Choosing an OS

There is April – the time of “to upgrade or not to upgrade” question for every Ubuntu user. For sure, the 12.04 “Precise Pangolin” release is going to be LTS (Long-Term Support) so perhaps, the answer in another time would be simple and obvious. But for me, things are much more complex now.

This article is mostly negative but I am rather confused than angry. Yes, I know that it makes no sense to bitch about open-source software: the only adequate response would always be “come in and make it better” and I am 100% agreed with that point. But the problem is much bigger than the bugs or missed features or even than controversial design decisions: the problem is an attitude which is much more difficult, if even possible to fix.

Home IT: Backup

I have to say I am quite serious about losing any bit of my data. It was a time when I backed up everything, including the web-browser history: actually I have dropped this practice only when I realized that every of my tar.gz files overgrew the standard DVD size and that a half of the data I stored didn’t worth it at all.

There is however, a lot of important stuff I’m backing up regularly: projects, documents, Basket notes, emails and so on. A long ago, I have developed a custom automated backup procedure that has been greatly improved with the help of a dedicated server in my home network. The solution is simple, based on standard Linux tools and works perfectly for me.

Home IT

A dedicated server machine is what I definitely needed for my home IT infrastructure which has grown with years. Two desktops, a laptop and a home theatre system: they all needed to be connected to each other and to Internet. For long, it was my desktop box playing a role of the server in the home LAN, and it caused a lot of annoyances, of course.

The last year, an opportunity to bring myself to do it right is appeared, thanks to two things: First, I got new Core-i7 box as my  developer workstation, so my old good Pentium-4 came out of work. Second, a large roll door closet has been built in the hallway where I reserved a room for the server stuff.

Nepomuk-KDE with the Sesame backend

There is a helpful article on how to make Nepomuk a lot faster by switching its default storage backend to Sesame2:

Pimp my Nepomuk

Kubuntu Hardy

Finally moved my main working machine to Kubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron”. Yeah, late a bit, but it is my everyday working environment so I have to take these upgrades very seriously to not put my work into mess even for a day. Fortunately, no bad things were happened and in a lucky weekend I got Kubuntu 8.04 installed with all software I needed.

Compose key magic

There are some amusing things in Linux which are hard to discover because they are invisible. Entering Unicode characters and sequences with a Compose key is one of those hidden features which can make user’s life much easier.

Home media network

The holiday season is going on and it’s a time to have all sorts of fun. Watching movies and cartoons is not the last item in our family agenda, so I prepared to that with all power of my homebred IT infrastructure.

I should say I hate disks. They are taking a lot of space, cluttering all around, getting scratched and getting lost sometimes. I am too lazy to stand up and find a CD/DVD on a shelf just to get a movie or a song. I already got all my music collection in the computer as MP3 files and used to grab every new audio CD immediately. I’d like to do the same with DVD movies – rip them from the disks, convert them to something like MPEG4 and provide shared access to the media collection in our home network.

Another mail from Ubuntu


Thanks, Ubuntu!

Gutsy doubts

Well, there is Gutsy Gibbon on the streets and every Feisty user perhaps already have asked himself a crucial question – to upgrade or not to upgrade?

How to make a shortcut for Memoranda in KDE

Because of its crossplatform nature (“run anywhere”), Memoranda has no default “installer” to be embedded into user’s desktop environment automatically. But it is pretty easy to integrate it into that environment. Let’s see how to do that in KDE case.