LibreTaxi – Opensource alternative to Careem and Uber

LibreTaxi – Opensource alternative to Careem and Uber

LibreTaxi takes out the giants from the game and connects the taxi directly with the passenger. The passenger uses the app to hail a taxi, haggle a mutual agreeable price and then More »

Mozilla launches US$ 2 Million Wireless Innovation Challenge

Mozilla launches US$ 2 Million Wireless Innovation Challenge

Partnering with National Science Foundation, Mozilla Foundation has launched an ambitious US$2 million  Wireless Innovation for Network Society, (WINS) Challenge. There are two broad categories where the US based entities can apply. More »

Open Source Repositories of Tech Giants

Open Source Repositories of Tech Giants

tech giants have now organized their software into repositories that are easily accessible and downloadable from their website or GitHub. We can not only use it but also build our own versions More »

UPSat – World’s first Open Source Satellite launched into space

UPSat – World’s first Open Source Satellite launched into space

UPSat is a joint initiative of Libre Space Foundation and University of Patras, in Greece. It is designed from scratch as completely open sourced including the hardware. More »

Mycroft – Open Source AIexa like Artificial Intelligence

Mycroft – Open Source AIexa like Artificial Intelligence

Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Now have become our defacto assistants for most things mundane.  Making calls, setting appointments or reminders, streaming music, turn on lights, playing games among dozens of More »


Tag Archives: OS

Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark Expected Features

Every six months, Canonical releases their latest update to Ubuntu operating system. The latest version, Ubuntu 17.10, is expected to be released on October 19, 2017. The latest release is has been officially named as Artful Aarwark.

As per their release cycle, the October releases are short term upgrades and are supported for nine months. The annual April releases, on the other hand, are supported for five years from the date of release. They are usually termed as LTS releases. In short for “Long Term Support”.

Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta Released

In little over three weeks time Ubuntu 14.10 will be officially released to the general public. But, if you cannot wait that long, you can download the pre-release beta here.

The new upcoming release, code named, Utopic Unicorn, is an incremental improvement over 14.04 LTS released earlier this year. Packages like LibreOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird mail client are upgraded to the latest as well as the internals like the newer version of Linux Kernel and Unity interface were upgraded as well.

Reviewed: Linux Mint 16

Linux Mint is one of the most popular Linux distributions currently out there. Distrowatch website ranks them as #1 and Mint’s own webpage gives itself a rank of 4. There are hardware vendors providing specialized boxes running it like our previously reviewed Mintbox. So what makes it so wonderful and popular? We decided to review the latest available edition 16.

Linux Mint is yet another derivative of Ubuntu Linux, which means, all Ubuntu (and Debian) software technically should work without modifications on Mint, including system updates. Which is great.

Linux MintBox a Mini Linux Desktop

Don’t have time to configure Linux onto your old Windows PC? Still struggling with device drivers and module compilations? Are you seeking an affordable, small and ready to use computer but not sure what is great for your browsing and email needs? Well Linux Mint might have an answer for you in the form of a mini computer, called MintBox.

The computer is not much larger than your standard wifi router. Infact, from a distance, it resembles a typical wifi router. But in reality it is a full fledged computer running the latest iteration of Linux Mint (currently in Version 15). It comes in two models Basic and Pro. The major difference between the two is the processor, RAM and GPUs. But otherwise, they are identical.

ZorinOS – Gateway to Linux for Windows Users

Linux currently has probably the largest selection of desktop environment options that any OS has ever had in their entire life. ZorinOS is yet another derivative of the popular Ubuntu Distro and is currently in Version 7. It is based on Ubuntu 13.04 thus offering the latest of what Ubuntu has to offer to the Linux community. But the look and feel is classic Windows 7.

One of the major and at times genuine concerns of new Linux users is that they want the same desktop/interface and the same set of software applications as they are used to on their Microsoft Windows platform. A tough ask, as even MacOS is struggling to offer all that is Windows.

Pear Linux 6.1 – Review

One of the biggest draw backs of Linux adoptions for home users is that it looks so clunky and fearfully difficult to use. Pear Linux is one promising distro that is out to change that perception. And so far, it is doing an outstanding job.

A derivative of Ubuntu Linux with firm Debian roots, it has one of the most strikingly clean and simple interfaces out there. Taking inspiration (and sometimes stealing outright) from Apple’s MacOS X, it has made it simple enough for an average Joe to adopt it as his defacto desktop.

Fedora 18 Review

Fedora 18 much anticipated and delayed release is finally here. And it is worth its wait. There are numerous new features incorporated into the opensource linux operating system including (but not limited to):

  1. Installation is now done through a much improved Anaconda which has been rewritten from scratch.
  2. It supports UEFI Secure Boot. The defacto standard for Microsoft Certified Windows 8 PCs. Hence, it can now run on the latest hardware without any hassels.
  3. Ships with SAMBA 4. The latest version that has support for opensource ACTIVE DIRECTORY built in
  4. Programming languages including Perl, Python, Ruby have also been upgraded to the latest release
  5. MATE desktop environment. It is worth looking at as an alternative to GNOME.
  6. Lots of server based goodies including better NAS & SAN management, private cloud through Eucalyptus, and better multi-ethernet management

Windows no longer the Best

This season anyone monitoring the Amazon Best Sellers List for Notebook computers would have noticed that three brands out of top five have consistently been non Windows. In fact, the best selling computer has been Samsung’s Chromebook, a Linux based netbook developed on Google’s opensource ChromeOS operating System.

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.

Ubuntu 9.04 Linux Beta Released

This week, Ubuntu 9.04 beta was released for general public. By the last week of April, the final release will be available for download for Ubuntu 9.04 Linux distribution.

Ubuntu is slowly gaining ground not only on the desktop but also beginning to flex its muscles on the server side as well. It is now taking on the SUSE and Red Hats of the world for its own pie in the sky. There are many great features unique to Ubuntu for corporations including:

  • It has a regular release cycle (April and October annually) and the product is supported for three years. This gives organizations the ability to install and maintain a release for almost the length of the PC/laptop that they are using without the need to reinstall.
  • It also supports easy upgrades from one version to the other, which some distributions struggle to do nicely. This once again gives users the ability to seamlessly move from one version to the other without needing to redo the whole install.
  • Numerous versions to whet ones apetite. There is the regular Ubuntu (with gnome desktop) and then Kubuntu (with KDE), then Xubuntu (for older systems) and Edubuntu (for educational purposes).
  • There are also numerous distributions based on Ubuntu, namely Mythbuntu (an open source Tivo to say the least). Even XenStreet’s favorite Linux, gOS relies on Ubuntu to function.
  • A huge repository (over 25,000 in default configuration) of applications which come pre-compiled and ready to use on Ubuntu through packages.
  • Available on Amazon EC2 cloud computing. But I guess many other Linux and Windows versions are too. But still, it is out there.
  • It is a Debian release!

The latest release 9.04 is packed with lots of new features that will further strengthen its hold in the Linux market. Some of the most interesting features that the new release will feature on the server includes the open source cloud technology, Eucalyptus. It will give us techies a chance to build a cloud in our office (there goes another weekend), and then we will try to find some application to use it. Maybe a gaming cloud for the office. Hmm.

It also includes out of the box and fully configured dovecot-postfix package. It provides an easy-to-deploy mail server stack, with support for SMTP, POP3, and IMAP with TLS and SASL.

There is also support for ext4 file system. Not sure we need this but it is supposed to help protect files when the system suffers from sudden outages. A nice feature for developing economies like India, Pakistan and China where electricity is as reliable as the weather in England.

The desktop edition will feature an updated Gnome for better desktop experience and updated Xorg library with (hopefully) better support for wide screen monitors, graphics drivers and S-video interfaces.

If you ask my opinion which Linux flavor will dominate the Linux distros for the next few years, then my vote is hands down for Ubuntu.