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Hey Facebookies, since how long have you been Facebooking? Well to be precise, Facebook has been there for you since eight years but have you ever wondered how Facebook works? What’s behind that fancy curtain? OK! Its not a ‘How-To guide’ to use Facebook but we are talking about its architecture.
Have you ever been curious about whats lying behind Facebook? And how Facebook really works? Then lets talk some tech now.
How Facebook Works In Spotlight?
Facebook utilize lots of services and programming languages to work. To be precise, Facebook servers use LAMP with Memcache. Hey, we are not talking about the table lamps! Basically LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP. Its understood that you need more explanation on those complex terms if you are not a techie.
Linux & Apache
If you are fortunate enough to see that black dolphin logo ever on WWW then you certainly know Linux. Well, its an open-source UNIX-like kernel for ‘Operating Systems’ and why Facebook use Linux is because of its high security and its ease of customization according to needs. Apache is considered as the best and most popular HTTP server – No wonder why Facebook use Apache.
Ok! so far we know that Facebook works using Linux OS and Apache servers. What about the database where huge amounts of data, including the Facebookies personal data, is stored? This is where MySQL makes entry because its reliable and speedy as well.
Linux desktop arena is under battle and it is believed that GNOME is pulling ahead of today’s KDE in terms of design, stability, and usability.
Many of you won’t even believe that KDE has left behind GNOME in the desktop war since long. But what about now? Now the situation is totally different, and GNOME is pulling ahead of KDE. Still don’t believe? Let’s look at how this happened (We will be comparing GNOME version 2.22 or later with KDE version 4.1 or later.)
1: KDE 4
KDE4 was a redesign from KDE; and when it was released, you can say it wasn’t ready to be released at that time. It was not possible to configure KDE according to your exact specifications. In fact, KDE was taking a clear inspiration of Microsoft. The release was really painful, and was unable to get attention of users. This is what was given as feedback.
While GNOME is still moving forward in the same direction where it is moving since years.
2: Start menu
GNOME is providing three menus from the main panel:
Each menu represents the items you can find from it. Also, navigation the menus is efficient, elegant, and simple.
While, KDE4 is containing a really clumsy menu. Five visible tabs, when one clicks on the menu, are
- Recently Used
The ‘Favorites’ menu is containing System Settings and File Manager by-default. If you are to open an application, you have to click on Applications tab, then navigate to the category of the application, look for the application entry, and finally click on it. Isn’t it weird? Adding an application launcher widget to the panel is also irrelevant as chances are there that the panel will be full of launchers if you are in hobby of using a number of applications.