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(LinuxWorld) -- I had hoped to wrap up the topic of window managers with my most recent column (see Window-managers 101: The desktop beyond GNOME and KDE), but from the e-mails I've received I'm afraid readers will hang me up by the thumbs unless I mention a few of their favorites. It just so happens that I used to switch window managers about once weekly just for kicks, so I confess that looking at a few more won't be the most distasteful task I've tackled. In case you haven't been following along, the aforementioned article described X11 window managers and how they compare to the more feature-rich but bloated desktop environments GNOME and KDE. In general, window managers provide a way to launch applications, move windows, resize windows, minimize them, and switch between virtual desktops. Some window managers approach window handling in unique ways, such as the... (more)

Where Scott McNealy's wrong about the economics of open source

(LinuxWorld) -- I found interesting comments in an interview Robert McMillan conducted with Scott McNealy. Let me sum up McNealy's views, and what I think is right and wrong with them. While it's not my intention to alter a subtlety in McNealy's argument, please send me a message if you believe I have, and include an explanation of where I went wrong. Point 1: Open source screws up revenue models McNealy believes open source is screwing up Sun's revenue models. The result is that Sun does not have enough money to market Sun ONE to the same degree that Microsoft markets .NET. The ... (more)

How to run both stable & development versions of KDE with Debian

(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... (more)

The good, bad & ugly for Linux in 2002

(LinuxWorld) — The economy in 2002 was so disappointing that it would even make Clint Eastwood cry. Where Linux lost huge in the stock market, it gained huge in terms of adoption. That's where we'll start our Good, Bad and Ugly summary for 2002. Linux market share THE GOOD: Thanks in part to the lousy economy, Linux growth in the server market continued to be strong in 2002, and sane research (read: any research report not sponsored by Microsoft) predicts Linux market-share growth will continue in 2003 and keep increasing beyond this year. Conventional wisdom is that Linu... (more)

A brief comparison of KDE 3.1 & GNOME 2.2

(LinuxWorld) — Believe it or not, it is not my intention to rekindle the KDE vs. GNOME desktop wars. I suspect the only way to avoid it, however, is to pretend that I like both equally. I don't. However, I don't want to leave you with the impression that these are the only choices, either. There are plenty of lightweight and middleweight window managers that you may prefer. Nevertheless, as far as the heavyweights go, KDE and GNOME are the ones to watch. In this corner, we have the heavyweight champion of the Linux world, KDE 3.1, released on or about January 28, 2003. In ... (more)