Recently, my telecom provider, Globe Telecoms, started offering free Facebook to its subscribers. This would be offered to you via a link on the Facebook app itself as you browse your Newsfeed. Much like any other Facebook app, you will be asked to authorize access to some of your info. Pretty standard stuff, really. And that’s it! You now have Free Facebook, indicated by “Free Data” plastered on top of your Facebook App! It even gives you a helpful warning whenever you’re clicking on an outside link to help you avoid data charges.
If ever there was a time where the Linux world is abuzz with no equal in the Mac and Windows worlds, it would be this week! Today we’ll talk about the USB-stick-sized computer, Cotton Candy, the Raspberry Pi development PC board that’s the size of a deck of cards, and Ubuntu for Android.
Last time, I taught you how to create a time-lapse video using FFMPEG and the Terminal or (GIMP for animated GIFs) in Ubuntu Linux. But not many people are comfortable using the command line. I for one certainly made that post so that I wouldn’t forget how!
This time around, I have a simpler, easier solution that won’t get your shutter fingers dirty using OpenShot Video Editor.
I always thought hell would freeze over before this happened. Apparently, either it’s already freezing down there, or MS finally realized that if you can’t beat them, join them.
Anyway, this is too nice not to share.
An animation that Microsoft made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Linux kernel was shown this morning during Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin’s opening keynote at LinuxCon. The video comically depicts the rivalry between Linux and Windows, but concludes with the suggestion that peaceful coexistence is possible.
In the animation, a cartoon penguin throws rocks at the Windows logo after being frightened by Bill Gates wearing a pumpkin on his head, a reference to the now-infamous Halloween Documents in which Microsoft laid out an aggressive plan for destroying Linux. Later in the animation, a cartoon representation of Bill Gates brings a birthday cake to the penguin’s igloo.
Microsoft’s relationship with Linux was one of several topics that Zemlin discussed during his keynote. He showed a classic quote from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who infamously described Linux as a “cancer” in 2001. Joking that Ballmer’s hostile characterization of Linux was only partly accurate, Zemlin pointed out that Microsoft is one of the largest contributors to version 3.0 of the Linux kernel by code volume.
Microsoft’s code contributions largely revolve round enabling improved support for running Linux instances in the company’s Hyper-V virtualization software. This reflects the growing importance of mixed-platform deployments among Microsoft’s own customers. It’s increasingly clear that Microsoft needs to support Linux and open source software in order to remain competitive in the server space.
Over the past few years, Microsoft has built ties with the Apache Software Foundation and other key communities that play a role in the open source server stack. It’s not surprising that the company is looking to improve its relationship with Linux. Will the old caustic rivalry turn into friendly competition? As Zemlin discussed during his keynote, Microsoft’s aggressive posture towards Linux vendors on patent issues still poses an impediment to closer collaboration…
Saw this AWESOME laptop mod in the Ubuntu Forums and all I can say is joparox (owner of this laptop), you rock!
I’ve considered modding some of my old laptops before, maybe adding stickers or sport a new custom paint job. But this guy DRILLED through his laptop case with a sanding bit, installed a couple of LEDs, and then covered it up with the clear acrylic from a CD jewel case before gluing it all together with silicon glue!
So I installed WinFF the other day from the repository. I’ve used WinFF before and it’s a great cross-platform FFMPEG frontend for converting and transcoding videos and audios.
When WinFF is all set up, it works like a charm. However when installing it for the first time, or in my case setting it up again after a long period of time, problems revolving around codecs usually come up.
For quite some time now, I have been watching on the sidelines as hordes of people get sucked in and hypnotically waste countless hours at this little game called Angry Birds.
People play it with their iPhones or Androids or PSPs on the streets, in cars or buses or trains, while waiting for their turn at a reception area, and another handful more play with it on their Windows PC at work and at home.
So it got me thinking, what does someone without an iPhone or a Droid who was an Ubuntu user like me need to do to get their hands on this phenomenal time-waster? Read the rest of this entry »
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What, no Internet Explorer?
It could be that Internet Explorer’s history of deliberately creating their own standards to maintain monopoly, thereby making it a pain in the a** for developers to maintain cross-compatible websites, has backfired on them (finally!). I haven’t used IE for years now, and it seems like it’s gonna stay that way.