27 Jun 2008

War of desktop managers

Linux users have for long been wondering what´s the best desktop manager to use. When I had a Debian, a few years ago, I didn´t worry much since both GNOME and Kde are installed by default. So, it was just easy to switch whenever I wanted a new ´look and feel´.

Then came Ubuntu distro. Since it´s a Live CD system, I had to choose either between Ubuntu (with GNOME) or Kubuntu (with KDE). And then very recently, Kubuntu Remix (with KDE 4).

I downloaded Kubuntu Remix and solved nearly all the ´issues´ that I considered ´annoying´. And I was happy. KDE 4, though still a beta, has great features like window animation and supports gadgets (or widgets!).

Last week, I was impressed by GNOME: so neat, so beautiful, so Mac-like. Therefore I did a small
# sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
on my machine.

Wow! So great. Apart from the great look that´s elegant, I now know what ´stable´ release means: my applications won´t crash for any reason at all. With KDE 4, they did. However, it´s understandable since the latter still in beta.

Therefore, when I boot I see the Kubuntu logo, then it´s GNOME desktop manager and GNOME look and feel.

I wanted to make a complete removal and download Ubuntu, but I would have to go through the daunting task of fixing the ´annoying issues´ once again.

Nevertheless, I love Amarok. I did uninstall all KDE applications, except KNetworkManager for WiFi and Amarok.

In the end, I´d say: let´s use whatever we want. There´s no best. Try all. And experience with them.

12 Jun 2008

Looking back at the past year, or so

Holidays are also meant to look back at what one did during the last year. My first year at university has been a great one, with lot's of experiences that changed my life. One year at Spoon Consulting Ltd and another at Linkbynet Indian Ocean have also been great. I can't forget good times and friends at both places.

So, during the last year, here are the things that I can remember:

  • Think, think and think, but think differently - university has changed the way I look at things
  • Great friends are enriching - all moments are meant to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest
  • Sharing is such a pleasure
  • Group work is good
  • Hectic life, no time to relax
  • Playing Need for Speed from midnight to six in the morning
  • Concerts and concerts - house and trance music turn me up

And I also got
  • A notebook - Dell Latitude D630 :)
  • A Hercules MK2 DJ console

That's it, in simple words...

11 Jun 2008

Holidays... good times

Hurray! Holidays are back for me!!

What this means?

  • More free time
  • More time for work
  • More time to do what I want
  • Less headaches :)
  • More time to spend with friends
  • More time to lose on facebook and hi5
  • More time to do to funny and silly things
  • More TV
  • More downloading of music
  • (More) time for blogging :P