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Ubuntu 8.04 is is a big step forward

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Just installed Ubuntu 8.04 on a 3 year old Compaq laptop and a 1 year old Acer laptop and both are running well straight out of the box. When I say well, I refer to the installation process being seamless and the hardware detection / driver installation was spot on. I used the WUBI installer and installed it from within Windows. It auto set up the boot menu and everything well along.

I was pretty amazed and shortly after 5 mins of fiddling in the Ubuntu environment, I set out to enable the Compiz composition engine and it worked on both graphic hardware! The 3 year old Compaq is on ATI Xpress 200M while the newer Acer is on Intel 945 chip set and man, Compiz is just visually amazing. If you have seen what OSX brings to the desktop effect scene, Compiz is pretty close. (though there are a lot more effects to choose, it does not help with any productivity and you might get bored after 10 mins with it… ripple effect…)

So far it’s been over 6 hours with the Ubuntu and my impression is pretty good. The environment is nowhere as polish as OS X or Vista and the applications are pretty inconsistent but it is adaptable and I think that is key to Linux being successful as a mainstream desktop operating system. The open source application packages are huge and Ubuntu makes it very easy to add new packages available online for free… and it comes with a lot more games out of the box than Windows or OSX. 🙂

With cloud computing already here, there is less and less need for most user to rely on desktop application and I think that’s a good area where Ubuntu, with its free nature can really go mainstream. I am for it and will certainly recommend to any budget DIY folks to install Ubuntu before forking out some cash for other Operating System. Heck, even non budget folks should give it a try. At least for now, it’s virus / spyware free. Use it for your online surfing.

Good job Ubuntu! Keep it up.

Written by gooddealz

April 29, 2008 at 2:09 am

Posted in Opinions

Live Mesh Preview

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Extracted from Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows… Here is Live Mesh Preview:

At its simplest, Live Mesh is a platform that encompasses an Internet operating system (exposed as a Web-based desktop), your PC or Mac computer(s), and your mobile device(s). I should note here, that this view represents the plan for Live Mesh. Today, with just the first tech preview of Live Mesh available, the reality is a bit less dramatic. There’s a basic Web-based desktop and there’s PC software. You can sync documents and other files between the Web-based desktop and your PCs (but only at the folder level). You can also remotely access other PCs using a Remote Desktop-based experience. I’ll get into details in a moment, but that’s about all that’s available right now.

To understand why this limited set of services is still revolutionary for Microsoft, note that the PC desktop is not at the center of this Live Mesh platform. Instead, Live Mesh is envisioned as a ring or circle, where your PC(s) and Macs(s), mobile device(s), and Web desktop are all equal partners, like spokes on a wheel. All of the capabilities of the Live Mesh, today and in the future, will work identically via each entry point. Note, too, that Microsoft intends to support non-Microsoft PCs and mobile devices with this platform. Mac users will have a native Live Mesh client. Linux users? Maybe not, but they’ll at least be able to access Live Mesh fully from the Web.

It’s also important to note that what makes Live Mesh important is that it’s a platform. Microsoft Evangelist Jon Udell said recently that the folder sharing and remote access components of Live Mesh that are available today are essentially trivial and shouldn’t obscure what’s at the heart of this project. What’s really going on here is that Microsoft is creating a cloud computing platform in which the PC is but a component. Like it or not, most computer users today don’t actually use just a single device. People increasingly use multiple PCs (and/or Macs), both in the home and at work. They have desktops and laptop computers. They have smart phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, and other mobile devices. And they have a host of online personas via email and instant messaging services, social networking memberships, e-commerce sites, and other online communities. We, as users, manage these disparate components separately and with great complexity and difficulty.

Read the rest of the article here.

Written by gooddealz

April 28, 2008 at 5:48 am

Posted in News Only

Vista has not yet settle in… and already the buzz on the next Windows is kicking in… oh man!

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For those anxious about the Vista successor… Extracted from ThinkNext.

Can’t believe it? Yes, again, news about Windows 7.

It’s has been 2 months since my last post about Windows 7 Milestone 1. It was interesting and funny to watch how skeptics around the world reacted to my news. Many people denied and tried hard to prove what I posted was not true. Well, skeptics here is very reasonable but the evidences they used were merely those not-yet-updated ‘Vista’ in version windows or dialogues, and, many F words. That’s not reasonable, nether works. How desperately I hope those guys know more about software development and engineering.
You know there is something like the dark side of the force, especially when you have control on something and feel a little bit more powerful than the people you’re watching.

I’m afraid I’ll kick those guys again since today I bring you new bits of Windows 7.

This time it’s the 2nd release of Windows 7 Milestone 1. Version 6.1 (build 6574.1.{SECRET}). The {SECRET} here means I won’t expose detail.

No, even Milestone 1 isn’t a single release. Microsoft releases multiple versions of M1 with different minor version numbers. Well, for me it is the 2nd one I’ve gotten but I’ve no idea about how many releases Microsoft did before. I’ll use Win7 M1 R2, which stands for Windows 7 Milestone 1 Release 2, to describe it in the following. Please be noted, ‘Release 2’ is my naming convention, not Microsoft’s.

For the rest of the article, click here.

Written by gooddealz

April 22, 2008 at 9:39 am

Posted in News Only

Fixing Windows Vista, one machine at a time…

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A good read from Ed Bott from ZDNet on the process / experience of grabbing all the junkware preinstalled onto two beautiful laptop from Sony…

I have dealt with a friends’ Lenovo laptop before and it is exactly the same crap that is on there… all trial version… all taking up the startup process, reminding you again and again to purchase the full version… The out of the box experience just sucks.

All the non Apple hardware maker out there… please read the above article or learnt something from the community. Home user regardless, should not put up with such crap… Yes I heard that per machine, Sony makes around 60 bucks just to put all the crapware on it… but you will drive away more consumer to Apple… Why do that? 🙂

Written by gooddealz

April 22, 2008 at 8:42 am

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Entrepreneurs… below 30.

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Here’s a summary from BusinessWeek on the latest round of entrepreneurs… below 30! Get inspired and get to work on something in your head!

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And the Drupal guy is there!!! You just gotta love him for what he has done to the open source CMS system… Can’t wait till version 7.

Written by gooddealz

April 21, 2008 at 2:41 am

Posted in Great Stuff, News Only

Microsoft Research… the biggest threat to competitors

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Microsoft has a world class research team spanning all over the places and has been instrumental in driving some innovation in the commercial realm. From the recent stuff like Photosynth, World Wide Telescope, Desktop Search and much more… The challenge I presume is converting those research into real world applications.

But I seriously believe with all the firing that Microsoft is getting lately from all over the place, linux and open source, Apple and Mac OSX, Google and the cloud computing / advertising model… it should accelerate those conversion from research into application. 🙂 

Written by gooddealz

April 21, 2008 at 2:23 am

Posted in News Only, Watch Out

Testing Blog It… application for Facebook.

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Testing Blog It, an application for Facebook that allows one to post from within Facebook to other sites.

If this works, I will recommend it fully.

Testing Pownce…

Written by gooddealz

April 16, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Posted in Uncategorized