Greetings from Vermont! This NixMashup is dominated with subjects having to do with Linux as an upgrade option for Windows XP users. If we should even care is up for debate considering the first Ubuntu Installation screen is probably too technical for most XP users.
We’ve got a link to an extensive list of Open Source application replacements for commercial software and a thought-provoking post on the ascendance of the mobile device. Will Canonical ascend along with it? An excellent JavaWorld piece offering 12 spot-on predictions for the future of programming (in my opinion, anyway) and other news of the day.
Windows to Linux Moves…Or Not
A lot has been made of the British Government Cabinet Office announcing that the government’s office suite software should comply with the OpenDocument Format, a standard used by OpenOffice but not Microsoft. This post was the most informative and least sensational account of the possibility of the UK going Open Source.
XP to Linux Moves…Or Not
With Microsoft ending Windows XP support in April there’s much written on what XP users should migrate to. This “Windows XP home users should upgrade to Linux — not Windows 8.1” post with 216 comments started the ball rolling. I personally enjoyed From Windows XP to Linux? — you’d have to be mad! which wisely concluded with “In all of the debate, it is easy to forget one thing. You could just stick with Windows XP.” In my thinking, the best reason XP users should avoid Linux is captured in the first Ubuntu install screen which asks, “Erase disk and install Ubuntu? Something else?” The answer, of course, is “something else,” but that’s where you lose 99% of XP users.
One Man’s Move from XP to Ubuntu
While on the subject of moving from Windows XP to Linux, here’s an enjoyable post from 2011 where a new Ubuntu user describes his move from XP and lists 10 reasons why Linux Ubuntu was ready for prime time over two years ago.
50 Open Source Replacements for Really Expensive Software
We’ve seen many of these Open Source replacements for commercial software articles, but this is one of the most extensive listings published to date. On a side note, not that anyone cares, but do I think Linux is ready for Prime Time? Hell yes!!! That said, the average PC user needs a techie to hold their hand during the install and to help them find alternatives to the proprietary Windows apps they use every day. For business, again, hell yes!!! I would strongly advise businesses moving their operations to Linux, however, to have a Linux IT Stud on the payroll, at least during the transition.
Smartphones as Real Computers and the Next Revolution
This post suggests that in 2 to 3 years (coincidentally, just about the time Ubuntu has their cross-platform strategy in place), that mobile devices will become powerful enough to replace notebooks. At that time users will require the same flexibility and comfort level in their mobile OS as they currently enjoy on notebooks.
Installing Linux with Secure Boot and UEFI
This is probably the best article on installing Linux with Secure Book and UEFI that I’ve ever seen. Its title is “Installing Linux: The Good, Bad and Ugly,” but for me it had the effect of boosting my comfort level if I were to ever buy a PC with Windows 8 pre-installed–only to replace it with Linux, of course.
Gearing Up for Java 8
Lots of web ink on next month’s release of Java 8 and its new capabilities. (Lambdas, lambdas, lambdas!) Personally, I’m good with waiting for the official release, but you can grab a preview and configure Eclipse for Java 8 support. Eclipse Foundation Evangelist Wayne Beaton shows us how.
12 Predictions for the Future of Programming
Canonical Considering Building Their Own File Manager
Currently only in discussion phase and probably for the Ubuntu 14.10 timeframe, but Ubuntu may build their own File Manager to replace Nautilus. I like Nemo in Linux Mint more than straight-up Ubuntu Nautilus, but I guess I’m too easy because I like them both fine.
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