The Chromest Netcast #9 – Video – “Nayos, Chrome Alternative!”

Chromebooks are reportedly killing low-end PC laptops. Good. Last week, Chrome 48 for Mac, Windows, and Linux brought few user facing updates. Introducing NayuOS, a free alternative to ChromeOS with no Google login.

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The Chromest Netcast #9 – Audio – “Nayos, Chrome Alternative!”

Chromebooks are reportedly killing low-end PC laptops. Good. Last week, Chrome 48 for Mac, Windows, and Linux brought few user facing updates. Introducing NayuOS, a free alternative to ChromeOS with no Google login.

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NayuOS, a Free Google-less Chrome

NayuOS LogoIt is still not ready for prime-time, but it is interesting!

Introducing NayuOS, a Free Alternative to ChromeOS with No Google Login

Softpedia – By: Silviu Stahie – “NayuOS is a new operating system built by Nexedi that aims to provide users with a Chrome OS free alternative.

There are a few Chrome OS alternatives out there, so NayuOS is not exactly arriving without any kind of candidates. The team doesn’t change anything at the base of the system, meaning that it’s a Gentoo and Chromium OS-based project, but the developers have made modifications to the default apps and to the settings.

There is always room for another Linux distribution, but making an operating system for Chromebooks is difficult because you need to cover each device, or at least this is what happens for NayuOS, which has images for numerous devices.

NayuOS is not stable just yet

The developers of NayuOS wanted to make their Chromebooks more customizable, secure and privacy-compliant. At the same time they also wanted a free alternative to ChromeOS.

“Chromebooks are relatively cheap specific machines sold by latop manufacturers in collaboration with Google. They run a specific OS called Chrome OS. In non-developer mode the OS provides a Chrome Browser and that’s pretty much it! Developer mode is not bloated either. There is a shell with some useful software (python2, ssh, tcpdump, …) preinstalled,” developers wrote.

Here are the differences between ChromeOS and NayuOS, at least for now: the SSH daemon running by default in Chromium OS has been disabled, git support has been added, the Gooble login has been removed, re6st connectivity has been added, it’s now possible to access and customize the writeable parts of the file system, and Zeroconf is used to configure the firewall.

The images that can be downloaded right now cover Acer C910 Chromebook 15, Lenovo Chromebook N20, Toshiba Chromebook, Dell Chromebook 13, Acer C720 Chromebook, ASUS Chromebooks C300, Toshiba Chromebook 2, and Chromebook Pixel 2015.”

New Features in Chrome OS

From the Google Blog: “Last week, Chrome 48 for Mac, Windows, and Linux brought few user facing updates. Now, version 48 of Chrome OS was just released and brings improved download notifications, a Material Design Video Player, and other updates, in addition to security fixes.

The biggest feature that users of Chromebooks will notice is the new downloads interface. In the past, downloads were shown as a full length bar popping up on the bottom of a current window. Now, there is a card-like interface that briefly pops-up when the download starts and then disappears into the notification center, which is still present in Chrome OS. The card has buttons to pause or cancel the download.

This update also gives the Video Player a Material Redesign. If you’ve ever watched a video in Chrome for Android, you’ll find the player identical. Besides a play/pause button, seek bar, volume controls, and a full screen button, there are no other controls. If users want a fully featured media, they should download the recently announced VLC for Chrome OS.

The Google Photos web app/shortcut is made a default app, as well as Google’s Cultural Institute Wallpaper app that shows artwork from museums around the world. This update also has security fixes and updated recovery screens for when something goes wrong with Chrome OS, or when you dual boot Ubuntu frequently.

The update is rolling out now and all Chrome OS devices should receive in the future.”