Every Linux geek I’ve met recommended an essay called “In the Beginning was the Command Line” by Neal Stephenson. I suppose that it’s a bit dated because some of the things that were true back during the time it was written don’t necessarily hold true anymore. In any case it really is an interesting read because it gives new Linux users insight and humor at the same time.
From that essay, you could learn something about Linux and other operating systems as well. I didn’t really know about BeOS until I read that essay. And there were …read more
OSCON 2009 will be held this July 20-24 in San Jose, California at the McEnery Convention Center. It seems that they’re expecting 3,000+ people at the event from different backgrounds who share the same interest: Open Source Software. Hopefully this will be a good time to meet the software developers our favorite open source applications and learn from them.
A sample of topics:
Perl 6: Why? What? How?, Damian Conway, Thoughtstream
Introduction to Google App Engine, Joe Gregorio Google
How to Write Your Own Eclipse Plug-ins, Beth Tibbitts, IBM
Django in the Real World, Jacob Kaplan-Moss, Django
What You …read more
Sometimes we forget that Linux has a social aspect. Being part of the community that uses and/or maintains Linux distros, packages and specific applications make us learn new things from other people and more often than not we end up communicating with them online and if possible, offline. Some people get scared and intimidated of the ones who love saying “Read the manual” or “Search for the answers first before asking us. There’s plenty of information online that’s been written already.” But aside from that there really are friendly people in the world of free …read more
There are users who are totally resistant to change. Why? Because it disrupts their workflow. It makes them less productive. Change makes them cranky. However, there are times when change is needed and we have to lobby for it no matter what. If you think about your own home and your budget, sometimes you might think: Heck, the money spent on a license for a certain application could have been used for books of my child. I could have used an open source software of good quality and donated money to that project. …read more
No photos of me yet ^^;; Sorry. But the doll will suffice for now
The Sun Tech Days in Manila started yesterday but I wasn’t able to go. It was mainly a Netbeans day. This morning though, a lot of people were there and the hall was packed with people. The keynote emphasized on the opportunities we could have when it comes to software development and open source software in particular.
I attended sessions on JavaFX, Grails,and Open Solaris. I was curious about trying out Open Solaris on a VM (for the heck of …read more
I think that those who interact with clients who prefer Microsoft software and file formats would find it difficult. But there are apps that help make life a little bit easier by making it possible to import the file into Microsoft readable files. (Though of course, the reality is that there are constraints, because of the proprietary nature of Microsoft products.) A case in point would be MS Project files. I used to have a client whose project manager gave me an MS Project file and to make it easier on the team, it was exported as …read more
If you have a small company with one graphic artist with his own tools, things might not be difficult in terms of resource allocation. But if you’re considering expansion… It’s another matter. You’d have to look at the software that they use. If a lot of your applicants are well-versed in the Adobe Creative Suite and Corel, you might have to spend a lot on software licenses.
Now that’s an issue with small companies who would like to invest in resources properly. If you’re on a tight budget, hiring another person is a major decision. And …read more
Waah! I read about it too late. But, in any case the project codenamed Peach has a trailer now. Doncha just love open source and the Creative Commons for bringing such projects into the world?!
You must watch the Big Buck Bunny trailer!
It looks like there’s going to be a lot of mischief and fun in the movie so I can’t help but feel good about it, even if it’s just the trailer. It will premier in Amsterdam on April 10. (Thanks to Mirco “MacSlow” Müller for the info!)
Wondering what free and open source apps to use? PCQuest gives a useful list, categorizing the applications you might need for your day to day computing or running your business. If you’ve enjoyed using Linux and the various applications that you got via your package manager, you might be interested in a whole lot more.
To help you get started, check out this list: The Complete Guide to Open Source and Free Software.