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Linux For Education

Posted by Dnyanraj on November 17, 2008

Linux is the best thing to be taught to kids while they are into schools. Specially children between 5 to 18 years.

Linux is very logical in operating, has very meaningful GUI. But still people find it difficult to use Linux.. Why?? The reason is they are habitual of using Windows for years, they expect certain buttons & windows at certain places which is many times not at all relevant.

KDE has taken a step forward to this & has launched a education project “The KDE Education Project” (http://edu.kde.org/). Ubuntu also has “Edubuntu” (Educational ubuntu http://edubuntu.org/) as a special distro.

Here parents, teachers, students can use the softwares, copy them, distribute them, modify them & thus make most use of the IT. Modifying & distributing the software increases confidence of all of them, plus it is good diet for brains of children. This does not kill the curiosity of kids in their early age by not modifying the code & playing with it very roughly..

In India, Maharashtra Government has made a very wrong decision by making a course MS-CIT compulsory for all government jobs. With this they are helping a company to build their brand which is of no use, also the course fees & royalty to the company is another issue.. Instead they should have gone for Open Office which is a Free & Open Source software, much more powerful than MS-Office.
All of you do have a look at “Edubuntu” & “The KDE Education Project”. Edubuntu has a Gnome GUI whereas KDE project has a KDE GUI.

But both the products are amazing & very useful for students.

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How to tackle cost-cutting in IT due to Recession..

Posted by Dnyanraj on November 3, 2008

Whole world is facing problems due recession in IT field. IT companies, IT professionals, IT students, share brokers, investors, IT dependent services & industries are going through hard time. Everywhere we can see cost cutting these days.

In India, things are better in product companies than service companies. I heard there is cost cutting in all possible things like employee salary, canteen, AC, electricity usage, extra resources(human), hiring freshers instead of high paying employees, unproductive people, stationary usage ( even i heard some companies are doing cost cutting in toilet papers ).

But what is the way to do tackle this problem?? Is this type of cost cutting is the solution to tackle this problem..? of course not.. What companies should really do is to start using Open Source products, which will save lots of money forever.. There are very good Free & Open Source products available in market which are better than proprietary products & still much cheaper than them. Only thing is people either do not know about these products or they have some misunderstandings about them. e.g. Linux (a Free & Open Source Operating System), people still think that Linux is very hard to use, it does not have a good GUI etc.. but fact is Compiz & Beryl (3D Desktop) in Linux can do many more things than other operating systems in its class.

There are many other Free & Open Source softwares which can be used for PMS (Project Management System), CRM (Customer Relation Management), CMS (Content Management System), Office suite, Email Clients, Messengers etc. These are available for free, they can be customized with respect to requirement & industry type. They are Free to distribute, tied under GPL licensing.

There is ample help available over internet about this, there are lot many consultants who can help in using and implementing Free & Open Source softwares.

So, if Companies, Educational Institutes, Banks, Government, Schools etc. in a developing country like India can switch to Free & Open Source softwares, a large amount of money can be saved & invested into some meaningful R&D.

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Job Loss in US…

Posted by Dnyanraj on October 13, 2008

A report says, approximately 159000 jobs were lost in US in a month time. Which is worst scenario in last five years. We know about Lehman bros.Economic recession is continuing in every vertical these days. Many developing countries will be facing economy crisis due to this.

In India freshers (specially computer students) have a hard time these days. Fresh graduates & post graduates have a hard time in finding the job. Because this recession has caused slowdown in recruitment of freshers drastically..

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T-Mobiles launched G1: The Google phone

Posted by Dnyanraj on September 24, 2008

T-Mobiled launched Google phone G1 yesterday. It’ll start a new era of mobile technology. i.e. open source mobile phones.

It has many cool features like HTML browser, 3mega pixel camera, compas view etc. I am waiting for this phone to be launched in India. Its price is much less than i-phone

You can go through following links for more info.

http://cnettv.cnet.com/9742-1_53-50003826.html

http://cnettv.cnet.com/9742-1_53-50003826.html

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