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.
So, just when you think that it could not get any worse (to the point of dry inside jokes), Microsoft decided to set up an “I’m a PC” video recording booth outside of an Apple store in Britain. Oh. Yeah.
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!
Directions to the InstallFest
… or does the latest build of Windows 7 resemble KDE 3 just a bit?
Just to be more specific… it looks a lot like PCLinuxOS 2007!
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.
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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. 😉