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Joli OS 1.2 adds file browser with Dropbox integration, public profiles

Recently, Tariq Krim and company announced a new twofold vision for their project -- turning Jolicloud into the Web dashboard portion of their efforts and re-branding the desktop operating system as Joli OS. Now Joli OS 1.2 has been made available for download, and there are some significant additions on board. For starters, there's a snazzy new file explorer which offers Dropbox...

Ubuntu 11.04 Unity keyboard shortcuts have a distinct Windows 7 flavor

Ubuntu's new Unity interface already drew some raised eyebrows because of its looks, which are arguably similar to the Windows 7 taskbar. Now, the Ask Ubuntu site has posted a list of Unity keyboard shortcuts -- and those take a cue from Windows 7 as well. The super key, which typically refers to the Windows key on most standard keyboards, invokes the Unity Launcher -- on Windows, this...

Run Android 2.3 Gingerbread on your x86 computer

Sure, Android is designed to run on ARM devices, but that doesn't mean it can't run on an x86 system. Older versions of Android were ported, so it's no surprise to see that an enterprising developer has managed to put together a working version of Gingerbread which you can install on your desktop or laptop. You'll need a 64-bit build environment and the Java 1.6 to get the ball rolling, and...

Chrome OS: a look at Google's almost-ready operating system

With Google's new 'smartbook' Chrome OS almost ready for prime time, we decided to build a copy of Chromium OS ourselves and give it the once-over. Looking through the gallery, you will notice that Chromium OS really is just a Chrome browser with a new Settings menu.There actually seem to be less features than when Lee last had a look -- gone is the Picasa integration, and Gmail lost its cool...

Games (including EA's) to be front and center in Chrome Web Store

Right now, the jury's out on Chrome Web Apps -- but there seems to be more than a little confusion about what they are and how they'll work. Sure, some of them will be little more than packaged versions of web apps you use right now like Gmail and Seesmic with support for some nifty Chrome features like notifications -- but others will make use of Native Client, Pepper, and O3D... And that...

Meego's sexy smartphone UI goes on display

Curious about what the upcoming Meego OS will look like on a smartphone? Well, wonder no more! A handful of images have been posted on the official website for all to see. Above are the home screen, launcher, and task switcher interface (from left to right). I can't help but think that Meego's UI has taken cues from its current mobile OS rivals -- which isn't really a surprise since Intel and...

First Chrome OS systems to come from Acer, Dell, and HP?

Last month at Computex, Acer's rumored Chrome OS netbook was nowhere to be found. Of course, I'd already said it wasn't going to be on display -- and Acer backed up my prediction days later with an official press release. Computex has come and gone, and while we still haven't seen Chrome OS hardware prototypes we may have a clue as to who's working on them. Officially, Google has only stated...

Chrome OS set to arrive earlier than expected

At Computex 2010, Google's VP of Product Management Sundar Pichai has been talking Chrome OS. That's a good thing, as we're keen to hear anything official Google has to say about the upcoming release of the cloud-powered operating system. Reuters is reporting that Pichai says Chrome OS will arrive earlier than expected. Although it was originally slated for a December 2010 release, Pichai has...

Google unveils Chrome Web App Store: show us your surprised face

It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Google would create some kind of a marketplace for Chrome OS. They've got one for Android devices, after all, so it stands to reason that they'd want something similar available to users of their upcoming Chrome OS on tablets and netbooks. At Google I/O, they've just taken the wraps off it at chromewebstore.appspot.com (internal access only at this...

What's all the fuss about Peppermint OS?

Several big sites have been blogging excitedly about Peppermint OS. ReadWriteWeb's Sarah Perez referred to Peppermint as "A new Linux OS for the cloud," but is it really? I decided to download and install Peppermint so that I could find out for myself. What I found is that Peppermint is very similar to dozens of other Linux distributions out there: it's a remix of Ubuntu with a different set...

Qubes uses virtualization, sandboxing to deliver a more secure desktop OS

It's probably a safe assumption that if a project to design a new operating system involved an experienced security researcher that the goal would be an OS which is darn near bulletproof. That's exactly what Joanna Rutkowska is gunning for with Qubes, which she's pegged for release later this year. Qubes is a bit different from the desktop OSes most of us are familiar with, though it looks...

Play with the Google Chrome OS app launcher on latest Windows Chromium builds

Google's Chrome OS is due some time later this year, and the browser-based OS is going to be quite different from what you're used to. While it's essentially a heavily modified Linux base with Google Chrome on top, there are several features planned which we probably won't ever see on versions for other operating systems. Chrome's app launcher tab, however, you can play with. If you've tried...

Better bookmark manager coming to Google Chrome - here's what it looks like (video)

Mac users of Google Chrome finally got a solid bookmark system in Google Chrome...but the dev team isn't stopping there, of course. In the last week or so, several updates have been made to the Chromium source code which will bring a better -- and more Chrome-y -- bookmark manager to the browser. The new 'tabbed bookmark manager' currently looks like what you see in the screenshot. Rather than...

How to Upgrade from Windows 7 RC to Final

So the Windows 7 deadline is fast approaching. Officially, there's no way to upgrade from your RC to retail. But in the real world, it only requires a Windows 7 ISO image and editing a single file in Notepad. Here are the quick text instructions. After the jump you can find detailed (and possibly really boring) screenshots. Get the MS USB/DVD Download Tools Put your Windows 7...

Symbian OS goes free and open-source, in the biggest switch in software history

Fans of free and open source software, I hope you have a change of pants handy, because this is some big news. Symbian, a platform that has been proprietary and closed-source for a decade, just opened up its code and turned free. It's been close to two years since Nokia first announced plans to open the source code for the OS. The Symbian Foundation is boasting that this is the biggest switch...