Robert Pogson

One man, closing all the windows.

Daily Archives / Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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Amazon Chromebook Is No. 1

Samsung’s Google Chromebook is outselling MacBooks and notebooks with larger screens and larger hard drives. I guess it’s the software people love or the price …

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Aakash 3 and GNU/Linux

“According to a Times of India report, the makers are planning to make it more open by including Linux as the default operating system in its next edition, Aakash 3.

This device is also planned to ship with a SIM slot (for calls and SMS) along with other hardware level upgrades. As per estimates, 5 million Aakash 3 tablets are scheduled to ship by next February.”

via Aakash 3, The Cheap Indian Tablet, May Ship With Linux | Muktware.

Do the maths. If 5 million Aakash 3′s ship with GNU/Linux and 5% of other PCs ship with Ubuntu GNU/Linux as Canonical predicts, 2013 will be the year GNU/Linux can no longer be ignored by anyone on notebook, desktop or tablet PCs. It’s not ~1% land any longer folks. We knew that a few years ago but now we will have production figures, not just guesstimates. At the same time we see the legacy Wintel PC market stagnant and that other OS failing to sell at any price. 2013 should be the year that everyone knows the Wintel cash-cow is dying.

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Canonical’s Smartphone Tactics

Well, I could not have been more wrong than last week when I predicted Canonical would aim for a cloud-service for gadgets for business. It seems imminent that Canonical will aim for business but intends to do what M$ has failed miserably to do, produce an OS for desktops and smart thingies.

“Ubuntu is already the most widely used Linux enterprise desktop, with customers in a wide range of sectors focused on security, cost and manageability

aimed at two core mobile segments: the high-end superphone, and the entry-level basic smartphone, helping operators grow the use of data amongst consumers who typically use only the phone and messaging but who might embrace the use of web and email on their phone. Ubuntu also appeals to aspirational prosumers who want a fresh experience with faster, richer performance on a lower bill-of-materials device.

Ubuntu for phones is not just limited to just the Operating System on the phone screen itself. Ubuntu also has the technology, as demonstrated with Ubuntu For Android, to boot a full Ubuntu desktop from the phone when it is docked with a screen. This provides a complete Ubuntu experience in your pocket, for both your phone and your desktop, with a clean consistent look across both screens, and with all your content available on your phone and desktop using Ubuntu One. This is revolutionary.”
see Ubuntu Linux enters the smartphone wars | ZDNet.

Amen. It’s about time GNU/Linux waxed triumphant on every manner of IT. In 2012 there were a few gadgets that combined smart phones and docks/keyboards but they weren’t particularly well-integrated with the desktop. It looks like Canonical thinks they have done it right. It should not take long to find out. If their salesmen can get the ear of OEMs, retailers and developers this could be what HP missed out on last year and what M$ missed out on this year. Wal-mart could certainly do worse selling M$’s stuff instead of Ubuntu GNU/Linux.

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The New Reality: HD Smartphones

It took decades for PC-monitors to go from 640×480 to 1920×1080 but smartphones have done it in just a few years.
“After HTC kicked off the trend with its “Butterfly,” there is a great deal of momentum around the adoption of Full HD (FHD; 1920×1080) displays in smartphones. Like the Butterfly, many of these devices will use 5” FHD displays, with a stunning 441 ppi (pixels per inch) resolution.”
see If FHD Smartphone Displays Take Off in 2013, is the Supply Chain Ready? | DisplaySearch Blog.

Now, if only they shipped them with magnifying glasses or HDMI ports for my monitor and USB ports for my keyboard… Wait a minute! They do:
“3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Bluetooth with aptX™ enabled (Bluetooth® 4.0)
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer
micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)”
The chores that only a boxy desktop PC can do are becoming more limited every year. 2013 promises to be a good one.

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5:4:1 GNU/Linux:FreeBSD:TOS Netcraft’s Top Ten Hosters

“December’s top ten list is dominated by FreeBSD and Linux, with the exception of Windows specialists Server Intellect (fourth) who have the only site running Windows.”
see Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in December 2012 | Netcraft.

People who have choice choose GNU/Linux by far ahead of that other OS. Why don’t you? I recommend Debian GNU/Linux because it keeps working and working and working… on desktop or server.