Mozilla Announces Open Web App Platform

Web is the future and the browser will make the operating system redundant. I am sure you have heard this argument before, and will probably hear it in the future. While I am still not sure about the web browser making the operating system insignificant, a lot of the big guys (especially browser manufacturers) are definitely convinced.

Back in 2006, Opera introduced widgets, which are essentially applications developed using existing web standards that can run on desktop, mobile phones and even other devices like television sets. Last year, Google announced their web-oriented operating system – Google Chrome OS. While the Chrome OS is yet to arrive, the Chrome Web Store is expected to launch pretty soon. And, just a couple of days back, Opera joined the Wholesale Application Community – an alliance of the world’s leading mobile operators working together to define, create and deploy a common mobile application platform that leverages the power of the web.

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Now Mozilla has also jumped in and announced its own “Open Web App Platform“. Conceptually it’s very similar to Google’s Chrome App store. Developers can build applications using existing standards (HTML, CSS and JavaScript) and must include a special manifest file that confirms to the Open Web App platform specifications. After that the app can be installed and used from any operating system (desktop or mobile) that has a modern browser. Unlike Google’s offering, which is restricted to Chrome OS alone, Mozilla supports Internet Explorer 8, Chrome 6, Safari 5, Opera 10 and WebKit mobile.

Head over to appstore.mozillalabs.com to get a taste of what Mozilla is planning.

iPad Running Chromium OS

If you are not fond of the running on the , here is some good news. The folks from Hexxeh have been able to port the Chromium OS to the iPad.

iPad Chromium OS

The above screenshot was posted on Hexxeh’s blog. Excited? Hang on for more on this topic, we can wait to see a video of the Chromium OS in action on the iPad and post it as soon as we get to see it ourselves.

HTC Chrome OS Tablet To Use N-Trig Touchscreens

Google is reportedly working with HTC and Verizon to launch a Chrome OS tablet on November 26. It will have some great hardware specifications — it’s powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform and comes with 2 GB RAM and a 32 GB SSD. It will have a 10.1 inch multitouch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G connectivity and GPS.

HTC Chrome OS Tablet

Today it was reported that HTC is working with an Israeli based startup, N-Trig to create multitouch enabled screens for its tablet. Microsoft had invested in N-trig for its multitouch display technology research during the development of the Microsoft Surface. N-trig’s Duosense capacitive touch technology allows you to use both pen input and finger based multitouch input.

Last week it was revealed that the latest beta of Chrome 6 has menus optimized for multitouch operations. All the rumors and leaks seem to indicate the same thing — that we may indeed see a Chrome OS tablet by the end of this year.

Check out more details about N-trig’s touchscreens here.

Source: Haaretz

Google Chrome OS Tablet Launching on Verizon on November 26

Apparently, Google is planning to launch a Chrome OS tablet on Verizon’s network on November 26 which is Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

Download Squad says that HTC is currently building the tablet for Google and Verizon and it will be priced much lower than the iPad. It will be available with Verizon on contract.

Google Chrome OS Tablet

It will have some really good hardware under the boot. It will have Nvidia’s Tegra 2 platform powering it and will likely sport a 10.1 inch multitouch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It will have 2 GB RAM and a 32 GB internal SSD. It will offer a webcam and GPS and will also offer Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity.

The rumor actually makes sense as Black Friday would probably be the best day to launch a new product. The specs seem realistic and fit in line with all the other tablet releases. Now we know why Google was so eager to comply with Verizon on the Net Neutrality proposal.

While Android based tablets will compete with the iPad, Chrome OS will probably compete with Windows 7 tablets.

Source: Download Squad

Acer NOT To Launch A Chrome OS Based Netbook At The Upcoming Computex

Acer has just confirmed that it won’t be launching a Chrome OS based Device at the upcoming Computex. Acer made a press release about this on their website stating-:Acer

Acer will not launch a Chrome OS netbook at Computex

Manno, 17 May 2010 Despite recent rumours in the press regarding the launch of Chrome OS based netbooks at Computex, Acer today confirms that it has no short-term plans for such a product.

Acer believes that Google Chrome OS is without doubt an exciting product announcement and deserves it’s full attention as well as an in-depth study of its potential from a consumers perspective.

Acer is naturally interested in any product or service that enhances the overall experience of its products and will of course be following the development and progress of Google Chrome and the evolution of Google’s overall product strategy very closely.

This is definitely sad news for users who were eagerly waiting for the launch of a Chrome OS based device. The Computex is just two weeks away now. The event is scheduled to start from May 31st and continue until June 5th. Even though Acer won’t be launching a Chrome OS based netbook at the Computex, we can expect them to announce an Android based tablet at the event.

Jolicloud Web App Platform Replaces Prism With Chrome, Now HTML5 Ready

Jolicloud is one of the most popular cloud-based netbook OS based on Linux. It has been quite popular with the masses for the lightweight and web-centric interface.

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The Jolicloud team has been working on underlying changes to their web app platform to make it more faster and consume less memory. For these reasons, they have switched from the Mozilla driven Prism platform to a Chrome-based web app platform, which is similar to the .

You can now enjoy the 600+ web apps available in our App Center with a faster, low memory footprint, and HTML5 ready browsing experience.

The latest update from Jolicloud will replace the Prism web-app platform with the Chrome-based web-app platform which was rewritten by the Jolicloud team to provide the same visual experience as Prism.

The customized platform is open source and is named Nickel Chromium for fullscreen web apps, which can be downloaded from here. Another major change with the new update is that Jolicloud now fully supports , so you can watch HTML5 videos on and more.

Achievements of Open-Source Products in 2009

Open Source
Open Source

From the launch of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, to the continued improvements in Firefox, open source products achieved a lot in 2009. While established products like OpenOffice continued to flourish, we saw the emergence of new and promising contenders like Chrome OS. Here is a highlight on what open source community, as a whole achieved this year:

Drupal

Drupal
Drupal

The Drupal content management system runs Whitehouse.gov and dozens of other high-profile Web sites. Acquia, a startup in charge of commercializing Drupal, has received more than $18 million in venture capital to date, which is testimony the success of Drupal.

Ubuntu

Ubuntu
Ubuntu

In October, Canonical released Ubuntu 9.10, code-named “Karmic Koala,” which enables companies to build their own cloud computing environments on their own servers and hardware. As it has done with desktop and server Linux, Canonical aims to take a pioneering role in cloud computing, and this release is the first step in that direction.

Git

Git
Git

Git, a distributed version control system created by Linus Torvalds to manage the Linux kernel, has very quickly entered the mainstream since its creation less than 3 years ago. The documentation that comes with Git describes it as “a fast, scalable, distributed revision control system with an unusually rich command set”.

SUSE Studio

SUSE Studio
SUSE Studio

Novell launched Suse Studio in July as part of its Suse Appliance Program. So far, Linux users and developers are impressed with what Suse Studio brings to them, in terms of simplicity and functionality.

Chrome OS

Chrome OS
Chrome OS

Unveiled in July, Chrome OS, an open-source system that initially will be targeted at netbooks, is Google’s bid to offer a fast, lightweight and secure way to find information online. Google released Chrome OS to open source in November and revealed its intention to partner with as-yet-unknown hardware vendors to bring Chrome OS-powered netbooks to market in time for next year’s holiday season.

OpenOffice

Open Office
Open Office

In October, OpenOffice.org proudly declared that more than 100 million visitors had clicked on the Web site’s ‘Download OpenOffice.org’ button since version 3.0 of the software was released in October 2008. OpenOffice is being adopted by more and more users because of its increased interoperability with Microsoft Office.

Firefox

Firefox
Firefox

Mozilla’s Firefox Web browser passed the one billion download. No need to talk about its speed and performance, which always continues to be better.

Chrome OS: Cherry modded for Wi-Fi Support

Cherry is a chrome OS mod released by Hexxeh, a Chrome OS developer. The cherry OS has many advantages over the default Chrome OS. It has a small size of 300 MB. Not only this, it fits into a USB drive of size 1 GB unlike the original build, which requires at least a 4 GB USB drive.
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In addition to that, it now includes out of the box support for Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi was initially unavailable on Chrome OS and is still unavailable. It can be enabled by copying the Wi-Fi firmware from your default Ubuntu or Ubuntu based installation, to a folder in the Chrome OS USB-drive. All that trouble has been done away with in the Cherry build of the Chrome OS.

The OS can be tried on any netbook, laptop or desktop. It is available as an image file that can be written to a USB drive using an appropriate tool. Windows users can refer to this page for help on making a bootable Chrome OS image. The default username and password for Cherry OS is  facepunch.

There are three download links on this page. One is a torrent download, others are HTTP links. The download is absolutely free. As the homepage says, you can report any bugs to @Hexxeh on twitter.

Chrome OS being Ubuntu based, is highly customizable and is fast developing. This parallel build of Chrome OS is a big hit and Wi-Fi support appearing on it even before on the Chrome OS itself is a positive response from the open source community on Chrome OS.

Username and Password for Chrome OS

If you have downloaded Chrome OS and are wondering what the username and password are, here is a quick hint. Chrome OS allows users to login to the OS using a Google Account.

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So in order to login to your account, just enter your username and password. The good thing about this is that you will be able to access Chrome OS using different IDs and no one else can access your applications or data.

Another thing to note is that Chrome OS stores everything in the cloud, which means that you no longer need to have huge hard drives. However, there is a very bad thing about Chrome OS, if you have no internet connection, you will be virtually locked out of your computer.

So it makes more sense to have Chrome OS on a dual boot or to run it on a virtual machine.

Please Note: For your own safety, create a new Google account, if you have downloaded a Chrome OS version using torrents.

Download Google Chrome OS Torrents

We recently told you about download Google Chrome OS for VMware from GDGT.com. In addition to that you can also download OS through torrents. The Chrome OS image from torrents can be run using Virtual Box from Sun.

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Once you have downloaded the torrent you can read this step by step tutorial by TechCrunch to install Chrome OS in Virtual Box.

The default login to Chrome OS is your Google username and password. For more screenshots of the Chrome OS build, visit the Chrome OS for VMware post.

Download Google Chrome OS Torrent