Ubuntu Unity – RIP

With Ubuntu 18.04 your familiar Unity interface will be dead. I had love-hate relationship with it when it was introduced in 12.04, I have been using GNOME 1/2 from Ubuntu 8. With Microsoft Windows 8 mimic-ing Unity (right side pop-in menu) Unity seems more comfortable with my personal laptop on Ubuntu and official one on MSFT.

With 16:9 monitors Unity did provide lot of real estate for multiple screens (4 terminals) to be opened comfortably, two documents/browsers for comparisons etc. With the left side menu hidden full screen is practically for the apps. Dash is still something that’s inconsistent in it’s behaviour, will not miss it.

Was not a big fan of GNOME either but hopefully it will look similar to Unity interface that has been comfortable for many when 18.04 is released to smooth out transition to the back to the past windows manager!. It brings back the thought of trying to use the multiple workspaces/terminals that was popular in GNOME..

More on the reasons of the going back here written by Mark Shuttleworth, founder of canonical the creator of Ubuntu.

Sad to hear it go!.

Update [11Apr] : Looking at it from positive perspective here

CyanogenMod discontinued

Being long time user of OnePlus phones the news of CyanogenMod discontiunation puts a question mark over the future of OxygenOS that’s based on this!. Source is available under different open source project however this shows the sheer dominance of Android from Google as the strong leader in this space and alternates struggles(many were self inflicted also by those groups!).

IoT Challenges – Personal Drive and Motivation.

Just read the blog of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg on his attempt to build a AI server for his home named Jarvis, amazing motivation and drive to get to learn AI and most important I noticed is how he faced the challenge of IoT (trying to connect toaster and other devices).

Other thing I noticed is the language of choice : Python.

Read all about his adventure here

Cloud service shut shop.

Cisco announced that it shut it’s cloud service offerings(inter-cloud) from Mar 2017 with no visible increase in business compared to it’s competition from Amazon, Microsoft, IBM..  More here

It’s the third OpenStack based implementation offering that is pulling down, earlier two being HP and Rackspace in limited ways. All home grown offerings have good traction while OpenStack based ones are struggling to thrive, seems to be opposite of the open source culture..

What about other vendors who are still invested in cloud services offerings to their customers, what’s their motivation and interest?, companies like Salesforce, Oracle etc.