Τετάρτη, 22 Απριλίου 2020

How I Helped An Engineering School Swap To Ubuntu - 15 Years With Ubuntu Linux

15 years ago the world was a bit different. Greece had a hangover year after having hosted the 2004 Olympic Games and won the UEFA Euro 2004. I was a computer engineering student in Patras, Greece, and the world had survived the Y2K bug and recovered from the dot com bubble. It was around that time that Ubuntu launched and, like it or not, brought Linux to the masses.

I was a terrible engineering student but I was also very curious. After having failed the Introduction to OS course (Oh Tanenbaum!) which was taught in Minix3, I remember reading somewhere about a new Operating System based on Linux called Ubuntu. At that point, the small but awesome Patras Linux Group was leaning towards Fedora thanks to Dimitris Glezos. Besides Fedora, I remember trying to install Suse Linux to my Intel Pentium 133Mhz but I wasn't very impressed at that point, so I thought of giving Ubuntu a try.

Δευτέρα, 6 Απριλίου 2020

Cinobo (Cinema No Borders): the first Greek streaming platform. A review.


 Cinobo: the first Greek streaming platform.

A review.

2020 will be the year of the streaming wars which means more options for the users but also more failures and competition for the companies. The vast majority of millennials spent time on YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu, while they probably have a household Amazon Prime account. With Apple, Disney, and HBO entering the game, the user will have to make a choice about which subscriptions offer better value for money and which they actually need. This is where platforms must differentiate and find a niche. Mubi has already done that, with a subscription base of 9 million users, and Britbox, Curzon Home Cinema, and others coming up in the queue. Cinobo (Cinema No Borders) wants to fill that niche in Greece or Greek cinema in general. I recently found out about this platform and to be honest I was surprised. I decided to try the new platform so that I can write this review and creatively occupy my free time while at home isolation.