Beryl

I’m feeling diggy a bit, because my desktop is shaking and spinning now. I’m trying Beryl – a 3D desktop and window manager for Linux.

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Settling in a new system

Changing OS is like moving to a new home – it is empty and clean and looks not so fond and comfortable as your old flat. But, bit by bit, it looks inhabited more and more – you’re placing a furniture, sticking a wallpaper by your own taste and making the home full of your belongings, gadgets and knick-knacks.

The difference between good and not-so-good Linux distribution is how often you have to keep a hammer and file in your hands while making the system good for living. In this sense, Ubuntu is a good system.

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.

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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.

Good bye, Fedora

Link: “ESR: ‘Fedora… you blew it'” (LinuxWatch).

Eric’s criticism concerning Red Hat/Fedora is 100% true. It is what I, Fedora Core unlucky user, may confirm. I installed FC-4 on my shine new box in 2005, looking for simplicity and manageability after almost 3 years of struggling with Gentoo’s portages. Before I was on few Red Hats and Mandrakes so RPM-based package management was quite familiar for me with all its problems and “dependency hell” nightmares. But I hoped that for these years the things were improved and there was a lot of talking about yum, so I believed my life on my new machine and a system from respected Red Hat brand would be easy as it was never before.

SourceKibitzer

SourceKibitzer team let me know that my OSS projects (Memoranda and Jacinth) had been analyzed by their web tool and the reports are available.

Open Source Java: It is!

Remember this day: 13th of November 2006 Sun is releasing Java under the Gnu General Public License (GPL) version 2. I think all Java/OSS developers and advocates must have a drink for that today.

Sun believes deeply in creating communities and sharing innovations and technologies to foster more participation. Today in a historic move, Sun is opening the door to greater innovation by open sourcing key Java implementations—Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE), Java Platform Micro Edition (Java ME), and Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE)—under the GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2), the same license as GNU/Linux.

Firefox 2.0

Firefox I’ve moved from Firefox 1.5 to the hot new 2.0 version. Though I think the changes I have found don’t worth to increase a major version number, Firefox got better anyway. Even at first sight.

[Tools:] BasKet – A persistent clipboard

BasKet is one of those small productivity tools which does a lot for improving our life’s quality. Everyday we deal with tons of small data items – text quotes and notes, web links, passwords, mail addresses, phone numbers etc. Generally, these units of a user microcosm are too small and too numerous to be stored as files and should be easily findable and quickly accessible. BasKet is a KDE software which is intended to manage this kind of data.

Eclipse and PHP

I am not a hardcore PHP developer, but eventually I deal with writing, fixing or managing some PHP code. Recently I got in development of custom Drupal modules so PHP appears to be my primary language now.

I should say I am old fan of Eclipse IDE. It is my only IDE for Java development since 2.0 version (2001?) and also for Python some time ago. Because of my sporadic PHP experience before, I never had an idea of using Eclipse for PHP development but the time has come and I installed PHPeclipse plugin.

All you need is Drupal

It’s commonly called “CMS” but as deeper you’re digging into it, it’s getting clear that it is something greater than the “Content Management System”. Or perhaps, that the “Content Management” is something greater than we used to think. Actually, Drupal’s darned flexibility allows to do a lot of things which would need the application servers and all that stuff. And in the simplest case, it will need no programming – you can build for instance, a simple database application (like a products directory etc) or even a light CRM/ERP for your intranet as just a specialized Drupal configuration.