Android will survive the larger screen onslaught of the iPhone 6

In today's open source roundup: The iPhone 6 will not destroy Android. Plus: A screenshot tour of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and does Linux disappoint Windows users?

There have been many rumors about the size of the iPhone 6's screen, with most of them saying that there will be two models: A 4.7-inch and a 5.5-inch. Some folks seem to have gotten the idea that larger screen iPhones will spell doom for Android as many Android users will supposedly dump Android for the new iPhone. I took issue with this in a column on Eye On Linux.

According to Eye On Linux:

Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not minimizing the iPhone 6. I’m sure it will be a great phone and lots of people will buy it. Apple will also make lots of money too. So what? There will also be plenty of great Android phones available as well. This is the beauty of having choices in the marketplace. Nobody is forced to use a mobile device that they don’t want to use, and they can shift platforms whenever they decide to do so.

I wish people would set aside the mindless fanboy attitudes and start looking at the larger picture when it comes to Android and iOS phones. Each platform has a great deal to offer users, and each user has to decide which one is right for him or her. There simply is no one platform that matches the mobile needs of every user on the planet.

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iPhone 6 and Android
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There's no doubt we'll see even more predictions of Android's doom as we get closer to the launch of the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 will certainly sell well, it may even be Apple's biggest selling iPhone yet. But there will always be people that prefer Android and that will stick with it regardless of the size of the iPhone 6's screen.

A screenshot tour of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Linux Screenshots has an in-depth screenshot tour of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

According to Linux Screenshots:

Canonical announces the latest Ubuntu release, 14.04 LTS. The Long Term Support (LTS) release is supported and maintained by Canonical for five years, making it the most stable, reliable, secure and cost-effective desktop for long-term, large scale deployments within enterprise and public sector organisations today.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Screenshot Tour
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There's quite a lot to like in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Since it's a long term support release it focuses on stability and improving the desktop experience. So it's well worth checking out and definitely worth upgrading to if you are still on an older version of Ubuntu.

Linux and Windows users

Softpedia examines why some Windows users may be disappointed when they try to use Linux as their desktop operating system.

According to Softpedia:

Linux has been dominating the server market for years and there is no sign that that is changing anytime soon. On the other hand, Linux is doing rather poorly in the desktop market, which is dominated by Windows. A current Linux user will tell you that, besides some differences between the construction and the usage of a Linux operating system and a Windows one, the two solutions are similar. So, what is happening and why aren't the disgruntled or bored Windows users fleeing by the millions to Linux?

Is it possible that Windows users try Linux today and it's still not what they were expecting? Why is Linux not an appealing alternative and solution and what needs to be done in order to change this?

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I think it's tough to generalize about Windows users. Some of them may try Linux and dual-boot it with Windows (particularly if they are gamers) while others simply may not find Linux appealing enough to stick with for any length of time. And there may even be a few who try Linux and opt to run it via VirtualBox or some other virtual machine software while still running Windows as their main operating system.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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