Wednesday, June 2, 2010

91% Super Computers Powered By Linux

The Top 500 Project lists the 500 fastest supercomputers in the world biannually. They have released this year’s list and in terms of the operating system used it is Linux all the way with more than 90% of the supercomputers running on Linux.

It is not surprising that Linux is generally preferred in supercomputers but the percentage (91%) is surprising.

Hers is a diagrammatic representation of the data. The larger boxes represents more powerful systems.


You can view this diagram and others like country-wise breakup , manufature-wise breakup etc in an interactive form at

In case you want the actual numerical breakup of the Operating System Family, here it is:


And here is the Operating System breakdown:


What is Google Chrome OS?

Google Chrome OS will be launched this fall. Here is a brilliant video which tells you what exactly is Google Chrome OS.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

15 Must Have Applications on Ubuntu for Web Developers

 This article first appeared on Mostafa Sheshtawy's Blog
As we all know, the new ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx is now available for download . It is a very nice operating system, I posted earlier a Quick-Review on Ubuntu, you can check it out and see what’s new and cool about the new Ubuntu.
However in this post, and as a web developer, I will recommend the things that web developers can’t live without in this open source operating system.  We will look at development tools and applications that would increase productivity as well as applications that we developers can’t live without in our personal or work life.
If the application has a * beside it’s name that means it can be downloaded from Ubuntu’s Software Center – in Applications menu.

Internet tools

1) Firefox
  • Firefox : You don’t have to worry about this , it is already pre-installed in Ubuntu :) , however here some very useful Firefox extensions .
2) Chrome
  • Chrome * : It is a fast web browser that is always helpful in quick search and email checking ( specially if you have Gmail ). Here are some useful extensions to install in your Chrome. Download.

Chrome on Ubuntu 10.04
3) Skype
  • Skype : The easiest nicest way to communicate with other by voice calls . Download.

Skype in Ubuntu

Development tools


4) Eclipse
  • Eclipse*, The famous open-source IDE for (mainly) Java Developers, and many frameworks such as Ruby on Rails , C/C++, etc. Download.

Eclipse in Ubuntu
5) Aptana
  • Aptana*, is a Development tool based on Eclipse for Ruby on Rails Development, can be downloaded as
6) MonoDevelop

  • MonoDevelop Main Window


7) Kate
  • Kate*, is a KDE powerful text editor, for HTML, Ruby, Python and others, Download.

Kate in Ubuntu
8 ) GIMP
  • GIMP*, is the replacement of Adobe Photoshop in Linux, Download.

Gimp in Linux

Personal tools

9) Kile
  • Kile*, is a user friendly KDE LaTex editor, it’s great and very easy to use. Download.

Kile in Linux
10) Terminator
  • Terminator*, is an application for running multiple terminals in one window, saves time and effort. Download.

Terminator in Linux
11) Docky
  • Docky*, is an interactive dock to replace the bottom panel, it is  Mac-OS-dock-like . However very useful and good design. Download.

Docky in Linux
12) Ubuntu Tweak
  • Ubuntu Tweak*, is a user friendly application to config Ubuntu , install new application and add new features, Download.

Ubuntu Tweak in Linux
13) DropBox
  • DropBox*, is a software to sync your data Online for multiple computer access and backup, starting with 2GB free, Download.

DropBox in Ubuntu
14) VLC
  • VLC*, is a media player with all the needed packages and for all formats, Download.

VLc in Ubuntu
15) Virtual Box
  • Sun Virtual Box*, well it is a sun product (never the less it is owned by Oracle) it’s an application for running virtual machines on the local machine, it is useful for running windows over Ubuntu, or running any other operating system. Download
  • Sun Virtual Box in Linux  For more useful articles like this visit

uTorrent Is Finally Coming To Linux

Great news for uTorrent fans client who use Linux: uTorrent will finally come to Linux - this has been confirmed by the uTorrent developers as you can see HERE ("Status: planned"). When this will happen is not yet known. In case you don't know (although I doubt it), uTorrent is probably the most popular Bittorrent client which currently only supports Windows and Mac. We'll let you know if we find out more about uTorrent for Linux.

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