8 great apps for the Chromebook

Many people have discovered that a Chromebook can be a terrific replacement for a regular desktop or laptop computer. But what apps can you get to replace your favorite desktop apps? A writer at Make Use Of has a helpful list of 8 useful apps for the Chromebook.

Joel Lee reports for Make Use Of:

If you’re reading this as someone who’s thinking of switching to Chromebook but hasn’t yet, here’s what I think: Chromebooks fall short for specialized business or creative work, but they’re perfect for everyday tasks like music, taking notes, surfing the web, documents and spreadsheets, etc. Check out the following apps to see if your needs can be fulfilled with a Chromebook.

1. Playing Music:

2. Chat:

3. Notes and To-Dos:

4. Text Editing:

5. Distraction-Free Writing:

6. Image Editing:

7. Torrenting: ($2.99)

8. Screen Capture:

Linux distros: Point releases or rolling releases?

Linux distributions offer a wide range of choices, including rolling releases or point releases. But which one is better? Does it make more sense to use a rolling release or a point release on your computer?

A writer at ZDNet looks at the pros and cons of rolling releases and point releases in Linux distributions.

Folks in the Linux subreddit shared their thoughts about rolling releases versus point releases in a recent thread:

Deusmetallum: “I prefer point releases, personally. Every time I’ve tried a rolling release, there’s always been something I haven’t been able to get working because the app hasn’t been able to keep up with the distro’s progress.

Fair play to those that want to take the time to make their rolling release distro work for them, but I like to install Fedora and go.”

Necheffa: “I use both.

Gentoo on my desktop and file server. Debian testing on my laptop. Debian stable on my other servers.”

F-0X: “I’m a very point-release guy. I like things stable, and constant. Feel no need at all to upgrade to the latest whatever, I only ever install security updates.”

LastFireTruck: “Until the 6 month, 9 month or 2 year interim is up and it’s time to do a release upgrade, at which point stability and newbie-friendliness go right out the window. And anybody you helped with the install calls up to ask for hand-holding through the dicey upgrade.”

Zissue: “I greatly prefer rolling-release distributions. The two that I use pretty much everywhere are Gentoo (my primary) and Arch (for work, where I don’t want to spend the time compiling).

There are definitely pros to using point-release distributions though, especially in an environment where homogeneity and stability are favoured over new features and possible security backporting (e.g. a private lab for a build environment).”

TheRed: “Point release, in particular Mint Cinnamon.”

Ikbeneenheld: “The problem with point releases is often upgrading to another point release.”

Windows users are dumping Microsoft’s browser for Chrome

Microsoft has been losing users when it comes to its built-in web browser, and those users have been gravitating to Google’s Chrome browser.

Erick Frederiksen reports for TechnoBuffalo:

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