Ubuntu mail

This morning I’ve got a package:


Thanks, Ubuntu!

3G networks

My house is in the area where the best internet is wireless. My main channel is a satellite broadband, it’s fast enough (up to 4 Mbps) and cheap. In general, I like it. The only problem is that it is one-way downlink – it needs an outgoing channel for requests tunneling and uploads.

So far, it was GPRS. Very slow, very expensive and unstable. It’s not a secret that GPRS internet traffic has lowest priority in GSM networks. So, sometimes it shuts down because of voice traffic overload. I was annoyed and was looking for an alternative.


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.


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.


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.

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.

Picasa for Linux

A month ago I wrote that digiKam had no competitors among photo-management software for Linux. Now it seems it has – Google Labs released a Linux version of their popular Picasa software.

[Graphics:] Wine poster

Wine and Photoshop

It was a challenge – I got a bunch of the web-design sketches created in Photoshop. What I had to do with them under Linux? Yes, GIMP works with PSD format, but it does so… say, not very well. I’m too lazy to go and run a Windoze box to convert them to another format, and furthermore, I needed to keep layers and other Photoshop-specific stuff.

Why not to try to run Photoshop under Wine? – I thought. I should say, I never had used Wine technology before. I had some biases against it and for years of using open source I missed no Windows apps. But it seemed it was just the case.