in the Gigabit Ethernet card. However, with an upgraded kernel, that is, kernel 2.6.28 upgraded to kernel 2.6.31, you will find the Ethernet card working. One area in which Linux still lacks behind is the support for Intel Lynnfield / Ibex Peak with both the motherboard and the CPU is the lack of any LM_Sensors system monitoring support for being able to read the fan speeds, temperatures, and voltages. When run with new Intel Core i5/i7 processor on Linux the performance of it was not up to the mark. This is the case with both Core i5 750 and Core i7 870. With the default Linux setting, CPU core frequencies also never increased to their Intel Turbo Boost frequencies when they were encountering a load. But, with Turbo Boost setting disabled in the BIOS you can get rid of problems. Overall, Linux runs well with the new P55 chipset, except for a few glitches. But, with proper tweak ups we can see better performance of Linux with the Intel P55 chipsets.
Lastly, Google Chrome recently turned one and LifeHacker posted a wonderful article on Chrome’s journey, till date. As for Google Chrome OS, let us just keep our fingers crossed and pray that the competition stays healthy.