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Death of Ubuntu's Unity and the Ubuntu Phone - What you need to know

Ubuntu 17.04

In this article we here at Peach are going to try to give you the facts about the direction of Ubuntu and their recent decisions to change Ubuntu and how it will or will not effect Peach OSI. As you may or may not realize, Peach uses the XFCE window manager system which, like Gnome, is based on the GTK+ toolkit. Ubuntu has been developing and using the Unity desktop for several years. With that fact known and with the growth of Ubuntu derivatives that give the desktop user an alternative to the Unity desktop, I wonder if derivatives like Peach OSI have played any role in Ubuntu deciding to abandon the Unity desktop? Whether or not that is the truth or not doesn’t really matter at this point because I do look forward to seeing what they (Ubuntu and Canonical), with their resources, do with Gnome 3. Peach users, by in large, should feel confident that Peach OSI will do our best to incorporate any new improvements to our systems as Ubuntu moves forward with their developments as we continue to develop Peach OSI as we always have – with performance, reliability and an eye toward ease of use which was and is the reason that we started this project in the first place. What we are witnessing with Ubuntu is the same that everyone in the Linux development game is experiencing. In order to survive we all have to make decisions that take into consideration the financial aspects of those decisions. The reason that Ubuntu phones and tablets has failed is not that there was not the experience or technology to make it possible but that the public at large would rather not have a free and open source portable platform that has Linux as its OS and as the public often does – it opted out of such research and programs by supporting the status quo.

Need an example?: For the past 5 months we have been working on a flavor of Peach OSI code named Cyborg. Our idea was/is to develop a Peach OS that incorporates our basic OS with Android capabilities, such as Google Play and access to the millions of Apps that are available thereof. We’ve traveled down many pathways to get there, natively installed, virtual machines and emulators – each with its own set of advantages and issues but in the end we are having to scrap the program because of two basic issues. Number one is lack of support for the program and number two is the fact that Google will not give us permission to include any Google made Apps like Google Play, Google Earth, basically anything with the title “Google” even though they openly publish these Apps as “Open Source”. How they get around this is by tagging the open source definition with they reserve the right to allow or disallow “permission” of their applications to only “approved” devices. Taking into their considerations for building Chrome capabilities that more and more allow for Chrome users to install Apps directly with Chrome – this “approval” of specific devices seems to be less important than keeping you – their end user – tied to them for marketing and other profit making purposes.

So in the end it’s really up to you and where you decide to place your trust – and make no mistake – when you give your hard earned dollars either by buying products or making donations you are making a conscious choice of what the future will be. Ubuntu is doing nothing more than swimming down stream with the current because to swim upstream against it would eventually depleat whatever resources are left. If there ever was a time that the community of “Open Source” developers needed your support that time is now. Otherwise I’m afraid that in the near future any innovation or “free” to the public resources will be long gone. Read on to read more about the changes with Ubuntu.

14 Practical Examples of the Linux Find Command for Beginners

One of the most common questions that I get is "How do I find a file that I've saved somewhere in Peach?" Well here are some examples of how to find specific files from by using the "find" command. Another way is by using an application that is installed on every Peach distro named Catfish. To load Catfish - simply click on "Applications" in the top left taskbar of any peach distro and type in "Catfish" without the quotes into the search bar.

Here is the article about the "Find" command from for those who would like to learn about who to search for files with a terminal command inside Peach.

Android Found to Have Malware Preinstalled on Dozens of Smart Phones




According to Linux Insider - dozens of new Android Phones are found to have malware pre-installed. Malware has been discovered pre-installed on 36 Android phones belonging to two companies, security software maker Check Point reported. "In all instances, the malware was not downloaded to the device as a result of the users' use -- it arrived with it," noted Oren Koriat, a member of Check Point's Mobile Research Team. The malicious apps on the phones of a telecommunications company and a multinational technology business were not part of the official ROM supplied by the vendor, he explained. They were added somewhere along the supply chain. Six of the malware instances were added by a malicious actor to the device's ROM using system privileges, meaning they couldn't be removed by the user and the device had to be re-flashed, Koriat added. Most of the preinstalled malware consisted of information stealers and rough ad networks, he said. Included in the malicious software array was Slocker, a mobile ransomware program that encrypts all the information on a device and demands a payment to decrypt it.Loki malware also was part of the mix. It not only generates revenue by displaying bogus ads, but also steals data about a device and can take control of it.

Consumers Helpless

ASUS Announces a Single-Board Computer to take on the Raspberry Pi market


 Those that truly know me know that I have been itching to get my hands on a small inexpensive computer device that I could use to help to take Peach OSI to the next level. Late in January of this year I got wind of a new Asus creation dubbed the Asus 90MB0QY1-M0EAY0 Tinker Board which at that time I was hearing that it was coming into the fray to compete against the Raspberry Pi. Well I’ve been using a Raspberry Pi myself now since the Pi 3 came on the scene for an inexpensive HTPC alternative for the bedroom. My Peach Pi TV was created for just this reason. It’s been about 7 months now and I have to say that the Raspberry Pi 3 has performed flawlessly. I use it with Kodi and what once was a special skin I modified for Kodi and coupled with a HD Homerun Prime device from Silicondust I not only enjoy the Raspberry Pi as a Kodi HTPC but it delivers 720P live television broadcasts of over 500 channels. (the HDHomerun box delivers the separate Cable TV service that I pay for). This eliminated the need for any rental equipment from the cable company and gives me the ability tun the Raspberry Pi 3 much like you would use any DVR. The caveat being that the Raspberry Pi 3 can only deliver 720p to my 42” 1080p television. So I am itching to get my hands on the Asus Tinker Board so I can conduct a side by side comparison. From my reading and searches it seems that the exclusive handling of this little Asus board is going to be entrusted to the people at Farnell or If you are reading this and you know differently – please advise – as I have searched the Farnell site and it appears that they are not offering as of the writing of this article. So with no device to test I’m going to try to summarize what I’ve read about this Asus Tinker Board. Click on "Read More" below to see the specs and more info.



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32 Bit or 64 Bit?

As a general rule, use the 32 bit version of Peach OSI if you have less than 4GB or RAM and the 64 bit version if you have 4GB or more of RAM.


Peach Pi TV

How about a Peach Distro that allows you to have a fully functioning HD Home Theater PC for the Raspberry Pi? Well we have it. And you know what? We use it ourselves daily. Fast, functional and full of HTPC features!!


Peach Pi 16.04

Now this is what I'm talking about! We've built a lightning fast full desktop system for the Raspberry Pi. Oh you can get many operating systems for the Raspberry Pi but you have never seen anything like this.


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