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My rubbish Ubuntu Linux experience

After a severe buffeting in response to my tongue-in-cheek, winky-eyed ;) blog about how Ubuntu Linux is rubbish ("amateur", "user error", ow), I have learned from my errors. Suffice to say, I have had a rubbish Ubuntu Linux experience.

October 16, 2010 by

Linux in your hand; from geeks only to consumer friendly mass market

My first experience with mobile Linux was with a Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 I bought back in 2003. It was very customizable with apps and functionality and you could change the ROM on it rather easily to fit your needs, but it also required you to spend hours and hours tweaking and refining it to get it to work just right. When I heard that we would see more Linux-based mobile operating systems I didn't think they would amount to much because consumers seem to want products that work even if they don't have the most powerful functions (as we see with the iPhone). I am pleased to now see that smartphone operating systems based on Linux look to be the most powerful, customizable, flexible, and consumer friendly of all platforms we see in the market. We are seeing some wonderful devices running the Palm WebOS, Google Android, and Nokia Maemo operating systems with the Palm Pre, HTC Hero, Verizon Droid, Nokia N900 , and many more.

October 25, 2009 by

Will Microsoft promise split the open source movement

The split is over whether Microsoft's promise on C# and the CLI extends to Mono and whether the Mono version of .Net should be accepted as a standard part of Linux. If it is, then Microsoft may be embraced as an "open core" vendor like other enterprise open source companies.

July 6, 2009 by

Will Stallman C# warning fall flat?

Stallman's fear is that Microsoft will use its software patents to force open source C# implementations, and applications, underground. Any move toward bringing C#, which Microsoft developed and Mono, which Microsoft supports, into the center of the Linux community must therefore be resisted.

June 29, 2009 by

OpenSolaris 2009.06: Getting Better All The Time

The June 2009 (2009.06) release of OpenSolaris provides a solid Open Source GNOME desktop experience like that of a modern Linux distribution combined with the scalability and stability of UNIX.

June 7, 2009

Canonical hits back at Microsoft in netbook spat

Canonical, the company that sponsors the Ubuntu Linux distribution, has attacked a Microsoft blogger's claims about why Windows netbooks outsell their Linux counterparts.On 3 April, Brandon LeBlanc wrote on the Windows Experience Blog that, in the United States in February, 96 percent of netbooks sold had Windows as the preinstalled operating system.

April 14, 2009 by

First Intel MID now available for $699

There was a lot of Intel MID (Mobile Internet Device) news and demos at CES back in January, but we are just now starting to see them become available. Jenn from Pocketables posted that the Aigo P8860D/Gigabyte M528 MID is now shipping from Japan for US$699 with free worldwide shipping. The device has been on ebay, but this is the first official reseller carrying the device. I haven't read anywhere that other MID devices are coming soon with most speculation showing 2009 availability. With devices like the iPhone/iPod Touch and Nokia N810 I am not sure there is a real need for a device like these, but then again with Linux or Windows XP your browser experience should not be limited like it is on all of these existing handheld devices.

September 30, 2008 by

Can Ubuntu win the OS beauty pageant?

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, has thrown down the gauntlet to his merry band of open source followers: Make Ubuntu as pretty and ultimately better looking than Apple's Mac OS.eWeek's Darryl Taft quotes Shuttleworth (Techmeme):"The great task in front of us over the next two years is to lift the experience of the Linux desktop from something that is stable and robust and not so pretty, into something that is art.

July 23, 2008 by

Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" beta - making life easier for Windows users

One of the barriers to Linux adoption is the fact that many people find the idea of wiping their Windows installation a daunting thing. Sure, the widespread adoption of the Live CD with allows users to boot into a working Linux environment has made taking a Linux distro for a test drive easier, but a Live CD experience falls far short of what you can expect from an installed Linux experience. Ubuntu 8.04 beta "Hardy Heron" has made Linux adoption much easier by making it easy for Windows users to install Ubuntu onto their PCs without affecting their Windows installation.

March 24, 2008

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