Friday, November 06, 2009

Ubuntu 9.10

Ubuntu 9.10 seems to be a worst product from Canonical. 9.10 was on a high expectation. The next release after 9.10 is going to be a Long Term Support product by Canonical Ltd. The other reason is the new Windows 7 from MS received many good responses around the world.

Most of the users upgraded / freshly installed 9.10 are hit by black screen issues. Some of the devices which worked in 9.04 discontinued to work in 9.10. It is always better to wait for any new product to arrive in the market, wait until it is reviewed by its users and then decide on buying it. The same applies for software too. I was saved by this simple idea by not installing 9.10 on the day of its release :). It is always good to be not biased.

According to a survey in Ubuntu Forums, around 33% (at the time of writing this) of the Ubuntu users seem to be affected by irrecoverable problems. May be, it is the karma of Ubuntu.

Canonical should have been more responsible. They had a very good market share in distribution based on GNU/Linux. They brought down the complex usability of GNU/Linux distribution to a much easier and simpler usability for end users. That was their success.

On the other side, Windows 7 seems to be a default version for many Windows users next to Windows XP. It seems to be a stable version too. Ubuntu 9.10's failure should have been considered as a success for some Windows 7 royal fans. They think Ubuntu is Linux.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Software Freedom Day 2009

Software Freedom Day is being celebrated across the world to promote Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and celebrate the people behind FOSS. A non-profit company based in USA called Software Freedom International (SFI) coordinates the SFD across the globe. Though, there are many local groups in different regions that celebrates the day by themselves.

I am not totally involved in any of the Open Source projects. But, I could understand the freedom given to the end user in any software that they use. One have full freedom to customize the software for their use and enhance it. I was using pirated editions of Windows in my college days. Now, I have migrated to the FOSS world. I use Ubuntu in my personal laptop. Whatever software that I want to do my day to day activities are also freely available for Linux. This prevents me from stealing others work ;) I am not against M$ or anything. I just prefer to be with FOSS.

The SFD is also celebrated in Chennai. The date is 19 September 2009. The venue planned is Birla Auditorium, Kotturpuram. There are various events, stalls, activities being planned for the day. Lots of people are volunteering themselves to contribute to the event, which is a nice thing.

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I personally feel, though one likes FOSS, they should not be biased to FOSS and grow hatred towards non-FOSS people.

So, have fun. Let the source be with you...