Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup, How Open Source Wins as the Start-Up Platform of Choice. Marques Reviews the Moto 360. Jumping Up and Down for Kinetic Energy Tiles. Extending Apps to Android Smart Watches. Ubuntu Touch Screenshot Tour. A How-To On Android Wear Messaging. A Glimpse of Android as Universal Runtime Platform. This Linux Life: The Presentation. 72 Excellent Running Tips.
How Open Source Wins as the Start-Up Platform of Choice
A guy who loves and knows Microsoft technologies avoids them when planning his new start-up for Open Source. He says that if he chooses Microsoft he would instantly be in hock for 300 Windows licenses. He goes on to describe the “toxic hellbrew” which is SQL Server licensing. He makes several good points for not paying Microsoft runtime royalties including the following. Back in the late 1990s/early-2000s, the Redmondians were doing some amazing things with software development. The .NET Framework was a total revelation and ASP.NET was wonderful to use; but today, the leadership is all over in the open source camp. What you see is Microsoft following the open source people. From a software development perspective, I love that they’re doing that. But it ruins the rationale of how they can charge for licenses.
Marques Reviews the Moto 360
Marques Brownlee does excellent video reviews of new tech. Here he reviews the Moto 360, which is a very beautiful Smart Watch.
Jumping Up and Down for Kinetic Energy Tiles
Kinetic Energy is hugely exciting, but its impact has barely made a dent in the commercial market compared to technologies like solar. That may soon change with the world’s first installation of kinetic energy tiles in a Rio de Janeiro soccer field to power its stadium lights.
Ubuntu Touch Screenshot Tour
Congratulations to Canonical on its Ubuntu Touch RTM. Phones with Ubuntu are expected to arrive in December. It will be interesting to see how well they do. My beef with Canonical is that they need to do a much better job describing the architecture to developers and business alike, and why anyone should invest in the platform. In the meantime there is a screenshot tour of 33 Ubuntu Touch screens. They are, distinctly Ubuntu. Which is to say that I like them!
A How-To On Android Wear Messaging
Android Wear and notifications go hand-in-hand. Here’s a quick overview from the Android Developers Blog on how to direct notification display on handhelds and wearables.
A Glimpse of Android as Universal Runtime Platform
A developer with the handle of “Vladimir” demonstrates modifying the Application Runtime for Chrome to run any Android app on any desktop operating system. Apparently there are many issues remaining to be resolved for a smooth user experience, but it shows what might be possible with a platform-independent Android application design. The implications are huge!
This Linux Life: The Presentation
A plug for my own efforts in promoting Linux with a link to the presentation I gave last weekend at Vermont Code Camp 6 titled “This Linux Life”. The storyline of the presentation followed my own transition from Microsoft Windows to all Linux all the time, for work and for play. My main objective was to introduce Linux to Microsoft developers and to show how Linux compares feature-to-feature with what they might currently be using.
72 Excellent Running Tips
I was happy when I discovered the Runner’s Blueprint blog and the post titled “Beginners Running Guide – The Greatest 72 Running Tips Of All Time.” Other good pieces on this blog, too. Unfortunately it looks like the blog only latest a couple of months.
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Today’s Vermont Photo is provided by Peter Dutton, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.