martes, 24 de marzo de 2015

Happy Birthday, MX Linux!

Today, MX Linux is celebrating its first birthday!  Wow, time flies indeed.  Interestingly, I have adopted this distro until pretty recently, even though I've been more involved in its work than in MEPIS, antiX, or Pisi.

Just a couple of days ago, the devs released MX-14.4.  Great way to celebrate!

I wish the very best to all those involved in making MX what it is.  Keep up the good work, you all!

jueves, 5 de marzo de 2015

Will MEPIS Come Back to Life Again?

The development of MEPIS, my favorite distro, has been in a long hiatus.  While I have MEPIS 12 Beta installed and it works very well, I wonder if I'll ever be able to see a new release.

I'm not the only one.  Many at the MEPIS forum have waited and waited...and waited.  Some have shifted to a different distro, some have stayed.

In the past, other distros I like have been shaken, too.  Mandriva, for example, seemed to become extinct.  But the turmoil produced two great distros instead: Mageia and OpenMandriva.

Pardus was another one.  When they decided to drop their unique PiSi packaging to go to a Debian base, such idea actually made a group of tenacious members to create the Anka Team, and their effort paid off when their project, Pardus-Anka, became Pisi Linux.

In the MEPIS tents, something similar is happening. The lack of news about MEPIS development lead several members of the community to join antiX, and together they put together a very interesting project:  MX Linux.

MX-14.3 is pretty robust and the developers constantly add new interesting features.  It has inherited the stability of MEPIS and the power and flexibility of antiX; I couldn't complain!

Still, whenever I boot into any of my MEPIS systems, I ask myself if a new MEPIS will ever see the light...

martes, 24 de febrero de 2015

MX-14: Playing with Snapshots

At last I ventured into the land of snapshots on my MX-14.3 install, thanks to its MX-Snapshot tool.  This one is so user-friendly that I was able to actually produce a live copy of my system the first time I tried.

The good part is that the snapshot is also installable.  You can make one with your accounts preserved (this one keeps all your configuration) or one with the default accounts (if you want to give copies of the snapshot to other people)

Thus, I decided to experiment a little.  Since XFCE is not precisely my favorite DE, I installed KDE.  After all, a little eye candy won't kill me!

I also installed LXDE.  Pushing my luck a bit more, I installed Compiz and configured it on that DE...

MX's native XFCE gave me more trouble to run Compiz, but I finally got it working...
(And then I realized that I could configure Compiz to use Kwin on XFCE!)  :P

Anyway, I was able to have a copy of my entire system, fully configured, running on a USB thumb drive that I can also use to store data. 

Let's see what else I can learn...

viernes, 20 de febrero de 2015

Opening Dolphin as Root

For some people like me, the file manager is the simplest way to find, open and edit files.  KDE 4 distros normally use Dolphin for that.

However, Dolphin does not come with Root access (normally).  What can then users do to open the file manager with super user privileges?

1.  Pressing Alt+F2 to open the application executing prompt.  Then, you type "kdesu dolphin".  It will ask you for your root password and then you can ravage your system at your heart's will.

2.  Opening a terminal as super user to start Dolphin from it.  Then you can storm the gates of your files.

3.  Opening Kmenu Editor (Kmenuedit) and then, you add a new entry in the "System" category (or the one you prefer).  You will need to add this information to the new entry:

Name:  Dolphin as Root
Command:   kdesu dolphin %i -caption "%c" %u

Don't forget to assign a distinctive icon to it.  Something red or with a skull might work!  :P

lunes, 2 de febrero de 2015

Blow the Trumpets! Windows 8.1 Gained 0.55% Market Share in January!!

This is a time of celebration for Windows 8.1 fans! According to Netmarketshare, the new warhorse of Microsoft, Windows 8.1 got an enormous, sizable market share chunk of 0.55% in January.  That went well and was very much needed, especially after the horrible beating that the OS got in December and that "tech journalists" decided to hide.

But January is another story.   It is a turn of the page.  Windows 8.1 got a gain of 0.55% and that's amazing!  The only problem is that the stubborn XP got more than that. XP got 0.67%!

Let's correct the title, then...

"Blow the Trumpets!  Windows 8.1 Gained 0.55% Market Share in January and almost Reaches the 0.67% that XP got!"

This is extremely interesting... so far, no tech journalist has written about it.  Was Ed Bott's claim for silence so effective?  It seems so.

Why is adoption of Windows 8.1 going so slowly?

Windows 10 is about to be released, of course!!

The problem is that Windows 10 also lost some of its market share...

Oh, well!  I guess this somehow explains the silence.  Not even crickets are heard...

No wonder why Microsoft now apparently wants to do Android with CyanogenMod...

jueves, 29 de enero de 2015

LibreOffice 4.4 Is out! GREAT!!!

Yes, as soon as I read here that The Document Foundation had made a new release of LibreOffice available, I rushed to download it to give it a try.

You can find out what's new, from the technical viewpoint, about this suite here .  Let's comes with a nice has better OOXML support (I don't care about that as I use ODF), and it even added textboxes.  Well, texboxes are something I never needed and I actually find them annoying, but others may think they're handy... Still, I am more interested in knowing if this new release could meet my needs.

Japanese input support! Wow! I thought I'd never see it again on this old system!
I installed LibreOffice 4.4 on my old Mepis 8 desktop system.  I had given away my hope of using Japanese input on LibreOffice because the suite did not support my old input method editor.  In fact, I had to keep an old copy of OpenOffice (3.1.1) around for the times I needed to type in Japanese.  I was greatly surprised when I could indeed type hiragana, katakana and kanji on LibreOffice!

What was next?  Customization might be another aspect to check...
I don't remember this feature on LO 4.3...  Now you have a handy theme selector to change the appearance of the office suite!  I entered "cat" and hit the "search" button...and sure enough, I got several matching themes.  That was easy!  At the end, I chose a theme I happen to like quite a lot!  :P

I still need to test Impress, Calc, and the other applications.  But I have to install first LibreOffice 4.4 on my laptop.  After all, that is the device in which I use Impress.

But while I do that, why not giving a little donation to The Document Foundation?
After all, LibreOffice is keeping me free from preying office subscription fees and from locking my data into the silly OOXML format.  I must add that it has saved me from the horrendous, unproductive ribbon madness! 

I hope all those who like LibreOffice made a donation, big or small, to this great project.

miércoles, 28 de enero de 2015

A New User for My Chromebook

Today, I was using my chromebook but I went to another room for a minute.  This is what I discovered when I came back:

That's Pisi (yes, like the Linux distro), one of my cats.  He managed to restart the device (I was running Ubuntu through crouton) and that's why you can see that screen.  It's as if the machine did not like the new user and got irritated at this cat's disrespectful manners.

Bad news for you, Chromebook: we live in a cat-dominated world.

I think I should have named this entry Pisi on a Chromebook!