Wow… even though the Mac vs. PC thing is outside of the Linux world and generally outside of my scope, this thing is starting to get a little ugly — and entertaining.
Let’s take it from the top, shall we? Apple runs Mac vs. PC ads, showing the faults of originally XP, and now Vista. Apple runs the commercials FOREVER. While they were becoming a little stale and annoying, Microsoft announces a $300,000,000 ad campaign — featuring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld. There were two teaser ads featuring the unlikely pair, and the focus began to become clear: “Windows: Life Without Walls.” Next, commercials began to appear showing a John Hodgeman-like (PC guy in Mac commercials) Microsoft employee stating that he is a PC, and has been made into a stereotype. The commercial ensues showing random people and some celebrities saying that they are PCs. With these new commercials, Apple fires back saying Microsoft puts all of its money on advertising, instead of fixing Vista. Another Mac commercial states Microsoft is trying to get around saying the V-word (Vista…) because it was such a blunder.
This is going to be exciting to see what happens next. Who knows how dirty and unprofessional it can get! For once, I can say that I am glad to be on the sidelines with some popcorn ready for the prime time entertainment.
The Ubuntu Georgia LoCo and the Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts are proud to announce the Ubuntu 8.10 InstallFest!
This event will be held:
Saturday, November 8, 10:00am to 5:00pm
at Emory Law School Gambrell Hall, Room 5e
There will be Ubuntu 8.10 CDs and support to help you hit the ground running with your new system. Internet will also be available. We will be open from 10-5, so drop in anytime you like! As always, admission is FREE!
Ubuntu 8.10 is so close that I can taste it. I know that in the past, I had given the new version a bad rap for not adding enough new features, but now that the release candidate is here, I can say that Ubuntu 8.10 is certainly going to be one fine release. I’ll sum up the release as soon as I can get my hands on it.
If there’s a better sign that Ubuntu is becoming more popular, then it has to be the fact that the flash downloads for Linux include Ubuntu 8.04 by name. The flash version available is the latest, version 10. It used to be that the only versions of flash available were 1) an RPM version, and 2) a source code installer. Now, there are two versions for Ubuntu, one for an APT installation, and the other a direct .deb file. Both are mentioned as for Ubuntu. The only distribution mentioned by name for the downloads. Yet again, just as with IBM Lotus Symphony, there is a version specifically for Ubuntu. Maybe Ubuntu is becoming the generic Linux distro…
The latest version of flash is available which will update the one currently available for Ubuntu 8.04.
Today, while searching the various PPAs available for Intrepid, I ran across a PPA for OpenOffice 3.0. It’s good for only the Intrepid version, but it includes the update to OpenOffice 3 directly from OpenOffice 2.4. You can find the PPA page with instructions here:
Also, it appears that the iGoogle page has been updated. It’s a nice upgrade, and it allows me to see the news tabs that I have opened in full screen. Yeah, I know I mentioned that I was leaving Google’s services, but seriously, have any of you ever tried Yahoo!’s stuff? It’s slow, loaded with advertising, and it does not let me customize it that much. I think I’ll stick with Google for now.
The Intrepid Ibex, Ubuntu 8.10, is coming in 15 days. The new release had many features planned, but yet in the latest beta release, there is still no sign of some of the major features planned.
I mean, really, if some of the biggest improvements are 1) a guest session, and 2) tabs in the file browser, what has become of the world’s most popular distribution? So far, it looks like OpenOffice 3 will not be making it into Ubuntu 8.10. A new theme for the distribution, which has been promised since the inception of the last release, still remains to be seen. The NewHuman theme, renamed “DarkRoom”, has been uploaded, as well as a new background. However, DarkRoom has not been included as the default, but rather the old-style Human theme has been included, and is this time using the murrine theme engine. That’s not a radical change, so things still feel the same. From my experience, not many people change the look and feel of their system who are new to Ubuntu. Would it not be beneficial to make it look as good as possible? I mean, seriously, the DarkRoom theme (which still has some bugs), with this background would be aiming for that darker, more earthy look. It is far more stunning, and would make any head turn.
There are other features that were discussed but held back as well. It’s unfortunate to not see this release following in the footsteps of past versions, which included features that were worth mention.
The lack of new features is troubling to me, as this release is almost being treated as an LTS release with respect to features. Why there was not much of a performance improvement or work put into making this release better to fulfill Mark Shuttleworth’s call to beat the Mac makes me wonder. Hopefully there will be some surprises in store for the final release. I am currently running the beta, and all things are working well, so only time will tell. Hopefully some new features will roll in soon.
Today Apple released new notebooks, for the MacBook Pros, MacBooks, and the Air. The major differences are how they are built, as well as spec differences as well. It looks however that the sub-$1000 price point is not somewhere Apple is willing to go.
Congratulations FSF! I have berated them in the past for their positioning protesting over developing ideologies, but it seems that they may be getting some things back in order in the PR department.
First, a video from Stephen Fry. It’s probably one of the best videos that I have seen that explains free software in an easy manner, something any old joe can understand. Here’s the video in case you missed it.
Next, a campaign. Finally, it’s not one that involves wearing silly costumes or protesting, but rather it involves in bringing a better software that can allow you to run a full system without having to resort to proprietary software or services. Here’s the site that shows all the high priority software projects.