Linux Mint 13 vs Ubuntu 12.04

August 12, 2012

What a fantastic finisher at the Olympic games by Usain Bolt in 200m. It is hard to believe that China this time is at the top.
With the increasing release of various Linux Distro’s like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, OpenSUSE, Fedora, Mandriva and Redhat it can be tricky or hard to choose which is the right distro for you. In this article I will compare Linux Mint 13 Vs Ubuntu 12.04.

Linux Mint is a distribution based on Ubuntu which was first released in 2006. Some say Mint is an enhanced version of Ubuntu because it rides on Ubuntu resp. In my opinion I agree to that however Mint is not completely based on based Ubuntu because it has it own unique enhancements such as Unique themes specially made for Mint only.

The main difference between them is just the user interface. Mint is developed by mixing Gnome 2 and 3 features. Fans of 2 appreciated the developers for this. Fedora, OpenSUSE use Gnome 3 to its full capacity and likewise Ubuntu has it own interface i.e. They moved from Gnome 3 to using their own interface called Unity which offers quick access to apps. Its just that Mint took over Unity’s interface and replaced it with MATE and Cinamon

Mint has inbuilt codecs, browser plugins, JAVA configurations and supports DVD playback.

Here is a quick glance at other basic features of Linux Mint

1) Good collection of tools which are developed in house and are very user friendly.

2) Software package manager – APT using DEB packages (This is also compatible with Ubuntu)

3) Versions: Mint has 3 main versions i.e. Gnome(Original Linux Mint is based on this) and KDE

Mint 13 – MAYA has:

1) MATE 1.2
2) Cinamon 1.4
3) MDM
4) Search engines

On the other hand Ubuntu 12.04 has:

1)Unity 3D interface 5.10
2)Unity 2D interface 5.10
3)GNOME 3.4.1
4)Linux kernel 3.2.12
5)Python 2.7.3 and Python 3.2.3

Ubuntu is one of the greatest distros and one of the greatest advantages of Unity interface is that it can run on old machines which run on low hardware specs while Gnome tends to “fallback” on machines with old hardware.
Ubuntu has one of the easiest in built search engines i.e. HUD which is one of the reasons which I really love Ubuntu 12.04
Other reasons are it has a wide support community, has hundreds of technical articles written by experts and some by users. A solution to every kind of software or hardware problem can be found on the Ubuntu community.

In conclusion both Mint and Ubuntu are almost identical and are written on the same kind of code. Given a choice between various distros out there I would go for Ubuntu 12.04

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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/


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This is how future buildings will be like. Watch the video here.

Alternatively visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAeUd9XpZAE

 

(Posted by: Saajan Shah)


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Ninety floors… and counting: The breathtaking views from One World Trade Center (and there’s still 14 storeys to go)

Last updated at 1:15 AM on 16th December 2011

When it is completed, it will be the tallest building in Manhattan and one of incredible poignancy for New York City.

One World Trade Center reached its 90th floor this week – with just 14 more floors to go until the top. The structure can now be seen from all five boroughs of the city.

Stunning pictures showed how the area has been reborn since the 9/11 attacks more than a decade ago where almost 3,000 people lost their lives in the worst ever terrorist attack on American soil.

Towering symbol: The fog rolls out across downtown Manhattan, captured from the 80th floor of One World Trade CenterTowering symbol: The fog rolls out across downtown Manhattan, captured from the 80th floor of One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center is on track to be completed by 2013 with construction workers approximately finishing a floor a week in downtown Manhattan.

Electrical contractors at the tower agreed to give it a festive feel and wrapped the exterior lamps they use with coloured cellophane in time for Christmas.

Developments can be followed on One World Trade Center’s Twitter feed @WTCProgress. Glass now covers up to the 65th floor and concrete has been added up to the 82nd level. There will be 104 floors in the completed building, making it the tallest in Manhattan. 

 

 The site will be a place of reflection and contemplation for many and The National September 11 Memorial And Museum, designed by the winning team of Michael Arad and Peter Walker, was opened for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

One World Trade Center, designed by renowned architect David Childs, standing in the north-west corner, is the site’s centrepiece.The first cornerstone was laid down on July 4 2004 and as the building rose it was known as Freedom Tower.

Christmas spirit: Exterior lights at One WTC were covered in coloured cellophane by electrical contractors for a festive feelChristmas spirit: Exterior lights at One WTC were covered in coloured cellophane by electrical contractors for a festive feel


 

It stands in the footsteps of the original twin towers among a small forest of oak trees in an eight-acre plaza. It features two 50ft-deep pools, each containing fountains, along with a museum with exhibitions and artefacts to teach visitors about the events of September 11.

At One World Trade Center, there is almost 3million square feet of office space – half of which had already been leased. There is also an observation deck planned more than 1,241ft above ground, fine-dining restaurants and a sprawling public lobby boasting 50ft ceilings. There will be eventually be six skyscrapers on the site altogether.

Breathtaking: Looking east from the 77th floor as construction work carries on below Breathtaking: Looking east from the 77th floor as construction work carries on below

The heart of New York City: One World Trade Center, from the 80th floor looking North, is due for completion in 2013 and will be the city's tallest building The heart of New York City: One World Trade Center, from the 80th floor looking North, is due for completion in 2013 and will be the city’s tallest building

 

Place of remembrance: The eight-acre plaza features a small forest of oak trees and a museum to teach visitors about the events of September 11 Place of remembrance: The eight-acre plaza features a small forest of oak trees and a museum to teach visitors about the events of September 11



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