I’ve been meaning to post something about this for a couple of weeks now, and finally, today, I get around to it.
Linux-based operating systems and the open source community are heading in very interesting ways these days. No, I’m not talking about the sabre rattling from Microsoft…
I’m talking about eye candy and user friendly applications and solutions. Ubuntu and their key sponsor Canonical, released Feisty Fawn in April (that’s what version number 7.04 means: 2007-04). In this version they featured some key elements like easy codec installation and restricted manager, making it super easy to use proprietary stuff like ATI and Nvidia drivers.
Furthermore, today saw the first pre-release of Wine Doors, an application to configure and install Windows applications through Wine. I’ve been following this project for some months now, and it’s looking extremely promising. In addition to simplify administration, it also rich on eye candy, judging by the screenshots. This is not surprising, considering the guy in charge seems to be the same guy as the one in charge of Gnome Dock. This is still in early development, and falls in line with one of the most exciting developments in Linux for some years: Eye candy. OK, I know there are more important things, and I know some people like to take a stance against all eye candy. Well, I’ve got news for you: Most of us like stuff that looks good. And this is where Linux now comes to play. Linux has been stable and secure (more than the “competition” anyway) for quite some time. Now, it’s time to take it to the next level.
The companions for these docks are of course the already legendary Compiz, and Beryl. Beryl forked of Compiz, just to merge back less than a year later. These are insanely cool projects. Microsoft had plans for Vista. Then they put Vista on hold. Then, finally it surfaced, and guess what? Barely anyone was impressed. Aero, their new 3d system, was only for the high end versions, and wasn’t all that to begin with. OSX looks of course still way slick, but let’s face it: Beryl/ Compiz runs circles around it.
I’ve been wondering whatever happened to Gaim, and suddenly they come out. With news, a new web page, and a brand new release. And to top it all, they have a new name for it. It’s Pidgin, baby! Who’d’ve thunk it?
And, in the world of Ubuntu, there is GetDeb, for those packages you just have to have in between Ubuntu releases. And there’s Deluge, a bittorrent client which is in development, but definately usable. Then there is Democracy which I can’t live without, and finally, Joost will be available for Linux.
So, the future is bright. Very bright.