Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup we reveal Canonical’s intentions to support Android Apps on Ubuntu. The annual Internet Trends Report is out. Bootstrap themes and bonus social buttons. Classic Apple Product Stylings from the 80’s you’ve probably never seen. Linux History through one gargantuan comment thread. A thoughtful “Missing Linux Killer App” discussion.
Android Apps on Ubuntu
Ubuntu developers are apparently working to easily port Android apps to Ubuntu, “a vital part of Canonical’s vision of building Ubuntu smartphones and tablets.” While I’m quoting the article, here’s another that summarizes why it would be a smart move. No matter how well Ubuntu works as an operating system platform on mobile devices, it won’t be very useful without an accompanying app ecosystem.
Today’s Cheat Sheets
We’re seeing a number of Cheat Sheets lately it seems. These “8 Must-have Cheat Sheets for Web Developers and Designers” are from October 2013, but are still gold. I want to check back on this to review the Bootstrap Cheat Sheet when I get deeper into the Bootstrap niceties of my current Wicket Bootstrap project.
Classic Apple Stylings
Fascinating and mostly beautiful designs of Apple products that were rejected during the 80’s and never produced. Loved the distinctive look which made the most of the technological limitations of the era.
The Missing Linux Killer App
You’ve seen these “what killer app is Linux missing” threads before, but this one is the most intelligent, thoughtful I’ve read. One excellent suggestion is a native email client that does Exchange with the supporting argument that many enterprises live on Outlook, a thus a primary driver of continued MS Office use. A missing iTunes was mentioned a few times, but then “Orange Dophin” described how his move from iTunes helped him see the true potential of Open Source software.
The Linux History In Comments
Engadget published a guy’s history trying to use Linux with his Dad back in the early 90’s and how they quit on it. The guy returned to Linux with much happiness a few years ago. End of story. The only pay-off from the post were its 425 comments, many of the writers sharing experiences with more detail and substance than the article itself.
On Eclipse Templates
This article walks through the process of creating an Eclipse Code Template. We’ve seen this before, but the article lists several useful templates as well.
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Today’s Vermont Photo is provided by Jimmy Emerson, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.