(LinuxWorld) -- I still use Ion as my default window manager, but I have
occasional bouts of homesickness for KDE and have been tempted to return to
it on several occasions. The main thing holding me back lately is that I've
always compiled and installed a custom version of KDE, and one of the more
recent snapshots of KDE source code wouldn't compile properly on my system. I
haven't found the problem yet, but since then, I've discovered a couple new
ways to get recent versions of KDE installed more easily on my system.
Here's the conundrum: I run the unstable branch of Debian. Yes, I know that
can be dangerous, but the stable and testing branches of Debian tend to
include software that's more out of fashion than my 1970s wardrobe. That
would be just dandy if outdated versions of software, like bell-bottoms, ever
came back into style. I don't anticipate the trend begi... (more)
(LinuxWorld) -- Given the kinds of comments I receive in e-mail, people who
feel they cannot switch to Linux on the desktop seem to fall into one of
three groups. There are those who say they need Microsoft Word and Excel,
others who say Quicken is the deal-breaker, and still others whose corporate
lives revolve around Microsoft Outlook.
Now, the glass-is-half-full way to look at this is that I don't hear anyone
complaining about the lack of a good Linux desktop environment anymore.
Indeed, the situation has reversed. If anything, Microsoft is now in catch-up
mode, especially w... (more)
(LinuxWorld) -- In the face of a slowing economy, it is increasingly
difficult to justify spending any time working on my non-profit site
VarLinux.org. I posted a notice stating there will be no further progress.
Yet even after making it "official," I can't seem to stop myself from working
on the site. Perhaps I have some secret hope it will blossom into a
successful project that makes money instead of sucking the food out of my
children's mouths. Or perhaps I find it therapeutic in these trying times.
Regardless, working on this site continues to be educational, particularly in ... (more)
(LinuxWorld) To each his own, but I like eye candy. For all their benefits
and power, X11 and X Window System managers have been among the most drab and
poorly rendered graphical environments for years. Recent versions of XFree86
began to support anti-aliased fonts, which helped. But that's pure protein.
It's good for you, and it helps you get your work done. Only recently has
XFree86 begun to add the sugary content that we shallow folks crave.
You'll have to get XFree86 4.3 to enjoy the sweetest improvements. This
version supports custom-animated cursors, and it's reasonably ea... (more)
(LinuxWorld) This is the third article in a series calling for a new
installation paradigm for Linux. We have a few more technical issues to
address, but it should be useful to start by summarizing the goals so we can
keep them in mind as we study the problems. Software installation should meet
these minimum requirements:
Installation should be easy enough for grandmothers and kids, but flexible
enough for professionals to customize as needed.Installation should consume
as little time as possible.Installations and updates should not break
anything on your system, be it securit... (more)