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I met a group of people and we had to discuss on open source. I began as usual – Stop using proprietary Windows. Stop stealing software. Embrace Linux, it helps you (after that I told them several examples of how commercial companies are benefiting from open source technologies. All the case studies and examples were stolen from net and distro sites)In that interaction, I rediscovered some facts –
1. In this social media age, no one cares for the tool but for the work. It dosent make a difference whether a software is free or not; as long as it dosent cost a penny. The end result matters, not the way how you do it.
2. Piracy isent openly encouraged, but its the least thing cared about.
3. Commercial Linux distro owners need to have a higher marketing budget then the funds needed to develop the core software. To make this thing works, a community based, unstable software having latest versions is given out free. Tweakers use it and report the bugs, fix things, enhance it and pass it back. This stable software is then inducted into stable desktop and sold as a commercial product. Red Hat has been doing it since 2003 and perheps this is what makes Red Hat to top linux distro list.
4. People like to use GNU/Linux on servers but they are reluctant to pay a price for getting a software. However, they do spend on training users.
5. Some distros like Ubuntu are absolutely hell bent on mimicking Windows way of functionality and seriously, its the first instance in 7 years where I have seen a Linux distro crawling on desktop, and well, crashing it..!! Their latest version is hopeless..!
At the end.
Open Source is very good sounding concept but a newcomer finds it extremely hard to earn something real fast as compared to those using non open source. You need to have a sure backup plan if Open Source based concept back fires.
Preaching of the theorotical Open Source concepts like – Free Software, Libre, Open ness etc is all crap, people start yawning after hearing this nonsense for more then 3 minutes. And this is what the Open Source Evangelists do..and make sure people run away from it as far as possible ! People have got real FUD in using open source software, we cant cant claim all FUD’s are artificial or unreal.
But all is not bad. I would recommend that every newcomer who wants to develop apps in GNU/Linux or wants to work as a network administrator should start using Red Hat software (FC and CentOS). This is true for Indian public, at other places, YMMV. The other prominent players in commercial Linux market are – Suse and Ubuntu. Try this once you feel Red Hat is letting you down.
The title of this post is somewhat wrong, but I couldent find one better.
Jana Gana Mana (Bengali: জন গণ মন Jôno Gôno Mono) is the national anthem of India. Written in highly Sanskritized Bengali, it is the first of five stanzas of a Brahmo hymn composed and scored by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. Jana Gana Mana was officially adopted by the Constituent Assembly as the Indian national anthem on January 24, 1950. The National Anthem, as written by Rabindranath Tagore(in bengali). This isent his handwriting though.. 😉 জনগণমন-অধিনায়ক জয় হে.
পঞ্জাব সিন্ধু গুজরাট মরাঠা
দ্রাবিড় উৎকল বঙ্গ
বিন্ধ্য হিমাচল যমুনা গঙ্গা
উচ্ছল জলধি তরঙ্গ
তব শুভ নামে জাগে
তব শুভ আশিস মাগে
গাহে তব জয়গাথা
জনগণমঙ্গলদায়ক জয় হে
জয় হে, জয় হে, জয় হে,
জয় জয় জয়, জয় হে॥ English Meaning Thou art the ruler of the minds of all people,
Dispenser of India's destiny.
Thy name rouses the hearts of Punjab, Sind,
Gujarat and Maratha,
Of the Dravida and Orissa and Bengal;
It echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas,
mingles in the music of Jamuna and Ganges and is
chanted by the waves of the Indian Sea.
They pray for thy blessings and sing thy praise.
The saving of all people waits in thy hand,
Thou dispenser of India's destiny.
Victory, victory, victory to thee. Sing this anthem. Respect it. Respect our country. India.
I solved a crossword successfully. I am happy. Took me 7.5 minutes for a 9×9 english crossword. It was my first time. 😉
Life too is like a crossword. Every day a new puzzle is encountered and we have to solve it. Many times no hints are present and we have to fill in the meaningful gaps on our own. Some can do it with ease, some have to struggle.
Thats the way it goes.
Bill Gates is on Twitter and Twitter crashed badly today…! Catch Bill Gates here – @BillGatesPsst..Didnt know he’s unemployed now…!
I had read in a magazine long time ago that Bill Gates while working as Microsoft CEO received 4 million mails everyday, most of it was spam. Hope we dont find @BillGates trending on Twitter.
Meanwhile, RT him anything you hate..his OS, his former company, his failed browser, his lack of identifying web as the future, his new foundation..anything..! He’s responses will be as bad as Windows Help Center.
Block all deemed universities in India. Barring a few notable exceptions, rest all are money minting machines. Education has become a spoilsport in India. And no one feels bad for it.