Does the LG Chromebase look too much like an iMac?

Today in Open Source: The LG Chromebase looks like an iMac. Plus: KDE 4.12 released, and a review of Linux Mint 16 Petra

The LG Chromebase looks like an iMac

LinuxBSDos reports on the LG Chromebase, a 21.5 inch all-in-one computer. Does it look too much like one of Apple's iMacs?

LG has just announced that Chromebase, an all-in-one computer that will be powered by Google Chrome OS, will be unveiled at next year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

The computer will sport a 21.5-inch widescreen Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, 4th-generation Intel Celeron processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB iSSD, 1 HDMI-in, 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, and wired network connectivity.

LG Chromebase

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At first glance, the LG Chromebase sure does look a lot like one of Apple's iMacs (minus the black bezel around the edges of the iMac). I wonder if this might be a turn off to Linux users who might otherwise have bought one. Apple is sort of the antithesis of what Linux is all about, so I'm not sure if it was a good idea for LG to make the Chromebase resemble an iMac.

I also wonder if it's similar enough to irritate Apple into launching yet another lawsuit. Let's face it, Apple's legal department seems darn quick to sue anybody that they think has copied Apple's designs. LG might regret the design of the Chromebase if Apple's lawyers come after them.

Is the LG Chromebase too much like an iMac? And will Apple sue because of it? Tell me your thoughts in the comments.

KDE 4.12 released

OMG Ubuntu! is reporting that KDE 4.12 has been released.

The latest update to KDE Platform 4 brings bugfixes and “minor optimizations” and should be a fairly smooth update for most users. Of note in Platform 4.12 is KDE’s metadata and indexing service Nepomuk, which can now index Microsoft Office 97 files.

The update to KDE Applications 4 significantly improves several parts of the KDE personal information management suite as well as a number of other well-known KDE apps.

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Looks like KDE 4.12 might be worth an upgrade. It's not earth shattering in terms of new features, but bug fixes and optimizations are always welcome.

Linux Mint 16 Petra review

DistroWatch has a review of Linux Mint 16 Petra.

What quickly stood out about Linux Mint 16 was that the distribution feels remarkably polished. Mint manages to present a simple interface which is also powerful (this is true of both Cinnamon and MATE). Most of the applications included in the distribution are common across both editions and they all worked well for me, providing a small collection of powerful applications out of the box.

Apart from the file manager window pop-ups I encountered when running the MATE edition I rarely saw any notifications or flashy content. The Cinnamon desktop has a few subtle visual effects, but nothing overly distracting. I found both Mint editions easy to navigate, easy to configure and, generally just a pleasure to use.

Linux Mint 16 Petra Review
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It comes as no surprise that DistroWatch really seemed to like Linux Mint 16. My own experience with it was quite positive, and most users seemed to like it as well.

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

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