One may ask themselves why Microsoft has resorted to using tactics such as how much a PC costs vs a Mac. Look at their new commercials, like the woman going to find a PC under $1000. Well, if you haven't seen it, I'll let you in on it. She's told by an announcer that if she can find a PC for under $1000, she could keep it for free. Well, she goes into the 'Mac' store (yes, she calls it the Mac store, not Apple) and leaves immediately, stating that the only Mac she was able to find for under the limit was one with a 13" screen. In order to meet her requirements for herself, it was to be a 17" screen, a comfortable keyboard, and of course, under $1000. So she makes her way to a best-buy clone, and looks around. To her amazement, all the computer there had better specs, and she eventually settles on a $700 HP. Yes, not the point, she had to pay for it. Way to keep your promise Microsoft. Anyhow, that's besides the point.
Many people say that in order for Microsoft to combat the current problems they're having, they need to do a complete redo of their OS. This is a terrible idea, from a Microsoft perspective. Vista was as far as they can go at one time without losing a terrible amount of share. The amount of people complaining that their software doesn't work, games, applications, was incredible. Now, if they were to scrap everything that they have, and start from scratch, they'd be unable to achieve the market share they once had. Sure, some die-hards will continue to use Windows, and companies would likely continue to make software based on the new OS, but so many people would likely turn to either Mac or Linux. This is because they are already stuck having to try and learn the new OS, so they will try something new.
So, in reality, if Microsoft wants to keep their position at the top for as long as possible, they're going to have to continue with their current business model. If they don't, they don't stand a chance in this economy, let alone against the spectacular software available. So, don't expect a drastic change, expect Microsoft to stay Microsoft until the day they become the next BeOS.
Many of you may or may not have heard of a new project. This one is called OpenPandora. Their goal is to make an open source handheld that is very powerful. And I must say, they certainly achieved that.
It is by far the most powerful handheld in the world both in terms of raw CPU power and 3D graphics capability, it will be able to handle things such as Firefox3 or Quake3 with ease.
As you can see, it's definately powerful enough as a system, but how about raw specs?
* ARM® CortexTM-A8 600Mhz+ CPU running Linux
* 430-MHz TMS320C64x+TM DSP Core
* PowerVR SGX OpenGL 2.0 ES compliant 3D hardware
* 800x480 4.3" 16.7 million colours touchscreen LCD
* Wifi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth & High Speed USB 2.0 Host
* Dual SDHC card slots & SVideo TV output
* Dual Analogue and Digital gaming controls
* 43 button QWERTY and numeric keypad
* Around 10+ Hours battery life
If you ask me, this is the next-generation of netbooks. It should be a contender in the handheld arena, and if it is able to get itself enough publicity, Sony & Nintendo may start losing to significant market share. Which proves one point: What is safe from Linux? The answer: nothing. Check their site out and purchase a unit, support Linux, OpenPandora, and enjoy it while you're at it!
The German Ubuntu LoCo-Team has a new portal site: http://www.ubuntu-de.org
It serves as an overview over all the different projects of the German Community and so helps beginners finding their way into the community.
With the acquisition of Sun - Oracle has come a full circle with its offering.
Now the question in everyone's mind - What happens to MySQL. I am sure it will continue to be nurtured, promoted and all that. Will it be done with fair practices? Why not donate Mysql to Linux community or Apache foundation or better still promote/nurture Mysql as an independent organization?
Why Linux ?
It is proven beyond an iota of doubt - How to manage community software platform with Linux? In the world of Light (LAMP) M is a very important member.
Oraclians - please donate Mysql to Linux Foundation!!
By the way - This is my personal opinion!!
I have been in charge of setting multiple Linux terminal servers up through the years. I have also been tasked with getting Linux desktops conforming to the same user defaults and centrally manage those. Some applications that behave the *nix way are really easy to manage but the ones like OpenOffice, Firefox, Gnome and others can be a real pain because they have settings in all the different places and with different ways of setting them.
Sometimes i wonder if many developers are very good at programming but perhaps not that up to speed on making them easily managable in a larger enviroment. Its really not that much of a hassle of making it really easy to manage settings for an application.
Put user specific settings in "~./appname", the default user settings in /etc/skel/appname and distributing, altering them en masse and setting sane defaults becomes really easy and does not in any way demand anything else than very simple scripts.
The worst of them all is in my mind Gnome that uses gconf. While i cant comment on its merits for programmers its a living hell managing as an admin where you have more than a couple of computers or on a terminal server. I totally abhorre using any kind of databases or registers for settings. I cant imagine it saves especially much time for the developers and it certainly introduces nothing but troubles for the users.
This is in my mind really something that needs to be taken into consideration for those who wish people in corporations using their apps more. Especially firefox and openoffice thats pretty hard to manage on both Linux and Windows regardless of any policy tools , scripts or whatnot.
Linux in itself and as an OS works wonderfully in regards to settings and such, its just some of the applications bolted ontop and ran on Linux that would really need some rethinking from a management point of view.
This often proves rather difficult, at least for myself. I'll start off with an example. When I first started to become interested in Linux, a friend decided to lend me a disc. It happened to be Ubuntu 5.10. To this day, I either use Debian, Ubuntu, or Mint. This is because it was my first impressions to Linux, and it's what I accustomed myself to. So this is where you need to decide what to show them.
For instance, decide how competant they are when it comes to computers. While this may be a harsh statement it's very true. If this person is only able to log in and surf the net, don't suggest something such as Arch or Gentoo, rather suggest something such as Mint. If they enjoy a little bit of monkeying around with things, give them Ubuntu, or perhaps even openSUSE. It depends on the type of person
Now what exactly do you show a person to demonstrate Linux. First you have to think about what Linux really is. At the very basic level, it's an OS. It provides a layer to execute programs that people have written, and for some people that's good enough. For others, and in reality the majority of the young population, you're going to have to convince them that Linux is better than Windows.
One of the first things that you should show them is the office suites available. I personally have no use for an office suite, but apparently people are willing to pay 300+ dollars for that software. The next would be photography, such as the Gimp. Show them how to do things that you could do in Photoshop in the Gimp. Show them how the media players work, how to create movies, with something such as Kdenlive. This is what they want to see. Then show them them some of the fancier things. Do a little bit of management through the CLI. How to list files, move, copy, install applications, start applications, configure the os. This will show them that you both know what you're doing and what is available to them on Linux. The last thing you need to do is ask if they have any apps that they couldn't do without, and then show them a suitable replacement for them, and if you can't even find one, then use the opportunity to demonstrate Wine to them.
All this being said, it's a good idea to watch what you show them. Just like the old saying--first impressions are the most important.
Last night I installed Kubuntu 9.04 RC on a 2Ghz, 512MB Shuttle machine with onboard graphics that landed in my lap a couple of weeks ago.
I tested Mint on the machine but had a problem with the login splash that disappeared after logout. Mint looked good but I found the desktop too quirky for my taste. Maybe my taste is quirky and Mint's desktop is fine?
I decided to give Kubuntu a shot because I like KDE4. My last attempt at Kubuntu 8.10 was a disaster because KDE4 had numerous problems with the ATI card in my big machine.
The installation went smoothly, very smooth as a matter of fact. Minimal intervention is required but I did take the long route with partitioning as I was working with a brand new 120GB drive. The installation screens was intuitive and a room full of monkeys will be able to install this sucker. (They may get the timezone wrong)
Once installed everything worked perfectly. After the first boot (almost an hour later but I did not time the install) Kubuntu announced that there's updates ready and it was downloaded and installed in 15 minutes.
The interface is very nice. I will have to play some more but I'm impressed thus far.
My only gripe is that I had to go and get Firefox. And a windows user will have a difficult time with this. Once you figured out where the package manager is located and how it works, you are overwhelmed with 15 packages for Firefox to choose from.
Canonical may do themselves and new converts a huge favour and make the application acquisition process more intuitive for non linux geeks. I usually use apt and so will most of yous guys, but Kubuntu/Ubuntu is aimed at newbs(I think?)
The vast array of application available in the repositories and the "ease" of getting to them via the package manager is one of the biggest advantages Linux have over Windows. Now just go and make the package manager flashy with lots of bling, bells and whistles and we have a winner.
I'm hugely impressed with Kubuntu 9.04 and will run a test and replace my families Windows box with this one and see how they accept it.
Linux Servers for the masses?
I work with both Linux, Windows and Netware servers. The difference from my view is that the amount of work on setting up a server is more or less the same regardless of OS. The only difference is how fast the service is configured initially.
On some systems you can have a wizard make your server 10% ready in a heartbeat and then put countless ours into tweaking it into what you really want. On Linux you often spend much time doing the initial setup and then maybe 10% for the rest. For the casual deployer Linux seems much harder when its in reality far easier to manage and deploy.
Its fully possible to make a distribution that makes assumptions, ask the user for the missing pieces of information and slaps up an LDAP, Mail, Webmail, FileServer and other services without to much work from the user. The missing link is often to tie the bits and pieces together to make a good default system easily. The services are mostly installed without any integration at all by default.
The thing is not to make the best configuration possible initially but to give users a working system fast and without much work just as they are used to if they come from the Windows world. They are used to put many ours into the system after the installation is done but not to read up on things and know what they do before even beginning.
Various virtual systems that companies like zenoss use to showcase their systems are a good bit on the way but really not an ideal solution.
I have been out of town lately; so, not a whole lot has been accomplished on the BerkeleyLUG front in the last few weeks. I hope to push things further along in the next few weeks.
I thought I’d kick things off a bit with a new post about an awesome (and fairly new) program/service for linux called Dropbox.
If you are like me, you have several computers that you use on a regular basis. A desktop/server, a laptop, a netbook and a work computer. It is annoying to have to manually sync files between them by email/flash-drive/ssh etc… For example, I am often working on a paper at work and want to continue working on it home. Or, I want my pictures to show up on all my computers when I get them off of my camera. Same thing for my music, when I buy it (DRM free from AmazonMP3 or Emusic). For the longest time, I was using rsync to satisfy my syncing needs. Now, don’t get me wrong, rsync is awesome, but it is less than seemless. At best I need to click an icon that launches a script to do the sync. However, dropbox is seemless. It comes as an extension to nautilus and creates a folder called “Dropbox” in your home directory. Everything you put in that folder is automatically synced to your private webspace and your other computers. It all happens in about 5 seconds.
For free, you can sync up to 2GB of of space, and, for a small monthly fee, (which I updated for after testing it for a few days) you can sync up to 50GB. The program itself is opensource; you are paying for the webspace and bandwidth.
The way I use to sync most of my home director is to have most of my directories located in ~/Dropbox which I symlink to ~/ - the ones that aren’t symlinked are the ones I don’t want synced. I recommend everyone check this out if you have multiple computers. The program is awesome, the devs love linux/opensource and are open to suggestions and are extremely active. A new test version hits the forums several times a week.
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