Ubuntu is going Mobile?

Mr. Ubuntu himself, Mark Shuttleworth, has stated that they will be moving into the do things in the mobile space and on TV's.  Yeah that's right becuase we need yet another phone OS they are going to try their hand at it.   We found stories on both LinuxInsider and readwriteweb that do a great job talking about the topic.  Our opinion is that while we believe they could do great things in the space we don't want the to sacrafice the desktop to do it.  Unity will be a great tablet/phone UI but it doesn't work on the desktop.  They are different use cases and should be treated as such.  We have been pointing this out for sevaral months now on the podcast and touched on it yet again. 

 

Let us know what you think about this in the comments below.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.

Is Linux Mint really more popular than Ubuntu?

If Distrowatch page views are your yardstick then yes.  But in reality its' kind of hard to give the win to Linux Mint since their flagship distro if based on Ubuntu.  The folks over at BeginLinux.com sucked us into this debate and you can hear more of our conversation about it on the podcast.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.

Ubuntu 11.10 Review....

Linuxinsider has a nice though negative review of Ubuntu 11.10.  Most of the bad focuses on the UI and everyones favorite punching bag the Unity Interface.  As with most things the article talks about the small number of things making any large changes.  This release is part of a run up to a new LTS release so this is expected.  More stablity and more support for new stuff is expexted.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.