Here I am. With Arvixe. After 8 years with DreamHost, I made the move to save money. Shit loads of money. Hosting with DreamHost was a smooth and wonderful but expensive journey. Their support and technical expertise are unmatched, things that came in pretty handy while hosting a Linux distro (Granular, remember?).
In its heydays, Granular was a darling of experimental distro hoppers. I hope it was a worthwhile, pleasant experience for all its users. Coming January it will be 7 years since Granular’s last release. Plans for Granular 2 could not materialize for various reasons, chief among those being the decline of PC. People are going mobile. It’s not unusual for someone’s first device being a tablet or a smartphone. That translates to a huge decline in Linux userbase in an already highly saturated distro market. So I took the hard decision I to finally pull the plug on Granular, my dearest creation.
Anyway, coming back to topic. Arvixe has the most competitive prices of all quality US-based hosts. They even offer 1 domain free-for-life with all their plans. Sweet. It’s been only 5 days since the switch, but so far so good.
Something that DreamHost offers for $120/yr is available at Arvixe for just $48/yr (and they accept discount coupons :)). So paying that sort of money to DreamHost for hosting just one website (this one) didn’t make sense anymore.
Now that I am free from all the MBA entrance tests I was preparing for, I am thinking a lot. Thinking of watching more movies per week, playing more games & reading more novels per day, and wasting more time per hour. Apart from that, I am working on a plan (read strategy) to get Granular back on track.
Around 2 weeks ago, the first tablet based in India was about to be released, and I was very excited about it. Talk about specs, and Notion Ink’s Adam beats the over-hyped iPad by miles; talk about its price (US Dollars), and it blows the iPad away. Even before the release, I was busy making plans on saving some hard-earned money to buy the sweet device. But when it was finally made available for pre-ordering, I was left a little disappointed, mainly due to its price. Being an Indian company, I was expecting prices to be much lower than what iPad costs in India. Well, to be honest, the prices were genuine, but what did the damage was the stupendous cost of shipping (a whopping $50!). I think I will wait for the official release, hoping the prices to come down then.
In the morning, as part of my routine, I was “exploring” things when I found this (side picture), which reminded me of City 17, of the Half-Life video game series, as it would have been before destruction.
As was hinted in a post at Team Granular blog, Granular will now be a part of the Unity Project. Unity is in it’s beginning stages, but development is already on full swing. The enthusiasm of developers and members can be seen clearly on Unity’s devel mailing list and its public forum. At this point of time, I’ll refrain myself from giving full details about the association of Granular with Unity, but detailed announcements will come out at a later stage. What all I can tell you right now is I am pretty happy with the progress that’s been going on at Unity and Granular.
One more thing. You see only the Granular logo at the left and no logo of Unity as it’s still being finalized. But I am sure the creative artwork guys there will come up with something interesting pretty soon.
Tom (aka Kurakroma and cbar2 on Granular Community Forum) was a very active member of the forum and one of the global mods there too. He used to be the live wire of the forum, and had a very keen mind which he utilized in discovering new things and putting forward questions, and sometimes trying to help people facing problems using Granular (or Linux in general). But under some circumstances not known to the Team Granular members, he left the forums quietly; not leaving even a single message of this sudden action of his.
Just recently, some one at the Granular forum put forward a question asking whether we owned the .co.uk domain of Granular Linux, perhaps the British community of Granular (no, we don’t own any such domain)? On checking which link he was referring to, we were quite surprised to find out there indeed existed a .co.uk domain of Granular.
Check it out for yourself. Rest is self-explanatory. Boy, what a way of expressing his regret. Let me assure you Tom, all your apologies are accepted. And all our doors are still open for you. 🙂