Ubuntu for Android

April 27, 2012

Android is software ‘set’ for mobile devices. It is mainly an operating system based on Linux.

Recently Canonical announced plans on Ubuntu for Android.
Ubuntu on Android is not necessarily Ubuntu running on Android.
It is just Ubuntu running on the side with Android. They both have one thing in common, the Kernel. The phone will just run like a normal Android phone, but when it is connect to a PC, you will get a similar experience as using Ubuntu.

The advantage of this is will be to people who used to carry both a smart phone and a laptop. They no longer need to do that. One device is enough for them.
Another benefit is if you connect your Android device to a TV via HDMI you don’t get the Ubuntu desktop: you get the Ubuntu TV interface. You can access online content just as you would with any Ubuntu TV.
Another benefit is that no need to duplicate contacts in your phone, or even when composing emails, no need to add email addresses separately. This is because both the programs are interrogating the same single address book.
Canonical is not exactly creating a mobile phone OS, the thing is it is easy to switch to desktop mode once you connect the phone to the PC. Android interface, from the base to the apps and all through, is designed to be used on touchscreen devices. This could explain though Windows had been on tablets before the iPad came around, it never garnered any traction in the market. Why? Because it was just a desktop OS being “forced” onto a new hardware. Canonical is not forcing a new OS on a hardware.
When using the mobile device, it will be using Android just like before, but when you connect the device to a PC is when you get the Ubuntu experience with the Unity interface. In this way, people will get unique experiences in each situation without needing to learn a new platform.
However the biggest problem that Canonical faces with Ubuntu for Android is the same same one that every Linux distro faces; ‘user adoption’. More than any other distros Ubuntu has a bigger and well established user base but that still doesn’t come to to a big number. Only about 20 million people using it world wide. Similarly Apple has had a tough time pulling users to Mac products, and has made a relatively small gain interms of market share because it is different from what users know and are familiar with. An Apple user could agree to this. I myself would like to push Ubuntu forward in the market and make it a real competitor to Windows and MAC.
Comments are highly welcome.
As for Canonical, they will take time to realease an ‘all Ubuntu phone.’

sources: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/02/ubuntu-for-android-announced/


Linux Mint 12.0

April 2, 2012

This is for those who want to know what Linux Mint is about.

As the name itself suggests, this is another version of Linux. Mint has three different types of desktop environments.

1) LXDE
2) Gnome
3) KDE

Lets look at this different types of environment in brief:

1) LXDE: – Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment. This is just a desktop environment just like Gnome or KDE. But it a lighter and faster type. It comes with the minimum packages that you need to get started. Things like a good interface, language support and additional features like tabbed file browsing. It consumes less CPU usage and RAM and can be installed on many Linux distributions including Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Fedora and Debian.

2) Gnome – GNU Network Object Model Environment. It is another type of desktop environment that runs on a computer OS. It is the most popular desktop environment used by millions of people around the world. It runs on top of the X windows system and is available on most Linux distributions.

3) KDE – K Desktop Environment. It is a graphical desktop environment. Use this if you are so used to Windows. It comes with Kword, kpresenter, Kcalc and Kontact.


Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) Review

April 1, 2012

Ubuntu 12.04(beta) is now available for download from ( ) There have been some slight changes in the features. The changes are as follows:

1) The default music player is Rhythmbox from Banshee media player.

2) The original browser is still there Firefox however in 12.04 its been upgraded to 11.0(beta version). The full version will be ready when Ubuntu 12.04 will be released.

3) Libre office has been updated to version 3.5

4) Ubuntu Software Center has a better appearance. A ‘Recommendation’is now available on it.

5) It comes with a new feature which allows you to Sync folder within the application

6) New features available in System settings.

7) HUD (Heads Up Display) – This feature allows you to items in the menu bar. It has really been improved in 12.04. However this application does not work with all the applications. For instance Libre office has no global menu in 12.04 which implies this feature cannot be used on Libre office.

There have been no other major changes. Though the boot up screen has a slight change because the User Interface on it has been changed from 3D to 2D for computer which cannot support 3D.