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Will Android over take Apple’s IOS?

Android seems to be over taking then mobile phone market with the growth of smart phone sales.  To make the case a little stronger Apple’s own Steve Wozniak  had this to say in an interview about Google’s Android vs Apple’s IOS.

Steve Wozniak thinks that the iPhone is tops in overall quality but also that when all’s said and done, Google’s Android platform will reign supreme in the mobile market.  “The Apple phone has very few weaknesses,” Wozniak told Netherlands newspaper De Telegraaf in an interview  posted today. “When it comes to quality, the iPhone is leading.”  Wozniak also said, however, that “Android phones have more features” and deliver more buying options for those who don’t want to be limited to a single device. In addition, Wozniak told the publication that like Windows in the desktop OS space, Google’s mobile platform will become the “dominant” option in its own market.  Beyond that, Wozniak also revealed that Apple had developed a smartphone in 2004, but never released it. According to Wozniak, the company “was satisfied with the quality, but wanted something that could surprise the world.”  “If Apple comes [out] with a new product, it must have a real breakthrough,” Wozniak said. It seems that Apple felt that “breakthrough” came in 2007 when it released the first-generation iPhone.  But it’s Wozniak’s comments on Android’s future domination that will likely cause the most ruckus, given that he’s a co-founder of Apple and still a shareholder in the company. That said, he’s not covering new ground with those comments. Many analysts believe Android will eventually overtake the mobile market and leave Apple far behind.

By 2014, market-research firm Gartner expects Android to own about 30 percent of the worldwide mobile OS market, while Apple will account for just 15 percent. Another research firm, IDC, expects Android to have about 25 percent of the smartphone market globally in 2014, compared with Apple’s expected 11 percent share.

Apple still offers more mobile apps for the iPhone with a number around 250,000, however Android apps are growing and are currently in the range of 100,000.  Also the next update for Google’s Android mobile operating system, Android 2.2 will support date tethering via USB and Wi-Fi. The tethering function, which the iPhone has but there is limits on the data packages you can purchase, will let you share the phone’s data connection with other devices. You can either hook it up via USB, saving battery-life and acting much like a 3G USB dongle, or you can create a Wi-Fi hotspot like the MiFi personal wireless router.  I do think that only being on the AT&T network is a hindrance to the iPhone.

Another big thing is the simple number of phones that run Android compared to the single iPhone.  I think it will be hard to compete with the shear numbers that flood the market and the different designs that give users some choice in the size, configuration, and some features they can chose from.  I must admit that I don’t have a touch phone of any kind and that I currently prefer a Blackberry type phone.  But I do like the fact that if I want to develop some apps for Android I can where as I would have to get the Apple development software to allow my apps to be sold on the iStore.  The number speak for itself and Apple did make a great product with the iPhone, but they can’t compete with the numbers of Android phones.  So only time will tell and the prediction isn’t for them to take over the market for several years.  But is has begun, but you never know one mistake by Google could cause them to fall from grace just like Microsoft with Vista.  I am just throwing out my opinion with some facts, who knows what the future brings.

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Using Conky to display Linux system information

I recently install Fedora 14 on a laptop to test it out and see how it worked compared to other distributions of Fedora that I had already used. All in all I think it is great and I really like working with it, partially because I learned how to use Linux using Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora with the Gnome desktop is pretty much the same thing.  Anyhow I had seen images of desktops that displayed the CPU, network, and other information on the desktop and I thought it would be pretty cool to have that as well.  So after some research I found the program and it is called Conky.  It is of course open source and has a great deal of people that have a lot of experience using and configuring it.  Anyhow as with most Linux application you have to download the source code and make the install.

So after un zipping the package you use the ./configure, make, and make install commands to install the app.  How ever with Fedora I used yum and it installed it for me.  Once it is installed the only thing you have to do to bring it up is to type conky or ./conkyrc depending on how you installed the application.  With my yum install I just type conky in a terminal and there it is.  The only part that is a little bit of a trick is setting it up to work as you want it to look.  Fedora 14 places the config file in the /etc/conky directory.  It takes some time but after a little research and playing around I got what I wanted.    One of the best websites I found for configuration help is http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/topic/59/my-conky-config/.  You can also download Conky from http://conky.sourceforge.net.

Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop. Conky is free software and runs in X on Linux and BSD. Originally a fork of Torsmo, Conky’s torsmo-based code is BSD licensed. New code in Conky has been licensed under the GPL 3.0.  Conky has more than 300 built in objects, including support for:

  • a plethora of OS stats (uname, uptime, CPU usage, mem usage, disk usage, “top” like process stats, and network monitoring, just to name a few)
  • built in IMAP and POP3 support
  • built in support for many popular music players (MPD, XMMS2, BMPx, Audacious)
  • can be extended using built in Lua support, or any of your own scripts and programs
  • built in Imlib2 and Cairo bindings for arbitrary drawing with Lua

Here are a few scren shots of several different Conky setups.

I like this for my servers but it my be more of a bother on a desktop/home use machine.  This is a cool piece of software and you should check it out and see if it will work for you.  It is completely customisable and can be tailored to you individual need.  Plus most people that run Linux as a desktop OS usually like to know all they can about the performance of their machine.  This will fit the bill.

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Congratulations Linux Journal on it 200th Issue

I just wanted to say congrats on the 200th issue to Linux Journal.  I enjoy reading about Linux and things that are open source.  This mag is a great place to start.  I have every issue back to 1994.    It is reasonably priced and full of good, usable information.  Once again congrats on the 200th issue.

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