The bad news is after 2 years of podcasting, Chess decided to sign off. I would have liked to rant and complain again like I did with Automatix2. But seeing the overwhelming support and encouragement that Chess got from the community to support and encourage his decision, I felt that it would be wiser for me to shut up and do the same.
I really do hope that some guys continue podcasting about Linux because there is so much to it than just the software.
So to you guys out there who want to hear about Linux rather than read about it. Grab the episodes while you still can. I am not sure if they are going to keep the podcasts, but hey that is what free storage is for right?
Love it or hate it, anyone who runs Ubuntu has at least heard of Automatix. This program made it possible for any Ubuntu user to easily add a host of new programs and media codices to a desktop. Now, however, Automatix's developers are being pulled away to other projects, so they have announced that they will no longer be working on their popular software installation program.
Already sad, now I am sadder with this news. I personally find Automatix2 to be a step forward for Linux. People might say this or that, but as a user, I strongly believe in Automatix2's intentions and efforts. Damnit, now what? Do I have to learn how to configure my nvidia driver by reading these instructions once I decide to install a new distro?
Let's face it guys, Automatix2 helped bring ordinary Juan's like myself to Linux. Now what? Now what?
I'm really pissed off.
I guess this is one drawback to this Open Source thing, once they got bored, their servers go down, they see greener pastures, …
I'm going to take a break from my normal routine of writing about Linux and instead write about something I know everybody loves. FOOD! Yes, specifically adobong manok. It is perhaps the most common household dish that we Filipinos love. If the Americans have Chicken Soup for the soul, we Filipinos have Adobong Manok for the belly!
Linux (karaniwang binibigkas na /'linaks/ sa Ingles ay isang operating system na kapareho ng Unix. Ang Linux ay isa sa mga pinakasikat na halimbawa ng malayang software at open source development; karaniwan dito ang kakayahanag baguhin, gamitin at ipamahagi ang source code.
Ang pangalang "Linux" ay nagmula sa Linux kernel, na sinimulan noong 1991 ni Linus Torvalds. Ang mga aplikasyon at library ay karaniwang nagmumula sa GNU operating system, na inannounce noong 1983 ni Richard Stallman. Ang kontribusyon ng GNU ay ang basehan sa alternatibong pangalan ng Linux na "GNU/Linux"
Kinikilalang sikat sa mga gamit nito sa mga server, ang Linux ay sinusuportahan ng mga korporasyon tulad ng Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Novell, Oracle Corporation, Red Hat at Sun Microsystems. Ito ay ginagamit bilang operating system ng maraming uri ng computer hardware, kasama na ang mga desktop computers, supercomputers, video game systems…
For the die hard pro green alternative fuel believers this is a heretical statement. Though I for one, would like to consider myself as an environmentalist. I believe that biofuel needs a second look. I am speaking a priori here, but here it goes.
Where does Biodiesel come from?Biodiesel is produced from virgin vegetable oils (mono-alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids) through a refinery process called transesterification. This process uses a chemical reaction to remove glycerin from the oils. Biodiesel can be produced using a variety of U.S. crops including flaxseed, cottonseed, sunflower and canola. However, most biodiesel sold on the open market today comes from soy bean, a crop currently grown by ove…
[UPDATE 04-8-2008] It seems that even old reviews of Bayanihan just disappeared from the face of the planet. Wow. Talk about covering your tracks.
I was excited when I first heard of these two projects. But from my investigation/inquiry it appears these two projects went *poof*. Just like several companies nowadays where their BOD and CEOs apparently go *poof*.
WALANG BAYANIHANG NANGYARI DITO
At the onset, Bayanihan Linux seem to have a solid foundation in terms of finances - they are government supported. On the other hand, this too may have been the cause for their demise. Demise? Yes, at the time I am writing this, their website and forums have gone *poof*. Maybe it has something to do with Mr. Chairman "Chairman!" giving several million dollars to the IRRI which is based here in the Philippines.
Or maybe they just failed to implement it where they needed to implement it. Or Maybe it has something to do with the NBN thing - I.T. guys in government plus businessmen with politi…
I am not an expert in market or economics and I haven't bought anything online ever in my entire life. But one thing is for sure. I do know about scalpers. Scalpers, in our country refer to the people outside any entertainment venue, be it sports, concerts, promotions - anything that is live and requires paid tickets to get in - who sell tickets they bought to people who are anxious to get in at extremely ramped up prices. In simple terms, they are people who engage in a simple buy and sell scheme. In some countries it is illegal. But for online, I guess it is another matter.
The example I would like you all to be aware of is the new hyped up: Amazon E-Book Reader called Kindle. Undoubtedly a breakthrough product in terms of its features and not to mention its long awaited entrance into the market. The Kindle is an E-book reader that every avid book reader wants. Compact, sleek and useful, it is the E-book Reader for the books. No pun intended.
Lately, I have been stumbling upon Linux users who blog about Linux whose formal training involved Philosophy.
So what is fundamentally strange about people who have similar backgrounds or profiles so to speak?
Maybe nothing or maybe everything. Is it normal to find people who have the same formal educational background who share the same passion - such as writing about Linux?
What I found interesting about these people is their driving force. Writing about something that is free - in commercial terms - does not bring revenue. Yet despite that, they continue tapping their keyboards in the hope that they are heard.
Could it be that the main driving force to these writers may be the altruistic allure of Linux and the corresponding GNU Philosophy? Let's take a closer look.
Interestingly, you could always find specific terms jumping from the field of philosophy to the diverse field of Comp…
A few months ago, I ventured in an endeavor that set me looking for a job in our country's financial capital, Makati. Going there was tiring and draining - specially if you don't have a car. It was really too hot to commute and the commute was too slow. From where I am living, I have to ride the following to go there:
1. A Tricycle
2. A Jeepney
3. A Bus
4. And then I am in Makati!
Okay, so I was walking around and I find a guy wearing a strange and bright green neon tshirt that says "Greenpeace". So I said, "Hey, are you giving out those pretty stickers and CDs for free?" The guy looked up and said, "Yes sir we are. But you have to put your name in this paper and blah blah blah blah and then you have to make an autodebit for your bank account - voluntary of course any amount in pledges would do blah blah blah and then you have to participate.
So, thinking about the Free CD and stickers I decided to join. Unfortunately, it is only now that I realized that I p…
In the world of Linux, you might want to ask, "Where do all the goodies come from?" The goodies that I am talking about that make you all excited in Linux are of course the free software! I am a practical person, I want to install free software with just one gesture or command. But how I do this in complicated Linux PCs?
The answer is the innovative advanced packaging system of Debian called apt. With Apt, you can install thousands of 'goodies' on your PC. With Apt you are given the chance to upgrade these software at a command or a click of a button.
In Windows, if you want to get new goodies (paid goodies) - you either buy software in a box and CD or you download the exe or msi file from the Internet and then click on the installation icon then click on numerous next buttons then type the directory of the installation then click on FINISH. Then you click on the icon again to run the software.
I was trying to install glest, a free RTS game from the debian repositories with:
$ sudo apt-get update
Reading package lists... Error! W: GPG error: http://archive.canonical.com dapper-commercial Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 40976EAF437D05B5 W: GPG error: http://non-us.debian.org stable/non-US Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY F1D53D8C4F368D5D E: Dynamic MMap ran out of room E: Error occurred while processing tumiki-fighters (NewVersion1) E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/ftp.de.debian.org_debian_dists_sid_main_binary-i386_Packages E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
Don't ask me what they all mean. I just know that towards the end of executing apt-get update, I got them.
Anyway, luckily I stumbled upon an ubuntuforums post concerning almost the same problem and walla!
Starcraft II doesn't sound like World of Starcraft, but who knows? I loved this game, and thought at the time it was first released that it was better than Warcraft. Now, Warcraft before it became the legend that it is now, evolved into Warcraft II and Warcraft III. So who knows, maybe Blizzard is testing the waters on whether Starcraft would be a viable MMORPG. It would be drastically cool and a breath of fresh air in an overly polluted Internet air of WoW. WoW this Wow that. It may be time for WoS or maybe StarCraft Worlds.
If you like free games such as Tremulous, you'll most likely like this game. It is a multiplatform first person shooter that offers a fresh take on the fps genre.
This cartoonish game distinguishes itself from other multiplatform games by being lackadaisical in disposition.
The environment reminds you of the movie "Toy Story". Its full 3D environment, though graphics card intensive could be described with two words: PURE DELIGHT.
I feel that this game is a badass 3D game rendition of the cartoon series the smurfs. However, that said, this game has an attitude - what with all the middle finger raising antics in its character selection screen and skimpy girl suits. If you like your kid to try this game out, you better use the filter "Child Friendly Mod" ironically posted by a guy named "horny".
To top that, the game runs in 3 platforms, Windows PCs, MACs, and Linux boxes.