Monday, August 2, 2010

Free high voice on "desktop" open source enclosure busy

On the 29th evening, and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth (hereinafter referred to as Mark) The latest MSN conversation, Mark told reporter, the latest version is well with Ubuntu9.10 Windows7 in Internet and mobile terminal market this one higher under preparation, "the relevant OEM manufacturers have been cut into, and the secondary development on the Ubuntu strategic agreements reached can be clear that in Europe and North America, our strategic OEM partners have reached more than 20. "But the specific details of the cooperation of members and co-operation, Mark refused to disclose.

"Everything in advance, we can not eat not from Microsoft in the personal desktop high-end market, but the next wave in mobile Internet, mobile portable terminal of the game has shifted significantly. Windows7, compared with previous versions, performance a a very large increase, which would like to congratulate Microsoft made the product so much progress. But as far as I know, Windows7 will include several different versions of the hardware's power consumption due to high demand, in the Internet the other portable terminal on Windows7 will be unable to provide customer satisfaction. with contrast, Ubuntu9.04 version will be online this is a full-featured version, customers can use a variety of office suite, in the global economic downturn , the leading open source desktop, hold the price competitiveness. so that there would be some competition. "Mark is definitely on the IDG, told reporters.

Free desktop back?

15 years, stumbled in the open source operating system, why does it so confident? This from an incident in July of this year talking about. July 22, the United States open grand coalition (OSA, Open Source for America) in North America announced. The famous AMD, Canonical, Debian, GNOME, Google, Linux Foundation, Mozilla, Novell, Oracle and Red Hat are all deep in his column. In the OSA's Q & A document, OSA clear that, OSA does not require the U.S. government preference (ie, preferential policies to) the open-source software, but only asked the government on the basis of equality, consider open source software and proprietary software. This is in fact a reflection of the economic crisis in the context of high commercial software purchases shrinking face a huge embarrassment, even a leader in business software, Oracle (a classical company) can not avoid embarrassment.

Since 2006, as in the server market, easier to make money, so most Linux distributors on individual consumers "turn a blind eye." And consumers to re-build their own operating systems usually have no interest in buying computer can be "free" access to pre-installed Windows operating system for consumers, to understand the fanaticism, religious of the "free spirit" indeed bite the bullet. In fact, the average consumer is not advocating freedom, more freedom they are willing to share, exchange and experience in providing this free community to contribute. Right now, Internet-based production methods, consumers should have one vote each hand, centralized production began more and more demand and interactive features. Consumers free, personalized electronic products opened a software development keen to announce a prelude to 2.0 times. At this point, the open source community, how to develop the freedom of steering consumers the freedom to shift from the technical experts of the community of civilians community, how to use the community to re-embrace the personal consumption users, will determine the future of open source.

At the same time, commercial desktops giant Microsoft, it seems not unreasonable to some. Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 7 will be the future for netbooks (Netbook) launched Starter version. In addition to the legendary Starter version can only run three programs of limitations, many interface landscaping, personal settings and network settings such functions will also be significantly shielded. This will undoubtedly lead to the downstream business alliance dissatisfaction. In April of this year, Acer's vice president of product marketing, says that, Acer is studying the future of products allowed to pre-installed Windows 7 Starter. He said: "The Starter Edition of Windows 7 pre-installed may make a new version of Internet systems and the use of updated prices did not change, but the normal user if you want to spend a little extra to Windows 7 or be paid. In the basic version the user to make a lot of restrictions on the use of disguise so that consumers actually pay for an additional premium version of Windows, this is still a violation of the Internet the main low-cost strategy. "

Similarly, Microsoft's old partner Intel also began growing differences with Windows 7. In an investor conference a while ago, Intel CEO Paul Otellini even said that Microsoft's strategy will face a host of difficult problem to solve. In fact, Intel is now trying hard to promote a system called Moblin development. The main positioning Moblin as cheap and powerful access the operating system. As the Moblin-based Linux, Windows in terms of cost, compared with great advantage. Also can not forget Google's Android open source operating system advocacy, it is also open source platform based on Linux kernel, Linux provides a system dependent on core services, the existing range of software engineers have been quick to join Android development camp, from the beginning smartphones, Android also has the fighting spread to the Internet in this market.

Internet access for the future struggle of the operating system, Linux Foundation (Linux Foundation), chief adviser Jim said that Microsoft is facing unprecedented challenges. In fact Microsoft's second quarter earnings this year's sharp drop also confirms this trend, open source desktop has not only cost advantages, and features all the major open source companies according to their need to modify the system, while modify the system kernel was one of Microsoft's defined as top secret.

Tantalizing "soft" banquet

Can not conclude that open source will lead a new trend, but can determine that the open source opportunities in the mobile Internet era has come.

First of all, happy cheering on the open source software is designed handset ODM business, open source operating system, many commercial software will reduce a lot of added value, because a lot of free software will continue to flood into mobile phones, which allow phones to be more flexible , but also greatly reduces the cost of customized mobile phones. Enterprise open source operating system design provides a great convenience, to help companies be more based on the specific platform software development targeted to improve the performance of mobile phones, and can provide the basis of the operating system more flexible and diverse different design. ABI Research market research firm recently pointed out that the 2013 global mobile network equipment (Mobile Internet Devices, MID) shipments will reach 50 million units, while the market is dominated by the open source operating system. ABI Research believe that, MID market will be the first truly all mobile operating systems at the same starting line of the platform, which get rid of the smart phone market in the historical burden, so that the open source operating system to get the majority of market share rate, which will undoubtedly open source application under the mobile device to win a broad market space.

There also feel encouraged by the hardware chip business, after all, with the operating system and hardware providers to end chips is very important to most of the current terminal core chip to chip-based general-purpose, it is difficult for each operating system software are reasonable development of optimization, can only choose some settings. The complexity of the commercial operating system, hardware makers will undoubtedly have to adapt to more access to different software design, which increases the cost of the hardware vendors and development difficult. Increasingly popular in the Internet the end of today, the demand for terminal hardware integration in the raise, the terminal hardware and software integration and effective coordination of help to improve the overall performance of mobile terminals. Therefore, the open-source operating system, chip manufacturers can centralize, focus on a particular system is optimized to exploit the advantages of using software hardware for maximum effect. If this system is open source, then the hardware vendors get the play space is greater, because the hardware such as highways, software such as cars, as high-speed ride should be coordination between the two can be said, from the perspective of hardware development, specific software applications for the effective optimization of hardware can indeed improve the performance certain.

Mobile computing has become the breakthrough open source operating system, which has been a general consensus. Some of the radical open-source community is shown full confidence: "Linux server and desktop in the traditional area has reached saturation, particularly in the desktop market, Linux is clearly want to have explosive growth is unrealistic. And In the mobile device market is different, because this market is not mature enough yet, Linux is very explosive growth potential. especially with the emergence of new mobile devices, Linux show a strong advantage of custom. "when Intel plans to start Moblin the time, and Red Flag in the Asia-Pacific Region to launch 浜?MID platform of Midinux specific operating system, as one of the Linux Caozuoxitong Chang Shang Chuan Tong, Red Flag Xiangguanrenshi said, Sui Zhao MID Ye Wu's conduct, Jinnian in Midinux Caozuo System revenue is expected to exceed the income of the server and desktop side, thus we can see that the traditional desktop, mobile computing, Linux tremendous impact and opportunities.

It is worth mentioning that, along with a number of "small computers" development, Flash software has ushered in new opportunities, France, Mandriva has released since the launch of U disk, Ubuntu also introduced a SD memory card, which will be Linux operating system pre-installed into the flash memory, the user need only insert a U disk or SD card, you can immediately use the pre-installed Linux operating system on it, and many open source applications. Can be expected, with the continuous development of portable computers, flash memory will become a new medium of open source software.

Desktop innovative leader who is?

Actively promote the development of Ubuntu landing in China, the China Open Source Promotion Union Yuan Meng, Deputy Secretary of the account put forward a very interesting idea: "At present, the desktop (Desktop) innovation, as technology race (as if racing), ongoing (ing), to watch the audience around a lot. a start, Ubuntu 9.04 and Windows 7 debut, many people regard him bet on Windows 7. The result? "

Previously, people have great expectations for the Windows 7, including the biggest names in media, "PC World", because, Windows 7 definitely run faster than Vista. In fact in terms of speed, Vista is too fat, not run, but Ubuntu, this is not a trade secret. May 6, "PC World" published the results of a test, stunned the world audience. The biggest names in world media, in their "Test Center" which, using test kits WorldBench 6, on Windows 7 and Vista rigorous test of the results was found: the former better than that of the latter number, not the average user not found. The results 1, IT industry uproar. Yuan Meng of the person under test, the Ubuntu 9.04 version, the launch speed than the 8.10 version of the reduction of 1 / 3 (only 20 seconds), loaded into memory to reduce the actual capacity 1 / 3 (just 98MB). "This improvement, I have the distinct feeling, because the two versions I used in the exchange (with self-starting U disk)." Yuan Meng told reporters.

The Ubuntu founder Mark is not only considered the Ubuntu speed, the face of open source innovation, and Mark think of more products in the era of personalized search for strategic cooperation. "Current desktop application software than Web-based software to more, but as time goes by, the advantages of the former will gradually disappear. For the open-source, the next exciting stage, these Web-based applications will enable interaction and data sharing, and become (which developers design more software) operating platform. With the application of these networks began to exchange, open source development will be more interesting things, I know that a large number of Intel Hardware companies are very interested in this. "

According to Mark's introduction, Intel is looking for emerging markets, demand for semiconductor industry growth to avoid stagnation. "The rise of the Internet will not reduce the end-consumer demand, but will stimulate market growth, Intel MID for Yidongjisuan released under the amount of product Pianshi a gold mine of its bullish." We Xianzai published online Ben control system is currently Tigong support on mobile terminal, and then will be the support for the MID, which is consistent with the strategy to Intel. Will later enter the Ubuntu MID and smartphone market. We will work closely with Intel on Intel's Moblin MID platform solution to optimize, probably next year, you can see related products. "Mark said.


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