It’s a busy monday morning. You’re working non stop on that overdue report. Meanwhile, you might even have a couple of <insert favorite tv show here> episodes you missed being downloaded. Just when you’re about to finish things off, all of a sudden your screen goes off. The blue screen of death. Oh how I hate that wretched screen. If only there was a way around this. Sure you can scan for viruses and malfunctioning softwares. Worst case scenario would be to format your hard drive and reinstall Windows. But one fine day, I thought of going for an alternative. I decided to give Linux a try.
Now, its been a little over 2 months since I’ve gotten on board with Linux full time. While I do admit I miss some of the stuff from Windows, the better option remained to be Linux. Here are 13 reasons why.
No viruses, really? Well not exactly. No Operating System in the world can claim to be 100% secure from malware. But Linux does come close. Programs needed by users are usually obtained from a single secure location (Package Manager), as opposed to downloading from various websites. Furthermore, most of the malware targets Windows systems and Linux aimed attacks are extremely rare.
If you’ve been a Windows user as long as I have, then you’d be pretty familiar with the countless number of times your PC failed you. You work on something one minute and next thing you know, your entire screen goes blank. Your only left with a blue screen and an error message With Linux, system crashes are virtually non-existent. At least to me anyway.
Linux distributions such as Ubuntu gives you the option to have your hard disk encrypted. This means that should your hard drive be compromised, nobody would be able to access the data. Yes, Windows do have their own version called Bitlocker. But I’ve found the feature to be more convenient on Ubuntu since it can be activated from the moment you install the OS itself. On the other hand with Windows, you have to configure Bitlocker later on.
Getting on board with Linux can be fun, particularly since it has quite a few options available. Users can get themselves a Linux distribution that suits to their specific needs. For example, if you’re into experimenting with hardware, you can use something like Raspbian. If you’re heavy on cyber security, Kali Linux is a good option. There’s even a version of Ubuntu for Media Center softwares like Kodi (formerly XBMC).
Linux can work with computers that has RAM as low as 256MB. Of course not all versions will run under such low conditions. But at least you can put that old Pentium 4 computer into good use instead of throwing it away. I don’t remember Windows 10 being able to do that.
Windows users know how frustrating updates can be. The system has a bad habit of interrupting whatever you’re doing to make sure the updates get through. This is perfectly fine if the updates don’t take forever to install. Linux on the other hand provides a much larger and frequent number of software updates. They’re pretty fast too.
It supports pretty much every programming language. The terminal is better than what the Windows Command line offers for developers. Native support for SSH is given, along with the ability of bash scripting. so, if you know your way around programming, there’s quite a lot of nifty things you can do with Linux.
If you’re getting a genuine version of Windows for yourself, you’d probably spend close to $200 (Windows 10). How much do you have to pay for a Linux OS? Zero. Its also open source as well. Meaning you can see the source code of the OS if you want. This essentially makes the entire eco system itself more accessible.
Like meddling with your system’s looks? This gives you a variety of options that sometimes you don’t get with Windows, from changing themes and icon images, to customizing how the system itself. Of course few options are available via softwares like Rainmeter on Windows. But the way Linux is built, offers better customization for the user.
Privacy is not something you can rely on the system to keep if you’re a Windows user. In fact, Microsoft got people to raise serious concerns over how it collects data in Windows 10. But if you’re on Linux, the system hardly collects your data at all. It doesn’t mean you’re 100% safe. But in terms of privacy, you’re better off with Linux.
One of the main reasons why Windows users choose to stay with Windows is flagship softwares such as Microsoft Office. Pretty much each and everyone of us have grown up using these softwares. So its natural that preference goes to these applications. But Linux actually has their own flavor of softwares as well. The main difference being the cost. Its free.
Linux may not have Photoshop, but GIMP is still a pretty good image editor. Mozilla Firefox caters to all your web browsing needs. For videos, VLC player works well. For all you Microsoft Office users, the Linux alternative LibreOffice does most of what you need to do with Office.
But if you’re still adamant on using Windows software, Linux offers a program called Wine that allows you to execute certain Windows programs within the system itself.
Performance for general purposes is better as compared to Windows. Simply put, your entire processing power will not be consumed by the Operating System itself. But it should be noted however, overall performance of a computer depends on the PC hardware as well.
Imagine you run into an issue and can’t seem to find the solution online. The many number of active community users on Linux forums will be there to help you out. Chances are you’ll get a reply or two on your posted thread within minutes. Community Support for Linux is much better in contrast to Windows.
Although this offers a number of advantages over Windows, its far from perfect. Mind you Linux still has its downsides as well. For example, if you’re a heavy gamer, Windows might be a better choice for you. Steam has its share of decent games, but you can’t really play games on the levels of Overwatch or those old Assassin’s Creed games for that matter. Additionally, certain Operating Systems come with a few bugs here and there. On some systems, Ubuntu come with this annoying glitch where WiFi connectivity goes off on a regular basis. But even this is only among a very few set of devices and fixes are already available online in case you’re one of those few.
By now you know why, but should you make the switch to Linux? Well, that depends. If you’re a general user and you’re looking to get everyday work done without having to worry about the kinks of Windows, then Linux is your friend. But if you’re into heavy tasks like designing and video production, then maybe don’t have Linux as your primary OS.
There may be tons of reasons why one would continue to stick with Windows or Linux. I’ve listed mine above. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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Workshop Agenda - The main purpose of the workshop is to give students the ability to analyze and present data by using Azure Machine Learning, and to provide an introduction to
Workshop Agenda –
The main purpose of the workshop is to give students the ability to analyze and present data by using Azure Machine Learning, and to provide an introduction to the use of machine learning and big data.
Module 1: Introduction to Machine Learning
This module introduces machine learning and discussed how algorithms and languages are used.
· What is machine learning?
· Introduction to machine learning algorithms
· Introduction to machine learning languages
Module 2: Introduction to Azure Machine Learning
Describe the purpose of Azure Machine Learning, and list the main features of Azure Machine Learning Studio.
· Azure machine learning overview
· Introduction to Azure machine learning studio
· Developing and hosting Azure machine learning applications
Module 3: Managing Datasets
At the end of this module, the student will be able to explore various types of data in Azure machine learning.
· Categorizing your data
· Importing data to Azure machine learning
· Exploring and transforming data into Azure machine learning
Module 4: Building Azure Machine Learning Models
This module describes how to use regression algorithms and neural networks with Azure machine learning.
· Azure machine learning workflows
· Using regression algorithms
· Using neural networks
Module 5: Using Azure Machine Learning Models
This module explores how to provide end users with Azure machine learning services, and how to share data generated from Azure machine learning models.
· Deploying and publishing models
· Consuming Experiments
Module 6: Using Cognitive Services
This module introduces the cognitive services APIs for text and image processing to create a recommendation application, and describes the use of neural networks with Azure machine learning.
· Cognitive services overview
· Processing language
· Processing images and video
· Recommending products
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Discover new dimensions in connecting the Internet of Things with Narrowband IoT technology at the NB-IoT Forum and Hackathon, organized by Mobitel. Date - 23rd March 2018 at Trace Expert City
Discover new dimensions in connecting the Internet of Things with Narrowband IoT technology at the NB-IoT Forum and Hackathon, organized by Mobitel.
Date – 23rd March 2018 at Trace Expert City – Colombo 10.
Entrance – Free for a limited number of participants.
Register now – https://goo.gl/3cRdHJ
(Friday) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Trace Expert City
Maradana Rd, Colombo
Tech Coders V1.0 will be an online 12-hour problem solving competition. During this 12-hour period your problem solving skills will be put to the test through a series of questions. Competition
Tech Coders V1.0 will be an online 12-hour problem solving competition. During this 12-hour period your problem solving skills will be put to the test through a series of questions.
Competition will be conducted on HackerRank.
*Please note that you will be given access to the contest on HackerRank only if you fill this form on or before 11.59 pm on 22nd March (Thursday).
Organized by : Tech Seekers – Sri Lankan Community
24 (Saturday) 8:00 pm - 25 (Sunday) 8:00 am
One on one talk , Q&A and networking session with Manju Nishshanka,Founder and CEO,KRMG Capital. Mr.Nishshanka is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in financial markets and disruptive technologies.He has founded
One on one talk , Q&A and networking session with Manju Nishshanka,Founder and CEO,KRMG Capital.
Mr.Nishshanka is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in financial markets and disruptive technologies.He has founded and invested in several successful startups in fintech,blockchain ,AI,AR & VR and social media sectors.
He is a keynote speaker at the Digital Asset Investment Forum (DAIF 2018) and also serves on the board of NYU stern Blockchain and digital asset forum.
KRMG capital is an investment and advisory firm focused on early and growth staged startups and digital assets.
University of Sri Jayawardenepura,Sri Lanka partnered with KRMG capital to establish the first ever blockchain laboratory in Sri Lanka.
This will be an eyeopener to the vast potential and opportunities in Blockchain,Digital assets and Cryptonomics.
All are welcome to join the event and the networking session.
(Wednesday) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute
Horton Place, Colombo 00700
Chandimal alahakoon 077 22 44 905
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