AndroidOnLinux Terminated, To Be Resurrected

I’m sorry to announce that this blog of mine has been shut down even before it started to grasp it’s true path.

The Reasons can be better explained by some one experienced in web hosting. Webmasters close with great frequency and my Website is just a sub-domain of WordPress.com. Not that I think WordPress will close anytime soon. There is simply no point in having a website which is just a sub-domain and so, AndroidOnLinux was killed.

Continuing on the sub-domain is equal to building a card-palace in mid-air. AOL cannot grow anymore in WordPress’s shadow. The reason to shut down was only further enforced by financial difficulties and more and more problems piling up like Linux Distros. The fact that I couldn’t do anything at all without a better connection was always a major obstacle from the beginning. But I managed to overlook these obstacles for some time and brought things along for a while until, the fact that my PC is dying made itself apparent. I cannot afford a new PC or a faster Internet Connection now and to top it all, I sure cannot buy a domain without the former and the latter.

Now that I have voiced the reasons behind AOL’s Termination, I will proceed to the brighter parts – of resurrection.

I will most likely return and those will surely be better times. So, in short, the tombstone has been driven into the ground and the coffin’s nailed. You might expect occasional posts once in a while, though not THAT frequently.

As of the new website, it will have a broader scope than AOL… Touching subjects outside the Android plate and deeper into the Linux World. The ideas and writings of AOL will only be a sub-section of the new one, if it gets out.

So, my dear readers, an Apology you truly deserve. I only hope that I can find it in me to start AOL’s big daddy and cover every need.

Good-Bye

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Themer’s Section Put on Hold, Writers Wanted!

AndroidOnLinux is a blog I started up a couple of weeks ago and It’s pretty hard to take care of all the sections, so I will have to put the Themer’s section on hold. I am currently focusing on the Developer Section and I am planning to do some in-depth guides on Android Development. The Themer’s section will be up and running soon.

If you are interested in writing for the Themer’s Section, contact me: jacob.andrews.ron@gmail.com

Linux Distros: Too Many of ‘Em?

I haven’t posted anything new for a couple of days. Where was I? I was trying to achieve too many things in a short period of time. One of ’em was to find a good Linux Distro which performs well, looks good and isn’t going to be abandoned simply because whoever made it doesn’t want to continue.

There were choices…

Perhaps, too many of them — I know, what is an article about Linux Distros doing on a site like AndroidOnLinux? Well, an article on this topic is necessary and they aren’t lacking, many people have the same theory.

The Linux World

Many changes have occurred. Ubuntu dumped Gnome and made their own DE (Desktop Environment) — Unity. That was one big move. Unity was buggy and slow, but it has changed. Unity is almost complete. Most people thought it was a stupid move but it was actually a wise one.

Because Gnome just tried suicide. Gnome 3 is better used on a tablet then a desktop. I did give it a chance, my experience was unpleasant — but not bad. I won’t say there aren’t any problems, in fact, I encountered a lot of them. I found this really interesting article about the Gnome Dev Team, Do read it.

There are other Desktop Environments — KDE, Xfce, MATE, Cinnamon, etc. KDE is nice, buggy but nice. It is unstable too, it can be good today and it can be shit tomorrow. Xfce is starting to behave and I, myself, use Xubuntu 12.04, which is excellent, no problems so far. MATE is good. I haven’t tried Cinnamon but from what I heard, it’s one good DE.

Now, my point is… there is just too much of Linux. There are too many pieces of it. The end result is — you get hundreds of distros and a club full of DEs.

The Consequences

I’ll give you a pretty good example — Fuduntu. I almost cried when I heard that the Project was ending. It was a really good distro. Financial Trouble. The project closed. If the number of distros were reduced to 6 or 7… Linux would be really mighty. If only, you could keep things together, it would have worked out. Think of it, reduce the number of distros and increase the number of developers for a single distro, you have a really good distro.

Now think of some minor distro, made by a small group of teenagers sitting in their basement doing some wicked shit. After you’re done installing it and all, you get an update. After the Update, you realize they have removed MP3 support just because some guy among them didn’t like it. Things keep changing… a lot.

It’s like, one day, your girlfriend sprouts a beard and the next, she gets a moustache.

So… Which One?

That is the question, I’ve just listed out a few here —

  • Ubuntu – Clean, neat and straight-forward. There are many Ubuntu-based distros like Xubuntu, Kubuntu and Lubuntu.
  • Linux Mint Cinnamon-flavoured Mint is my choice but in every form, Mint rocks!

 

So, what I say is…. The Rest Must Die.

Setting Up a Good Android Development Environment with Eclipse

A Good Development Environment is a must if you plan to do some Developing. Setting up a good development environment can take from a couple of hours to a day and it is cost-free, you don’t have to spend even a penny. Before we start, remember that you need to set up ADB and the Android SDK which are the most important tools, if you haven’t already set up the Android SDK (And ADB) then read our guide on doing that.

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April 2013: Apps… the Good ones

April was a special month for me. Why? Well, some of my most favourite Android apps were released in April and Adam and Victor both agreed to write for my little blog. I’m not going to talk about our friendship now, I’m gonna talk about some apps which were great! So here goes:

FL Studio Mobile

FL Studio Mobile

FL Studio Mobile

Most of you guys don’t know what FL Studio is unless you played around with the Desktop Version. FL Studio is a digital audio workstation. It’s used by both Professionals and the average Joe. It allows you to make beats, there are tons of samples, effects and other stuff you can play around with. I, personally, have done more than playing around. I love making music and I sure do love FL Studio. Of Course, you won’t be able to do any serious work on FL Studio Mobile but it’s an app worth trying out.

Roundr

Roundr in action

Roundr puts rounded-corners on your screen. You can choose the radius and other stuff. You might ask what’s the big thing about it? Well, I thought it was just another app on Play Store but I was wrong. Once I downloaded and set it up, the effect was pretty great. It was damn awesome, everything looked a bit cleaner and more awesome!

Ninja SMS

Ninja SMS

Ninja SMS is a floating app. Meaning? You don’t have to close or take your eyes of whatever you are doing now to reply to a message. This app is really useful. You don’t have to open up your Message app, you can reply right on the spot!

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Setting Up ADB on Linux

ADB is a tool used to connect and send commands to your Android phone from a desktop or laptop computer. In other words, it’s like the command center. ADB is a very important tool, it is used for various purposes, from rooting your phone to messing with system codes. A Developer/Themer is crippled without ADB and if you’re just an average user, you will still need it… Don’t you want all that sweet ROMs and Mods? Continue reading