Sunday, December 10, 2006

Changed My Desktop

I was browsing several tabs @ the same time of looking for a new wallpaper, saving a lot for later review, I eventually found on, section "anime", sub-section "anime babes" this wonderfull drawing which I edited for color channels using the Gimp (Tools/Color Tools/Hue-Saturation). I can't post a link since they change their index all the time, probably on the purpose of forbidding pepole to link ressources to their server too often. Author is Unknown, unfortunately.

You are aware of the Multiple Deskops System on Linux, right ? if not, browse below for my previous entries on the topic.

This one above is more or less the original one, I only enlighted the background a bit.

Full Black & White on Light Background

Black & White the Dark Way

This one is my RGB version: Red, Green, Blue...

Original Body on Black & White back

The Settings aren't finished yet, but I enjoyed quite a change in look on my screen: see below.

Actually, it all came from, where I saw this wallpaper used in a BlackBox theme by jimmyblack. If you run BlackBox or FluxBox, enjoy:

Lots of fun.

OffTopic: If you google around "Manga Wallpaper", you'll end up with lots of porn stuff. For a bit of first-hand experience, I am looking for this since a while ago, and, given the childish nature of mangas drawing, you'll understand some stuff comes borderline... If not totally pedophillic. I am happy to report here that I found really shitty stuff through, reported it both to & the three first watchdogs I found on the internet, and yes, this website was now a deadlink one month later when I resumed my searches on the topic.
I am nothing of a netCop, but I guess anyone around here got its limits.

Enlightenment, Ubuntu Latest

Seems I can't get to run Enlightenment on my SuSE 93 desktop. I tried downloading the highly fashionnable DR17 &, yes, compiling it myself without success... Forget me when it comes to self-compiled stuff: Never works with me. So, LATER I found that Enlightenment was available, both in DR16 & 17 flavour, in the "Package Manager" (this tool dedicated toinstal & remove software on linux). Now, I know my package manager has some flaws in the way it addresses & updates the servers holding the softwares, but yet, It looks just as easy as click on "Install Package". Well, I bet that without any knowledge on how to remove the half-installed previous attempt, it cannot work in any way.

More of my mistakes: the lates release of DR16 & 17 are suppose to co-exist peacefully, so I tried installing both. No Way.

I have deleted anything Enlightenment 17-related on the hard disk, installed DR16 only from the package manager, and now Enlightenment do not show up on the login/choose your session type screen. I'll try uninstall-reinstall later on. This tastes like Windows, doesn't it ?

On the Testing Drive, I tried Ubuntu latest, the 6.10 "edgy-something", also with Enlightenment DR16. Worked OK, as usual with this f**cking way of releasing a new version every 6 months I spend some hours configuring the system to my taste, ten tried to truly work - for that, I needed this Package Manager again (called Sybaptic in Debian distributions): Let's have true fun here, this dumb soft tried to access it's sources for the softwares on... 127.001.001, which is my computer intenet address... Sure, I wasn't able to download much...

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Yeah, dream about it.

Yeah, dream about it: modem ? not working; as soon as I was in the office in Battambang - the main office of the NGO "Phare Ponleu Sepak" I am working for, I tried to get my mails: The thing connects, and disconnects automatically as soon as I try to use it (firing Opera or clicking "Fetch Mail" for instance); Good.

Enlightenment is definitely nice, but beware of what they call Epplets: if you start one, you'll be in a mess if you do not want it to be starting again at next boot. Destroying it just makes 2 samples to reappear the next time. And so on, and so on... Killing indeed. At some point, I ended up with 16 occurrences of "Toolbox", 10 of "Emixer" and so on.

Now, my SuSE93 box is slowly decaying. The automatic upgrade still works, so I guess overall stability is not threatened, but I cannot fill in repositories for extra software download anymore: the form window is dead, with the empty fields unreachable in a non-stretchable window.

Lately, with the Ubuntu laptop & its brand new 6.06LTS release, I (and many others) experienced troubles with the Security repositories as well, with Synaptics, the software in charge of keeping the system up to date & to install and remove programs unable to download list of files from them.

That's not serious, and I was lucky I did not fall into the wrong X11 update they released some weeks ago: it was faulty, and killed the desktop system of many users, leaving them with a black terminal instead. If, like me, you don't know nothing about "sudo apt-get" & the like, you are dead.

Bad times, great times. Shitty times this time.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Tech Update

Some more around recent exhilari-wathever times with the Laptop: 
Got Dual Screen solved,
 it look I now have a Modem working for when on the move, 
and I found a fantastic Window Manager to add up to this
 attractive piece of technology;

Check out for more.

A Modem, Better and quicker looks, and the ability to use the tiny thing for presentations with an external videoprojector, it's coming ladies & gentlemen.

Modem thanks to

The dual screen thing is very impressive -and quite a hack: Originally, the Vaio PGN-T17GS is not ment to do more than replicating your screen on the external output, which is problematic given the wxga (widescreen) nature of its display.

Out of factory, locked on XP, you cannot display different things on the two outputs. Now, thanks to Xinerama, ubuntu forums and a german guy from HK called Wieman01, I successfully enabled Dual Head & fool around with a screen def of  1280x1792, they are stacked/configured one above the other & allow me to use the small laptop LCD as a Dashboard for the things happening on top. With the added glamour featured by Enlightenment, it's cheer Class. Slowly appearing windows, transparency, minimalism (lack of menubar/systemtray/icons) & just plain elegant design makes this trully appealing. Techno-aristocratic, yes indeed, but so good.

cheerio, life's good today.

If you look at the Deskshot below, you'll see my usual stolen-punk-baby-blue, with not much than the display of a transparent "iconBox" where minimized softs go, the 2x2 virtual desktops in 1280x768 mode, and a row of tiny "epplets" featuring a timestamp, a command-line fied, music and battery + a toolbox of buttons to access the most usefull softwares.

Yes, I added a little Logo: it;s the official Tux truncated by a line in a color taken from the baby's sunglasses on top of the VAIO sign. Nice huh?

Thanks to The Gimp for Graphic work on this.

Sleek. Hard to understand, pain in the ass to set up, crashed twice in three days, totally counter-intuitive, and

just plain gorgeous.

That's the Laptop DeskShot !

That' it ! The Sub-Vaio running ubuntu with the Enlightenment Window Manager. Great, sleek looks, good speed. love it.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Speaking about Desktops I

 This wonderfull image of which the closest to original is the blue version at the bottom of the three seemed to come from the Slackware distribution, a distribution far too complicated for me alas. But it looks like the original image was actually stolen from sunshine-live, a web radio in germany. Do a search on Linux and Wallpapers to find real cool stuff, but beware of copyrights !

Speaking about Desktops II

You know that, maybe, Linux systems allows you to have several desktops - that is why you see my three DeskShots instad of one: Yes, I have three wallpapers that actually covers 9 virtual desktops. I find this way more usefull that the cramped TrayBar in Xp, where past 10 things opened at the same time you can't spot what's what anymore.

My Virtual Desks are Mails, Surf, Bash (for command Line Nightmares), Files 1, Configs, Files 2 and Docs 1, 2 a,d 3. ut nothing forces me into using them like this, you can actually open anything anywhere.

Still, my permanently opened Email and FlashDrive browser are open all the time, somewhere a click away, whatever the mess on the screen. A nice feature, really.

Friday, September 01, 2006

My Desktops, as of now

Update on what's on today

I have to bring here a new DeskShot: the one at the bottom of the page dates back from the time I used Xandros, but since then stuff happened and my office desk is now SuSE 9.3, with an outdated KDE 3.4.0 that I am very happy with. Globally, more on the tech issues later.

The Laptop is finally used with Ubuntu mostly, altough my wife could be cheating on me and be using WinStuff at the office (We share the same overpricey ultra- tiny laptop for our moving needs. And we do move a lot). More on the tech issues later, that's just a short update.

Since 10/2005 that I work with Linux, I've been trying SuSE, Gentoo, Slackware, Ubuntu, Kubuntu and dropped Xandros while being more or less active on the Ubuntu Forum under the ac. Peacepunk. So far, Ubuntu with Gnome pretty well suits the Laptop for aesthetics. The great presentation / share info tool that you are proud to put on the table in a meeting. Now, my last meeting was trying to sell a circus performance to a serious theatre in Belgium, I slipped in a DVD with one hour of perfomance on it, planning to show to the audience Minute 07, Minute 22, and so on. First, VLC was not able to play the disc and then, using Gxine, the navigation slider went dead, preventing me from accessing the part I wanted to show to this potential buyer...

This would probably count for half the stories about Linux:
...Oh, you run Linux, that's Great...Err, I seem to have a problem here, I'm sorry. Do you have a computer available ?

You look/feel ashame, and you know that this doesn't really help the un-tech people to make a change on a topic that anyway does not interest them at all.

That's all folks.

Now that I have a blog again, I may as well post on it. But where the hell is the View Counter ?

Blogging te real distance

Thaty's just a test on the Blog By Email feature.

I'll believe in it when I see this on my blog.

--Edit: It's working--

Sunday, February 19, 2006

The What's Workin' & What's Not on Straight out of the Box Distros. On a Laptop.

Hi There. My Laptop is, unfortunately, quite special altough from a knewn brand: it's a VGN-T16 subnotebook, with an almost 16/9 screen of 10.4 inches. It's got Wifi but no BlueThoot or IR, a DVD player but only CD-Writer. It's 14 months old, and today, with 1.1 centrino, it looks old already.

It also got the worsest sound I ever listened to on a Laptop, and is featured with at least 4 different softwares to try to correct this, but it just sound shit.

And, this stuff is having the WinXP quite deeply screwed to it. No way I can try Linux on it without full format in Reiser FS of its Hard Disk.

After some satisfactory months with Linux on my Desktop PC (see previous post), I decided it was Political Time to make the move on the $2,000 little Laptop as well. (My Wife usually says "Oh yeah, we run Linux, that's great" but actually only uses the XP-Laptop...) I wanted to get rid of Proprietary Software, even if the actual price of it was embedded into the resell price.

Now, that's where the Fun comes...

Out of The Box... Distros installed & Functionnal !?

1. UBUNTU 5.10: No WIFI, no DVD Reading, no Full Screen, two different Battery Management systems... But, UBUNTU is a quite documented project, so ressources are plenty. Type in "plain screen & stuff like the brand of your machine, and you will find stuff around. For the fun again: Some nice guy drives you step-by-step, from the Patch Download to the command lines to get your device regaining it's Movie-Scaled Screen.

Linux Aware People will know that, at some point, one must do barbaric Command Lines in an unfriendly "Console Window" using characters you were not even aware they sit somewhere on your keyboard

¬, ||, ~

& so on. One of the main used command is "Make". I personnaly do not know what it's making, but when you unzip something, it's generally mandatory to "Make" it.

And you know what UBUBTU replies ? That "Make" is an unknown command.

From this step, I stopped investigating on how to have UBUNTU properly running on my system, and switched to SUSE 9.3.


No Widescreen, no WiFi, much slower to install.

XANDROS, The Same...

It is noticeable that Automatic DCHP works straight with a wire, and never with Wifi. It is useless to say taht yes, XP, out of the Box, supports all this.

It does kill me but yes, I do run XANDROS linux distro at home and XP on the move. I feel ashamed for my so-called "political" concerns, but whet, I need to work.

A Word on Background: I live in Cambodia. Ressources here on this topic are scarce. I have to self-train myself on this, and it SUCKS. A lot of Linux Distros nowadays emphasizes on "easy" if not on "XP Like": The point is, it is not.

The Buyers Guide: Buy from a shop, preferably with a new PC. Check for all your needs to be fulfilled in what you are buying, because the real fun of Linux is NOT to try to add a software or a component later on. Forget about changes, upgrades & the like. Buy yourself a great-working stuff, and it will make you a happy end user until you got to dig into it - you'll then most probably will end up in the aftersales services of the selling shop. And, it's wrong Linux is "Light": Buy a hoge processor, or expect delays of snailmail proportion. To be right, boot an XP at the same time, it will go twice as faster @ the same tech abilities..


Saturday, February 04, 2006

 System running: It's Called Xandros 3.0.1 - I think it must be some frre Edition, or the Standard ( understand: Basic) one, 'cause you got some advertisement to upgrade to the full breed stuff by sometimes. Obvious Limitations are: No DVD Writing, CD-Burn limited to 2x speed.

This Xandros Stuff is the perfect one to move from Commercial Software to Open Source: It just got most anything you need. That's why I bought it in the first place: The cover of the box just said that. Or talked about "migration companion" & the like.

Xandros is using KDE as desktop/management soft, seems to more or less comply with the Debian installation system (to install new softwares automatically) & is delivered with an outdated Open suite that works slow, but great.

Hey, you lost already ? So did I, so still am I. Do you want Linux ? Well, you can get Linux & nothing else: Think of yourself in some Mathematics Laboratory of Advanced This & That, in front of the end terminal of a decent SUV-Sized computer, and there is this _ thing blinking at the top letf cormer of a black screen. Waiting for your imput. That's more likely Unix, but ok, Linux about that: A Core, a Kernel (as the name it). The underneath DOS of Win3.11 1,000 years ago. What do you do with it ? Nothing if you are not a programmer.

So, you have Linux. Some branded computers come with Linux - and - nothing else (HP does that). Now, what do you need... You need windows. I mean, the real windows the sense Apple invented them 999 years ago. You desesperately need this interface which will replace an obscure set of command lines into a button to click. Two main competitors are KDE & GNOME: You know there are thousands of different "Linux" (what you though was Linux) out there, but actually, they all are Linux with either Gnome or KDE. AND I spare you the involvement of another layer, called the GNU. But, you have to know that even what I call Linux is actually GNU/Linux - Another Operating System layer on top of Linux, but check out & report here if you understand anything.

To the next Layer now, my friends: The Distribution, or Distro. That's quite an accurate name, 'cause that's what they are: A box of stuff organized in a specific way, with Xandros putting an accent on Win-like stuff, while others are famous enough to rely on their image itself to convince people to buy them. The point in a distro is to offer a potential customer exactly what fit his/her needs: Networking, Graphics, Office "clerk" machines, even safe Browsing unit (Linux does not protect your privacy any better than the others - nobody is, privacy is your sole responsability but it is very harsh to handle that)... Yep, safe browsing because it is immune to virus.

So, my full tech Spec would be: Xandros 3, running KDE 3.3, on kernel (the linux soft) 2.6.9. All this is rather slow on a 512mb mem, 1.6ghz P4 with 32mb video.

I am using it mainly for work (I am a representative of a local NGO here in Cambodia) which means I do:
-Administate my Organization Mailboxes (volume in three monts is up to almost 5,000 mails now)
-Use myself a lot of Email & browsing in the best interest of my organization.
-Work on "clerk Jobs", writting project & reports up to 30 pages & 4megs, with pics & graphics. And, for sure, designing awfully detailled budgets for all this. And yes, I know I am communicating with Win People (The United Nations for instance ALL run WINStuff). It's mainly flawless, and if I got a compatibility problem, I just click on "Export to PDF" instead of "save as winStuff" and this fellow in Paris or New York will get a perfectly readable doc.

A bit more than Three Full Months of Xandros later, I just love KDE and the infinite possibility of twisting your computer, like I like the idea anybody can do the same with the code if they feel like. Excellent. For me, I got enough in twisting the looks, forget me about codes.

Cheerio - See you later

Thursday, August 31, 2006

My First Desktop

That's my fist desktop - Xandros 3,                   kde.
Hi all people that for some reason would end up seing this

I lost the "keys" to my former blog, and as I was forecd to change Email in the meantime, there's is no possible recovery. So I will copy--&-paste the former material here, and hopefully keep on with this one.

Aim of the game was to share day-to-day experience on switching from Win-stuff to Linux.