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Eclipse, not a picture take by the NASA :)

This link digest is more like a link huddle, fitting the image that is indeed not a picture take by the NASA, some may recognize it from the 360-degree panoramic image of the Milky Way. Back to the links:

Free WebDev resources

  • Underscores starter theme for Wordpress: provied by Automattic — the company behind Wordpress — this theme may be a very good starter to develop own themes or individual templates for your project. I will try it out with my next Wordpress gig.
  • Climacons: 75 climatically categorised pictographs for web and user interface designers

Closed proprietary world

Geek science

FLOSS makes the world go round: How Linux is built, and why you should use it!

While Linux is running our phones, friend requests, tweets, financial trades, ATMs and more, most of us don’t know how it’s actually built. This short video takes you inside the process by which the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing is organized.

Based on the annual report “Who Writes Linux,” this is a powerful and inspiring story of how Linux has become a community-driven phenomenon.

Some key facts are:

  • over 850.000 Android phones, running Linux, are activated every single day (compared to 30.000 Windows phones)
  • 9 out of 10 super computers run Linux
  • powered by Linux tech stack: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon
  • Linux is the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing
  • since 2005: 8000 developers contributed to the Linux kernel
  • 1.5 mio lines of code in the last couple of years
  • a new Kernel version comes out every 2 or 3 months
  • 10.000 patches inserted in every new release
  • 6 patches are applied to the kernel each hour

I don’t think that this could be accomplished by a single company with a proprietary operating system. The numbers are huge, unbelievable.

The “Linux is hard to use” urban story

On the Youtube page of the video someone commented:

Linux may be great for such specific uses, but in the end what weighs windows out is the user-friendly-ness which linux lacks, and thus most common base applications are designed for windows and alot don’t even have linux versions. I’ll definitely stick to windows so far as I don’t have need of those special funcitonalities. (commented by AlexGliesch)

This probably is a widely spread opinion if it comes to decide about the usage of a Linux. And do you know what: It is wrong!

Linux is only the kernel, but there are a lot of different Linux distributions you can choose to use as OS. If you install a Linux distribution like Fedora or Ubuntu, you will see that everything will work easier than in WinXP or Win7. Network configuration? Easier! Office programs? Already installed! And so on … It’s a lie that the most common base apps are just developed for Windows, you always have an available replacement under Linux, sometimes it is even better to use. Other applications are developed to work under different systems. If it comes to gaming, it may be another situation, even if Linux users like gaming.

A friend told me that she really loves the possibility to use different desktops on her new Mac, and that she is not forced to have all open application on one single desktop like within MS Windows. Most Linux desktops like Gnome, KDE and Xfce have this feature built in since ages. Windows anyone?

One problem is: if you buy a PC or Laptop, most times it comes with a pre-installed Windows. So, nobody really makes a choise for using Windows, they just accept it. If a new PC/Notebook would be shipped with a pre-installed Linux distro, people could see how easy it is to use for the average daily tasks.

So, if you are one of the cool guys, then try one of the available Linux distributions, and see yourself that the “user-friendly-ness which linux lacks”-mantra is just bullshit!

The video was made by The Linux Foundation.

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source development community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Linux conferences, including LinuxCon, and generating original Linux research and content that advances the understanding of the Linux platform.