How Zorin OS got a distrohopper to stop hopping

In today's open source roundup: Zorin OS made a distrohopper finally stop hopping. Plus: The Linux foundation promotes Automotive Grade Linux, and Codestarters converts Chromebooks into Ubuntu development computers for kids

Distrohoppers are renown for constantly changing Linux distributions over and over again. But, sooner or later, some distrohoppers stop hopping and settle down with one Linux distribution. A guest columnist at DarkDuck shares his experiences with Zorin OS and how it got him to stop switching Linux distributions.

According to DarkDuck:

My goal was to try to find the system that most resembled the look and feel of the Windows systems I was used to because of familiarity and ease of use.

I used Zorin 7 till Zorin 8 came out and now I'm onto Zorin 9 my first LTS Zorin distro...I have seen how the Linux community has grown up over the years with stable distros that have all the features I could desire but Zorin has a style that matches my expectations of how a distro should work.

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Part of me is always sad to see another distrohopper settle down and stop hopping. But it's somewhat inevitable once a person has enough Linux experience under their belt. At some point most of us just want to pick our favorite distribution and use it without constantly shifting to a new one.

Zorin OS is certainly a fine choice, particularly for someone who likes a Windows-esque experience. If you aren't familiar with it then you might want to drop by the Zorin OS site. You can also take a tour of Zorin OS, view a gallery of screenshots, download Zorin OS, or read the FAQ.

Here's a review of Zorin OS 9 on YouTube:

The Linux Foundation and Automotive Grade Linux

LinuxInsider looks at the age of the connected car and the role that Linux might play in it.

According to LinuxInsider:

The Linux Foundation is in the lead with a fully functioning Linux distro designed to let drivers put the Internet pedal to the automotive metal. The first step is here now: an open source infotainment system. Around the next corner, AGL will handle all of the embedded systems and things like telematic services as well.

"As a platform, AGL is already there. We have some manufacturers already working with the platform today. I think we can expect to have a car with this stuff in it within the next year or so," Dan Cauchy, general manager of automotive for the Linux Foundation, told LinuxInsider.

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The Linux Foundation site has more information about Automotive Grade Linux, and there's also an AGL Wiki that you might want to check out.

I wish I could say that I was very excited about AGL, but I'm not. While it's certainly a cool bit of technology, I am more of a luddite when it comes to technology in automobiles. I'm one of the folks that buys a car or truck and then keeps it for a long time (I hate car payments) so I've never cared too much about having the latest tech doodads in my car. But I'm sure at some point I'll be driving something that has all the AGL stuff in it, and maybe then I'll warm up to it.

Codestarter changes $199 Chromebooks into Ubuntu machines for kids

The Codestarter blog has an interesting article about how the organization takes $199 Chromebooks and turns them into Ubuntu machines for kids to learn programming.

According to Codestarter blog:

At Codestarter, we’re on a mission to put a developer-friendly laptop into the hands of every kid that wants to learn how to code. Since we rely on donations to make this happen, the less expensive the laptop, the more of them we can deliver.

With this in mind, I set out to find a laptop that was both low cost AND high quality. My goal was to find a computer that I wouldn’t mind using as my own primary development machine. That meant it had to have an excellent keyboard, good trackpad, solid build quality, fast processor, at least 2GB of RAM, and a nice screen.

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I'm very impressed with what Codestarter was able to do with these Chromebooks. I hadn't thought of such a use for them, but it seems to make a great deal of sense. For $199 they are able to offer kids an Ubuntu-based laptop that functions well as a learning platform for development. Kudos to the Codestarter folks for doing this.

You can make a financial contribution on the Codestarter site. If you aren't familiar with Codestarter, be sure to read the FAQ to find out more about the program.

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

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