January 26, 2009


Introducing Android : Open Source, Linux Based Mobile Phone Operating System

Lately, I'm getting interested in Mobile Phone Application. And what make me more interested about it was, getting to know the Android, a new open source operating system and software platform for mobile phones. The Android is developed by Google, and later the Open Handset Alliance based on Linux kernel. Google has made most of the Android platform available under the Apache free-software and open source license.

The Open Handset Alliance (OHA) is a business alliance of 48 firms including Google, HTC, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm, Samsung, LG, T-Mobile, NVIDIA, Sony Ericsson, ARM, AKM Semiconductor Inc, ASUSTek COmputer Inc, Atheros Communications, Borqs, Ericsson, Garmin International Inc, Wind River Systems, Huawei Technologies, Omron Software Co Ltd, Softbank Monile Corporation, Teleca AB, Toshiba Corporation and Vodafone that came together to develop open standards for mobile devices. The Android platform was announced on 5 November 2007 with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance.

Now, mobile phone application developers are able to write managed code in the Java language, controlling the mobile device with Android via Google-developed Java libraries. If you are good in C or other programming languages, your applications written in C and other languages can be compiled to ARM native code and run. However, the other development path isn't officially supported by Google.

And, here is a video from Android developer to get you more excited with this Android :

Isn't it a WoooOOoW for you coders?... Let's get up, grab the SDK and develop great apps on Android. I would love to hear one of us entitled for those TEN MILLION U.S. DOLLARS for creating a great, useful, free and open source software on Android platform.

p/s: For all my Chinese friends and readers, I would like to wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year!! Cheers!!
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January 22, 2009


Battle Programmer Shirase - Episode 2

For those who remember my post about the Battle Programmer Shirase, here is the continuation of the episode. For those who haven't watch the first episode, you better watch it first. But, if you wanna skip it, the first episode is the introduction of a brilliant programmer or hacker named Akira Shirase.

In that episode, there was a hacking attempt on U.S. shipping company which reroutes a package to an Asian Hacker. While on the other side, BPS or Battle Programmer Shirase is recruited by Akizuki, an employee from Abin Electronics. BPS accepted Akira's recruitment after seeing the discontinued X68 series doujinshi SCSI card by Abin Electronics which was made at Iwasawa plant. Apart from that, there is another story of Misao-chan who somehow have an unknown relationship with Shirase. Now, let's watch this Episode 2 of Battle Programmer Shirase...

Hmm.. hope you like it. I'll continue with the next episode later. Enjoy!!

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January 19, 2009


Where to find Ubuntu Resources?

I have lot's of queries from friends who recently migrates to Ubuntu on Where to find Ubuntu Resources? So, I'm listing some useful Ubuntu Resources here for newbies to start with.

Ubuntu in the Office

  • http://ubuntuforums.org - In this searchable web forum and moderated social network is a diverse, talented, and moderated community of Ubuntu users and support staff. People share their success and setbacks here with each other as well as offering assistance and guidance. Chances are good that if you’re having difficulty with something in Ubuntu, someone has already run into the same problem and found a solution.
  • http://forums.ubuntu.com.my - This is another searchable web forum aiming to support local Malaysian Ubuntu Community. All the people here are Malaysian Ubuntu Users and Official Ubuntu LoCo Member. You can get support in Malay language here.
  • www.ubuntu.com/support - This site offers paid support from Canonical Ltd., the company behind Ubuntu. If you don’t want to spend time searching through the forums, or waiting for responses, Canonical Ltd. is one avenue for telephone, e-mail, and web support costing around $20 a month. There is also Ubuntu training available aimed at companies and corporate users.
  • https://help.ubuntu.com - This site contains the official, up-to-date, online documentation for each Ubuntu release. As newer Ubuntu releases come out, you can come here to find out what’s new.
  • http://screencasts.ubuntu.com - View recorded desktop sessions on how to do different things with Ubuntu, from setting up a printer, to setting up Samba file sharing, to installing updates to keep your Ubuntu system in top shape. Ubuntu users are encouraged to join the Ubuntu Screencasts Launchpad Team (https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-screencasts) to contribute.
  • https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-users - Join the Ubuntu-users mailing list and interact with Ubuntu users over e-mail to discuss and solve problems that come up with everything from implementing mysql databases to setting up a problematic network devices. An archive of past threads can be viewed at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-users.
  • https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IRCResourcePage - If you are interested in live IRC chat support, you can visit the Ubuntu IRC resource page to find guidelines, clients, and chat servers which are an available source of support, free at any time. It is advisable to visit the Ubuntu Code of Conduct page (www.ubuntulinux.org/community/conduct/) if you have not taken part in IRC chat before.
  • www.linux-usb.org - This web site aims to maintain a working knowledge of USB devices known to be Linux-friendly. There is a search utility where you can plug in the name or model of a manufacturer and get an instant status report on the usability of that device with Linux.
  • www.linux-foundation.org/en/OpenPrinting - The CUPS (http://cups.org) printing system is the standard printing system used on most Linux systems these days. If your printer model is not listed when you attempt to add a new printer to your Ubuntu system, you may need to search this site for an updated PPD file to add to your CUPS system. Vendors who make Linux-friendly printers can also be found at www.linux-foundation.org/en/OpenPrinting/Database/SuggestedPrinters.
  • www.sane-project.org - Scanner Access Now Easy (SANE) is a site devoted to the topic of document scanning on Linux. If you are looking for a scanner or multifunction printer, check here to see how well the vendors stack up in terms of Linux support.
  • http://tldp.org - The Linux Documentation Project is a culmination of Guides, How-To articles, and FAQS covering everything from how to make coffee with Linux to setting up QoS and Traffic Control.

Actually, this is not the complete list... You can search for more via your favourite search engine. However, these sites are good for beginner to start with.

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January 7, 2009


Jaunty Jackalope Is the codename of Ubuntu 9.04

** Some Rights ReservedMark Shuttleworth have announced that the codename for Ubuntu 9.04, which is expected to arrive in April 2009, will be Jaunty Jackalope. Ubuntu releases are issued every six months and include the latest versions of popular open source software applications.

"The Warrior Rabbit is our talisman as we move into a year where we can reasonably expect Ubuntu to ship on several million devices, to consumers who can reasonably expect the software experience to be comparable to those of the traditional big OSV's—Microsoft and Apple," he wrote in a mailing list post. "The bar is set very high, and we have been given the opportunity to leap over it. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to shine, and we want to make sure that the very best thinking across the whole open source ecosystem is reflected in Ubuntu, because many people will judge free software as a whole by what we do."

A big focus of the 9.04 release will be improving boot time and general performance. Shuttleworth also says that the developers also aim to bring tighter web integration to the desktop. Ubuntu 9.04 will be like a Jackalope, he claims, because it will be lightning fast and will converge desktop and web technologies to create a hybrid software experience.

"There are some specific goals that we need to meet in Jaunty. One of them is boot time. We want Ubuntu to boot as fast as possible—both in the standard case, and especially when it is being tailored to a specific device," he wrote. "Another goal is the blurring of web services and desktop applications."

jackalope sighting by evie_coates

Ubuntu has achieved unprecedented popularity in the desktop Linux ecosystem and is rapidly moving into the general consumer market. Canonical has high hopes for Ubuntu adoption on netbooks, budget computers that feature a small form factor and tie into the cloud. Dell is already shipping Ubuntu on its new mini 9 netbook and we expect to see more Ubuntu-based subnotebook products coming soon.

via [arstechnica.com]

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