For Steve Jobs, “open” is a synonym of Windows

Steve Jobs said this during his conference call with analysts:

Google loves to characterize Android as “open,” and iOS and iPhone as “closed”. We find this a bit disingenuous, and clouding the real difference between our two approaches. The first thing most of us think about when we hear the word “open” is Windows, which is available on a variety of devices. Unlike Windows, however, where most PCs have the same user interface and run the same apps, Android is very fragmented. Many Android OEMs, including the two largest, HTC and Motorola, install proprietary user interfaces to differentiate themselves from the commodity Android experience. The user’s left to figure it all out. Compare this with iPhone, where every handset works the same.

I think that Jobs is just confused about what “open” means…

Look Steve when Google says that Android is “open”, they are saying that Android is “Open source” which means that if Google just decides that no longer want to support Android, anyone can just download the source code and continue its business; And when Google says that iOS is “close”, it means that if Apple just decides to stop producing it, everyone needs to start looking for new “Jobs” elsewhere…

You can read the complete transcript here:

Interesting things – October 19, 2010

Ubuntu 10.10 gnome-power-manager shutsdown bug

Actually I don’t know in which version this bug has started, but “gnome-power-manager” just indicates that my laptop battery is charging even though I unplug the AC power supply.

Since I upgraded to the new version, the problem is even worst, since now when I unplug the AC power supply  a message pops up saying that I have less than 1% battery power and Ubuntu just shuts down.

Actually if you have this same problem, you can go to “gconf-editor” and where it says “/apps/gnome-power-manager/actions/critical_battery”, set it to “nothing”

Screenshot-Configuration Editor - actionsThis actually doesn’t solve this bug, but at least you can use Ubuntu!

Interesting things – October 14, 2010

How to add a new user to a vsftpd server

Assuming that you already have the vsftpd installed and configured, to create a new ftp user with an home directory you just need to use this commands.

The first thing you need  to do is to create an FTP root directory:

# mkdir <path_directory>

Then you should create an user and make the <path_directory> the user’s home directory:

# useradd -d <path_directory> <ftp_new_user>

Then add a password to the newly created user

# passwd <ftp_new_user>

Add <path_directory> permissions:

# chown <ftp_new_user> <path_directory>

# chmod 0744 <path_directory>

Restart the server:

# /etc/init.d/vsftpd restart

And it’s done!

Now you can access to this ftp account using the <ftp_new_user>