Installing Kubuntu

… is really a snap. Indeed, Feisty Fawn was my easiest Linux installation – about half an hour from disk partitioning to getting into a working system. All my hardware have been recognized and installed correctly – even such exotic pieces like DVB-card. This device is a key part of my networking subsystem and a source of headache with building and configuring custom kernel. It was a good surprise to see it working out of the box.


Contents of the Desktop CD is not too rich but enough as a basic kit for the most of home/office tasks. Now I am in the process of installing all extra stuff I need and moving all my environment from old (Fedora) installation. So, my system is dual-booted until this process is done.

Feisty Fawn

I’ve downloaded Kubuntu 7.04 “Feisty Fawn” released yesterday (Apr, 19).Desktop CD Image. This night.

Unfortunately, I have a business trip next week so I will not be able to get into its installation quickly. The problem is to backup everything and invent optimal partitions scheme, ‘coz I don’t want to loose my working Fedora installation until new system is ready. Maybe, I even have to get a new harddrive.

So far, trying it from the CD. Looks good.

One year of blogging

Well, Cyberborean Chronicles got one year old today. A good occasion to look back, summarize my blogging experience and get some conclusions on it and on the whole blogosphere.

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Open Source Java

After long period of indistinct reassurances and promises and, finally, the triumphant announce on open-sourcing Java SE platform before the end of this year, it is the first interview that sheds some light on the details of this topical question.

Going to Stuttgart

I’m going to Germany – no, not for FIFA World Cup but for Rusmeco conference planned to be at the next week in Stuttgart university.

So, I think I will be offline from 06/02 to 06/10.

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Blogosphere statistics

David Sifry (CEO of Technorati) posted interesting analytics in his regular “State of the Blogosphere” report (Part 1: On Blogosphere Growth, Part 2: On Language and Tagging):

  • Technorati now tracks over 37.3 Million blogs
  • The blogosphere is doubling in size every 6 months
  • It is now over 60 times bigger than it was 3 years ago
  • On average, a new weblog is created every second of every day
  • 19.4 million bloggers (55%) are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created
  • Technorati tracks about 1.2 Million new blog posts each day, about 50,000 per hour
  • English, while being the language of the majority of early bloggers, has fallen to less than a third of all blog posts in April 2006.
  • Japanese and Chinese language blogging has grown significantly.
  • Technorati now tracks more than 100 Million author-created tags and categories on blog posts.

45% of new bloggers give up during first 3 months after they started! Fortunately, the “Chronicles” is five months old, so it passed that critical point.

I was surprised to discover that English is not a primary language of the blogosphere and that its Japanese and Chinese parts are nearly so large as the English one.

My blog in IE

Yesterday I tested and reviewed some piece of software and it was Windows-only, alas. So I had to go and run a windows box. With fresh impressions of that software I durst to post the review right there and also to see how my blog looks in IE.

Disturbing news from Kowari

[Updated at Jan,11]

David Wood, one of the key persons behind Kowari Metastore open source project had resigned himself as project administrator and developer because of haughty and proprietaristic policy of the Northrop Grumman corp, a major Kowari sponsor.