Yesterday, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, writing for ZDNet, did an interesting post on my favorite Linux distro, Ubuntu.
Finally, after what seems like forever and a day of hoping, praying and waiting, it finally looks like Ubuntu 10.04 will be getting some honest-to-goodness out-of-the-box support for Apple's iPod and iPhone!
As Adrian reports, it seems that the Alpha 3 release will give all of us iPod, iPhone loving Ubuntu users what we've been clamoring for along, and according to Adrian, for him at least, all went pretty diddly-doo dandy too, with its seamless integration process that worked pretty much like that of iTunes itself, except that it doesn't include playback of older iTune DRM files .
Like Adrian, not only do I acknowledge that Ubuntu is fast becoming the most user-friendly Linux distro of all time, but that it's the one distro that is the closest to being like Windows or OS X in terms of its functionality and usability! Having, as Adrian says, some kind of workable iPhone/iPod Touch support could also go along way in helping to make Ubuntu even more popular then it is now, at least that's what I'm hoping.
I don't know if any version of Linux, Ubuntu included, will ever pose a major threat to either of the two main commercial OSs, namely Windows and OS X, or not, but I do know that as a guest OS I love to run it every now and then. It seems to me that no matter how many different Linux versions I try, I always invariably come back to Ubuntu. It, like Windows, owes a lot to OS X, who's transparency, animations and other eye candy can easily be seen in Windows Aero and Linux's Complz.
However, at the end of the day, I want to point out, that as great as Ubuntu and Windows have become, I still always come back to good old OS X. For some reason, it just seems to look better, feel better and, more importantly, it just seems to work better, with less fuss and frustration then either that of Windows or Ubuntu. In conclusion, however, I have to admit that finally having iPhone and iPod Touch support on Ubuntu is a big deal, at least for all of us lovers of the iPhone and iPod Touch!
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Intro Ubuntu graphic via: ZDNet