Linux? What Linux?

You may have not noticed it but nobody is talking about Linux any more (which by the way is not a good thing, because I do not consider a closed and controlled system like MacOSX a competitor of Windows – Linux could offer much more).

The last time that I heard “normal” people talking about Linux was when netbooks where everybody’s aspiration. Netbooks with Linux – because soon they realised that netbooks with Windows could run their favourite (or mandatory) applications. That was more than two years ago in late 2008. The Linux netbook era lasted for about a year and a half…

Now we (almost) all wait for the latest “tablet” with Android. Some wait for a Windows tablet but we need some time to have something decent and remarkable. Android is based on Linux but who knows that? The name of the OS is Android and the company is Google. Who even knows that Google bought the company that developed Android and its star developer Andy Rubin (who by the way had previously founded Danger, the company that cost Microsoft about a billion dollars) back in 2005? There is nothing there for a consumer to know and devs seems to have a very short memory nowadays.

No wonder why Novell has turned the efforts of its Mono project team from Linux to Android. Moonlight is the open source implementation of Microsoft’s Silverlight for the Linux platform (actually, Mono is the implementation of .NET Framework based on the ECMA standards for C# and the Common Language Runtime). Now, it’s the immplementation for the Android platform which makes even more sense. Novell also unveiled MonoDroid, a developer tool for .Net development for Android. Do the older guys remember the fights between Novell and Microsoft? These times have passed and unholy alliances have emerged.

Read the whole article here: Novell’s Moonlight shines on Google Android | Application Development – InfoWorld.

Do you switch off your phone while abroad?

BBC touches a painful issue for mobility: roaming tariffs. They seem to be optimistic, but my personal experience (and I believe any frequent traveller’s) shows that every cent that the operators “lose” due to the EU’s close regulation is going back to their pockets doubled from roaming charges in countries outside EU. Soon, I will need an app to manage all my SIM cards and their expiration dates. Anyone interested in developing it? For the Windows Phone platform of course…

The most interesting part of the article is that Starhome which co-ordinates much of the world’s mobile traffic on behalf of more than 160 operators estimates almost half of us switch our handsets off when we go abroad! Not what the operators are expecting.

Read the whole article here: BBC News – Could roaming rates be about to fall?.