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What my test PC will be doing next!

Posted 04-09-2011 at 03:20 PM by rich_c

I think the hard drive on my test box is dead or dying... So, I'm going to take the opportunity to get hold of a bigger (120GB as opposed to 20GB) drive for my little machine and then install the LXDE spin of openSUSE.

I really like LXDE as a lightweight environment. For me, it's unassuming and usable in a way that other lightweight desktops/window managers aren't. My first experience of Linux was a boxed set of SuSE 7.3 (I think) so it'll be nice to see what openSUSE has to offer....
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Something interesting to come out of the whole Nokia/MS debacle.

Posted 02-12-2011 at 03:23 PM by rich_c

I've noticed a marked increase in interest in HP/Palm's Web OS devices. As a current Nokia N900 user, I've been re-evaluating what might one day replace it when the community support runs dry or I need a replacement for any other reason. I'd been looking at Palm devices due to all the interest expressed. It's now very high on my list of likely replacements due to this piece of news! Based on my experience of the community support for the N900/Maemo, if WebOS has, what appears to be, an even...
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The old market share chestnut.

Posted 01-20-2011 at 04:32 AM by rich_c

I'm sure we've all seen a discussion about malware where the old argument of "There's no Linux malware because Linux market share is tiny. No point in writing malware for it..." Well, it just dawned on me that's a bigger crock even than it used to be. Why? Android! OK,so Android isn't a desktop OS. None the less, it's close enough! Android devices get used for the same tasks that are a vector for most malware. Web browsing and email. Maybe as Android market share takes off, more...
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No chlorine needed in the Linux gene pool!

Posted 11-09-2010 at 06:52 PM by rich_c

After reading Paul Hudson’s article entitled 24 things we’d change about Linux, I exchanged a few emails with him. As I understand it, his underlying point is that all the lovely diversity between Linux distros makes it hard for an experienced Linux user to provide advice/support to newer users. This, amongst other things, presents a barrier to wider adoption.

From my point of view, I came to the conclusion that the answer is to RTFM. Fortunately, ‘the fine manual’ is something...
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Microsoft no longer sells software as their primary business!

Posted 10-14-2010 at 02:46 PM by rich_c

A few recent news stories have lead me to the firm conclusion that Microsoft is no longer a credible software company. I know a lot of people have been saying that for a long time, but here are a few pointers that indicate they’ve gone from being a tech company to become a legal firm.

First, an illustration of how their software ‘innovation’ is no longer of much importance/interest. Take Windows 7. To put it kindly, it’s what Vista could/should have been and is as good or better...
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