Yesterday saw the announcement, at Microsoft’s Build 2016 convention, that users will be able to run Ubuntu Bash Shell commands directly through Windows 10 – that means no need for Cygwin or other 3rd party layer technologies. This was made due to the collaboration between Canonical and Microsoft…
Does this consist as a betrayal from Canonical to the Open Source community?
Even though Canonical began with Ubuntu (an easy to install, easy to use, distribution), it has now evolved to a company that gains the most from software for servers, the cloud implementation, and is now entering the handheld market (Ubuntu‘s convergence is a great idea and from what i have seen it is solid). And Ubuntu is moving away (slowly but steadily) away from it sources – snappy will replace .deb packages plus the whole situation with the intellectual property claims.
Concluding, this partnership with the biggest OS will bring Ubuntu (a part of it) to many millions users, mostly system administrators and developers. With profit in mind, Canonical don’t forget is a company, it’s a good move.
From Microsoft’s perspective, the company has lost the wagon on Cloud and Big Data implementation, plus developers and coders mostly user OS X and Linux. Meaning that Windows are used, either by people who only use their PC for Facebook, or by PC gamers (and they now have other options). This partnership gives them access to a user base of people actively working on technology.
So.. another good move.
Personally, I don’t believe that Canonical is respecting the Open Source ethics nowadays. With that in mind the Open Source community will not be affected, on the contrary, maybe some Windows users will be converted to Linux – probably Ubuntu at first, but when you go down the rabbit hole..there is a great new world waiting.
Last weekend I helped my parents move some stuff from our old house. I always thought I had taken most (if not all) of my stuff when I moved out 2 years ago… I was wrong. I left with 4 boxes of my old tabletop games, books, comics and old pc parts – plus an Xbox.
I also took a statue of Batman from the Arkham City game (thank you brother!).
Some may say that it’s not mature to have figurines laying around, or reading comic books (graphic novels!!!).
You know what, I don’t care… I love my stuff, even though I won’t be rereading the Dark Elf Trilogy books it was amazing that I found all these hidden (considered lost – forgotten) treasures.
Just checked KaOS Linux, which sports an all KDE-QT desktop.. And I’m sold to take Antergos for a – KDE – spin. Review of the installation and thoughts later this month (trial period ahead).
Follow up to my previous post… what is this “Antergos” I keep talking about?
Antergos (previously known as Cinnarch) is a Linux distribution based upon Arch Linux.This means it uses Arch Linux as a base for it, adding components and tweaking it, to give the distribution a unique feeling based on the developer’s point of view.
What distinguishes Antergos from other distributions, is that it practically uses unmodified Arch (thus upstream) packages – thus making the finished installation mostly stock Arch Linux – but with adding a custom system installer (CnChi), cosmetic tweaks (theme, icons) and an added repository for some popular software that has not yet migrated to the Arch Community Repository.
CnChi is the most developed software of the distribution, obviously and I have to add that it’s the best installer I have used, ever. It is comprehensive, with plenty of features (especially when you decide which software you want preinstalled) and with the easiest partitioner I have used.
A visual guide of the installer (0.12.43) – not the latest, which is 0.14:
System Check. Cnchi needs a working internet connection, as it downloads the necessary packages during installation.
Timezone page. A small bug here, even though the system shows the correct time on GNOME panel, the installer shows the wrong time.
Desktop selection page, with a small review of each DE. I chose the Cinnamon Desktop.
Feature List page. The user can select Steam and PlayOnLinux installation, LibreOffice and more apps, fonts and services.
Partition page. Cnchi has the easiest partitioner I have ever used.
Personally I find the software selection one of the best on Linux distributions, minimal and to the point – meaning useful. That is why a keep the changes to the minimum, on every on of my installations.
Finally, the installation needs an active Internet connection, because it downloads the latest packages while installing, giving you the latest and best of Open Source software right from the start.