Systemd is the new system that Ubuntu is using to control the boot process. It’s what makes the systems boot faster and cleaner. It does things dramatically differently than the older init.d system did.
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Canonical integrate Amazon suggestions into Unity Dash
A series of unfortunate problems cut this one a little short. You just missed, like Brian did, Joes awesome closing to the show. Brian recorded a new one.
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It would seem that Ubuntu is in a race with Microsoft and Apple to make a massive change to the way we use desktop. With the HUD and Unity they are trying to moving things in a new way and change the way we all work. While I am still on the fence on Unity the HUD is something I hope Apple and Microsoft embrace and extend. This is a nice article from the man himself, Mark Shuttleworth, about his plans for the future of User Interfaces.
Ship it to Zambia and help a villiage get connected to the net of course. Over at TechRadar.com they have a great article talking about how this idea and Linux is changing lives. This is a great use of Tech and an inspiring example of how we as Tech’s can change the world.
What’s your favorite use of Technology for the Public/Greater Good?
There is a great article over at linuxinsider.com that describes the history and strange path from idea to what has become one of the most widely used Linux Distrobutions, Ubuntu. No path is ever straight or error free but this article really points out a problem a lot of Open Source projects face in the balancing act between innovation and a drive to attract users. All in all it’s a good read but to hear all of our comments check out this weeks podcast. As always we do like to have an opinion on such things.
In a not to surprising move Canonical has backed off it’s earlier stance to drop the Oracle version of Java from it’s distrobution Ubuntu. They were attempting to do the free and opensource thing and use OpenJDK instead. The problem with that is that not all of the Java Application servers support it let alone small Java apps. The differences aren’t that commonly found but when they are they are extremely hard to trouble shoot. We are glad to see them choose the practical approach rather than a hard line stance that would have hurt functionality of the platform.
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.
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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.
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.
Ubuntu has been doing a lot of things lately focusing themselves on “the cloud”. They have switched from eucalyptus to openstack and now they are partnering with HP to be the os for their cloud option. Over at ZDNet they have a nice little arctile talking about it all. Check it out and let us know what you think about it.