Canonical adds its own browser to Ubuntu 15.04
Ubuntu 15.04 will be released tomorrow, and Canonical has decided to include its own browser (as well as Firefox) in the latest version of Ubuntu. The new browser is still under development, so don't expect it to compete with Firefox in terms of features.
Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:
Canonical recognized the need of having its Internet browser for the Ubuntu Touch platform early on, and they have been working on it for quite some time. It's been available on the desktop platform, but not as a default option. It's basically the same code as the one that's running on the phone, but the application scales up to the need of the desktop user.
Users will notice that the browser has very few options and settings. It's still under development, so things are added all the time. With everything that's on Canonical's plate right now, you can imagine that developing a full blown browser that can rival with Firefox, Google Chrome, or Opera is not possible. On the other hand, a minimalist application that can help users just browse the internet is always welcomed.
Should a newbie programmer switch to Ubuntu from Windows?
Speaking of Ubuntu, a newbie programmer in the Ubuntu subreddit wanted to know if he should dump Windows for Ubuntu. His fellow redditors had some helpful advice for him.
New programmer 123elijah asked about switching to Ubuntu from Windows:
As a newbie programmer should I go with ubuntu or stick to windows for writing codes and learning new technologies, I read too many forums on "which os is better " and most of them only commented on linux being more secure, free etc. I dont care much about any of those .
Only thing that is important for me is do all IDE will be available on linux platform as well like for python, ruby, andriod studio etc. In short I am asking should I stick to windows or linux from programming point of view . I never liked being spoon fed everything like windows does that is why I am leaning towards ubuntu in first place but would like to be sure I wont get stuck in it because of unavailability of certain support.
In case you advise me to use virtual machine I'd like to tell my computer starts lagging when I run even one virtual machine i was learning SAS using sandbox and response rate of computer was down to null so that option is out of window and I'd prefer not to dual boot as i will have to always restart my computer if i want to switch to another OS.
Ubuntu redditors shared their thoughts about switching from Windows:
PancakeZombie: "The IDEs you mentioned are all available for Linux. As long as you don't want to use Microsoft Visual Studio, you can safely go to Ubuntu. :)"
Syswizard: I personally like the tools available in Linux for those languages much more than what's available for Windows. I do all of those in both OSs but prefer Linux.
I see you'd prefer not to dual boot, but, I would recommend getting a second hard drive (if you have the means) and installing Ubuntu on that and using bios to make it the main boot drive. You never know what can come down the road later that will require you to run Windows and you probably won't want to reinstall Windows just to do these one or two things."
Ralkkai: "Eclipse and Android Studio both work great in Ubuntu. I think the most recent version of Eclipse is in the repos so it's an easy install. Eclipse can also do Ruby and Python so that looks like your IDE of choice. It also comes with an Android plugin but I don't think it is officially supported anymore since Android Studio was officially released.
Android Studio comes as a standalone as you are probably aware, so you can either launch it directly from it's own directory or use it's in-house feature to make an icon that can be searched for from Ubuntu's Dash."
Boredatairport: "I made the switch to Ubuntu around 3 years ago to do Ruby on Rails development. It was too much of a pain to get configurations correct for Windows. Python and python packages are easier to install on Ubuntu than it is on Windows. The only thing I use Windows for now is for gaming."