Run Android and Firefox OS on x86 chip with Revolution phone

Today in Open Source: Revolution phone will run Android and Firefox OS. Plus: A year with Google Glass, and year-end DistroWatch Linux rankings

Run Android and Firefox OS with Revolution

LinuxGizmos is reporting that a new phone is coming this year that will let you run Android and Firefox OS with an x86 chip.

...on Dec. 20, Spanish hardware designer Geeksphone, which has previously introduced the Peak, Peak+, and Keon phones running Firefox OS, tipped a new phone called the Revolution that it will “market” in the first quarter of 2014. The Revolution will ship with Android, but also supports Firefox OS, and other presumably Linux-based “alternatives.”

The Revolution is notable for its use of Intel’s 1.6GHz Atom Z2560 (“Clover Trail+”) system-on-chip. The unlocked phone will have a 4.7-inch, IPS qHD display, as well as a 2000mAh battery, plus an “HD-capable 8MP camera with flash and expandable storage.”

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I find the part about other Linux-based alternatives to be quite interesting. I've long felt that mobile phone users should not just be limited to iOS, Android or Windows. Consumers need real choice, and the current market leaders need competition to get them to improve their mobile operating systems.

A Year With Google Glass

Wired has some illuminating commentary about living with Google Glass for a year. Note that there is some profanity in the article.

Glass, and the other things like it, won’t always be ugly and awkward. At some point, it’s going to be invisibly indistinguishable from a pair of glasses or sunglasses. Meanwhile, Google is going to continue getting better and better at figuring out what to send you, based on where you are and when you’re there, and what you’ve done in the past. Third-party developers will create amazing new apps, things we haven’t thought of. Its form will encourage new functions, new ideas, new realities.

And here’s the thing I am utterly convinced of: Google Glass and its ilk are coming. They are racing toward us, ready to change society, again. You can make fun of Glass, and the a######s (like me) who wear it. But here’s what I know: The future is on its way, and it is going to be on your face. We need to think about it and be ready for it in a way we weren’t with smartphones. Because while you (and I) may make fun of glassholes today, come tomorrow we’re all going to be right there with them, or at least very close by. Wearables are where we’re going. Let’s be ready.

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I commend the writer for having the guts to be a guinea pig for Google Glass. I don't think I could have done it. I wear glasses for distance, but I hate having them on when I don't actually need them. The thought of wearing Google Glass all day leaves me cold, to say the least.

Plus, I doubt I'd really want to be around somebody who had on Google Glass. I would not know when they were recording me or taking photos. So my behavior would probably be much more guarded, and I'd most likely try to avoid being with the person. There's just something about Google Glass that creeps me out big time.

Linux distributions year end rankings on DistroWatch

Linux for Geeks had an interesting Google+ post that has a screenshot of DistroWatch top twenty rankings right at the end of 2013.

Where distributions stand at the end of year 2013.

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More at Google+

I did an article a few days back that asked if Linux Mint was the most popular distro. As you can imagine, it got quite a few comments. The distro wars always bring out people's passion, and the year 2013 was no exception.

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

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