Check out these video demonstrations of Novell Desktop Linux 10. Transparent Video, being dragged around the screen, while playing, and the window “Wobbles” while you drag it. Also switching virtual desktops looks cool (does a 3D cube affect). Looks like Alt-Tab switching is cool, and looks like it has “expose” type affects like Mac OS X.
The Linux users group (LUG) of Bellevue, Washington, recently published an article titled “25 Reasons to Convert to Linux” on the group’s Web site. The comprehensive list discusses the well-known reasons why “Businesses, educational institutions, governmental agencies and other organizations around the world are converting their computer operating systems from Microsoft Windows to Linux at an increasing pace”–cost, licensing issues, support from the community and security.
Other reasons on the list for switching center around ideas of openness, in terms of the source code and file formats, and the benefits that openness offers users. By the end of the list, which also notes that Linux is an ethical and law-abiding computing option (unlike others).
Though the rate of acceptance of linux is increasing, I wonder how much it has penetrated the Indian market. Even in my college, there are systems with Red Hat Linux(old version), it coexists along with Microsoft Windows. And to my knowledge, they are used only by the final year students who do their projects. But, one real good thing is that we are accustomed to Mac OS and we have 70% of systems as iMac and EMac.
What steps can we take to improve the penetration on GNU/Linux in Colleges and Schools?
Found this really nice quick reference guide for Python 2.4 via Digg. You can have all the basics and necessary information about the language(my favourite) into a nicer and compact form. I think I got to get a printout of this one and keep it handy.
Most of you might have heard about the new object oriented language that is creating waves. It is said that Ruby is relatively easy to learn and program. So, why don’t you try ruby first, without installing it. Try Ruby on your browser now. There is also a 15 minute short online tutorial to try out.
Here is a funny flash commercial that persuades or rather tries to switch to Linux.
Jon from New Linux User has started a new
Free Software magazine staff launched FSDaily.com which gives daily news about free softwares. They introduced their blog at their website, but weren’t happy with it. So they have launched a seperate site Free Software Daily which is a lot like a news blog written by the authors of Free Software Magazine.
Free 1GB online to store and edit your emails, office documents, calander, organizer, photos and files, chat to friends play games surf the web even faster and more from any computer on your own personal online desktop and access it from anywhere in the world.
This is a real boon to people who frequently travel and have access only to a computer with internet connection and are unable to install their favourite operating system.