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Linux Distributions that Look like Mac

Linux Distributions

There are many Linux distributions and people choose them according to their need and preferences.

Some people like the MAC operating systems and they might be happy to know that there are a few Linux distributions that look liker MAC and cost much less.

I found an article on the itsFoss.com website that presents 5 such distributions and I have copied below for your convenience.

Linux distributions that are inspired by MacOS

Before I show you the MacOS inspired Linux distributions, I would like to mention Pear OS.

If you are a well aware Linux follower for last 4 years, you might have heard of Pear OS. This was simply MacOS of Linux world. It has a logo of a bitten pear. It has its own Pear Cloud, Contacts, Music app, color profile, search etc, everything on the line of Apple’s MacOS.

But 3 years back, Pear OS suddenly announced its demise. Apparently, it was bought by an anonymous big enterprise.

Pear OS aside, we still have a few MacOS look alike Linux distribution or inspired by MacOS. Let’s see them.

Note: This list is not a ranking, it’s not in any particular order.

1. elementary OS

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No matter how much elementary OS team denies, there are footprints of MacOS everywhere. It is clearly inspired by MacOS.

The bottom plank is not the only thing that you can relate to MacOS. Look at the Geary, Photos, Scratch and other apps. They have a Mac feel despite being so elementary-ish.

In fact, getting inspired by MacOS is kind of boon for elementary OS. Do keep in mind that they are not just putting a MacOS looking theme on the top of Ubuntu. They are doing some serious work to give the entire OS an elementary feel.

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Apart from the Pantheon desktop environment that is developed from scratch, this effort is quite visible in the applications they have forked. It’s an ecosystem where everything is created aesthetically.

elementary OS is quite protective about their ecosystem and hence they have strict guidelines for the app developers to design their apps that would mix well in elementary OS environment.

Another plus point about elementary OS is that it’s a widely used distribution. This means that you won’t end up with a Linux spin which is rather unknown and you keep wondering where to get support and help.

If you want a Linux that has a Mac feel but provides a great community support, elementary OS should be the first choice.

2. Macpup

Macpup Linux looks like Mac OS X

While elementary OS is widely popular in Linux world, not many people have heard of Macpup Linux. You might guess from its name that it is a MacOS spin based on Puppy Linux.

Puppy Linux is one of the best lightweight Linux distributions for older computers. This would make Macpup a good option for you if you got 15-20 years old computer.

There is one problem with it, though. Its latest release is based on Precise Puppy 5.5.0 which is based on Ubuntu 12.04. In a few months, the support for this version would end.

Moreover, I am not sure if Macpup is being actively developed as well. Their forum is an abandoned place, their website doesn’t seem to have been updated in over a year.

I wouldn’t recommend you to use it for this particular reason. Additionally, I didn’t even find it that close to MacOS looks. Maybe back in 2012 it might have looked like MacOS but not anymore.

3. Trenta OS

MacOS look alike Linux distribution Trenta OS

There is not enough information available about Trenta OS at this time. It is under development and hasn’t even reached the beta stage.

From what I could surmise from their website, blog and social media accounts is that it’s based on Ubuntu and is using GNOME desktop environment.

Focus has been kept on the looks and UI. Rainier icon theme that imitates MacOS icons is the main USP here.

Terminal and some other regular applications are also tweaked to make it look like MacOS.

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I don’t have information on when will the final version be released, but you can follow them on their Twitter account to stay updated with the developments. You can also watch it on GitHub.

Of course, It’s FOSS will cover the news when the final version comes out 🙂

4. Apricity OS

Apricity OS GNOME

Apricity OS is one of my favorite Arch based Linux distributions. You can even call it a cloud centric Linux distribution. Though it’s first stable version was released only a few months ago, it has already gathered a good userbase.

Apricity OS may not be exactly like MacOS but it does have a slight feel to it. It’s GNOME based clean user interface and beautiful icon themes make it a stunning looking Linux distribution.

MacOS look alike or not if one day you want to switch to ‘Arch domain’, do consider Apricity OS among your options.

5. Gmac Linux

Gmac Linux that look like MacOS

Gmac is short for GNOME + Mac. Unlike the above mentioned MacOS look alike Linux distributions, Gmac is not a full-fledged distribution. It is simply GNOME desktop with Mac theme.

Which means that you get Ubuntu Linux with a heavily customized GNOME desktop environment that looks a lot like MacOS. This also means that you won’t have to do all the customization all by yourself to make Ubuntu look like MacOS. Gmac already does it for you. Plus you get to keep your Ubuntu distribution.

The one weird thing about Gmac Linux is that weird logo that is a mix of GNOME and Apple logo.

Your pick?

While obsessing over MacOS look is one thing, you’ll have to accept that Apple does have a good sense of design. And somehow it does influence others. To be honest, I feel that Ubuntu’s Unity desktop environment takes a lot of inspiration from MacOS.

What do you think of Linux distributions that look like MacOS? Is it ridiculous or is it simply trying to provide a good UI to end users? What’s your opinion about it?

About Abhishek Prakash

I am Abhishek Prakash, ‘creator’ of It’s F.O.S.S. Working as a software professional. I am an avid Linux lover and Open Source enthusiast. I use Ubuntu and believe in sharing knowledge. Apart from Linux, I love classic detective mystery. Huge fan of Agatha Christie work.

A Video on the MacPup Linux Distribution

References

8 Alternative Operating Systems For Your Mac (That Actually Work)

Mac OS X Is Not a Linux Distribution, But … – LifeWire

Elementary OS Luna: The Linux Distro That Works Like Mac OS …

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Some IDE for Linux

IDE for Linux

Linux IDEThere are many IDE (Integrated Development Environment) applications that can bu used with Linux.

Probably most people know Eclipse that can be used on Linux and with many other platforms, but there are also many other IDE applications.

I found a good article on this subject on the Openfoss.com website and I have re-published it below for your convenience.

Linux : 5 IDEs You Would Probably Want To Use

 

You will probably switch with an IDE if you have acquired sound knowledge on any programming language. It makes our life a lot more easier though some hard coders may disagree with me.This post focuses on some IDEs for Linux.

Once you start writing an application you will have to write and work with numerous lines of codes and this can be very hectic at times. Choosing an IDE over text editor is a good choice. IDE come with extensive features like syntax highlighting.

IDE help save your effort while working with codes hence making you very efficient and productivity. This might be the main reason people tend to use IDE over text editor.

List of 5 IDEs for Linux You Would Love :

 

1. Code::Blocks :

code-blocks-ide-linuxLanguages Supported : C/C++/Fortan

License Type : Free and Open Source

Features :  Syntax Highlighting , Multiple Compiler Support , Workspaces to combine multiple projects

2. Netbeans

Languages Supported : C/C++/Java/Ruby/Python/Perl/PHP and many more

License : Free and OpenSource IDE .

Features : Syntax Highlighting , Cross Platform , Refactoring , QT Support Toolkit etc.

3. Eclipse

Languages Supported : C/C++/Java/Ruby/Python/Perl/PHP and many more

License : Free and OpenSource IDE .

Features : Syntax Highlighting , Cross Platform , Unlimited Undo/Redo , Lightweight etc.

4. CodeLite

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Languages Supported : C/C++/Node.js/PHP and many more

License : Free and OpenSource IDE .

Features : Supports all Major Compilers, Git Plugins , Code Completions Engine run Simultaneously , Syntax Highlighting , Cross Platform

5. Geany

Languages Supported : C, Java, PHP, HTML, Python, Perl, Pascal (Full List On Geany’s Website)

License : Free and OpenSource IDE .

Features : Call tips , Code Folding , Syntax Highlighting , Auto Closing of HTML and XML Tags, Code Navigation

IDEs can make a lot of difference in your coding life so be wise while choosing an IDE . It is wise not to keep changing IDE but start with one and master the IDE features are you keep using it. This is a small list of IDE that can help make your programming efficient and make yourself productive.

 

A Video about the Installation of Eclipse on Linux

References

Free Programming Books for Enthusiasts

Linux Programming Tutorials

 

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IBM Interest in EnterpriseDB Postgres

EnterpriseDB Postgres

PostgresAppIconLargeEnterpriseDB is a company that support and enhances the Postgres opensource database.

They offer actually a few Postgres editions as follows:

  • PostgresSQL is the community edition
  • Advanced Server (PPAS) is EnterpriseDB’s commercial distribution of PostgreSQL with extended and enhanced features.
  • Postgres Plus and Postgres Plus Advanced Server (PPAS) refer to the EnterpriseDB’s powerful feature rich commercial distribution of PostgreSQL

I recently read an article on EzineArticles.com that shows the growing interest of IBMon EnterpriseDB and I have re-published it below for your convenience.

IBM Takes Its Chances with EnterpriseDB

 

Expert Author Lora Bentley

Question: Not long ago, you announced that IBM joined existing investors for EnterpriseDB’s third round of venture funding. Why did IBM get involved this time?

Astor: IBM does not typically invest in companies. They do invest in open source projects from time to time, but I think they saw an opportunity with us. They’ve got their Linux bet made. They’ve got their Apache bet made. They’ve got their Geronimo bet and their Eclipse bet, all the way up the stack, but they haven’t really made a statement about the database yet.

With Sun’s recent acquisition of MySQL and the fact that IBM is a big fan of truly enterprise-class open source technology – particularly when it’s mature and there’s relatively little differentiation among vendors, I think it just made a whole lot of sense for IBM to place a bet and take a small stake in EnterpriseDB to get involved and impact the Postgres community. EnterpriseDB has emerged over the last couple of years as the leading Postgres company. I say that because we have more core team members and committers and thought leaders, and we are developing more features for the community than any other company. Looking for a way to invest in Postgres, I think it just made sense for IBM to come and chat with us.

Question: If I may ask, did EnterpriseDB approach IBM, or did IBM approach EnterpriseDB?

Astor: I think it’s fair to say that IBM contacted us to engage in partnership conversations, which we engaged in happily, and when we let them know that we were raising a Series C, they had some interest in participating in that. That is pretty rare, by the way. They don’t generally invest in companies.

But we were very interested, frankly, in having their brand behind us. I think it helps tremendously for a young company to be endorsed, if you will, by IBM, and they get to participate in a very rapidly growing commercial open source company at a bargain price.

Question: What does having IBM’s brand behind it do for EnterpriseDB? What doors does it open?

Astor: Recently, MySQL, which is also a very small company but somewhat bigger than EnterpriseDB, was acquired by a Fortune 500 company. That, I think, changes the way the market looks at MySQL. Similarly, I think having IBM invest in EnterpriseDB changes the way the market looks at us. I think it’s fair to say that the open source database space is really now a two-horse race. The press that we’ve gotten and the interest that we’ve gotten since we made the announcement is indicative of a different place in the market.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Lora_Bentley

Conclusions

 

Recent advances in PostgreSQL and the security, performance and manageability enhancements that EnterpriseDB has integrated into the database under its Postgres Plus brand have produced a powerful open source alternatve for the database layer.

You can read more about EnterpriseDB Postgres in the EnterpriseDB white paper

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Learning Cobol Today. Is it Still Worthwhile?

Cobol is a Modern Language

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According to Wikipedia COBOL is one of the oldest programming languages, designed in 1959 by the Conference on Data Systems Languages (CODASYL) and largely based on previous programming language design work by Grace Hopper. The name is an acronym for COmmon Business-Oriented Language, defining its primary domain in business, finance, and administrative systems for companies and governments.

 

Cobol has been able to evolve with the inclusion of many modern theories and ideas such as structured programming and object orientation. The  America Standards Institute (now ANSI) formed groups to create standards and a few important versions of Cobol are the following:

COBOL 1985

In 1985, ANSI published a revised version of the 1974 standard that included:

  • scope terminators (END-IF, END-PERFORM, END-READ, etc.)
  • nested subprograms
  • the CONTINUE statement
  • the EVALUATE statement
  • the INITIALIZE statement
  • reference modification
  • the >= and <= operators

 

COBOL 2002 and object-oriented COBOL

In the early 1990s it was decided to add object-orientation in the next full revision of COBOL and this is included in the Cobol 2002 standard together with other features such as:

  • National language support (including but not limited to Unicode support)
  • Locale-based processing
  • User-defined functions
  • CALL (and function) prototypes (for compile-time parameter checking)
  • Pointers and syntax for getting and freeing storage
  • Calling conventions to and from non-COBOL languages such as C
  • Support for execution within framework environments such as Microsoft’s .NET and Java (including COBOL instantiated as Enterprise JavaBeans)
  • Bit and Boolean support
  • “True” binary support (up until this enhancement, binary items were truncated based on the (base-10) specification within the Data Division)
  • Floating-point support
  • Standard (or portable) arithmetic results

Currently Fujitsu/GTSoftware, Micro Focus and RainCode  support object-oriented COBOL compilers targeting the .NET Framework.

 

Reasons for Learning Cobol

Despite of its age there are still articles that describe it as COBOL: the language for future generations  and, in our opinion, it is a worthwhile language to learn and to teach today.

The fact is the many business applications have been written in Cobol and that are still used in today’s world. According to some estimates over fifty years later, it powers 70 percent of all business transactions. COBOL is everywhere – from ATMs, to point of sales systems and healthcare prescriptions. “The language is present within 85 percent of the world’s business applications.

Businesses which already use COBOL are unlikely to wake up one day and replace it with Java, PHP oe other modern programming languages. Newer languages have not had the chance to stand the test of time, so no-one knows how robust they will in a few years.  So many of them prefer to keep COBOL.

One problem that many organizations have to face is that many Cobol programmers have reached or are near the pension age and that younger generations often learn different computer languages such as Java, PHP, C++ and other.

This is the reason why people who are interested to work in IT should still consider learning Cobol a worthwhile effort and learning COBOL could therefore make you highly desirable in the IT market place.

It is interesting to notice that some modern version of Cobol such as Micro Focus Visual COBOL enable older and newer languages to use a familiar environment.  Micro Focus Visual COBOL  enables COBOL teams to work in the same development environment as the Java or C# developers, so they can collaborate effectively with IDEs such as Eclipse or Visual Studio.

Micro Focus Visual COBOL Personal Edition enables developers and aspiring developers to learn and use COBOL for free. See for yourself how far COBOL has advanced: experience its robust features and innovate with the latest technologies: http://www.microfocus.com/product-trials/visual-cobol/personal-edition-trial/vcpe-trial.aspx

 

References

COBOL: the language for future generations

COBOL, Anyone?

Top 10 Reasons to Learn COBOL

Getting Started with Visual COBOL for Eclipse

Introduction to GNU Cobol (formerly OpenCobol)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PHP eLearning Courses

PHP eLearning Courses

I recently noticed some interesting PHP eLearning Courses proposed by  iProDeveloper and I have copied some information below for your benefit.

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Notes

If you want to learn more about PHP, you could consider reading some good book such as the following  available at Amazon UK

 

 

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How to Learn PHP

Learn PHP

Php programming

Php programming (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PHP is a popular scripting language that can be embedded into HTML and used to develop web applications.

Currently PHP and Java are probably the most on demand computer languages. Generally PHP is the preferred choice if one wants to work on the web whereas Java is preferred for desktop applications, enterprise applications and mobile apps.

I made some investigations on good options about how to learn PHP and you will find below some results of my investigations.

 

Learn PHP with PHP Online Tutorials

 

I found some good online tutorials such as the following:

 

Learn PHP on Good PHP Books

 

There are many good books on PHP and you will find below an initial choice from Amazon UK:

 

 

PHP Magazines

Another way to learn PHP or improve your PHP expertise is to read some magazine dedicated to PHP such as the following:

 

 

Open Source ERP Systems written in PHP

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Nearly 75% Of All Smartphones Sold In Q1 Were Android

Android Smartphones

I noticed an interesting article on TechCrunch about Android Smartphones and I have re-published it below for your convenience.

Nearly 75% Of All Smartphones Sold In Q1 Were Android, With Samsung At 30%; Mobile Sales Overall Nearly Flat: Gartner

Ingrid Lunden

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Gartner has just released its Q1 figures for mobile handset sales, and the key takeaway is that Android continues to steal the show, led by handset maker Samsung. Google’s mobile platform now accounts for nearly 75% of all handset sales, a jump of almost 20 percentage points on a year ago, and equating to 156 million devices sold in the three-month period. Smartphones sales grew by 63 million units to 210 million for the quarter, making up nearly half of all mobile phone sales overall, at 425 million. With the number of mobile handset sales up by a mere 0.7% on a year ago, it’s clear that higher-end devices are very the much growth engine for the mobile industry at the moment.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the more interesting figures from Gartner.

Although Samsung does not release exact sales figures for its devices, Gartner estimates that the Korean giant is the biggest of them all: it accounted for almost 31% of all smartphones sold in the period, with Apple in number-two with 18%. It’s quite a change from last year, when the two were nearly level, with just 5 percentage points separating them. The widening gap, and Samsung’s growth, will continue into the quarter ahead, it seems, led by the popularity of the company’s newest flagship model.

“We expect the new Galaxy S4 to be very popular despite being more of an evolution than a truly revolutionary device compared to the S3,” writes Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner.

On the other hand, the fact remains that at least some appear to still be holding out for the next iPhone rather than going for the iPhone 5; and Apple meanwhile is still holding back from releasing new, low-cost models that might help it along more in emerging markets and compete more comprehensively against the huge range of Android devices out there.

The gap between the two biggest brands and number three continues to be a big one, with Samsung very much taking the lead here. “There are two clear leaders in the OS market and Android’s dominance in the OS market is unshakable,” Anshul writes.

Together, Apple and Samsung accounted for 49 million handset sales. This is down by 1.1 million from a year ago, and as the smartphone market continues to grow, the players who are vying to be the next big challengers continues to churn. LG swapped places with Huawei, and is currently at number-three at 4.8 million units (with a strong showing from some of its newer 4G handsets and its lower-cost smartphone range). Huawei’s 4.4 million, however, shows that it continues to press ahead, as does fellow Chinese handset maker ZTE, which rounds out the top-five:

gartner smartphone vendors q1 2013

Samsung, unsurprisingly, is also leading in the overall mobile category, which also counts sales of lower-end feature phones. Its share there is now 23.6%, topping 100 million units.

Just as Samsung is widening the gap against Apple in smartphones, it’s doing the same with Nokia in the overall rankings. The Finnish giant is still number-two but with a 14.8% share, a drop of 5 percentage points on last year.

mobile phones overall gartner q1 2013

Looking at mobile platform prominence in smartphones, Android’s current 74.4% market share is nothing short of astounding in terms of its increase, particularly considering that at this point there is no sign of it slowing down.

Gartner’s numbers, it should be noted, are some 10% higher than those from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech that were released at the end of April: a sign of the margin of error between different analysts’ estimates resulting from different counting methods. Here are yet more numbers from IDC, which claims that smartphones outshipped feature phones, and Canalys, which was also more bullish than Gartner on smartphone numbers at a 300 million estimate.

Back to Gartner: the 156 million units sold in the quarter is actually almost double what was sold in the same period a year ago. Android is without a doubt riding the very crest of the smartphone wave: Gartner points out that smartphones accounted for 49.3% of sales of mobile phones worldwide, up from 34.8% in Q1 of 2012, and 44% in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Apple continues to grow but at a slower pace, managing to increase its share by a “mere” 5 million. BlackBerry (still called RIM by Gartner: hello rebranding!) continues to drop, indicating that at least so far, its big BB10 attack has yet to bear significant fruit. Microsoft is showing a respectable doubling of growth to nearly 6 million units, but that is pretty tiny when you look back to Android and its 156 million. It shows that a significant amount of work remains to be done by Microsoft and partners like Nokia if it expects to get anywhere within spitting distance of Android, or even Apple.

Still, the cautionary tale of Symbian remains a sign of how fast a handset maker can fall from grace. It’s now at 0.3 percent of sales now that Nokia has discontinued its production of the once market-leading devices — although its share was falling fast even before that.

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Gartner points out that Asia is currently the market driver for mobile phone sales worldwide, accounting for more than half of all sales, with China remaining the biggest single market.

“More than 226 million mobile phones were sold to end users in Asia/Pacific in the first quarter of 2013, which helped the region increase its share of global mobile phones to 53.1 per cent year-on-year,” writes Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst at Gartner. “In addition, China saw its mobile phone sales increase 7.5% in the first quarter of 2013, and its sales represented 25.7 per cent of global mobile phone sales, up nearly 2 percentage points year-on-year.”

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New CrunchU Computer Courses

CrunchU  Computer Courses

CrunchU is the result of a partnership between TechCrunch and Udemy which initially offer 30 computer courses including some courses from DeitelBuzz ! You can view the full list of courses at:

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I have re-published it below the official TechCrunch CrunchU announcement.

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Crunch, Crunch, CrunchU: Course Registration Is Now Open

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That crunching sound you hear is software eating the world, and TechCrunch is always looking for ways to pull a chair up to the feast. For example, we have CrunchBase for startup data and CrunchBoard for jobs, and once upon a time there was  CrunchPad, too. Not everything works out, but today with high hopes we are launching CrunchU, which is a collection of 30 online courses that we are offering to TechCrunch readers in partnership with Udemy, a San Francisco-based startup dedicated to “democratizing education by making top quality content from the world’s experts dramatically more affordable for anyone, anywhere.”

We like the sound of that, because we all have a lot more to learn, and keeping it real and affordable is what education should be all about. Our initial course line-up includes offerings from TechCrunch friends, like 500 Startups’ Dave McClure on “Raising Money for Startups” and Eric Ries on “The Lean Startup,” as well as experts Gagan Biyani on “Introduction to Growth Hacking” and Russ Fradin on “Startup Hiring.”

We have a certain bias for startups, no surprise, but there is lots of other brain candy in the course mix too, like starter courses on Android and iOS, Ruby and jQuery, as well as gamification, programming for non-programmers, SEO, and in case you just want to have fun, digital photography.

Our  plan is to introduce new courses each quarter, based on what we learn about TechCrunch readers’ likes and dislikes. We also have the option of creating courses on our own, with the help of Udemy’s awesome course-creation tools. If you have an idea for a course, or want to teach one yourself, learn more here.

So if you have a minute, check out the CrunchU course catalogue and find some educational itch you want to scratch. The tuition sting is teeny, but it will be automatically discounted 50% off from today until May 18.

 

Note:

For a limited time, DeitelBuzz offer big discounts on many of their LiveLessons computer courses. These discounts are for only the first 100 sold of each course. If you click the link and it’s not discounted, the discounts are gone for that course! For links, please visit:

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The Desktop Linux – Is it Winning?

The Desktop Linux

Gnome 3 Snapshot

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Linux has always been strong about choice and offers a great variety of Linux desktops such as Gnome, KDE, Ubuntu Unity and many more.

There have been many discussions about replacing Windows with Linux and about toppling  Microsoft’s desktop monopoly, but Desktop Linux has never reached a widespread user base.

However I recently read an interesting article on the Infoworld.com website about how a desktop revolution has already begun with mobile devices and applications. I have republished the article below for your convenience.

The Linux desktop is already the new normal

We’re so busy seeking release from Windows that we overlooked all the ways Linux had already freed us

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A debate is smoldering yet again in the Linux community as prominent figures debate whether it’s time to give up hope on the “year of the Linux desktop” ever coming or whether the advent of Android is actually its fulfillment. Problem is, it came and it’s been here a while, but we haven’t even noticed. We just didn’t know what it would look like.

I realize that statement flies in the face of conventional wisdom. Last year, Miguel de Icaza’s controversial post “What killed the Linux desktop” famously claimed that the opportunity for a Linux-based desktop to dominate the market has passed and is now an unachievable dream. He pointed to what he sees as a series of problems within the culture of Linux development.

At the heart of his argument is the idea that overly frequent updates led to a lack of compatibility, which in turn put off third-party developers. This is not to say he’s surrendered to Windows; he recently explained why he uses a Mac. Now that the world has seen the example of the Apple OS X App Store, products that struggle with compatibility issues feel like a big step backward, regardless of any great features.

Chromebook to the rescue
Meanwhile, Linus Torvalds has a different avenue for hope: Google’s Chromebook. This actually is a Linux desktop computer with only one application, the Chrome browser. The hardware itself is perfectly capable of running other Linux distributions — which is what Torvalds does — but out of the box, it’s running a stripped-down, single-function Linux system that’s easily maintained and secured centrally.

I’ve been using Chromebooks personally and for my business for the last six months, and I can state firmly it’s the Linux desktop I’ve been waiting for. I tried many other approaches, but found every other Linux desktop solution required too much effort to maintain. The Chromebooks (and one Chromebox) we have in the office deliver all the functions we need, without becoming the security nightmare you expect of Windows — and without the constant patronizing lock-in that’s manifesting itself on the Mac these days and without becoming the new hobby we’d expect from a raw Linux distro.

The reason it’s worked so well may surprise you. It works for me and my business because — wait for it — Linux has already won on the desktop.

The Linux desktop is called “the browser”

While we were all waiting for the open source community to topple Microsoft’s desktop monopoly by replacing the operating system, we missed the real revolution. There’s still plenty of money in both operating systems and in desktop apps, and Microsoft will be milking that legacy monopoly for a good while. It’s certainly been the target of competitive attention from open source software; indeed, the productivity suite now epitomized by LibreOffice has over its long history done an effective job in opening up that part of Microsoft’s monopoly.

But most enterprise expenditure doesn’t happen on the desktop. Maybe it’s software Stockholm Syndrome making us all love our captor, but the focus on desktop applications, coupled with the idealistic expectation that Windows will be displaced, has led many to overlook or even dismiss the category where Linux actually has taken over the desktop.

That’s in the browser. Think about it: When did a new process or service you wanted to use last come as a Windows application download? When it did, what actually was that application? An increasing number of desktop applications are just containers for HTML5 Web apps. The real powerhouse behind those apps is usually Linux, accessed over the Internet, along with other elements of the modern LAMP stack. In a very real sense, the applications many use daily for email, documents, presentations, and more are Linux desktop applications. A fanatical obsession with replacing Windows made for interesting discussion, but while that debate was happening, all the work on the desktop moved inside the browser window.

In turn, that desktop revolution has fueled — and been fueled by — Linux in portable devices. In that space, Linux is definitely winning globally, both by powering multiple device platforms such as Android and Kindle and by powering many of the applications found on those devices. Tools like PhoneGap allow the developer to take the same Linux-powered back end and use it for both desktop/browser apps and for device-specific apps. The result? Linux is everywhere, even on iOS.

It was natural to assume the wedge to displace Microsoft’s desktop monopoly would be something that did the same thing. Futurists have long made their predictions by describing the present wearing Spandex. When it comes along, the new reality often looks different from the future we expected. So we still have no flying cars, food still doesn’t come in pill form — and the Linux desktop is actually running in your browser.

The year of the Linux desktop came long ago and we missed it. We were expecting it to displace Windows; instead, it has displaced the Windows desktop application, powered the reinvention of the mobile market, and in the process done more for us all than the revolution we expected could ever have delivered.

This article, “The Linux desktop is already the new normal,” was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of the Open Sources blog and follow the latest developments in open source at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on

 

 

 

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ERP Alternatives to SAP and Oracle

ERP Alternatives

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I noticed an interesting article published by ComputerWeeekly about the ERP Alternatives to SAP and Oracle, i.e. the best known ERP suppliers. I have re-published it below for your convenience.

 

Buyers Guide to ERP: Alternatives to SAP and Oracle ERP suites

The idea behind enterprise resource planning (ERP) is to provide the business with a single product that provides software to support the main business functions in a company. The major products such as SAP and Oracle claim to encompass the best ways to run business processes. But since they cater for large complex businesses, such systems are often too sophisticated for smaller organisations , that may not have the same requirements in terms of scale and complexity of business operations.

 

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Businesses that choose mid-market ERP tend to have limited IT resources but require a flexible product. George Lawrie, principal analyst at Forrester Research, says there are two reasons SAP has not really taken off in a big way in the mi-market. “It needs a channel to sell to smaller businesses and SMEs question the ease of implementing it.”

SAP and Oracle may be great for providing enterprises with industry-standard business processes, but standardisation erodes the unique selling point in smaller businesses.

As such, the major ERP products, from the likes of SAP and Oracle, are not always a good fit in smaller organisations. Lawrie points out that customising these systems can be prohibitive. He says, “SMEs are worried by the high maintenance fees and complex implementations associated with major ERP software.”

This is why a market has grown for ERP aimed at SMEs. “Mid-market ERP tends to offer vertical specialisation,” says Lawrie.

If SAP and Oracle are not be the best fit, how should a medium-sized business choose an ERP system? Companies must tread carefully when selecting a mid-market ERP. A company with an ERP product that works in a UK business may not offer the product abroad.

Regional focus

Even companies that are strong internationally, may not offer the same product in every region, warns Gartner analyst Christian Hesterman. For instance, he says, “Lawson S3 is primarily used in the US public education and healthcare sectors, while the N3 product is focused on food, textiles and beverage businesses in the rest of the world.”

Hesterman says the product should be good enough in most areas, but businesses will need the flexibility to adapt it. The alternative to having the flexibility to customise an ERP system is a product suite that has been specifically tailored for an industry sector.

Microsoft Dynamics AX is one example of such a product that Gartner has identified. Hesterman says, “Microsoft has a clear strategy to let the channel [resellers] build in functionality, then buy back the functionality and integrate it into the core product.” This approach has put the AX product at the top of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for mid-market ERP.

ERP in the cloud

Suppliers such as Salesforce.com have made it possible to put customer relationship management (CRM) systems in the cloud, but core enterprise resource planning (ERP) has so far remained untouched. If IT departments can make considerable savings switching from in-house systems to cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS), why stop at CRM? Businesses should consider using the cloud for ERP.

Andrew Vize, who as propositions director runs Computacenter’s CIO panels, says, “The efficiency of services from Google and Amazon is superb. They offer the lowest power costs and are five to 10 times cheaper than traditional small datacentres.”

It makes sense for an IT director, but the major ERP suppliers have been reluctant to move to cloud computing. SAP has been touting its Business ByDesign SaaS suite for smaller companies.

Meanwhile, Oracle offers its middleware and database products on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), but does not recommend putting E-Business Suite ERP software in the cloud.

Oracle states in a blog post, “Since Amazon EC2 uses a virtualisation engine that is not supported by Oracle and has not been certified with E-Business Suite, this environment is not supported for production usage of E-Business Suite. Using Amazon EC2 for hosting E-Business Suite may be suitable for non-production instances, such as demonstrations, test environments and development environments.”

In fact, it is far from clear how the major ERP suppliers will charge for cloud-based ERP. The significant ongoing revenue they receive from annual software maintenance from on-premise applications makes it harder for established ERP companies to offer considerably cheaper software licensed on a monthly subscription basis.

However, smaller software companies are making cloud ERP float.

Cloud computing company NetSuite has unveiled workflow management software, SuiteFlow, which enables users of cloud computing business suites to automate and streamline complex business processes. NetSuite says SuiteFlow allows businesses to customise workflows to support the way they need to work.

Companies can use SuiteFlow to develop and deploy new business processes. NetSuite says it can be used to support processes such as contract renewal workflows with tasks, reminders and customer notifications, sales processes that include mandatory data entry, follow-up tasks and rep notifications, and customer support processes, including inactivity reminders, escalations and service level agreement (SLA) enforcement.

Lawson Software, which has mainly focused on traditional ERP, has moved into the cloud by offering its core Enterprise Management Systems and Talent Management suite on Amazon EC2 infrastructure. The products will be included in the Lawson External Cloud Services offering, which is part of the company’s Cloud Services portfolio.

Lawson’s cloud ERP service is targeted at mid-sized companies and organisations looking for a more affordable, flexible and agile deployment option for full-function enterprise software.

“We are making it easier for our customers to license, use, keep current and even pay for Lawson full-function enterprise software. This should be great news for CFOs and CIOs who worry about lengthy and complex on-premise installations, the cost and inefficiency of their datacentres, the best way to allocate IT staff, and the complexity and difficulty of maintaining software versions and upgrades,” says Jeff Comport, senior vice-president of product management at Lawson Software.

Open source

Similarly, open source ERP provider Compiere, which is used by companies such as Specsavers, has developed a version of its product that works on Amazon Web Services in the cloud.

Some experts believe it is unlikely ERP will move wholesale into the cloud. The major ERP systems tend to be architected as large homogenous IT systems, which may not be such a good fit for delivery via the internet cloud. Licensing major ERP systems to deploy via the cloud is still immature. Instead, niche software companies are likely to build cloud-based services that do many of the functions of ERP.

“We will have much more specialist systems that do a slice of ERP,” predicts David Bradshaw, IDC research manager for software and services in Europe

Cloud-based ERP could be the way forward for small- and mid-sized companies. Both Oracle and SAP offer products aimed at smaller businesses such as JD Edwards from Oracle and SAP Business ByDesign. These may have a better fit with certain organisations, But implementing on-premise traditional mid-market ERP systems will be the most likely approach businesses take until cloud computing has matured.

The role of SaaS and open source in mid-market ERP

Gartner sees an increasing availability of software-as-a-service (SaaS) ERP systems, and, unlike in large enterprises, where SaaS ERP use is limited, SaaS ERP is playing an increasingly important role in both back- and front-office applications for mid-market companies. Cost reductions in implementation and operation are one of the important drivers for SaaS ERP, and SaaS offerings avoid the need for upfront capital expenditures because they can be funded as an operational expense. However, when analysing the total cost of ownership of SaaS ERP over five years, Gartner finds that SaaS is not necessarily less expensive than on-premises ERP.

NetSuite is the largest example for a SaaS-based ERP suite. It offers a broad range of application modules, including financials and accounting, purchasing, payroll, order management, inventory control, and employee management, as well as built-in integration with its CRM and e-commerce capabilities on the same platform. Gartner has spoken to customers that expressed a high level of satisfaction with NetSuite’s offerings.

Other notable SaaS ERP players are Plex Online (previously Plexus Online) and Glovia. SAP has also announced an on-demand ERP solution called SAP Business ByDesign.

Open source has been used extensively in infrastructure components, but it has a limited impact on ERP at this point. In the past two years, however, some new open-source software ERP suppliers have emerged with a focus on leveraging open source software to reduce the total cost of ownership of business applications, and to enable customisations that would be difficult to achieve without access to source code. Although we have doubts as to whether open source software business models actually confer these advantages on open source software ERP, these early stage offerings are nonetheless promising and should be evaluated. Examples for open source software ERP suites include Compiere and Openbravo.

Although increasing in importance, none of the SaaS or open source ERP solutions met the inclusion criteria for this Magic Quadrant, because of their number of sales or product focus. Gartner’s ERP Magic Quadrant criteria do not explicitly exclude SaaS or open source packages. The analyst firm is actively tracking their progress and expects their inclusion in future versions of its Magic Quadrant.

This is an excerpt from “The Gartner Magic Quadrant for mid-market ERP”

 

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