Ubuntu is not going to give me a decent desktop OS anymore

I’ve always been an Ubuntu fan for the past 10 years since the distribution came out with the promise of a usable deskto, with a promise of openness, regular releases, great integration between different and separated projects, great vision for world dominance. I loved all of that and I loved the execution, including the latest…

Ubuntu is getting closer to Windows and Mac (in a dumb way)

I’ve always thought that the Ubuntu team “got it right”: I found Unity beautiful, the whole integration of different pieces among different projects, the simplifications and removal of unnecessary options was good. Then I started noticing the over-removal of things. First went CTRL-Alt-Backspace, the very useful combo that kills the windows server. I almost never…

WebEx on Ubuntu 64bit vs 32bit hell

I have only a vague idea of what I was going into when I decided to install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64bit on my new ProjectSputnik machine. I knew that OpenStack is using WebEx for many of its meetings and I knew that WebEx has issues with 64bit Java on Linux. I had no idea though…

OpenStack at UDS

What a week! Ubuntu Developer Summit is one of the best meetings I have attended to. Here are a few things that impressed me most. The infrastructure is amazing! The networking is astonishingly good. I learned that the Ubuntu team bypasses the usually lame the Internet connections provided by the hotels and puts down their…

Shuttleworth sees Ubuntu as the universal OS

In his keynote this morning, Mark Shuttleworth sketched a future where by 2014 Ubuntu will be an universal platform on all devices with a screen. He mentioned Ubuntu-powered phones, TVs, tablets, cars, with the existing desktops and servers, all connected to the cloud. It’s a huge challenge. I’ve been hearing this story of the universal…

Why is Asus selling bad customer experience?

When I read that Asus announced to ship three new models of its Eee PC with Ubuntu I was excited. Then I went on to read the full announcement and I found out ath NETBOOK INNOVATOR Asustek has announced that it will ship three models of its Eee PC with Ubuntu 10.10 preinstalled. It will…

Mini-review of my ExoPC running Ubuntu

Intel is missing the mobile boat: its Atom architecture is losing the battle against the ARM-based competitors and they’ve started spreading FUD. They’re bashing Windows on ARM with compatibility issues but, as Ars says, they’re missing the point. Intel is right that legacy software runs on its x86 chips. The Exopc Slate that Intel gave…

Getting Funambol 8.5 on Ubuntu Lucid LTS

[caption id="attachment_1223" align="aligncenter" width="533" caption="Ubuntu 10.04 and Funambol running in a VirtualBox"][/caption] I wanted to make sure that newest Ubuntu 10.04 being a Long Time Support one would be capable of running the newest Funambol DS Server version 8.5. I can confirm: not a problem there. I downloaded the 32bit .bin package from Funambol Forge,…

Everybody loves forums… or do they really?

I often find web-based forums difficult to participate to. Most of the times the graphic interfaces are too rich, clogged with unnecessary information, visually tirening and distracting. Usually they have too many categories to chose from the start page, threads are difficult to follow, most of the time you can’t really tell who’s answering to…