Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Nov 2008 18:45 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The Ubuntu developers have announced the availability of Ubuntu 9.04 alpha 1, the first prerelease for this version. Ubuntu 9.04 is codenamed Jaunty Jackalope and is scheduled for official release in April. The initial plans for Jaunty were published in September, prior to the release of Ubuntu 8.10. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth aims to boost the software experience and make the popular Linux distribution more competitive with Windows and Mac OS X on the desktop. Canonical intends to push the platform into the mainstream by putting its resources into upstream usability improvements. In addition to the ongoing long-term usability enhancement efforts, Canonical and the Ubuntu development community are focusing on several specific technical goals for 9.04, including improving performance and boot time and integrating web services more tightly with the desktop."
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RE[2]: web apps
by buff on Thu 27th Nov 2008 01:44 UTC in reply to "RE: web apps"
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Web apps do more harm than good. They take away the user's control over his/her data.

Free from a free software perspective yes. From the view of a consumer using commercial sites the consumer demands stimulate innovation and interconnectivity. For example, the G1 Phone, the google phone, I am writing this comment on. While I recognize my data is on Google's servers it is not a big deal. They have the access I and others want. The market demand necessitates this kind of appliance interactivity.

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