Popular Open Source 3D Printers

Popular Open Source 3D Printers

Just a decade ago, 3D printers were a novelty. Costing upwards of US$5,000 for a desktop edition that could convert some powder into plasticky objects. But not only have the prices fallen, More »

Open Source Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Open Source Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

It is the holiday season and a time to share and exchange presents. And what better way to share some love this holiday season than by giving your loved ones an open More »

Wekan – Open Source Alternative to Trello

Wekan – Open Source Alternative to Trello

Wekan is an open source collaborative project management tool similar to Trello like boards. It offers some of the Kanban functionalities and features as well. On Wekan one can easily create boards, More »

The Zero Terminal – Pocket Computer that works!

The Zero Terminal – Pocket Computer that works!

The real joy of tinkering with Raspberry Pi is to build something nifty and fun. To hack a really whacky and crazy idea into a working prototype. That we all love and More »

OpenAg – Open Source Food Computer

OpenAg – Open Source Food Computer

MIT Open Agriculture (OpenAg) is a wonderful execution of an open source initiative for controlled-environment agriculture platform referred to as “Food Computer”. All hardware, software and even data is open sourced so More »

 

Category Archives: Apple

PC vs Mac vs Linux Advertisement

This is the season of new OS releases from all major vendors. Microsoft with its over hyped Windows 7, Apple with their new streamlined, but expensive, line up of Macs and OS and Linux with Ubuntu, Fedora and others releasing their upgrades. While Apple and Microsoft are aggressively marketing their wares in trade shows, TV, Internet and even (paid for) print articles in leading magazines, it seems Linux will have to use the community to market its new releases through RSS feeds, blogs, websites and youtube.

In this media marketing war, we decided to bring back an old advertisement announcing Linux as a viable desktop option. The commercial was paid for by Novell but it is too good to pass up. So here it is for Linux fans.

Apple to Unix – You are my Rock Solid Foundation

There are not many technology enterprises in the commercial domain who speak openly about the underlying architecture. They may tout their cool new features (which they unabashedly picked from a competitor), but will rarely give credit to the technologies that make them great. Apple however, not only praises its own design and architecture (yeah!) but also gives due credit to Unix as part of what it calls its “rock solid foundation”.

As the Apple website explains about its current Mac OS X (version) Leopard:

Leopard is an Open Brand UNIX 03 Registered Product, conforming to the SUSv3 and POSIX 1003.1 specifications for the C API, Shell Utilities, and Threads. Since Leopard can compile and run all your existing UNIX code, you can deploy it in environments that demand full conformance — complete with hooks to maintain compatibility with existing software.


Almost all Linux/Unix users know this but for those not initiated (about Apple), there is a reason for us to love Macs as much as we love our Linux. Both are close relatives sharing the same gene pool. Already, all open source applications are easily ported to Mac and can run off any Apple computer. So when you buy your next computer, consider Apple not just for its looks but give due credence to its “rock solid foundations”.

Linux OS use on the Rise

Now, this may not be the most scientific reports out there, but it still points to an interesting trend. Linux/FreeBSD based desktop systems are on the rise with almost a commanding 1% market share. What is interesting to note is that Microsoft Windows is slowly losing ground and its market share has fallen to less than 89%. Yes, it is still huge but not as huge as it was say 10 years ago when it controlled almost 95% of the market.

The report also points to an interesting trend that hand held devices like PSP and iPhone are increasingly being used to browse the internet. In the coming years, as Android and SymbianOS make better internet centered smart phones, the Microsoft share will further fall.

At the same time, computers powered by Linux like netbooks and linux powered smart phones will also increase its share beyond 1%.

Mac has also gained ground to reach a market share of almost 9.5%. This share will definitely grow beyond 10% as Apple continues to churn out cool and attractive products that woo new customers.

Overall, this is a healthy trend showing that the internet is slowly making the desktop irrelevant. People are using any device with a decent browser to surf the net and do their work.