VolksPC will run Debian and Android in one ARM-based computer

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In today's open source roundup: A new distro will run Debian and Android. Plus: Android vampire apps, and take the Linux.com open source cloud project survey

There are always new Linux distributions coming to life each year. But VolksPC is probably one of the most original since it tries to combine Debian and Android in one ARM-based distribution. Yes, it will let you run desktop Debian applications as well as mobile Android apps all in one computer. This means you'll have access to the Android Market Place as well as Debian's repositories.

According to The Register:

Produced by the group that created the MicroXwin kernel-based X Windows implementation, the VolksPC distribution is designed to give users an ARM-Debian environment that supports Debian's range of desktop applications, while improving support for things like YouTube playback and HD video.

“We created a unified distribution that allows both Android and Debian LXDE/XFCE applications to run simultaneously at native speeds. On ARM, our distribution is based on a modified ARMHF Debian Wheezy rootfs”, the developers write.

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This is certainly a unique idea, and it could be quite useful for folks that want the advantages of Debian and Android in one convenient product. You can get more information about it on the VolksPC site.

Be sure to check out the FAQ for basic information about how VolksPC works. And you can also email the folks at VolksPC if you want to contact them directly for more information.

The hardware looks rather interesting too, here's a list of the specs:

Dual core Rockchip RK3066 CPU running at 1.4Ghz.


16 GB NAND flash.

10/100 Ethernet port.

USB 2.0 x 4

HDMI v1.3 digital HD interface

IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

SD /MMC/MS card reader,max capacity 32GB


Android vampire apps

Speaking of Android, ZDNet has a list of the worst offenders when it comes to draining the battery of your Android device.

According to ZDNet:

Ever wonder why your Android smartphone battery has the lifespan of a mayfly? Why your internal storage gets filled up in a week? Or, worst of all, why your cell phone plan bill just broke four figures? According to anti-virus vendor AVG's Android study, it's probably your apps.

For this study, AVG looked at apps with more than a million downloads. So, you're not going to find any obscure programs here. Their numbers were based on real usage data and not what the app developers might have you to believe. Finally, AVG did not look at core Android applications.

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Ugh, I hate apps that do that sort of thing. They end up being such an annoyance to people who may not even realize what they are doing to their device's battery. Thanks to ZDNet for alerting all of us to these annoying vampire apps.

Best open source cloud projects survey

Linux.com and the New Stack are doing a survey and want your input about the most popular open source cloud projects.

According to Linux.com:

Linux.com is teaming up with The New Stack to do a survey about most popular open source cloud projects.

The next-generation of the enterprise is being built now with open cloud technologies. Your choices will help identify and recognize the most popular open source projects that are defining the new way to build and manage applications and systems.

Complete the survey and enter to win a free all-access pass to CloudOpen North America, taking place August 20-22 in Chicago, including full access to the co-located LinuxCon event as well. Two winners will be selected randomly from contest entries and notified via email following the close of the survey.

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If you prefer you can jump to to the survey right now. It should be very interesting to see what the results are when the findings are released.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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