In a recent interview at Golem.de , the Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth, points out some thoughts about the importance of working on creating a beautifully Linux. Also he talks about MacOS X as a paradigm of that and the problems of the Linux desktop today. Last but not least, he talks about Netbooks and the development status of Microsoft Windows 7
The video interview is in two parts of 6 minutes :
Part of the source code to Windows 2000 had been leaked onto the Internet before, and pretty it was not. Microsoft’s flagship product turned out to be a vast sprawl of spaghetti in Assembly, C and C++, all held together with sticky tape and paper clips. The source code files contained many now-infamous comments including “We are morons” and “If you change tabs to spaces, you will be killed! Doing so f***s the build process”.
In January 22-2009 Linus Torvalds, the founder of Linux OS, talks about the open source identity. He spoke about a host of topics
including point releases, filesystems and what it is like switching to GNOME. He also puts Windows 7 in perspective. I would like to point some of them :
It’s 2009 and Linux development is approaching 20 years. How do you look back at the past two decades?
I feel like its very natural and I don’t think it will go away. I have a suspicion I will be doing this for a long time and there is no feeling of “it is done”. I don’t have a feeling to pass it on [maintenance of the Linux kernel], but I let the people I trust make the decisions. I can’t second-guess them as it wouldn’t work and I would waste a lot of people’s time. All the sub-maintainers sync their git trees with the main code and I check they haven’t done something horrible, but that’s rare.
StarDivision, the original author of the StarOffice suite of software, was founded in Germany in the mid-1980s. It was acquired by Sun Microsystems during the summer of 1999 and StarOffice 5.2 was released in June of 2000. Future versions of StarOffice software, beginning with 6.0, have been built using the OpenOffice.org source, APIs, file formats, and reference implementation with Sun’s sponsorship who is the primary contributor of code to OpenOffice.org. CollabNet hosts the website infrastructure for development of the product and helps manage the project.
Nowadays, OpenOffice.org is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge.
Many of the new features of the latest version, are only noticeable depending on how much of the OpenOffice suite you use. If you’re a rebel and you use it in your work environment when everybody else is still on Microsoft Office, the compatibility with Office 2007/2008 file formats is hard to ignore. Finally getting native support for DOCX and XLSX, for example, is long overdue and the formats are now seamlessly integrated. However, OpenOffice can not yet save files in the new MS Office format.
The new Start Center should appeal only to users who like having a landing page or only want to have one link on their desktop. It opens up a slightly redesigned window that highlights all of the OpenOffice tools with big icons. I find the Quickstarter to be a more effective and less intrusive way to do the same thing. Unfortunately, the interface within each program in the suite has gone largely unchanged. It looks fine when compared with MS Office 2003, but not so much when up against the Office 2007/2008.
Other improvements to the two most-used programs in OpenOffice include multiple page viewing, improved notes and commenting, and improved PDF creation and importation in Writer, and a Solver feature and spreadsheet sharing in Calc. Most of these changes bring OpenOffice up to the new standard of MS Office. Besides the OpenDocument Format support, there’s little here that you can’t get in Office. Of course, the benefit of OpenOffice being freeware can’t be understated.