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Warren and the Mepis community have done great work in sprucing up the default theme. This snapshot is modified; I changed the size and location of the system tray. Mepis uses KDE 3.5 as the default KDE desktop. That's fine with me. I'm happy to wait for a stable KDE 4 release. If I wanted instability I'd be running Ubuntu. Mepis is built on Debian Lenny which has not been officially released by Debian. The official release of Mepis 8 cannot be far off.
wc -l `find ./ -name "*.php"`
Gives per file and total file line count at the end. Nice eh? Doesn't exclude comments.
FYI Goop Gallery 3 has 3899 lines of code.
But connecting via Subversion to Google Code on Debian/Ubuntu/Mepis is not as easy as I'd like it to be. Believe me I tried it on Debian, Ubuntu and Mepis. Here's how I got connected to Google Code and checked out my repo!
If you were like me and installed Subversion via apt-get out of the standard Debian repos you won't be able to connect because that version of the svn client doesn't support https:// authentication. Apparently it was not configured with it. So I downloaded t this package. This is a static build of the svn tools on i386. So all you have to do is untar it. In side the tar is a bin folder. I put the contents of that in /usr/local/bin.
Now you should be able to connect to your Subversion repo like thus:
/usr/local/bin/svn checkout https://projectname.googlecode.com/svn/ projectname
The google code page incorrectly give you a checkout path of /svn/trunk. Trunk doesn't exist and you'll get a not found error if you try to check it out.
After issuing the checkout command you'll get a prompt to accept a certificate. Then you'll get a prompt for a user name and password.
Google code provides a nicely integrated experience. You can login into Google code with your GMail username and password. But when you are checking out code, you have to provide a "Google Code generated password". If you don't you won't be able to authenticate and you'll get an error like this:
svn: PROPFIND request failed on '/svn'
svn: PROPFIND of '/svn': authorization failed (https://zfbase.googlecode.com)
I hope this helps others of you struggling to make this work under a Debian based distro.
So go ahead and download GNU/Linux and catch the virus.]]>
Second is anyone really interested in Lin-Kubuntu?
Third. Freespire is not Free as in freedom. It's free as in beer. Once you start using it you get hooked like crack.
Lets say you buy software via CNR. You can't install it in any other way than CNR. The first time you install and buy something via CNR you're hooked. You'll never be able to use that copy of CrossOver, Win4Lin, Star Office on any other computer without putting CNR on it first.
The Freespire folks like to say that it gives you the Freedom to choose proprietary software for use in GNU/Linux. Um... That's funny. I think they're depending on a bunch of people who have no idea what free software is to buy into this malarkey
I went to download the iso to boot it up live. I know I should have my head examined. They only had a bit torrent download available and the seed was dead! There was no direct downloads available. I can only guess this is because they want you to drop some dinero on Linspire 6.0 -- the non-free-as-in-beer version.
Like so many others I'm certain that you have written and stored data on your computer that you would prefer not to lose: pictures, videos, documents, journals, emails, bank statements, financial records, reciepts and more. Do you have a back up plan for your data? I hope so.
For many neophyte users of computers there are no back up plans for this information. But even worse this data is stored in proprietary formats: Word Documents, Quicken Files, and MP3 and so forth. Consider that in order for you to open these documents and use them you have to purchase expensive controlled programs. But you don't actually own the programs. The licence you agree to at installation only gives you permsission to use that software under certain conditions.
If you own your data but you don't control the means to use that data what good is to you? If someone else can tell you how, when, where and by what means you can access your data do you own it?
We need to prepare ourselves by supporting file formats and data storage that is free, as in freedom. We need to educate ourselves about what formats are truly free from software patents and copyrights so we can store our data in formats that won't hamper our ability to access them in the future.
There is software availble that offers an alternative to "disabled" formats such as Word documents. The Free (as in freedom) Software Foundation is set up to defend your electronic freedoms. It has an operating system: GNU/Linux. And there are wonderful distributions of it that specialize in ease of use for consumers. All you need to do is try it.
So this weekend I got some time to download and install Linux. Edubuntu seemed to be the only choice for this job! I got Edubuntu installed on the machine and my son spent a good part of Memorial day playing Super Tux, TuxKart, Chromium, and other fun for kids Linux games. But he wasn't the only kid who enjoyed Linux.
My out-law-in-laws were over with 6 kids. All of whom played these games and enjoyed themselves. The best part is that Edubuntu is free. Free as in Freedom: download and install it for your kids. They'll enjoy it.]]>
I finished school at the end of 2002. I graduated from a technical school, top of my class, in the field of Commercial Art and Graphic Design. I went to work. My first job was print. But it soon evolved into web design and then web programming. My first job gave me the opportunity to explore. So I did. At any rate by circumstance I was thrown in to Linux -- a word at the time that meant nothing to me.
Overtime I learned to use GNU/Linux. I learned PHP programming. I developed my own GNU/GPL software - GOOP Gallery. I started using the GNU/Linux operating system on my desktop at home and then at work. I got a second job and now a third. My full time job involves working with various GNU applications and programs.
There's a lot of people I could thank for getting me this far. Especially those who helped me directly the most. But there's one guy who's refusal to accept proprietary software in 1970's who paved the way for what I do for a living today.
Who is that guy: Richard Stallman. The founder of the Free (as in Freedom) Software movement.
So the next time you meet someone who tells you that there is no work for GNU/GPL developers you tell them that's not true!
Who would you rather work for, the guy who looks like Jesus or Frankenstein's Monster?
I mentioned in a previous post I had installed Mepis on my laptop. Here's the screen shot:]]>
Essays of Richard Stallman]]>
I lived with Vista on it a couple of weeks. Then I decided I wanted to try a Linux distro. In the past I have been very enthusiastic about Linspire/Freespire. But I'm tired of waiting. I switched to Freespire late last fall. They promised a new release by Christmas. No new release. Last I knew they also promised one in May.
Guess what it isn't happening in May. I predict it won't be here any sooner than October.
So I decided to try Ubuntu.
I downloaded the ISO, burnt me an installer and...
It hung on me.
So I went to the wiki for this model of Laptop, and saw that lots of others were having trouble with getting Ubuntu installed on this laptop.
I was about to give up when I remembered way back to a distro I once highly favored.
So I went to their website. Downloaded it burnt it to disc and booted up.
This distro not only booted, but correctly handled my sound,video and wireless card before I had installed it.
Cheerfully I installed Linux on my new laptop.
The Distro Flavor of The Month is:
Bravo to Warren and the rest of their team!]]>
Linspire 5.0 took for ever. If I remember right it was 9 months of delays. Granted 5.0 was worth the wait. But by the time it was released KDE was already out of date. So I'm expecting a rash of delays and waiting this time around too. I'll be suprised if Freespire is out by October of this year.
The good news is that the next release will be built on Ubuntu. Maybe just maybe that'll help the folks at Linspire speed up their development.
This announcement has made it abundantly clear that any Linux distro that starts making money and taking market share will be subject to MS's patent suits. MS will not sue non-profits or individual programmers -- just people who have dared to use Linux to make money.
That's where Novell comes in. MS is trying to control the Linux market with the threat of patent lawsuits. To avoid monopoly and anti-trust suits they also need to allow some breed of Linux to exist -- enter Novell.
How can I put this? Pimp daddy MS want you to git wit his new girl Novell?
Eh, I'm just too white and nerdy.
I'll be sticking with the free alternatives. And anyone who tries to slap their proprietary hands on my computer will be quickly removed from my hard drive.]]>
I started this process with Firefox 1.5 installed through apt/CNR. Although it doesn't have to be installed in order to install Firefox 2.0.
I downloaded Firefox 2.0 at getfirefox.com
Saved the archive to my desktop. Opened the archive and saved out the contents. I moved the "firefox" folder and all it contents to /opt.
The easiest way to do this is open terminal.
cp -R firefox /opt
With terminal still open
Now I could start Firefox 2.0 by running the command /opt/firefox/firefox
Great now I have Firefox but no plugins.
mv plugins plugins-orig
ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins plugins
Now I had a plugins directory! Hooray. Next I cd'd into plugins and made sure I didn't have any broken links or relative links that might not resolve.
I restarted Firefox with /opt/firefox/firefox. I now have FF2.0 with plugins. Only one problem I encountered at this point -- no sound in Flash.
To get sound in Flash I found a tip on the freespire forums to start Firefox with an audio wrapper. Here's how.
At the terminal I typed vi firefox-launch.
Then inserted the following:
audiowrapper --alsa -- /opt/firefox/firefox $@
Quit and saved the filie by hitting esc and then :q
Next I made the file executable with:
chmod +x firefox-launch
Then I fired up Firefox with /opt/firefox/firefox-launch
I went to Homestarrunner.com and was over joyed to hear "Everybody!, Everybody!"
With that done I added Firefox to my Kmenu.
To do that I right clicked on Launch and selected edit menu.
I added a new item, found the icon, inserted the launch command saved my work.
But what I was really suprised with was how readily this new version explored a Windows domain. With no modification to PAM, I was able to access all of the Windows servers at work. Sweet eh? These are running on an Active Directory Domain and WIN2K3.
Kubuntu is a very sweet distro.
Keep up the good work guys!
What about the Firefox vs IE war?
There is no war. MS knows that as long as it's operating system is the dominate, IE will be the dominate browser. Why? About 70% of the world doesn't bother to find, look at, or investigate browser options. They just click on that "blue E" to go to MSN. This group wouldn't be able to open their browser if you asked them "open your browser".
Add to this the fact that Live Office and other MS projects will further tie buisness users to IE and leave them with no other option. Why do you think they let their browser dwindle, not bothering to update it for 5+ years? Its a sure sign of market domination -- MONOPOLY.
What about the other 30%?
This group is your power users and IT pros. But about half of those are MS bigots. So what does that leave you with? 15% Which is roughly the real browser market.
FireFox and the Mozilla Foundation already have dominate control of that market. FireFox competes with Opera, and Konqueor and other lesser known browsers. It doesn't compete with MS. There is no "browser war" and FF will never expand beyond 20%.
The only way Firefox will ever expand beyond that mark is if a desktop Linux distro adopts it as the default browser and they successfully break into the consumer desktop market.
But just so you know.
I use Firefox .
It has been decided, that the next version of Freespire will be named version 2.0, rather than 1.1. This decision was based on the significant changes between the current version of Freespire (1.0) and the next version, such as a new Kernel, new KDE, refreshed sync with Debian, etc. There are so many significant changes, we believe it makes more sense to call it 2.0. Also, because of the many enhancements and changes, we believe early 2007 is a more realistic time frame for the Freespire 2.0 release, rather than December (things get pretty crazy around Christmas time anyway, so an early 2007 release will be more appropriate).
These two changes are reflected in the Road Map.
I was wondering how they were going to pull off two releases in a single year. Oh well, I'll take end of January. Release dates were made to be broken.
Good Luck to the *Spire crew.]]>
So you probably know already but Linspire has made their Click N Run service free to all. In a couple of months they will be open sourcing their CNR client as well. At any rate with this move Freespire will be in head to head competition with Ubuntu by year's end or next release which ever happens first. If you haven't tried Freespire or Linspire download it today and give it a shot.