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My Ubuntu finale. What will I take away from it? September 18, 2006

Posted by rjdohnert in Interesting Reads, Opinions, Reviews.
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Ok its been a month since I tried using Linux as my primary desktop.  It was a nice little ride and Linux definately has made some improvements and while Ubuntu may be the best Linux distribution out there I doubt it will make any serious strides against Windows Vista.  Ubuntu was the closest and possibly has the better chance.  With that said here have been my Ubuntu observations.

Ubuntu and Xubuntu are better than Kubuntu.  I dont know if its because the GNOME and GTK preferences but Kubuntu seems very unpolished, doesnt work correctly and is very tempremental with packages in Adept.  Adept, also for some reason breaks packages very easily.  So Ubuntu or Xubuntu have my votes as to what I will keep using for awhile.  In fact Im going to plug Xubuntu for a sec, if your machine is less than a 1 ghz Processor with less than 256 mb of RAM, Xubuntu is for you.  End plug

One of the problems I have with Ubuntu is its lack of stability in reference to Java apps.  It crashes constantly when running some Java apps and forces a hard reboot when running others.  Hardware support isnt bad especially with removable devices.  Even hardware that SLED 10 didnt pick up Ubuntu did.

The usability of Ubuntu is amazing.  Today my sister in law came over and wanted to use a computer to print out some address labels and check her e-mail.  I told her to go ahead and use it while I was working on a vehicle.  She asked me for the password and I told her, I forgot Linux was booted on the system when I went in to change it she was actualy using the system. I didnt have to instruct her I didnt have to tell her anything.  The layout was simple, Internet, Office, multimedia.  In fact she even commented the only thing missing was the iTunes music store.  This just proves that Linux yes, can be acceptable as a desktop OS since my sister in law is one of the most untechnical users I know.  If something goes wrong, well thats another story.  Also they should include tools like ndiswrapper and ndisgtk in the default install.
In some ways I liked the Synaptic/Adept system for installing packages.  Im not going to need all the packages on my desktop computer that I need on my laptop like wifi radar, Network manager etc.  As a developer though you will be glad to know that GCC and the other build essentials are on the CD just reinsert the install CD during an installed session.

What will I take away from this?  The fact Ubuntu is almost there.  Its a good, reliable system and I look forward to future releases.  Some people like Greg Kroah Hartman of Novell, RMS and others in the Linux comunity will do more damage to the reputation of Linux than any technical deficiency present in the system itself.  Ubuntu does a good job though of staying out of the political side of it, lets hope it stays that way.

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New .NET Show Episode August 30, 2006

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Arisen from the ashes of obscurity the new .NET Show episode has arrived. The episode is about Longhorn Server. This episode does not require validation to download. To Linux and BSD Users: Run the exe through Wine to expand the video and use MPlayer or Xine to view. Make sure you have the w32codecs package installed.

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Google Discloses Plans For Long-Awaited Office Suite August 28, 2006

Posted by rjdohnert in Interesting Reads, Opinions, Tech News.
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Useless offering, much lower quality than Windows Live and is unsupportted. Windows Live is supported and Microsoft Virtual Earth works much better than Google earth, and also runs on Linux. Waste of time and probably resources.

Some of the more obvious problems. What happens if your net connection goes down while you are collaborating from New York to LA? You’re screwed. Security and bandwidth issues are also present. As always people are missing the biggest point of all, while Google claims it can host the apps and the documents, as a software developer I know as users demand more functionality and features you’re code base grows.  One project I worked on when started was 724k.  Nows its 57 mbs in size.  Writely probably is about roughly that, 700 to 900 kbs right now but it only does 5% of what Office can do.  Google will find as it grows the applications Bandwidth will become an issue eventually.  I probably wouldnt use this solution at all.
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Vista reviews August 28, 2006

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New reviews of Vista 5536 are poping up everywhere.  eWeek has some screenshot galleries and everyones favorite Technologist Paul Thurrott has some positive words and his own gallery of this build.

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Playing MP3 tracks during F-Spot slideshow August 28, 2006

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During my usage of Ubuntu I have had to do a couple of photo slideshows for some events.  Picasa kept spitting out audio I/O errors so I started F-Spot and started Rythmbox.  Started my Slideshow and raised the volume so the music came from Rythmbox.  Played the whole collection without a problem and displayed my slideshow flawlessly.  Just a little unobvious tip for an obvious problem.

Microsoft invites Firefox development team to Redmond August 22, 2006

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Sam Ramji over at Port25 has invited the Mozilla team to come view their facilities and to help them get Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird runnung smoothly on Windows Vista.  The team hasnt issued a response yet.

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My Thoughts; It would be well worth the trip.  Microsoft extended the invitation, lets see who takes it.

Introduction to Windows Firewall with Advanced Security August 18, 2006

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Windows® Firewall with Advanced Security is a stateful, host-based firewall that blocks incoming and outgoing connections based on its configuration. While typical end-user configuration of Windows Firewall still takes place through the Windows Firewall Control Panel tool, advanced configuration now takes place in a Microsoft® Management Control (MMC) snap-in named Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. The inclusion of this snap-in not only provides an interface for configuring Windows Firewall locally but also for configuring Windows Firewall on remote computers and via Group Policy. Firewall functions are now integrated with IPsec (Internet Protocol security) protection settings, reducing the possibility of conflict between the two protection mechanisms. Windows Firewall with Advanced Security supports separate profiles for when computers are domain-joined or connected to a private or public network. It also supports the creation of rules for enforcing server and domain isolation policies. Windows Firewall with Advanced Security supports more granular rules, including Microsoft Active Directory® users and groups, source and destination Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, IP port number, ICMP settings, IPsec settings, specific types of interfaces, services, and more.

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Lang.NET Symposium coverage August 14, 2006

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Below is the list of Interviews the Port 25 crew had with attendee’s of Lang.NET symposium

Port 25 interviews several language technologists during the Lang.NET 2006 Symposium:

Steve Ballmer interview July 29, 2006

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The Wall Street Journal has a good interview with Steven Ballmer, for those not in the know he is the CEO of Microsoft,.  They ask a lot of good questions

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Open Source on Windows, The next big thing? July 29, 2006

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Forget LAMP, Here comes WAMP.  Computerworld has put up an article of companies that use the best of both worlds, The Windows OS and Apache, MySQL, PHP.  (or Perl or Python, whichever your prefer).

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My Thoughts; I have been using this configuration for years Im glad to see its taking off.  I was beginning to think I was strange.