Vista & Ubuntu – the similarities

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Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux – both are totally disparate entities and I am talking about similarities? Yup, I sure am. And I have reasons to believe this.

Most of us know what Vista is. Vista is the latest edition to the most popular operating system (OS) lineup – Windows. For those who are unfamiliar with Ubuntu, Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux-based OS that is available for free.

Here I discuss some of the similarities that I have noted in due course of my usage of both the operating systems.

Computer
In both, the name given to the central access point to all the disks and partitions on a computer is “Computer”. In earlier versions of Windows, we used to know it with the name “My Computer”.

Sub-folders in user profile folder
The default folders present in the user profile folder (or the home folder) are something like – Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos – in both the OSes.

Graphical effects
Starting from Ubuntu 7.10, both the OSes have given stress on providing graphical desktop effects to the end user. In Ubuntu, the effects are a result of Compiz Fusion software. In Vista, the most common and appealing effect is Flip 3D.

Creation of a new folder
When a new file/folder is created within another folder in either of the OS, the newly created item rearranges itself automatically in alphabetical order with respect to the other items contained by the parent folder. This wasn’t the case in earlier versions of Windows.

Renaming file
When a file is renamed (by right-clicking and choosing “Rename” or by pressing F2) in either of OSes, only the name of the file is selected, leaving the file extension unselected.

Navigation strip
When a folder within a folder within a folder (and so on…) is visited, a navigation strip appears near the top of the explorer/file manager window. In both the OSes, this navigation strip is very similar looking and a helpful aid.

Verdict
Does this imply anything? Were Vista’s features inspired by Ubuntu? Or Ubuntu’s features by Vista? Or neither of the cases. It’s upto you to decide. πŸ˜‰

Note: The similarities between Vista and Ubuntu are primarily because of the desktop environment used by Ubuntu – GNOME. So, these similarities are common between Vista and many other Linux distributions that use the latest version of GNOME.

10 Cool Easter Eggs

Anwsers.com defines an easter egg as:

A hidden feature in computer software, a DVD, or a video game.

Over the past few days, I got to check out some cool easter eggs in the softwares I use often. I got to know about some of them from the Internet and the rest of them from a popular Indian computer magazine Digit. Although I was used to seeing these easter eggs in video games and movies, but softwares? I didn’t even know they existed in softwares too. Anyway, here I share 10 cool easter eggs worth mentioning:

Mozilla Firefox
Firefox needs no introduction. It’s one of the best web browsers available and is growing at a rapid rate. The following 2 easter eggs associated with Firefox work no matter which version you are using.

  • Type about:mozilla in the address bar and hit enter. You’ll see a page with maroon background and white text written on it. Now what is written is in the style of Bible verses and tells briefly about the history of Mozilla and Netscape. This message varies from version-to-version, but the idea behind what is displayed remains the same. This trick even works in Netscape browsers.
  • Another eater egg here is that when you type about kitchensink in the address bar, you are redirected to a webpage where you are shown an animated picture of a kitchen sink, designed wholly with ASCII characters.

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