Free “as in freedom” Software supporters, including the Free Software Foundation love to talk about freedom. “It’s all about freedom”, we say, freedom of computer users to know and control what runs on their computers, to copy and share it with others and to modify it as they wish. The idea that software by nature […]
I’m not anti-mono anymore.
I’ve advocated many things not so long ago which I no longer do or in fact advocate the opposite. It’s just a matter of learning from new arguments and evidence as it’s presented to me over the course of time. One of the things I used to oppose was Mono, a Free Software implementation of […]
Why I chose Ubuntu after trying Windows 7
A couple of years ago I would probably easily dismiss the idea of trying out a new version of Windows on the basis of a Free Software ideology or the chorus of voices of Free Software or Open Source fans saying how it just sucks and I better not bother. But things have changed and […]
How to setup FreeNX server and Client in Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid)
FreeNX is a system that allows you to access your desktop from another machine over the Internet. You can use this to login graphically to your desktop from a remote location. One example of its use would be to have a FreeNX server set up on your home computer, and graphically logging in to the […]
Last night I just read about an interesting phenomenon called binaural beats. When slightly differing frequencies are played in each ear, humans perceive a beat at the frequency difference between actual sounds. There is a program called Gnaural which generates these. A few example schedules (outlines for Gnaural to generate sound) can be found here.There […]
Changing boot resolution and color
How about a new tip? Well, on GNU/Linux distributions (and probably other free UNIX like systems) using GRUB for their boot manager it is possible to change the resolution and color of the boot screen, regardless of whether there is a splash or not. If you’re using an advanced distribution like Arch, Slackware, Debian or […]
Selling Freedomware: It’s about what THEY want.
I’ve been a little detached from the Free Software/Freedomware/Open Source world for a while. I no longer have that ongoing urge to tell the world about Free Software and convert the whole world. I’m not drooling over “200X is the year of the Linux Desktop” titles anymore. I’ve been focusing on developing a solid business […]
Now do I have 3D-Acceleration or not?
Until this weekend I happened to think that when glxinfo tells you “Direct Rendering: Yes” you can actually enjoy accelerated 3D. Well, it seems that I was wrong, and that this indicator alone does not give you fast 3D. A bit of history: I was playing around as in KDE I was still using 1024×768, […]
Debunking the Debunked WINE Myths
The following paper I wrote a few months ago because I got sick and tired of seeing people switching to GNU/Linux only to continue to run their Windows programs without even bothering to look for alternatives. Of course, they all used either WINE or Cedega to achieve this. Since I am active in testing WINE […]
POSIX Capabilities Vs. Set-UID
I’ve been mentioned the POSIX-capabilities in my post about EasyLFS 0.5 and promised another post to clarify what they actually are about. This is the promised post. POSIX-capabilities are actually nothing new, but haven’t been given much attention so far. This now has changed, they are now supported by the kernel and the necessary library […]