Archive for the ‘Operating System’ category

Android 4.1.2 Coming To GSM Galaxy and Nexus S Owners

October 16th, 2012

Customers are reporting that the 4.1.2 update has made them happy.

Just received update 4.1.2 on my Nexus S – brilliant fixed the bug on making phone calls- so very happy. Kyren Tremble

The list is not very long. In fact, the list is pretty much non-existant as far as any features go. All those goodies will be saved up for Android and the next Nexus devices.

Google Android Update To Add Rotating Home Screen – Hardware –

October 10th, 2012

http://www.informationweek.com/hardware/handheld/google-android-update-to-add-rotating-ho/240008757

We’re releasing Android 4.1.2 to AOSP today, which is a minor update on top of 4.1.1. As a note to maintainers of community builds running on Nexus 7: please update to 4.1.2 at the first opportunity. Future variants of the grouper hardware will have a minor change in one of the components (the power management chip) that will not be compatible with 4.1.1. The build number is JZO54K, and the tag is android-4.1.2_r1. Enjoy, Conley and JBQ

This is a quote from the developers of Android. Some people are saying that this update will include functionality that, in my opinion would be included only in a major revision. Android 4.2 (key lime pie) would benefit from any major visual change. Why waste something like this on a very minor update? Remember, Google is not stupid! Unfortunately, consumers have become accustomed to simple updates being upgrades. This puts undue pressure on coders, designers and architects.

Unity is Gateway to Gnome 3

May 27th, 2011

For those of you that are daily Ubuntu users, hatred for the new Unity interface is nearly universal. Ultimately its not so much about the appearance change as it is about the functionality…or lack thereof.

Cannonical has decided to use Unity as a way to transition Ubuntu users into gnome 3. This can be the only explanation as to why you would completely destroy the usability of your flagship OS.

As you can see, there are many visual similarities between the Unity interface and Gnome 3. As a user, I would be more inclined to use Gnome 3 over Unity simply because Unity is composed of a handful of tweaks to the Gnome 2.x interface. It is not a ‘true’ UI like Gnome, KDE, XFCE or LXDE. i suggest leaving the UI design to the experts.

The transition from Windows to Ubuntu was pretty smooth due to the easy usability of Gnome. Menu structures were somewhat familiar. You could easily add shortcuts to the desktop. The Gnome Panel was a welcome feature where you could take Windows Quick Launch bar to the next level. This has now changed.

Gone is the customizable panel. This was one of my most favorite features of Gnome and Ubuntu. There were shortcuts to my favorite applications, a quick link to the task manager, TomBoy notes and many others.

Gone is the bottom panel where you could easily identify what you currently had open and switch applications with a click.

Gone is the ability to easily open two instances of a program?

Kubuntu

Kubuntu uses the KDE UI. This user interface is far more friendly then the new Unity or even the New New Gnome 3. KDE has been around for what feels like centuries in the realm of computing. You can rely on KDE to be similar to what you were used to in Gnome (unmodified).

Are you aware that you can try out any one of the UI that I mentioned above without having to reinstall. Navigate to the synaptic package manager and enter their name into the search. Once you have installed the new UI…log out…then look on the bottom of the login screen for ‘Session’…in there choose your new UI…then login. (I recommend this for trying out new Ui…but I recommend a full re-install to take advantage fully of the integration of Ubuntu and the new UI.

I Chose Kubuntu

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