In the last couple of weeks we’ve seen the announcement or release of a number of new products: the iPad Mini, an updated version of the full-size iPad, and Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Surface tablet.
A lot less attention was paid to the October 18 release of one of the most widely-used Linux distributions, Ubuntu. That’s unfortunate, because Linux in its various flavors is a solid operating system. It’s even used by such major companies as Google on both their servers and their desktops.
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This must be just about the most famous inquiries in VPS (Electronic Private Server) internet hosting sector. It is almost always inevitably questioned by individuals who have only recently encounter the expression VPS. It will be justified from the various sites which display the many types regarding OS program based bundles but attention little concerning providing information about what that really results in from any customer’s viewpoint. To start out with, from ab muscles outset, the key change in those two platforms could be the kernel form of which occurs in the particular Linux methods.
Linux is simply an elaboration with the UNIX kernel with additional added characteristics and applications constructed into it. Linux provides various distributions inside of it which can be built simply by modifying certain areas of the foundation version regarding Linux. One other advantage is the file system employed by Linux will not run files with all the extension “. exe”. This makes the job of trojan protection very easy as many viruses are with the. exe file format. Also the device is robust and in addition offers any Command Series Interface which can be very user-friendly and successful. And to be able to top all of it “CPanel “the world’s most user-friendly hosting handle panel operates only inside Linux.
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Last 2006, I wrote a chunk for LXer named “A Brief Record of Microsoft FUD”. This ran by way of successive attempts by simply Microsoft to dismiss GNU/Linux in numerous ways. One of your better-known was a few “Total Cost involving Ownership” (TCO) reports. By an remarkable coincidence, these most showed that ‘microsoft’ Windows was more affordable than that purportedly cheap GNU/Linux.
The good news is, people soon cottoned onto the fact that these kind of studies, paid pertaining to by Microsoft, ended up pretty worthless (below, for example, is an excellent debunking of the level of FUD that had been put out throughout 2005. )#) On the other hand, one knock-on consequence of these episode is that will TCO studies alternatively fell from give preference to.
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As one of bloggers from kdedevelopers.org site mentioned correctly, KDE4 and KDE 4.0 are not the same. When people are reviewing and discussing the KDEâ€™s latest release, i.e. 4, they are at times messing up the two terms.
BTW, do you know that KDE 4.0 can be installed on Windows as well; while using a Windows machine you can take a dive into the ocean of powerful applications, awesome user experience and the freedom Richard M Stallman talks about. An advanced user can compile KDE 4.0 for Windows through the toolkit available, but an ordinary â€˜click-nextâ€™ user will have to wait for a while for the Windows-ready-to-install KDE version.
So, there you go. Enjoy KDE4 and the current 4.0.0 release :-p
Related: And here are few more latest reviews on KDE 4:
Consider that the global community is already beginning to rally behind standard document formats. In addition, as browsers like Firefox gain more market share, users are less tolerant of Internet Explorer-only web sites. However, the transition is slow and will continue to be a slow one. Most people will switch away from Windows only when dollars are on the line.
The Perfect Generic Client
In the long run, Linux makes the perfect generic client. It is the hub of free software development, which makes it the focal point for generic, open computing. As people continue to use Linux as the basis for cell phones, DVRs (such as TiVo and Dish Network), routers, and other dedicated systems, it is becoming ubiquitous on just about every platform but the PC. This only makes it more likely to dominate the PC in the future.
The more Linux becomes the de-facto standard platform for software development of any kind, the more appealing it becomes as the platform for personal computing. Any overlap between appliances and PCs saves duplication of effort. The vast repository of free software available for the asking makes Linux even more appealing as the basis for development.
Many of the duties Linux must perform on a PC it already performs on appliances like cell phones. We may never see the era of $100 network computers, but network computing is advancing, nevertheless, as is evidenced by the increasing reliance on web-based email and the appearance of network applications like Google Docs. We owe thanks to AJAX and Java for the rich client features now available through your PC and/or cell phone browser.
The more we depend on this type of computing, the more invisible operating systems will become. Most people don’t know or care what OS runs their cell phone. We may always care more about what we run on our PC, but the distinction between the two will gradually blur. As it does, Linux should be the best choice, because it is already prevalent on so many devices.
Microsoftâ€™s efforts to overturn a vote earlier this year denying its Open XML â€œfast trackâ€ standards certification seem to be getting a boost from the GNOME Foundation.GNOME Foundation founder Miguel deIcaza is a Novell employee, and his actions have been closely scrutinized since Microsoft signed its controversial â€œpatent licensingâ€ deal with the company a year ago.
OpenXML, also called OOXML, was denied â€œfast trackâ€ International Standards Organization (ISO) approval in September, but a final vote on making it a standard will take place in February, and Microsoft is anxious to get the earlier decision reversed.
To that end Microsoft is working with the ECMA TC 45 group to answer detailed questions which accompanied the negative ballots in September, in hopes of changing hearts and minds by February. GNOMEâ€™s participation in that group is upsetting Open Document Format (ODF) advocates.
ODF is the format used by Open Office.
Opponents of making the Microsoft Word format an ISO document standard, like OpenDocument Fellowship member Russell Ossendryver, compare GNOMEâ€™s actions to Democrats offering counters to President Bushâ€™s 2005 plan on privatizing Social Security â€” any counter-proposal makes it more likely something bad will happen.
Dave Neary, a member of the GNOME Foundation and community manager for OpenWengo, says itâ€™s all safe as milk. Quoting Jody Goldberg, who calls supporting ODF â€œsignificantly more difficultâ€ than supporting OOXML, he suggests ODF will never be the â€œone true formatâ€ without destroying its utility.
In arguing for Open XML on his blog yesterday, Jason Matusow of Microsoft insists no oneâ€™s hands are clean, that any decision gives proprietary advantage to someone, and the place to fight all this out is the marketplace, not a standards-setting process.
The issue is vital for this reason. Microsoft Office has a dominant market share. Microsoft Office is proprietary. Microsoftâ€™s XML formatting was changed just before Office 2007â€™s final release, destroying interoperabiity with ODF until fixes could be found.
Once a proprietary standard is approved by the ISO, and made a standard, its eventual replacement by a truly open standard like ODF becomes impossible. At best the two stand side-by-side, and Microsoftâ€™s market dominance is baked into the market.
Thatâ€™s why, despite the fact OOXML or OpenXML may be a better format today, groups like NOOOXML are fighting so hard against ISO approval. (The cartoon is from the NOOOXML site.)
Once a proprietary format becomes a standard, the era of truly open standards is over, and the way becomes clear to making anything proprietary.
– by ZDNET
WordPress, which I had previously considered â€œjustâ€ a blogging engine, has been named the best open source Content Management System for social networking, beating Drupal and Elgg. (Picture from PhotoMatt.)The Judges commented on â€œWordPressâ€™s ease of configuration, professional approach, usability and enthusiastic community,â€ awarding the project $2,000.
WordPress wasÂ started by Matt MullenwegÂ in 2003. He worked for a while at C|Net before founding Automattic, which hosts blogs, runs an anti-spam service called Akismet, and does other cool stuff.
ZDNet runs on WordPress, and I must admit that each new version of the software seems better than what came before. I also use Drupal at Voic.Us and my personal blog runs through Typepad, a hosted version of Movable Type.
The success of WordPress offers some great lessons about the Internet space, which many analysts still refuse to accept. Remember that by 2003 Â Google had already acquired Blogger. CMS systems like Drupal, Slash and Scoop were already well-established. Why would anyone need another blogging engine, let alone an open source CMS?
Yet just as Google was able to blow by Yahoo, which everyone in the late 1990s thought owned the search space (thatâ€™s why they expanded and became a portal), WordPress was able to blow by a unit of Google, and in relatively short order. Not to mention all those other competitors, who are not chopped liver. (I do like Typepad and Drupal.)
Any analyst who tells you anyone in the Internet owns anything, and that ownership is permanent, just isnâ€™t living in the real world. Change remains possible. Leaders can be caught. If youâ€™ve got a better mousetrap build it, and if it is better, if you run things right, you can win in the open source marketplace.
One more piece of wisdom. StayÂ humble. Â Mullenweg calls his own blog PhotoMatt, and his announcement of this award was quite brief, a simple, one word celebration. â€œYay!â€ He was unavailable for comment because heâ€™s at an event in Argentina, having just acquired Gravatar.
Young man in a hurry in a very small world.
– by Dana Blankenhorn
Only a couple of years ago, Linux as a desktop was a pimply adolescent with half-baked ideas. Today we see a handsome, well-dressed grown-up who handles a range of tasks with confidence and even performs some fancy tricks. No longer do we need to make allowances for his dress sense or his strange habits.
The timing couldn’t be any better. Vista is a Wagner Opera that is usually late to start, takes too long to finish. Mac OS X Leopard, meanwhile, is the late show in an exclusive nightclub where the drinks are way too expensive. In contrast, the Linux desktop is the free show in the park across the street — it imposes some discomforts on the audience, but provides plenty of quality entertainment.
The first challenge is getting hold of the tickets, since you can’t just choose your new PC and then tick the Linux box in the list of software options. The good news is that installing Linux is no longer a challenge that rivals splitting the atom. With a handful of mature linux distros designed for average users, the benefits Linux offers are much easier to experience. And there are plenty:
Most people like it, many others donâ€™t, the fact is that Ubuntu is the king of Linux distributions right now – and for some very good reasons. Below I will attempt to identify those reasons that made Ubuntu the most popular distribution and explain why its success was â€œinevitableâ€.
1) A good start: Ubuntu started with a strong background. It wasnâ€™t â€œyet anotherâ€ distribution, it was a distribution that had a vision and enough people and money behind it to support that vision.
2) Easy and straightforward installation: From the text-based installer of the first few versions, to the point&click installer of today, ubuntu always had a very straightforward and simple installation. Every step of the installer was explained in a short, yet clear manner that made it easy for everyone to follow the steps of the installation proccedure (almost) regardless of their experience with computers.
3) ShipIt: Sharing â€œofficialâ€ CDâ€™s with the Ubuntu logo increased the trust of users towards the distribution and made it much easier for users on slow connections to try it. People could now give away several CDâ€™s to their friends and coworkers which made the general adoption of Linux much faster.
4) Synaptic: If you ask a first-time Ubuntu user to tell you what impressed them most, chances are that the answer will be â€œsynapticâ€. Indeed, this application brought APT much closer to the average user and made program installation in Linux a lot easier. Users didnâ€™t have to search for RPMs or worry that they might needed to deal with dependancies, compile from source etc, synaptic solved everything using a very simple interface. When the first versions of Ubuntu came out, the only thing that could be compared to the flexibility and ease of use of APT and Synaptic was Fedoraâ€™s YUM, but unfortunately at that time Fedora didnâ€™t have a good front-end for YUM (although Synaptic could be used with YUM, it was not nearly as easy to set up as synaptic and Ubuntu were).
5) Ubuntu forums/Community: The Ubuntu community was, and still is one of the most important factors that promote the growth of Ubuntu. The forums are very active and old users are very friendly and patient towards newcomers. Maybe it has to do with the philosophy of â€œUbuntuâ€â€¦
6) User promotion: Ubuntu is based heavily on the promotion it receives from itâ€™s users. Nearly every person who uses Ubuntu today has beed advised to try it by someone else who had tried it before them and so on. This, combined with the strong influence of Ubuntu to the internet forums related to GNU/Linux, has led to a major increase in itâ€™s adoption .
7) Fragmented competitors: When Ubuntu started itâ€™s â€œmarch to gloryâ€ there were three â€œbigâ€ distributions, SuSE, Mandriva, and Fedora. Debian and Slackware were popular but were not very appealling to newbies (Debian still had a text based installerâ€¦). All of the â€œbig threeâ€ were not at their best when Ubuntu came out and started gathering users. SuSE had recently been bought by Novell and was still undergoing internal reconstructions, Mandriva has in the middle of a severe financial crisis, and Fedora was just at FC2 which wasnâ€™t nearly as easy as it now is. This â€œfragmentationâ€ (or â€œdecay of the distribution maketâ€ if you like) helped many users make the decision to switch to Ubuntu.
There are definately many other reasons why Ubuntu managed to get to the top, and stay there, but making a complete analysis is not within the purposes of this post. Highlighting some of the points that made Ubuntu what it is today, is.
Till next time, keep drinking coffee