Monday, 25 February 2013

The Future of Linux Pt 6 [Guest Post]


Continuing a series of guest posts sparked by a discussion over at the Hampshire Linux User Group. This time, Alan Pope (popey.com) responds to Ally Biggs question.

Do you guys ever think there will be a day that Linux will be as popular as Windows in the desktop market.

Given Windows has ~90%+ market share, I fail to see how mathematically any other distro can be "as popular" as Windows without Windows disappearing completely. Won't happen.

However if your question was "will there be a day when Linux has comparable market share to Windows on the desktop" I'd probably say no, but be hopeful that we can get a better chunk of the market than we currently have.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Saturday, 23 February 2013

The Future of Linux Pt 5 [Guest Post]


Continuing a series of guest posts sparked by a discussion over at the Hampshire Linux User Group. Brad Rogers contributes to Ally Biggs question.

The real (at least, IMO) problem is that nobody needs any qualifications to be able to buy and/or use a computer.  I can think of few, if any, equally complex pieces of technology that do not require some sort of required learning.  Most often with a test of competence that needs to be passed before one is allowed to go solo.  Cars, aeroplanes, you name it...

Thursday, 21 February 2013

The Future of Linux Pt 4 [Guest Post]


An on-going series of guest posts sparked by a discussion over at the Hampshire Linux User Group. This turned out to be the best argued thread that we've had in some time, and worth wider reading. Michael Daffin takes a turn answering the questions posed by Ally Biggs.

I would say that I enjoy Linux more the whole Open source ethos, I actually feel like I am learning when using the command line as opposed to clicking my way through the GUI in Windows.

Then it is worth considering following the path you find more enjoyable, at least then you will like your job better and thus work harder at it.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Review: Your World - The Culture of Gaming


Gamification
Episode 1 of 2. BBC World Service.

"Aleks Krotoski examines how computer gaming is affecting our culture – computer or videogames have been around for 40 years, but the wider cultural implications have tended to be glossed over in favour of discussion of the size of the gaming economy and concerns about games' social impact.

New technology and the spread of games to phones, tablets and PCs are creating millions of new users."

Back in her native US, Dr Aleks (presenter of The Digital Human) examines the immersive possibilities of this uniquely-interactive medium, interviewed experts including the curator at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, now hosting a major exhibition of gaming art.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

The Future of Linux Pt 3 [Guest Post]


Continuing a series of guest posts sparked by a discussion over at the Hampshire Linux User Group. This turned out to be the best argued thread that we've had in some time, and worth wider reading. Here is Lisi's response to Ally Biggs question.


Do you guys ever think there will be a day that Linux will be as popular as Windows in the desktop market?

It will take a long while in the consumerist "west", but the developing
countries are starting to use it.  (Brazil, China, India to name but a few -
but a few who comprise a large percentage of the world population.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Full Circle Side-Pod Episode Thirteen: That's How it Feels To Be Wrong

Full Circle Podcast LogoFull Circle Side-Pod Episode Thirteen: That's How it Feels To Be Wrong is available from the main site.

In this episode, Ubuntu Phone and TV.

File Sizes:
  • OGG 45.5Mb
  • mp3 52.1Mb
Running Time: 1 hour 21 mins 56 sec
Feeds for both MP3 and OGG:
RSS feed MP3RSS feed, MP3: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/category/podcast/feed
RSS feed OGG audio   fileRSS feed, OGG: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/category/podcast/feed/atom

The podcast is in MP3 and OGG formats. You can either play the podcast in-browser if you have Flash and/or Java, or you can download the podcast with the link underneath the player. Show notes after the jump.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

The Future of Linux Pt 2 [Guest Post]


Continuing a series of guest posts sparked by a discussion over at the Hampshire Linux User Group. This turned out to be the best argued thread that we've had in some time, and worth wider reading. Here is Vic's first response to Ally Biggs question.


Do you guys ever think there will be a day that Linux will be as popular as Windows in the desktop market?

Yes. Not for a while, for sure, but eventually, GNU/Linux will be pervasive. Android/Linux is already getting there.

I used to think this would take tens of years, but Microsoft seems to be
falling over itself to upset users lately...

Friday, 15 February 2013

The Future of Linux Pt 1 [Guest Post]


First in a series of guest posts sparked by a discussion over at the Hampshire Linux User Group. This turned out to be the best argued thread that we've had in some time, and worth wider reading. So here is the question which started it from Ally Biggs.

Do you guys ever think there will be a day that Linux will be as popular as Windows in the desktop market?

Personally I can't see this happening anytime soon. This isn't a personal attack on Linux just want to get some thoughts and inspiration.

I use both Windows and Linux have a strong interest in both but currently am having a tug of war with my thought patterns career wise. The majority of my thoughts are saying focus on learning Linux starting with Linux+ with the eventual aim of going for the RHCSE. The other half is saying go down the Microsoft route taking a client exam and going for the server 2012 admin certs.

Has anyone been in a similar situation?

Thursday, 7 February 2013

How-to: Be 'Twitterate' [Guest Post]


Twitter Bird by kopp0041 via Flickr with Creative Commons LicenseRe-posted from Educare's Random Subjects Made Simple No. 48 – Tweet, tweet

Are you ‘twitterate’ or is one of your 2013 resolutions to get to grips with it and see what all the fuss is about? Based in San Francisco, Twitter was created in 2006 by an American undergraduate called Jack Dorsey and his clever idea has really paid off. Today it’s one of the top ten most visited internet sites with 500 million registered users who send 350 million tweets every single day!

At its simplest, it’s a method of enabling you to communicate with others anywhere in the world using little bursts of information called tweets. Here’s a run down of what you need to know to get started.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Review: About.me

About.me homepageThat's the trouble with this generation, it's all about Me. 

About.me is the best way for people to find your content and learn about you.

At least that's what About.me says of itself. I only became aware of it today thanks to fellow podcaster Olly Clark. Which must be something of a disappointment to service owners AOL, since the service has been running since 2009 and completely passed me by.

Unlike many of the current one-page web-site providers, About.me is specifically positioned as a free on-line business card with social media bells and whistles, especially for the time-poor, ego-rich, technically challenged, non-web-designer web-publishers.

Friday, 1 February 2013

How-to: Do Release Upgrade


Nut and Bolt by George Hodan Now this sounds really simple. It should be. You log on to your Ubuntu server or desktop and you get a message:

New release 'oneiric' available.
Run 'do-release-upgrade' to upgrade to it.

So you run that:
ubuntu-server11-10:~$ do-release-upgrade

You could do this any time, if you know there's a new release you want to move up to. Here's where things go squonk (you know what that means).

Checking for a new ubuntu release
No new release found

Why does it say there is an upgrade then not find it?