Mozilla Firefox on ChromeOS — via Flatpak
It is easy, on a recent Chromebook to install all your favourite tools!
ChromeOS is full of capability these days, provided you can live with having a G-Suite / Google Apps based world. You have to embrace Google accounts and ID's if you develop apps which end up on Google Play anyway so a Chromebook is as much an ideal development system for mobile apps as an equivalent Apple Mac with its Apple ID and whatnot. On a decent and recent Chromebook you can use Android apps directly from Google Play and Linux apps via the Linux system that is optionally available but very welcome not just for developer computers. Linux apps are a little more complicated to deal with but are worth the trouble.
Before you start!
You can check your Chromebooks Linux capability easily. If it has Linux under
System > Advanced > Developers >Linux development environment then you are all set. If not update to the latest ChromeOS to double check and if still you can't see the Linux settings, then it is time to retire your old Chromebook or use it for trips and holidays and not worry about losing it. Assuming you have found that you have a Linux capable Chromebook or got yourself a nice new one, you'll find it quite easy to install the official Mozilla Firefox for Linux Flatpak.
TL:DR — Chromebooks have evolved into decent developer capable computers. Mozilla Firefox for Linux works well on supported Chromebooks and is easy to install.
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
I wanted to mark the blog in a way which copyrights my work unless separately attributed, allows anyone to use it or make derivitaves of it but not commercially, under the same terms, with attribution to me, thourh my company, such as it is. Guess what, the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, also known as the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License is just the job!
Why CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 ?
This license is the latest revision from Creative Commons fixing some issues with previous licences lately pointed out by Cory Doctorow. It requires that reusers give credit to the creator. It allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format, for noncommercial purposes only. If others modify or adapt the material, they must license the modified material under identical terms.
TL:DR — I chose Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License for all content on this site unless separately attributed, because it is the latest recommended licence which meets my needs. YMMV.
Apple worldwide developer conference 2022 - iOS 16 revealed
Apple previewed the latest advancements in iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, tvOS 16, and watchOS 9 in the keynote at WWDC22. They explained how apps can deliver information in new ways, make it easier for people to share content, offer more intelligent features and improve productivity.
There are major innovations in sharing, communication, and personalisation. Work-life balance is made more discrete through focus. Payments are revolutionised with Apple Pay Later. And there are dozens of other major features including improvements in Photos, Mail and Messages. Fitness is now a system app for everyone not just Apple Watch owners. New Safety features for people who might feel at risk from domestic violence have been added.
All of this information was made public on June 6 2022 and can now be shared. A public beta will be available to iOS users in July 2022. The new version of iOS will be available this autumn as a free software update for iPhone 8 and later.
Apple unveiled a new Lock Screen and new ways to share and communicate in iOS 16
Users can personalise their Lock Screen, keep family photos in iCloud Shared Photo Library, recall sent messages, schedule mail, and discover more with Live Text and Visual Look Up.
Firefox is distributed as a snap now on Ubuntu.
Lets have a look at Firefox in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. Things have changed. There is some trading of benefits for performance.
Starting with Ubuntu 21.10, the default browser, Firefox transitioned to being distributed as a snap. The benefits are confinement in the snap sandbox, authentic updates directly from Mozilla and support for any snapd equipped distribution.
The trade-offs are in performance, due to the sandboxing inherent in the snap architecture. Browser perfomance is something of a bogeyman for Firefox so this would appear to be a high priority for both organisations.
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