Improving the Open Source user experience

However, there’s one thing I always thought could be drastically improved in many open source projects: The User Experience. When I ask a not-so-techinal friend why they don’t use some open source project instead of commercial one many say that “it’s because ugly”. […] Designers are scared of developers. Developers speak a foreign language, they…

A Look At KDE 4.6 Beta 1

KDE’s release notes tout the following (main) features of the 4.6 release: libplasma now does does something with QML for widgets on devices – why this is the number one feature listed on a PR release about the new release I do not know. It’s hardly sexy; the reintroduction of activities, which now includes starting…

Unity v/s Gnome Shell v/s OS X Launchpad

Unity Gnome Shell OS X Launchpad Manish‘s tweet about Gnome shell being usable resulted in this impromptu conversation and comparison. I know all three are in development – but this how it looks currently. Gnome-shell looks way too cluttered, Unity’s icons seem to be too big while Launchpad seems to have gotten the right balance.

Linux Power Management

We tested every major release of Fedora from Fedora 10 “Cambridge” through the most recent Fedora 14 “Laughlin” Alpha build. […] Up for testing was a Lenovo ThinkPad R52, Lenovo ThinkPad T60, and a Lenovo ThinkPad T61. After 4 pages and a bunch of graphs which make no sense From these battery power consumption results…

Is Oracle trying to kill VirtualBox? >>> No.

It seems Oracle is hellbent on destroying whatever good Sun had done to the Open Source Ecosystem. The latest product to get the axe seems to be none other than the Flagship Virtualization program xVM VirtualBox. [….] All tests show that VirtualBox 3.2 lacks any semblance of stability, crashing any operating system running on it…