Android apps are coming to Chromebooks
In today's open source roundup: Chrome OS is getting Android apps. Plus: Get great Linux games on sale at Steam, and Makulu Linux KDE 6.0 released
Owners of Chromebooks may soon be able to run Android apps, according to a report from GIGAOM. It seems that Google is working to make it possible for Android developers to port their apps to Chrome OS. When this eventually happens it could result in an explosion of Android apps for Chromebooks.
According to GIGAOM:
Google’s Sundar Pichai had a lot to share on stage the Google I/O 2014 keynote on Wednesday...and one of items that was actually the most interesting came when Pichai said Android apps are coming Google’s Chrome OS.
On the surface that sounds great. There’s a bit of a catch though. If you thought the entire Android catalog of apps — some hundreds of thousands of titles — would magically and instantly work on a Chromebook, you thought wrong. These aren’t currently existing Android apps running in some type of virtual machine on a Chromebook. Instead, Pichai used the word “port” a few times, meaning Android software developers can bring their Android apps to Chrome if they don’t mind a little effort.
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This could be great for Chromebook users, but there is an onion-in-the-ointment here and that's the fact that Android apps are touch-based. Most Chromebooks don't have touch screens, so I'm not sure how Google is going to get around that problem in the short term.
No doubt we'll probably see touch eventually incorporated into Chrome OS and Chromebooks in a much wider way in future products. That will help with the integration of Android apps into the Chrome OS platform. This means that it will probably take a while longer though before we start to see wide release of Android apps for Chromebooks.
Still, I'm very glad to see this and I think it will eventually be great for most Chromebook users. But we are just going to have to be patient while Google works through the problems of getting Android apps on Chrome OS.
Great Linux games cheap on Steam
PC World reports that you can get some good deals on twenty five Linux games via Steam's Summer Sale.
According to PC World:
The Steam Summer Sale is here, and Lord GabeN and his minions are tossing out deep, deep discounts on games left and right.
Here are 25 super-fun Linux-compatible games lurking inside the Steam Summer Sale, with dirt-cheap prices lasting through June 30. We'll let you know whether you should hold out for a steeper Flash or Daily deal for each game before pulling the purchasing trigger, too.
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There are too many games to list here, but you will find such titles as XCOM: Enemy Unknown, The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings and Shadworun Returns. It seems like there are plenty of hot games at cheap prices right now, so do check it out if you're a gamer.
According to ZDNet:
Makulu Linux is what it is — a big, beautiful, fun Linux distribution for hobbyists, and none of that requires or even implies that it should be consistent or "pure" to whatever desktop version you happen to be using.
...if you want to have just about the most fun you can have with a Linux distribution, or if you just want to see a distribution packed with way more goodies than you are likely to find in any other single distribution, then give Makulu a try. I will guarantee that it will make you smile, and it will make you say "Wow, look at that!" a lot of times.
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You can get more information about Makulu Linux KDE 6.0 in the official release announcement. There's also an FAQ that covers many different questions about this distro, and you can visit the Makulu forums to connect with other users and get assistance.
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