Sunday, September 19, 2010

Ubuntu Software Centre has great potential

The Ubuntu distribution has definitely helped out Linux to become more popular among computer users worldwide. One great concept that Ubuntu brings to GNU/Linux distributions is the ease of use. Usually, when I recommend Linux to newcomers I always tell them to download Ubuntu first. It is good looking, easy to use and intuitive for someone who is coming from Windows or Mac OS X. One of the many great features of Ubuntu is its Software Centre. In the past, installing software on some of the GNU/Linux distributions was difficult for new users and this made them very frustrated. Today, anyone who uses Ubuntu can go to the software centre and choose thousands of applications they would like to install. All applications are grouped by categories and there is a featured section as well. If you do not want to browse through the categories you can do a general search for a specific program. The Software Centre has centralized Linux application installation and made it very convenient. However, the Ubuntu Software Centre still has some growing and evolving to do. In the future it would be nice to see reviews of applications included in the software center. This would enable people to choose the top rating apps and also read reviews of others before installing.
     Also, the Ubuntu Software Centre should start charging for open source software and help out the hard working programmers that bring us great apps for the GNU/Linux desktop. This would enable the programmers and the many great open source projects to earn a revenue from the software they produce. Advanced games would be more plentiful and complex software would be available as well. The Ubuntu Software Centre has a lot of potential to create a great market for excellent GNU/Linux software and a great stream of revenue for open source programmers that are struggling to turn a profit. I hope that the next few versions of Ubuntu will have these great features implemented. The Software Centre can spur a new class of great applications for the GNU/Linux platform and bring more users to use Linux as their primary operating system.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Urban Terror: Free First Person Shooter

Urban terror is a free multiplayer first person shooter game. It is a tactical shooter and their motto is "fun over realism". The game is created by Frozen Sand and they retain rights to the game. Urban Terror has good graphics but the most enjoyable part of this FPS is the gameplay. You can choose your character and then join one of the online games. The type of games you can join is Free For All, Deathmatch, Survivor, Capture The Flag, Follow the leader and Bomb mode. The weapons are realistic and you have to change magazines when you run out of bullets. Make sure you watch how many rounds you have left so you don't find yourself cornered and without ammunition. You have several weapons to choose from but you are limited to how much your character can carry. Every time someone dies you can pick up their gear to add to yours. The game takes a while to master especially because there are so many great gamers out there. When you get better there are a lot of leagues that you can join and play in their tournaments. Urban Terror is a popular game and has a good community of gamers. It is a nice realistic tactical shooter with good graphics and many levels to choose from. The game works well on GNU/Linux but is available for other platforms as well. Check out a nice video here. Visit their site for additional info and to download the game.

Urban Terror website.