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Will Linux run well on a MacBook?

Serdar Yegulalp | July 7, 2016
Also in today's open source roundup: Pokemon GO released for Android, and will 2-in-1 Windows PCs destroy Android tablets?

Han-ChewieFanfic: "I have a 2015 retina MacBook Pro. Ubuntu 16.04 runs like a dream on it. It actually gave me a lot less trouble than other designed-for-Windows laptops when running Ubuntu. The force touch trackpad works great as a track pad (sans actual force touch, of course), Ubuntu's screen scaling works great and text, images and video look beautiful, and the battery life is pretty close to what OSX delivers after following the MacBook setup tutorial in the Ubuntu wiki."

B1twise: "Wait about 6mo after release before seriously considering it. That gives the early adopters time to fix major issues, and you can usually find a thread on linux message boards documenting their successes.

I'm on my 4th or 5th Apple laptop now, and only one has been a complete piece of trash. The 2015 Macbook is junk. The lack of ports and the HORRIBLE keyboard really cripple it. It's also slow. It is my newest Apple laptop, but I never use it.

Happily using a MBA 11" with an external display for when I'm home."

More at Reddit

Pokemon GO released for Android

Android users can now get the Pokemon GO game from the Google Play store.

Here's the official description of Pokemon GO:

Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Pikachu, and many other Pokémon have been discovered on planet Earth!

Now's your chance to discover and capture the Pokémon all around you-so get your shoes on, step outside, and explore the world. You'll join one of three teams and battle for the prestige and ownership of Gyms with your Pokémon at your side.

Pokémon are out there, and you need to find them. As you walk around a neighborhood, your smartphone will vibrate when there's a Pokémon nearby. Take aim and throw a Poké Ball... You'll have to stay alert, or it might get away!

Certain Pokémon appear near their native environment-look for Water-type Pokémon by lakes and oceans. Visit PokéStops, found at interesting places like museums, art installations, historical markers, and monuments, to stock up on Poké Balls and helpful items.

As you level up, you'll be able to catch more-powerful Pokémon to complete your Pokédex. You can add to your collection by hatching Pokémon Eggs based on the distances you walk. Help your Pokémon evolve by catching many of the same kind.

More at the Google Play Store

Will 2-in-1 Windows PCs destroy Android tablets?

Microsoft's 2-in-1 Windows computers might be the final nail in the coffin of Android (and iOS) tablets according to a writer at ZDNet.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes reports for ZDNet:

The problems start when I want to do research, or fact-check something, or pull a link or a quote from somewhere, such as this link to data showing how iPad sales have declined. That's when things start getting messy on an iPad or some Android-powered beast. Switching apps is a pain. Switching tabs in a browser is a pain. Entering data into a spreadsheet requires painstaking concentration, and the scope for messing things up is high. And if I have to access information from a video or audio clip, then the whole thing falls apart rapidly because some apps - YouTube, I'm looking at you - are rubbish at keeping their place in media files.

 

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