The adoption of Linux and open source software is growing, albeit mostly in other countries outside of the USA. Many countries don’t want to be dependent on a specific vendor or country for most of its IT needs. The revelations of the NSA spying has accelerated the move to IT solutions that are transparent, secure, and trusted. The expected cost-savings and freedom in tailoring open source software are additional benefits that users can expect, in contrast to proprietary software products.
Two German cities have embraced Linux wholeheartedly after abandoning Windows XP when support for this proprietary OS had expired. Following the successful adoption of Linux by Munich, the town of Gummersbach with a population of 50,000, embraced Suse Linux with the MATE desktop environment. The city kept a few proprietary OS systems that were virtualized in order to access specific applications that did not run on Linux.
Learn more about Gummersbach switch from Windows XP to Suse Linux at the EU’s Joinup site that is focused on interoperable solutions for the public sector.
Posted in Business PCs, For Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs), Linux, Open Source, OS, proprietary nature, Public Interest, Public Sector, Windows
Tagged Linux, Public Sector, Switch, Windows
I love to stream my favorite music on Spotify when I am working on an Ubuntu Gnome laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad X220). So, instead of streaming it on the browser, I recently found out that Spotify has a preview release of its music player for Linux. Sweet! Great music on an excellent desktop with an OS that offers freedom, privacy and security.
Check out the Linux client at the Spotify site.
Great to see that popular web apps/services like Dropbox, Spotify, Skype, etc are starting to support Linux desktops now.
In a recent NPR piece posted on Seattle’s KUOW radio station website, it appears that in 2012, new bicycles sales is higher than new car sales in the major of countries that make up the European Union. “How can this possibly be?”, you may ask yourself.
The main cause for this higher “bicycle-to-car ownership ratio” phenomenon appears to be caused by the slump in car sales resulting in a 2-decades low that happened during the economic recession that affected most of Europe and elsewhere.
It is interesting to consider the divergent transportation patterns/behaviors that developed and developing nations are taking. The developed nations in the EU are going the way of where the developing countries came from with regards to use of transportation modes (i.e. moving from cars to bicycles). Whereas, developing nations are trying to emulate the lifestyles of the developed nations in the EU by adopting more cars and abandoning bicycles in droves. Whether this phenomenon is driven by economics, environmental, energy, or social trends, one interesting fact is that younger people (what marketers like to call “millenials” or “Gen Y”) in the USA are showing less interest in buying cars or bigger cars in a case of car makers chasing lesser car buyers.
All the recent news about technology companies being less-than-rigorous resistors to the NSA eavesdropping program, makes one wonder what’s alternatives there are out there to the dominant commercial OS offerings. Linux and other Free Open Source Software (FOSS) are highly touted as some of the alternatives since these are software and technology products that have withstand the “sanitizing effects of the light let in”. In essence, this is the open screening process by the general public, conducted specifically by software developers who are not beholden to any corporation or governmental organization.
To help technology users to migrate/transition to Linux and other FOSS, a useful article identifies various open source software alternatives that ease the transition to Linux. Personally, I find Karma to be a useful tool to create instructional videos for posting online. Hope these tools will help you in making your move to Linux and other FOSS tools.
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Posted in Apple, Closed/Proprietary, computers, Desktops, Home PC, Linux, Mac OS X, Open Source, OS, proprietary nature, Useful Tips, Windows
Most of us rely on some sort of software-based tool to help us make sense of our financial situation and planning. What is not obvious to most of us is that we are spending a lot of money on the very same tools that are suppose to help us save and grow our money.
To help save some extra money for our financial planning, here are tens of free, open source software tools that can help individuals and small businesses to stretch that dollar that we have. See this Datamation article on a long list of tools that can replace the many popular financial software that many of us may rely on today. Go to Datamation article - 62 Open Source Replacements for Popular Financial Software.
Posted in Consumer, Financial, For Home, For Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs), For SMBs
Tagged accounting, Financial, Free Software, Open software, open source, personal finance, small business finance, SMB