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30 reasons why Ubuntu is here to stay

1 – Free (and pretty good)

Ubuntu website homepage

2 – It’s HUGE

Google trends comparing Ubuntu with other linux distros

Its clearly the most used linux distro. According to Wikipedia, Ubuntu passed 100 million users in April 2009 and many vendors started selling computers with Ubuntu pre-installed:

A number of vendors offer computers with Ubuntu pre-installed, including Dell, Tesco, OP3, Gliese IT, System76, and the South African company Bravium Computers.

– Wikipedia

3 – Many resources

It is very easy to find help for Ubuntu. A quick search in Amazon listed 800+ books about Ubuntu. There’s an official wiki with loads of FAQs, guides and manuals all organized in a practical and reachable way. If that still haven’t solved your issues there is the “unofficial” forum with over 7.5 million posts.

4 – Stable

Windows blue screen of death!

Blue screen of death? Memory dump ? Frozen screen? Unacceptable memory leaks? Need to reboot it once in a while? Ubuntu has nothing to do with that son. I’ve seen reports of up-times as far as 2 years and the system kept smooth.

5 – Secure

Secure Lap

Open source is more secure than closed source applications for many reasons. More people can detect and fix bugs on open-source software than in closed-source. Even the Whitehouse and the US Departament of Defense have realized that. Also Linux protects system critical resources without annoying the user.

6 – Commercial support

Ubuntu was born with enterprise mentality and thus is has very good commercial support around the world. Be it for desktop or servers, you can get it at Caonical’s paid support and from its partners.

7 – Faster

Doesn’t need to be reinstalled every now and then to keep running smooth since there is no registry. There’s no DLL hell and no viruses. It also uses less hardware resources.

Ironically like I said bellow on the Wine topic, some Windows games ran faster on Ubuntu for me. You can see a very good benchmark between Ubuntu and Windows on’s article.

8 – Disk space

Ubuntu vs Windows comparing disk space usage. Note that altough Ubuntu uses way less disk space, it has more hardware support and comes with Office installed.

Ubuntu vs Windows comparing disk space usage. Altough Ubuntu uses way less disk space, it has more hardware support and comes with Office installed. Image source:

9 – No registry

Windows Registry (taken from Coding Horror archive)

With Ubuntu you don’t get that geek registry which is a big exposure of the system, a mess of system and user software configurations mixed forming a SPOF.

10 – Office for $679.95 Free!

Open Office 3.1 on Ubuntu 9.10

It comes with the free OpenOffice suite which can also open and save in Microsoft Office format.

Edit: As noted by Shady, OpenOffice is not yet a full alternative to Microsoft Office. Although OpenOffice has 80% of the most important functionalities that any office suite, it can be very frustrating if you need anything from those 20% of advanced functionalities. I hope it catches up with but only time will tell.

11 – Battery efficient

Ubuntu power consumption

Ubuntu can be very energy efficient if properly configured.

12 – Philosophy

Ubuntu makers follow a very humanistic philosophy which serves as a guideline for them to don’t be evil:

1. Every computer user should have the freedom to download, run, copy, distribute, study, share, change and improve their software for any purpose, without paying licensing fees.

2. Every computer user should be able to use their software in the language of their choice.

3. Every computer user should be given every opportunity to use software, even if they work under a disability.

13 – Great repository

Ubuntu Synaptic: GUI for installing software

As a child of Debian, Ubuntu inherited a very special power: it’s package system. APT works seamlessly with the whole system to keep it updated and offer a vast list of software to be installed.

With the addition of Synaptic things got even easier. And now the final blow: Ubuntu app store which is a hub for commercial and free software on Ubuntu. Enabling users to install apps with the click of a mouse, be it paid or free.

Ubuntu App Store

14 – Just works

Ubuntu 9.10 CD

Ubuntu offer better hardware support than Windows and MacOS and uses less resources to run. Add the fact that it can boot without installing and comes with a free Office suite and you’ll see that in most of the cases it Just Works.

15 – Easy and fast installation

Ubuntu vs Windows setup

Ubuntu installs faster with less clicks. It recognizes and respects other operating systems and try to keep them working side by side. Ubuntu 9.10 even prompts users to import user data and settings from other operating systems that where detected during install.

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Opensuse 11.2 screenshots

OpenSUSE 11.2 release which is available as KDE or GNOME live CD versions. A few specific improvements that I am looking forward to include KDE 4.3 which is suppose to feature closer integration with Firefox and applications.

Here are some screenshots of open suse11.2.

OpenSUSE 11.2 Boot Menu

OpenSUSE 11.2 Loading

OpenSUSE 11.2 KDE Dektop

Mozilla introduces Personas 2.0

Personas 2.0 offers a cleaner look, clearer navigation, and easier ways to discover and engage new art. Check out the new site here.

The Mozilla Labs team launched Personas 1.0 in March with the idea that it shouldn’t be hard to make our internet browser more fun and personal. Over the past eight months, with  our feedback and support, it  iterated on the Personas experience fifteen times (10 times on the website, 5 times on the extension) and are now pleased to introduce Personas 2.0.

What’s New?

1. Enhanced look: Thanks to the creative vision and guidance of Chris Howse, the site now has a cleaner look and feel, and also customizes an experience based on whether you are currently using the Personas add-on. The site also suggests more you might enjoy based on what you choose to wear.

2. New features: With your feedback and support, we integrated features like search, and favorites. We also added features to the Personas add-on itself to make it easier for you to discover and manage your persona designs directly from the little fox in the lower left corner of your browser chrome. (see 1.4 announcement and video).

3. More designs: Personas 1.0 launched with less than 150 designs. Thanks to a growing community of contributors and artists, the Personas gallery will likely welcome its 40,000th design by the end of this year. The gallery also includes affinity art from Harry Potter, Vans, Bob Marley, Lilly Pulitzer, and Greenpeace.

4. Easier discovery: To let you discover new artists and designs, we sorted the Personas gallery by “up and coming” designs. This allows you to quickly view personas designs that are gaining popularity in the Personas community. You can also easily switch your view to sort by “popular” or “just added”.

5. Localization underway: the localization and web development teams have worked to make the site localizeable. If you want to join the effort, you can do so here. Thanks to our community of volunteers, many localization efforts are underway, with some nearly complete.

Sony Ericsson comes with Elm and Hazel-Greenheart Phones

Sony Ericsson Elm Greeheart Features:

  1. 2.2″ QVGA Display
  2. 5 Megapixel Camera with Autofocus,LED Flash, Video Light, Geo-Tagging and Face Detection
  3. Wi-Fi, GPS
  4. 14mm thickness, 90 grams
  5. Accelerometer with Auto-Screen Rotation
  6. SenseMe, TrackID, MegaBass
  7. Splash Resistant

Sony Ericsson Hazel Greenheart Features:

  1. 2.6″ QVGA Display
  2. 5 Megapixel Camera with Autofocus,LED Flash, Video Light, Geo-Tagging and Face Detection
  3. 16mm thickness, 120 grams
  4. Wi-Fi, GPS
  5. Accelerometer with Auto-Screen Rotation
  6. SenseMe, TrackID, MegaBass
  7. Splash Resistant

Techfest 2010:IIT Mumbai

Techfest is the Annual International Science and Technology Festival of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, one of the premier institutes of technology in India. Since its inception in the year 1998 Techfest has grown to become the largest festival of its kind in Asia.

Techfest 2010 is scheduled from 22-24th January 2010. Continuing with the legacy of being Asia’s Largest Science and Technology Festival, we promise you 3 days full of euphoric activity – competitions, exhibitions, distinguished lecture series, workshops, on-the-spot events, and awe-inspiring shows at night – an experience you’ll never forget!!

With prizes worth over INR 15 lacs to be given away, Techfest 2010 invites you to participate in the competitions. The competitions have been broadly divided into 6 categories:

1. iBots: The category which focuses on the Robotics competitions for Techfest 2010:
A.N.T.Z. – The world challenge of Techfest 2010 which has introduced SWARM Robotics for the first time in India. Prizes worth INR 1.1 lacs to be won.
FreeKick – Use Image Processing to play the game of Football. Prizes worth INR 48,000 to be won.
CROSS_OVER – The basic robotics challenge of Techfest 2010. Prizes worth INR 18,000 to be won.

2. Torque: This category is all about speed:
Full Throttle: Inferno – The IC Engine monster car racing challenge. Prizes worth INR 50,000 to be won.
BlackBird – The RC plane racing competition. Prizes worth INR 40,000 to be won.
Solar Splash – The solar power boat competition. Prizes worth INR 22,000 to be won

3. Dimensions: Dimensions comprises competitions testing basic concepts of science:
Bascule Bridge – Make bridges using Popsicle sticks. Prizes worth INR 16,000 to be won.
Contraptions – Find innovative methods of making a field goal. Prizes worth INR 16,000 to be won.
MechCompute – Build a calculator using only mechanical components. Prizes worth INR 20,000 to be won.
Vorticity – Delve into the depths of CFD. Prizes worth INR 16,000 to be won.
Mbedded Logic – Make logic circuits using FPGA. Prizes worth INR 16,000 to be won.

4.  ArchiTECH: Architecture and Design related competitions. Make an eco-friendly house in Eco-Mansion or design the most efficient parking system in City Racks. Prizes worth INR 46,000 to be won.

5. Robowars: The Vengeance: The Inter-collegiate combat robotics competition. Fight it out to get your college to glory. Prizes worth INR 55,000 to be won.

6. CodeX: The category for all the coders. AIR-O-MANIA from Adobe, HASH_include (coding, networking and reversing competition) and VirtualPro (flash game design competition) await your participation. The total prize money for this section would be INR 1.25 Lacs

Please click on the competition of your interest to get more details.

The last date for registrations in competitions at Techfest is 20th December 2009. Register immediately to receive regular updates about the events from Techfest 2010.

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Vineet Nayyar is Satyam’s chief

Mahindra Satyam has announced the appointment of Vineet Nayyar as the company’s chairman. Nayyar was so far heading the company as

vice-chairman . Announcing this after the company’s board meeting on Wednesday, a Mahindra Satyam statement also said that the company had appointed former Sebi chairman M Damodaran and Gautam Kaji as additional directors with immediate effect, expanding its board to eight members.

Its first birthday of Facebook connect

Facebook connect is a easy way to registe on a website rather than a long process of registering.Today, is  the first anniversary of Facebook Connect from the LeWeb conference in France. Facebook Connect is now available on more than 80,000 websites, and more than 60 million people are using the service to connect with their friends everywhere.

To start using Facebook Connect yourself, simply click the blue “Facebook Connect” button when you see it on websites or devices. Rather than entering registration information again, you’ll instead connect your Facebook account to the other website or service and it will recognize your real identity, current profile picture and friends. From there, you can start commenting on blogs, interacting with Facebook friends and sharing content with all of your friends back on Facebook.