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(LinuxWorld) — Judging from the comments about my article last week, many readers seem to have missed the point. I used installation experience to draw attention to both the negative and positive consequences of the different designs in GNOME and KDE. What should have tipped off most readers is the fact that the very things I complained about — the GNOME approach of scattering of configuration files, the imitation of the Windows registry, the inconsistency of the user interface, the lack of features in the user interface, the lack of features in Nautilus, etc. — have nothing to do with GNOME on Debian. Unless Debian alone has a special "crippled design" version of GNOME 2.2 that is based on an entirely different framework than GNOME 2.2 for every other distribution, then the issues I raised apply whether your installation of GNOME goes perfectly o... (more)

Ion a not-too minimalist window manager

(LinuxWorld) -- All right, I lied. In my last article, I promised to cover file managers you can add to window managers. Immediately afterward, I discovered another window manager that won me over in just minutes. It's called ion. The minimalist Ion is a minimalist window manager. Minimalist window managers refuse to rely on things like icons, title bars, window buttons, launch pads, and the like. I happen to like these kinds of window managers because they try to take the attitude that the window manager should be managing the windows, not the user. That's one of the biggest p... (more)

X-oops, I did it again

(LinuxWorld) — One of my non-profit Web sites, VarLinux.org, ran on my modified version of the PHP-Nuke weblog package from the site's inception in March 2001 until late November 2002. I chose PHP-Nuke as a starting point because I was very impressed with it. However, the more I learned how to use PHP, the more I realized that PHP-Nuke was not only a tangled mess but that I had made it even worse with my modifications. A year later, I was faced with the fact that VarLinux.org was not only lame because it was based on PHP-Nuke, it was also showing its age. It lacked features... (more)

Secret Microsoft plot to promote open source exposed!

I believe I have stumbled upon two of Microsoft's most-startling and best-kept secrets, the ramifications of which for Linux and open source are profound. The revelation began when I realized that I had been mistaken in thinking that the lack of a well-funded marketing department could prevent open source and free software from displacing the commercial variety. The events of the past few months demonstrate that free software is being promoted by the richest and most-talented marketing organization on the planet: Microsoft. Consider for a moment what a well-orchestrated promotiona... (more)

Debunking the Linux-Windows market-share myth

(LinuxWorld) — Evans Data Corporation hired me to help out with a research report focused on Linux developers. They surveyed a broad range of developers, including VARs, consultants, developers working for ISVs and IT-developers for companies of every imaginable size. It turns out there are so many jewels in the survey results that it's difficult to decide which ones to put on display here at LinuxWorld. After much consideration, I chose a nearly flawless diamond. It replaces the cubic zirconia otherwise known as the axiom that Linux is taking more market share from Unix t... (more)