Introduction To Linux Mint 13 (Video)

Español: Logo Linux Mint

Español: Logo Linux Mint (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Linux Mint 13, codename Maya, is the latest Linux distribution that is brazenly showing off its Cinnamon desktop theme, and I’m glad that it actually does so.  How come?  Linux Mint 13’s Cinnamon desktop theme is sleek and amazingly fast.  To tell the truth, so far I have only experienced Cinnamon desktop theme inside a virtual environment, and yet I was and still is amazed at its responsiveness and ease of use.  Probably, Cinnamon desktop theme had incorporated parts of the Gnome 2 look and Gnome 3 features together that has got me wishing for more of Cinnamon desktop theme.

Besides the sleek, beautiful look and ease of use that have attracted me to Cinnamon desktop theme, Linux Mint 13 is basically Ubuntu 12.04.  And if you have followed my blog or videos quite often enough, you know how I really love Ubuntu right?  (I loved Ubuntu even when many people hated Ubuntu for it first go at releasing the Unity desktop theme…)  So, I’m very much impressed with the latest release of Ubuntu (Ubuntu 12.04), therefore Linux Mint 13 can do no wrong for me personally when it actually based on Ubuntu 12.04.

Ubuntu 12.04 is the latest LTS (Long Term Support) Ubuntu release, and not so surprisingly that Linux Mint 13 is also the latest LTS Linux Mint release.  For those who are not so familiar with Linux Mint, it has always been a little brother/sister of Ubuntu.  So, it’s not so surprisingly for us to see Linux Mint 13 has so many similar features and underlying packages (software) that we have found inside Ubuntu 12.04, and the LTS is always a welcoming choice.  How come?  Especially for corporations and people who aren’t so energetic about updating/upgrading to the newer releases of their Linux distribution, LTS will assure them that the developers of their Linux distribution will continue to push out newer patches to fix various bugs and security issues for at least 5 year long.  This is why even after couple years into the future, you can always go back to Linux Mint 13 to use it without worrying that it’s already outdated in term of getting software/package supports.

There are few major differences between Linux Mint 13 and Ubuntu 12.04.  The obvious ones are the desktop theme and so on… but Linux Mint 13 doesn’t have one major feature which brings a lot excitement to Ubuntu 12.04 is the HUD (Head-Up Display).  Without HUD, we might eventually see Linux Mint continues to partway from Ubuntu as things move ahead into the future, because Ubuntu is striving to have HUD replaces all the menus and buttons and whatever that sticks out like thorns on Unity desktop theme.  Nonetheless, I sure hope that Linux Mint 13 can continue to either use excellent underlying codebase of Ubuntu or push out their own codebase in a major way (to innovate and strive to be better than Ubuntu).

Lucky you?  I like Linux Mint 13 enough to create an introduction video for Linux Mint 13.  Please enjoy it right after the break!!!

Latest Ubuntu Came Out Yesterday, Ubuntu 12.04 Came With Some New Features

Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop Image

Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop Image

Ubuntu had released Ubuntu 12.04 yesterday.  Also, I had made a video which briefly introduced Ubuntu 12.04’s new features.  Check the video out right after the break!

FYI:  I didn’t show you how to install Ubuntu 12.04 in the video above since the installation for this newest Ubuntu version yet is pretty much the same as the older ones such as Ubuntu 11.10.  Actually, you can check out this other video of mine (Linux Tutorial Series Part 01) so you can learn how to install Ubuntu.  Once you watch that video, you pretty much know how to install all Ubuntu’s latest versions.

App Inventor Will Multiply Gazillion Android Apps, The Things That Are Mashable

Google has released App Inventor to the public.  What’s on earth is App Inventor?  App Inventor allows you and your cat to create applications for Android without touching a single code.  Oh, please disregard about the cat that can program an app, I just want to be cute like a cat!  Anyway, all you have to do is to be creative and have a mental image of how you want to approach in formulating an application for Android.  For an example, you want to allow a sound to play when someone taps on an image as to tell your little application to display the next image, you can do just that without touching any code using App Inventor.  App Inventor developers boast that they have had created image versions of the codes for just about anything, and so you can mash the mashable objects together to form a complete Android application.

Yes, coding will always be a better form of poetry, but App Inventor is one quick way to form up an Android App without being too geeky!  Imagine using App Inventor as a way to create a new whole puzzle from standard bits and pieces of the older puzzles.  It’s way more flexible than a puzzle literally, because bits and pieces from real puzzles cannot be mashable unless those are from the same puzzles.

In a way, I don’t think App Inventor will allow users to create better Android applications.  To create the more sophisticated applications, one has to get down and dirty by coding days and nights away.  Writing poetry is not cake!

Even if all has failed, I still adore App Inventor for one reason only, and the reason is that it allows people without the knowledge of coding to form limitless number of  Android applications that are uniquely compatible to the creators.  Just a head up, don’t even try to avoid similar Android applications that will be produced by App Inventor factory.  It will be a hopeless mission for you!

Give App Inventor a try here!  To clarify, I have not used App Inventor yet, and so my words on this new thing are for show!  Have a merry active mind in creating Android applications!  Source.