New Notification System for GNOME and KDE

Posted on in Categories Gnome, Kde, Linux desktop, News last updated December 24, 2008

Canonical the makers of Ubuntu about to introduce a new desktop notification system proposal. New changes should improve the usability of the Linux desktop including desktop notification system for both GNOME and KDE. From the Mark Shuttleworth blog:

The key proposals we are making are that:

* There should be no actions on notifications.
* Notifications should not be displayed synchronously, but may be queued. Our implementation of the notification display daemon will display only one notification at a time, others may do it differently.

That’s pretty much it. There are some subtleties and variations, but these are the key changes we are proposing, and which we will explore in a netbook device with a partner, as well as in the general Ubuntu 9.04 release, schedule gods being willing.

I think new changes looks more like Growl system used in Mac OS X. You can read more about proposal including mockup video that shows new notification system here.

Seasons Greetings!

Posted on in Categories News last updated December 23, 2008

I’d like to send my warmest holiday wishes to all my readers around the globe.

Also, I’d like to thank you for your support and wish to every one a wonderful new year full of great things, success and more freedom using Linux and open source technologies.

Video Contest: I am Linux

Posted on in Categories Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution, News, OS X, Windows, windows vista last updated December 21, 2008

The Linux Foundation is launching a video contest and you can win yourself a trip to Tokyo next year to participate in the Linux Foundation Japan Linux Symposium Oct, 2009.

If you’ve been alive and aware of mass media over the last twelve months, you’ve probably seen television commercials from Apple and Microsoft touting their operating system. From Apple’s ubiquitous “I’m a Mac” to Jerry Seinfeld to Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” retort, operating system commercials have been flooding the airways. Except one OS has been notably absent — Linux.


You can upload your contest video here.

News Roundup: Dec., 15, 2008

Posted on in Categories News last updated December 15, 2008

Ubuntu has the strongest chance to take Linux mainstream
Interesting interview with Samba’s Jeremy Allison – Samba project founder.

Comming soon: Wine 64 bit For 64 bit MS-Windows application
I can finally report success on the first ever win64 program running on wine. The program was a textbook classic, but to make it work gcc had to be changed a lot. This was done by Kai Tietz, who has put a lot of effort in the task of making gcc accept the calling convention.

Windows XP: The OS That Won’t Quit
Dell announced it will offer systems with the aging Windows XP for a surcharge of US$150 over the newer Windows Vista–this only five months after it stopped offering XP on its Inspiron consumer desktop and laptop PCs. May be it’s time to move on to Linux 😉

Culture and community go hand-in-hand with Perl programming
This time we chat with Larry Wall, creator of the Perl programming language and regarded as the father of modern scripting languages.

Linux scalability and performance notes from Facebook
Great talk! If you’ve read anything about scaling large websites, you’ve probably heard about memcached. memcached is a high-performance, distributed memory object caching system. Here at Facebook, we’re likely the world’s largest user of memcached.

How to sync Evolution with Google’s PIM apps
While I’m a die-hard Google user — especially the PIM apps — I still appreciate offline applications for the integration with the desktop, speed, and features they sport. The Evolution contact and calendaring application is a great example: it’s as feature-packed as Microsoft Outlook, but with GNOME integration, and it’s fast. Gmail, by comparison, is slow and lacks any desktop integration. In a perfect world, Evolution would sync with Google’s PIM apps. Unfortunately, there aren’t any good, easy-to-use, comprehensive guides for setting up Evolution to sync with all of these apps — until now.

Wordpress Disable RSS Feed
Explains how to disable Wordpress RSS / Atom / RSS2 feed url in 2 simple steps.

How Windows Users are Changing Linux

Posted on in Categories Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution, Windows, windows vista last updated December 5, 2008

Excellent article, I couldn’t agree more with author. From the blog post:

My advice is to to speak up for Linux and promote unity in the Linux community. It is okay to have friendly rivalry between distros, but we need to guard against larger and more insidious forces attacking from the outside, and to protect that which we have in common. If Linux is going to change let it be from the inside out.

=> How Windows Users are Changing Linux and What We Should Do About It

Open Source Business Model Is Broken

Posted on in Categories Devils Advocate, GNU/Open source, Linux, News last updated December 3, 2008

The open-source business model that relies solely on support and service revenue streams is failing to meet the expectations of investors. For anyone who hasn’t been paying attention to the software industry lately, I have some bad news. The open-source business model is broken.

Companies have long hoped to make money from this freely available software by charging customers for support and add-on features. Some have succeeded. Many others have failed or will falter, and their ranks may swell as the economy worsens.