Posts Tagged ‘Linux’

HyerSpace with ThinkFree Office

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Phoenix Technologies has already announced that their ThinkFree Office, which is a Microsoft Office-like productivity suit is made available through their fast-boot HyperSpace source. The HyperSpace is basically a ‘Lite’ operating system based on Linux which laptop users can easily boot within a few seconds, compared to the several minutes often required to load windows. Therefore by imitating the instant start experience in smartphones the HyperSpace has moved around one of the long awaiting complaints of Windows regarding its slow boot time which is also implicitly acknowledged by Microsoft.

According to Milpitas the Calif-based Phoenix, the HyperSpace would not just save user’s boot time but would also need less energy to operate compared to windows, thereby extending its battery life. Guarav Banga the CTO said that, with the HyperSpace the users will have the ability to access cut down versions of different applications including a video player with large variety of codec’s, Firefox web browser, a notepad, calculator and even some games. Banga claims that although Windows laptops can wake up from hibernate modes or from sleep quickly they are unreliable. He said, there are a lot of people in offices who go for meetings leaving their laptop lids open as in case it might take too long for the laptop to wake up and find the Wi-Fi.

Banga further said that apart from adding the new ThinkFree which is a latest update to HyperSpace it would also boast its resolution and color capabilities. Additionally the company is also working on to add instant messaging and email software. Phoenix also competes with another similar instant on Linux platform called the Splashtop. The Splashtop also fully competes with products like the $150 device offered by Lenovo Group and Research in Motion which automatically forwards mails from the Blackberries of users to even turned off ThinkPads.

Until now the footing for HyperSpace is still limited as only 2 major manufacturers the NCE Corp of Japan and Asustek Computers Inc in Taiwan have announced their plans to install the Hyperspace on their laptop and netbook PCs. Guarav Banga has promised that the company would announce some more details about the HyperSpace in a few weeks.

Apart from this Phoenix also offers HyperSpace directly to their customers in 2 different flavors which is a hybrid version through which the users can instantly flip front and back between Windows and HyperSpace which costs around $59.95 a year and the Dual Version which costs around $39.95 a year and it need the user to exit HyperSpace to move into Windows. The users can even take both the versions for 21 day trial. However although it is not disclosed about the number of HyperSpace customers, Banga says that there are plenty of trail downloads available. With regards to security concerns, the company controls the applications which can be installed to HyperSpace. Banga said that adding more applications is obviously their goal and so they are opening up the environment so that their users can eventually choose the software to install.

Hate PC? Try Linux

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Life was tough for the Windows users trying to use the Linux operating system. The main drawback which existed was the complications which arose when trying to install or upgrade the software. A lot of people have responded about the problems faced by people when trying install or update the Linux software. Now you can easily update the Linux software in a hassle free manner. There may be slight variations for different Linux versions but in general you can use this method for any Linux software. One should first understand the Linux world as Windows has become a monopoly for the PC operating systems. The windows users think that the whole system revolves around them and that all operating systems are similar. If you are trying to install Linux, then you should know that it uses a separate format from Windows and you should understand them before using it.

First thing to note is that there is no single Linux version as such. There are many different versions of Linux which is released by different companies. This is normally done through distributions and the common distributors are Ubuntu, Fedora, Red Hat and Gentoo. These are some of the examples of the various Linux distros. When installing a Linux version, one should know about the version specifically which means that the user should know about the Linux distro. It is easier than it sounds and you won’t have much difficulty installing it. For Linux, the way in which you install the software is closely related to the operating system of the desktop. Due to this, you can install the software without having to know about who is the Linux distributor. It is better to know the Linux distribution in case you run into any trouble. The nest step is to understand how the software is being distributed as well as installed for Linux. It is a little different from the ay the distribution is done for Microsoft Windows. The software of Linux is necessary for the installation or upgrading and it will be stored in some online repository where the Linux version will contact and perform the installation.

Earlier the Linux users had to muck around some command lines for installing the software. But now the software will directly handle the Linux along with all its packaging and installation information. You can even follow the command lines for installation but it might take a lot more time and effort. Now, the files and other information come in the form of a package. The package manager will have an operating system which will maintain the relationship of all the online repositories and will perform all the work of finding and updating the Linux software. This helps you to avoid the toil of searching for the software and updating it all by yourself. This helps you to avoid the difficulty in installing the software while enjoying all the applications of the Linux operating system. With some brief background, you can find and easily install the Linux software.

windows 7 vs. Linux

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

With the release of first public beta version of Windows 7, there was a feeling that Microsoft had finally created the Windows they were promising from long time. However they have got few choices the professional and public reaction to Vista and the mounting pressure from low cost Linux over the low cost computer devices, which mean they have to act fast. There is a debate about what 7 means for both Linux and Windows as it is Linux’s fearsome new enemy or Microsoft’s last gasp. However some closer inspections show that it is not either of it. Linux has made steps for itself on the desktop by making it possible to build netbooks at lower costs while Windows 7 would surely enjoy the market positions and impress their existing Windows users even more.

You can just find out how Windows 7 and the desktop breeds of Linux shape up against themselves while knowing what is coming before from both sides. This is however not in an intention to downgrade either Linux or Windows 7 but only an exercise to find out what each does in particular categories.

Firstly, as most people generally purchase computers preloaded with Windows is because they don’t have to deal with the entire process of installing the OS and the same goes to machines that come preloaded with Linux. However people trying the new Windows 7 and those installing Linux on their existing computer have to go through entire installation process in some way. The installation process of Windows 7 can be familiar to those who have already installed and used vista as it requires a few setup choices and is much faster than XP. Windows 7 however insists to be the first OS on the system. Therefore if you need a dual boot system you will still require installing varieties of Windows and then Linux or else you will have to repair one to get the other boot.

One thing that Windows has incrementally added over time is their better pre-booth support environment. You can actually boot the installation DVD to bring up command consoles to perform a small division of admin of admin functions while also performing a full system image recovery. However installing Linux will be half the struggle and the process has also become much easier. Ubuntu also gives you the option to run straight from an existing Windows partition with just a few performance hit. There is also another positive change on how the hit rate for hardware detection has increased with each successive release. Additionally the other great thing that Linux still continues to offer in this regards and which Windows still seems unable to offer because of their architectural limitations is the live USB or the live CD drive. When you boot it you would have a full blown copy of the operating system along with the biggest hindrance being in the transfer speed of boot media. This is only possible in Windows with its great deal of acrobatics but in Linux it is a natural thing.