Canonical Will Provide Strong ISV Open Source Ecosystem Support For Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx is just a few hours away and Canonical has thrown in another strong reason to use Ubuntu. Canonical has revealed its plans of software vendor support for this release of Ubuntu. Ubuntu 10.04 is an LTS (Long Term Support) release which is supported for a long period after release. This usually ranges from three to five years. This LTS will be a driving factor behind application development for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

Jane Silber, the CEO of Canonical said,

A strong and varied ISV ecosystem is critical for Ubuntu to thrive and grow both on user’s desktops and in the world’s datacentres. We expected Ubuntu 10.04 LTS to be popular with existing and prospective software partners, but response is fantastic. Users considering switching to Ubuntu or upgrading to 10.04 LTS will be encouraged by this industry support and reassured that they can use many of their favourite applications on what we are sure will become their favourite operating system

Marten Mickos CEO, Eucalyptus remarked saying that  Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud is seeing considerable acceptance in the industry. Dell has already announced its wish to support the Server version of Ubuntu 10.o4. Many others like IBM, VMware and Adobe are expected to follow suite.

You can see a list of applications and testimonials from the industry at this page Canonical has put up.

Macpup Opera 2.0 is Launched – Fast Portable Linux

puppy-logoMacpup Opera is a   branch of Linux based on the famous Puppy Linux, which is known for it’s small size and portability. Puppy was designed to be able to run from a CD or portable flash drive. Macpup Opera takes the Puppy feature set and wraps it up in a beautiful and user friendly interface. The release of version 2.0 of this distro brings with it:

• e17 window manager
• Opera 10 web browser
• Gimp image editor
• Abiword word processor
• Gnumeric spreadsheet
• and dozens of other programs

In order to try out Macpup Opera, I downloaded the 163mb ISO live CD image and burned it to my 2Gb SD Flash card using Unetbootin. In a few minutes, I was running Macpup, and I had a nice little laugh, because it barked at me when it was done booting.

The first thing I had to do was to get my wifi network connected. I’ve always been disappointed with the networking wizard that comes with Puppy, but I’ve struggled with it often enough that I got it to recognize my network. Next, I opened the Opera web browser to see how it worked in Macpup.

I was amazed at the speed that I was getting compared to my Windows systems. Opera was surfing, paging, and refreshing faster than I’d ever seen it. This alone is a good reason for me to keep a copy of Macpup around. If my Windows PC ever crashes, I can always boot into a Puppy session for getting fixes off the web.

The Opera browser comes with it’s new Unity service and lots of desktop widgets that you’ll love playing with.

Instead of boring you with more details, here’s a video showing off this unique and completely free OS:

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For those who can’t see the video, here’s a screenshot:

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This is one sweet looking little operating system and it’s sure to get a second glance as people pass by your PC.

Download Macpup Opera 2.0

Techie Buzz Verdict:

Many people won’t have any use for this unique Linux version. On the other hand, it’s small, fast, free and really pretty to watch. It’s a great place to start for those who’ve never used Linux before.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Vodafone launches World`s Cheapest Phone

Vodafone has recently launched Vodafone 150 at a very low price of Rs 700. The handset comes with the basic features of calling and messaging. Initially, the device is launched in India, Turkey and 8 African countries. The complete specifications of the device are as follows.

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Vodafone 150 Full Specs

• Dual-Band GSM
• Scheduler
• Alarm Clock
• Vibrating Alert
• Currency Converter
• Polyphonic Ringtones
• Torch
• Lithium ion 500mAh battery
• Talk time: 5 hours
• Standby time: 400 hours
• Phonebook capacity: 100 entries
• Specific Caller tunes.
• Colours Available: Black
• 1 year warranty

At the launch of Vodafone 150, Marten Pieters, MD and CEO, Vodafone Essar said,

The average user in rural India does not spend as much as mobile consumers in Delhi or in Mumbai. Though the majority still make a revenue stream for mobile operators, the idea is to make mobile phones affordable and achievable for everyone.

Webby Wednesday: Find Rhyming Words, Compare Translations, Pick Best Color Pallets and Capture Full Page Screenshots

Welcome to Webby Wednesdays – a brief compilation of some web services which we found useful during the course of this week.

Find Rhyming Words with RhymeZone

Rhyming words are often required when you are composing a poem, writing a short story or may be searching for a creative domain name. If you are a writer, and need to find rhyming words online, check out RhymeZone – an online dictionary of rhyming words in English language.

Apart from the rhymes, the site also suggests antonyms, definitions, synonyms, related words and words that sound “similar”. You can also define rules to fine tune your searches. For example: You may want to match each letter of a phrase or match consonants only.

0to255.com: Pick the Best Color Pallets

If you are a web designer and need a simple tool which can suggest matching color pallets, look no further than 0to255.com. Yeah, the name sounds peculiar but the service is awesome. You supply a hex code to the site, click the magic button and the site returns a list of matching colors with their corresponding hex codes. Click a color and the hex code is copied in your Windows clipboard. Neat!

The site also shows random colors in the bottom so you always have some design inspiration ready at hand.

QuickTranslator: Translate and Compare Translated Texts Online

Online Translator is a web based language translation service, which is powered by both Microsoft and Google’s technology. You can use this service to translate text into other international languages.

The unique thing about the service is that you can compare the results from Google and Microsoft side by side. Then, you can choose the translation which is more precise. There is also a “Say it” button which lets you listen to the translated text. The maximum length of text which can be translated is 1000 words.

Capture Full Page: Capture Full Page Screenshots of any Website

There are both desktop tools and browser extensions available to capture screenshots, but the advantage of web based tools is that you do not need to install anything. CaptureFullPage is one such service which lets anyone capture a full page screenshot of any webpage.


To capture the screenshot, just paste the URL of the webpage in the URL field of the site. Once the screenshot is ready, you can download the image in JPG or PNG format. The service also let’s you resize the screenshot to small, medium and large formats. No registration or sign ups are required to use the service.

On each wednesday, we will come up with a brief roundup of new web tools which provide value and add something extra to your daily technology. Stay tuned!

Microsoft Signs the Joomla Contributor Agreement

Joomla is a popular and open source CMS which also claims to be the world’s largest of its kind. Adding to its contributor list, is now Microsoft. Microsoft has recently signed the Joomla Contributor Agreement (JCA) which is the new general public license of the Joomla project. This will allow users see better compatibility of Joomla with IIS (Internet Information Services) and support for older versions.

Microsoft will start contributing to the Joomla project with new features included by Microsoft will be seen on the latest trunk builds shortly. It is expected that the agreement will let Joomla use the Windows ® Cache Extension for PHP in IIS. This is gives increased speed and efficiency.

Ryan Ozimek, the president of One Source matters said today,

We’ve always had a portion of our community that has been IIS-based, yet we haven’t been able to offer the ideal level of IIS support and integration. With the new agreement in place, Joomla! will not only offer tighter ties with IIS, but our community can better work with Microsoft to make improvements or address future engineering issues.

Joomla has been working closely with Microsoft for a long time now. It could include Joomla package in the Web Platform Installer. Microsoft also provides for environments to test applications.

Apple Acquires Siri For Close to $200 Million

When Siri was introduced a few weeks ago, it made a few people very excited about the direction of web. On the surface, Siri is a simple iPhone app that can act like your personal assistant and doing tasks like reserving a dinner table, calling a cab or checking the weather in a certain city through typed or voice commands. But what really made some tech gurus excited was the technology behind the app.

Siri, does not have a website or a simple data base that it pulls information from, rather, Siri glues together certain APIs available on the web to carry out simple tasks for you. Even though the number of APIs connected together by Siri are pretty small right now, but the potential it promises is nothing less than extra ordinary. It seems like Apple understood this pretty well and hence acquired Siri for an estimated sum of around $200 Million today.

This will give Apple a hold over one of the most promising mobile and web technologies and if Apple is able to patent this technology for iPhone, it will be a huge below to Android. Besides the API thing, Siri also has a fantastic voice recognition system that is better than most of the stuff in the market right now. If smartly used, it will give Apple a lot to build on in next few years.

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Fennec (Firefox Mobile) Comes To Android

Earlier today, Mozilla dropped the first public build of Fennec for the Android platform. Fennec is the codename of Firefox for mobile, which is also available for Nokia’s Maemo operating system.

It is still early days for Fennec on Android. The released build is merely a pre-alpha and in the words of Vladimir Vukićević should be considered “a debug build”.

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For the moment, Fennec requires Android 2.0 (or newer) operating system, with OpenGL ES 2.0 compatibility being recommended. Moreover, Fennec has only been tested on the Nexus One and Motorola Droid. Some of the other caveats described in Mozilla’s official announcement are:

  • It will likely not eat your phone, but bugs might cause your phone to stop responding, requiring a reboot.
  • Memory usage of this build isn’t great — in many ways it’s a debug build, and we haven’t really done a lot of optimization yet. This could cause some problems with large pages, especially on low memory devices like the Droid.
  • You’ll see the app exit and relaunch on first start, as well as on add-on installs; this is a quirk of our install process, and we’re working to get rid of it.
  • You can’t open links from other apps using Fennec; we should have this for the next build.
  • This build must be installed to internal memory, not to a SD card.

If you are feeling adventurous you can download the pre-alpha build from here.

Apple WWDC Conference To Be Held On June 7th

All around the globe, Apple fans eagerly wait for the WWDC event. Apple has had a history of announcing many of its new products or a refresh of their existing line up of their iGadgets at the WWDC. Last year at WWDC, Apple hadApple introduced Snow Leopard and the iPhone 3GS. Earlier, it was expected that the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) from Apple would be held on 22nd June. But Today, Apple announced that the WWDC 2010 will be held on June 7 and continue until June 11.

“This year’s WWDC offers developers in-depth sessions and hands-on working labs to learn more about iPhone OS 4, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system,” said Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president of iPhone Software. “WWDC provides a unique opportunity for developers to work side-by-side with Apple engineers and interface designers to make their iPhone and iPad apps even better.”

Thanks to the huge iPhone 4G or iPhoneHD fiasco, users already know about the new upcoming iPhone inside out. The five-day event will also include iPad application development sessions and a hands-on session on the iPhone OS 4.

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RIM Unveils The Blackberry 6 OS

RIM just announced the Blackberry 6 OS at the ongoing WES 2010. The new Blackberry 6 OS features multi touch support, a new HTML 5 compatible web-kit based web browser, a brand new UI and a cover flow like music player.

RIM did not mention anything about the new features of the upcoming OS, but some information did leak out. The new OS will feature a brand new homescreen, along with smooth transitions and new pop-up menus. The Messaging and the Gallery application of the phone have also been revamped. It is also said that the web browser will support multiple tabs. The phone supports pinch zooming as well. The new OS is also more touch optimized.

The company also released a demo video of the new OS at their official youtube channel.


iTunes Alternative – SharePod Rocks

mp3-player-ico [Windows Only] SharePod is a small portable freeware alternative to iTunes. There’s no doubt that iTunes is a fantastic program. However, it’s about a 93mb download and it’s not going to be on every PC that you might want to hook your iPod up to.

The advantages of SharePod are it’s small size and it’s portability. SharePod is a single executable file about 5mb in size. You can move the SharePod.exe file onto your iPod and take it with you anywhere you go. It will run right from the iPod without any installation.

Here’s what it looks like:

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SharePod will let you do many of the things that the huge iTunes app will do, such as:

• Add and remove music and videos from your iPod
• Add, remove and edit playlists
• Add and remove album art
• View and backup photos
• Copy music, videos and playlists from your iPod to PC
• Import music/videos into your iTunes library
• Tag editing
• Drag n drop to and from Explorer

Besides the typical iPods and Nanos, SharePod also supports iPhone and iTouch. The only major drawback I’ve found, is that it requires Microsoft .NET 2.0 Framework to be installed. Everything I’ve tried works flawlessly, and the interface is nice and simple.

Note: Another iTunes alternative we’ve discussed here is Floola, which is also free and portable.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

I enjoyed trying SharePod and I plan to keep it on my Nano. It’s so handy being able to add and remove songs from any computer I’m using. If you don’t have a portable utility like this already, you should give this one a try.

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Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

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