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Prakash Advani

“Indians prefer to be in the services sector and would not want to get into experimenting on products business, which is a high-risk, high-reward proposition,” says Prakash Advani, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, Canonical.

‘It all depends upon the DNA. If you need to be in the space, you need to have the mindset of taking the risk for high rewards. Even if one is willing to take the risk, the company needs to be incorporated in the US, so that VC funding becomes easy,” says Prakash.

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Virtualization and its many flavors has been one of the most dominating and influential technologies that has evolved over the past five years. While the technology has gained wide acceptance, it is also seen as a key element behind the cloud computing wave that is sweeping the IT landscape today.

Indian IT partners have started adopting the technology and are building successful business practices around it. In this article, we take a look at key trends in the virtualization market.

“Canonical is keen to explore opportunities, and offers very flexible packages for partners looking at virtualization services. Open source is emerging as not just a cost-effective alternative but also as an equally secure and stable alternative,” says Prakash Advani, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, Canonical.

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From the The online vigilantes

In a similar vein, industry watcher and erstwhile journalist Prakash Advani says, “For any democratic country, freedom of speech is important… And even though ours is a democracy, it is not easy for people to express their opinions freely… groups like Anonymous have found ways to express themselves. “

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From Deccan Herald Article:

The Android-based smartphones which can work like PCs by connecting them with a monitor, keyboard and mouse, will be out in the market in a matter of months, said Canonical, developer of the Ubuntu Operating System.

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Recently published postcast on Ubuntu Cloud. This was recorded at Intel Cloud Summit.

Conversations in the Cloud.

Direct link to the pod cast.

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Prakash

Ubuntu 11.10, code named Oneiric Ocelot,  is now available. It has loads of new functions, which puts other operating systems to shame! Here are a few cool features of this new release.

Touch support

The new Unity interface works well with mouse, keyboard and even touch. The dash allows you to quickly search for files, music, applications and everything in your computer. The launcher allows you to quickly launch your commonly used applications. The ‘must-have’ feature for music lovers is the Music Lens, which allows you to browse and find your music on your computer quickly and easily. You can sort music in folders by author, album or song wise. Similarly any new lenses or filters can be developed to have a multidimensional view of your data.

Mozilla Thunderbird is now the default email application, which happens to also be my favourite. Thunderbird supports all email standards and can manage thousands of emails in a breeze. It also has very good filters to quickly search through your emails.

Firefox 7 is the default browser. Firefox has seen vast improvements over its earlier versions and is now faster and has a much lower memory footprint. For people who prefer other browsers such as Chrome/Chromium, they can easily install those from the Ubuntu Software Centre. Skype, Flash, Acrobat and other popular applications can also be installed from there too.

The Ubuntu Software Centre is your place to install new applications, both free and paid for. With this release it also has application ratings, which makes it easy for you to decide which application to install. The Software Centre has a large collection of applications from education, games, science to development tools and more.

Ubuntu goes social

Ubuntu’s best kept secret is social networking. The Empathy IM client allows you to chat with your Facebook friends as well as integrates the usual suspects such as Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live (MSN), Jabber, ICQ and many others. The Gwibber social networking client collates all of your social messages from Facebook and Twitter. This is integrated with your desktop, so you can see your updates. You can also post your own updates straight from Gwibber.

With Shotwell, you can easily manage your photos, crop them, edit them and publish them on Flickr, Picasa or Facebook. OpenShot Video Editor makes it easy to edit, clip and resize your videos. It supports many effects and file formats. 3D has attracted the attention of OpenShot developers and they have enabled the functionality to add 3D animated titles to your videos.

Data backup

Data back up is also a key feature in Ubuntu 11.10, and you realise how important it is when you don’t back up and lose data! To make your backup activity easy, Ubuntu bundles Ubuntu One which can automatically backup all the files to the cloud. If you need external backup, you have Déjà Dup, which means you can backup to external media.

Ubuntu One gives you 5GB of free online storage, it can synchronise your data between Ubuntu PCs as well as Windows. It also has clients for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android so you can access your files on the go. Ubuntu One mobile client also gives you an option to backup your photos automatically. For example if you take a photo on your mobile, it would get backed up automatically to the cloud. It also allows you to stream your music to your mobile device. If you have tons of music and don’t want to carry all of it with you, you can keep it on Ubuntu One and stream it to your mobile phone when you want to listen to them.

 

This article was first published on Digit.

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Prakash

Since the time the HTML standard was created, people have been expecting it to be the defacto standard for application development. While it did help simplify many things, it had its own limitations. To address some of these limitations, Java was created. While Java solved some, it also had its own limitations and required a JVM to be installed on each device. Javascript and AJAX also solved several of those challenges and are still being used widely for rich applications. Although many solutions tried to solve some of these challenges; in terms of rich applications, they were no where compared to client-server based applications which form the bulk of applications that we use today. Flash and Adobe Air were able to fill in the gap as well, by providing a framework for rich application development; however, they’re proprietary and aren’t available on all platforms.

HTML 5, for the first time, has created a standard that provides a rich application development framework that comes close to the client-server experience. Since it’s a browser-based standard, any device with HTML5 capable browsers will support HTML5 applications without the need for additional applications, or plugins.

Introducing HTML5 (Voices That Matter)
Here are some of the key benefits of HTML5:

  • It’s an open standard, hence there are multiple vendors to compete, which means it’s good for the customer.
  • It’s a cross device platform – it works on desktops, laptops, netbooks, phones, tablets, TVs, and others.
  • It also works across operating systems: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Ubuntu and other Linux flavors.
  • Many browsers already support HTML5 including Chrome, Chromium Firefox, Opera, Android browser and IE will also support it.
  • Chrome and Chromium are based on Webkit, which is open source and can be embedded into devices.
  • Standardisation also refers to a standard user interface across devices. Many design experts find that Flash-based sites have user interfaces that are very different when compared to traditional browsers. With HTML5 while the interface can still be cool and funky, it need not look very different that a web based application.

Some of the key features of HTML5 are listed below:

Direct support for video

HTML5 has tags for running videos within the browser without the need for Flash or other plugins. This improves video integration and performance. However, your browser needs to support video playback codecs. You can test if your browser supports this by going to http://www.youtube.com/html5. Go to the bottom of the page and click on Join the HTML5 Trial. Now you can see YouTube in HTML5 without using any Flash plugin.
With HTML5, you can also create 2D graphics and drawings. Effectively, using your browser you can draw an image. HTML5 implements vector graphics instead of raster. An advantage of using vector graphics is that the file sizes are smaller as compared to raster graphics (GIF, JPG).
HTML5 also supports offline web application support, so you can run web applications even if you aren’t connected. This is useful for offline email, or other application where connectivity may not always be available.
Drag and drop support

You can now drag files from your computer, into your application and it’ll be installed. You can try this in Gmail, if you have Chrome or Chromium installed on your system.

This article was first published on Digit.

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Prakash

During my interview with Hindu Business Line, they also took a video about Ubuntu.

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From my interview in Hindu Business Line:

“I have been using the latest Ubuntu 11.04 on a laptop that’s almost three years now and I don’t see any degradation of performance,” says Prakash.

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I have been quotes in this article.

Apple released a feature of its Mac OS named LaunchPad. LaunchPad is a development, bug tracking platform of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. Canonical doesn’t seem to have deep pockets to sue Apple over the usage of name LaunchPad. Canonical’s Prakash Advani told our editor that “We are glad Apple likes our brand name! The purpose of Canonical’s Launchpad.net and Apple’s Launch pad are different, hence non-competing.” No surprises two years from now Apple sues Canonical over LaunchPad.

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I have been slashdotted!

“Delivering the keynote at the Ubuntu Developer Summit at Budapest, Hungary, Canonical Founder Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Canonical’s goal is to have 200 million Ubuntu users in four years. Canonical has not officially provided any data on how many Ubuntu users there currently are — in fact, the number is quite difficult to track. However, according to Prakash Advani, a partner manager for Central Asia at Canonical, there are an estimated 12 million Ubuntu users.”

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?My Interview in Muktware.com.

Ubuntu, the Canonical-sponsored operating system is gaining new grounds – in both enterprise and consumer segments. The Company now has new challenges — the challenges which develop as a company grows. We talked to Prakash Advani, Partner Manager – Central Asia at Canonical,  to understand how Canonical is preparing Ubuntu for the future.

What are the challenges? Is Canonical planning to enter the hardware business and offer an Apple-like solution, fully optimized hardware for the OS? Has Ubuntu missed the tablet bus as Android, despite being not prepared for this form-factor has seen great adoption? What is Canonical’s stand on Apple using Canonical’s brand Launchpad? Will we see professional film-editing software on Ubuntu? Will you be playing the Call of Duty on Ubuntu any soon? There are many such questions buzzing every Ubuntu user. If you want to find out the answers, read on…

http://www.muktware.com/a/3/2/29/2010/531?page=0,0

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I was quoted in this article:

Prakash Advani of Canonical said, “It is unlikely that Oracle will be allowed to close down the open source version of MySQL. The open source community had submitted suggestions to the European Union commission that looked into the Oracle-Sun acquisition which specifically aimed at removing the possibility of such an event taking place. However, in case something like this does happen, developers can always create forks of MySQL.”

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Ubuntu that it launched last week, to penetrate markets such as India where an impending launch of third generation (3G) services is expected to make cloud computing accessible to individual users.

I have been quoted in this article in The Mint:

Prakash Advani, partner and manager, central Asia, at Canonical, said once broadband connectivity improves through 3G networks, Ubuntu’s built-in cloud capabilities will popularize it among computer users as well as businesses.

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IT budget cuts, an improved ecosystem and more maturity have boosted the demand for open source applications in Indian enterprises.

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I have been quoted in this article.

It’s benefits like these that have changed the attitude of enterprises towards open source solutions. Opines Prakash Advani, Partner Manager for Central Asia, Canonical, “Initially there was a certain amount of resistance (towards open source) due to user resistance to change, but this has changed in the recent past.”

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Ubuntu is an increasingly popular version of Linux today, and it seems easier for new users to sink their teeth into this free operating system with each new release.

I have been quoted in this article in the Hindu:

It is this focus on the ease-of-use factor that has contributed to Ubuntu’s popularity. Prakash Advani, partner manager, Central Asia at Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, said a survey conducted last year revealed that India accounted for the largest number of Ubuntu server users among the various countries surveyed.

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