Exciting Technologies Coming to Linux

The first half of 2009 is over and after your summer vacation, you might want to start gearing up for the new distro releases. Once again open source proved that developers collaborating all over the world deliver constant platform improvement. Let’s see what they have in store for us this time.

USB 3.0

USB_3.0This new bus specification promises a speed of 5 Gigabits per second, about 10 times faster than USB 2.0. And the first operating system to get a USB 3.0 driver is GNU/Linux, specifically, kernel 2.6.31 (scheduled for September).

Ubuntu to support Google Android applications

With a user base of roughly 2 million and more than 20 Android-powered  devices coming this year, Google’s mobile operating system may become a force to be reckoned with. Developers will embrace the platform and given time, Android’s Market will contain hundreds of thousands of applications. Well, at least that is the direction in which the Ubuntu dev team is thinking. They plan to introduce an easy way to port Android apps over to their flagship Linux distribution. While most applications will be useless on a desktop machine, there might be some apps that, with their small size and modest memory consumption, might do a certain task much better than its Ubuntu-native equivalent.

Source: Internetling



  1. Sorry friend, but USB is the most medicore and unnecessary technology along with linux and any thing that has come out of an indian in the last sixty years.

  2. Ah, I was successful in grabbing your attention at last my friend. The eternal Cat. They are most mediocre, if you say so. But, how in the world that you end up using and cann’t do with both of them.

    Ah, and one more thing, I guess you have similar views of the indispensable EMAIL..

    The argument is not complete.

  3. Thank You my friend for the rapid retort. If portable storage can have a Ethernet interface instead of USB, what’s more to ask.


    I list the features of Ethernet :

    1. Plug and Play ( or Hot Plug ).

    2. USB 2.0 actually gives You about 250 Mbps
    against Gigabit Ethernet which is a lot

    3. No practical limit to number of devices on
    a single Ethernet bus with its 48 bit

    4. You can supply power to Ethernet devices
    via Power Over Ethernet or my favourite,
    Power Line Communication.

    5. Lastly for now, but not leastly the
    Ethernet protocol is a lot simpler than


    Indispensible EMAIL! You do know that I am much the preferer of Talks over Tea. The EMAIL is there, but generally not there. And as for the most recent invention, Twitter, well that is for Twits.

    And as for Linux, its seems that there is a Indian OS, a “re-compilcation of the Linux kernel” with Sanskrit fonts. Its name, very Indian BOSS ( Bharat something ). Could have been GURU. Heh heh.


    To the subject of Indians. I say, The only good Indian is a female Indian.


    I have moved on from OS design to the CPU the OS should run on. We should talk.
    On to Mars. Let “Indian” professors go to Moon.

    Viva Socialism.

  4. Forgot to say. There is 10 Gigabit Ethernet and plans for 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet.

    The first is mostly Optic Fibre interface but can also come with copper. The last two I am now not so enthusiastic about.

    And what is this USB 3 with ten pins. Eight should be max.

  5. A belated addition to the features of Ethernet already listed. Ethernet has been there for what 30 years, one of the better American inventions. And so using it for purposes other than LANs will not require any more addition to the host computer than one or two more Ethernet sockets. And a protocol for Plug and Play of devices like say PCI.

    That Johnny Come Lately called USB requires extra machinery to fabricate the components, and jobs to Bangalore. Is all this necessary ?.

    Discard and Simplify.

  6. I don’t know why You said that, but quite true. No hopes. You see I have the design of a new simplified and reliable x86 CPU with a architecture different from Intel / AMD, but
    I do not have the money. Not even to buy a new pen to jot down ideas.

    Now the Indian government has in the last two weeks thought of investing 200 million dollars to create a “Indigenous” CPU via a soon-to-be-floated company called Zerone Corp, and there’s already talk of AMD being part of this. So will it be “Indigenous” in the sense of the N-Submarine Arihant, designed and engineered by Russia, or “Indigenous” in the sense of anything built here with Western help, except perhaps in the design of the Autorickshaw.

    One Crore computer techies, some of them for the past 30 years, and none of them having devised a Operating System. Me having done it and being offered Six Thousand as salary, sorry CTC, by your previous company Pratian. How much does a Infosissian get for adding ten lines to a banking software usable only in the capitalist world, with their pie-charts, spread-sheets, management mumbo-jumbo, dogs, what-not.

    Like I said once before, even Fidel Castro or Lenin cannot this country from its history-less Gandhian Virtual Reality. A later man like me will not even try now.

    Jai ho.

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