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I Love...Adobe?

Posted 10-19-2010 at 02:31 PM by beetleman64 (Sensible World of Linux)

That's right. A company who many in the Linux world consider fashionable to hate, is one which commands respect from me. Why? Well the reason is that Adobe actually gives a damn. I know, I know, Flash is a bit of a horror show at times, but the fact that it is available on all major operating systems (even OpenSolaris for those poor fans who are left).

But most importantly, the fact that Adobe supplies a dedicated repository for Ubuntu and Fedora users shows again that Adobe cares....
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Red Hat's Missed Opportunity

Posted 10-18-2010 at 04:20 PM by beetleman64 (Sensible World of Linux)
Updated 10-18-2010 at 04:22 PM by beetleman64 (typos)

Those of us who use Ubuntu will be aware that Ubuntu has got a "partner repository", a repository which contains proprietary software which, by nature, cannot be included in the main repository. It is an idea which I personally think is excellent, as it allows software which goes against the principals of Open Source to be included for the benefit of standard users.

It's such a good idea that I'm amazed no-one else has copied it. Those who use a distro outwith the Ubuntu...
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Am I kidding myself?

Posted 09-13-2010 at 03:34 PM by MrCode
Updated 12-28-2010 at 08:31 PM by MrCode
Tags linux

No, this is not another existential rant.

Okay, we got that across.

Basically the scenario is this: I don't do a whole lot of programming anymore (in fact, the last time I wrote a C program, useful or not, was probably a good few months ago), I'm somewhat of a gamer (Neverball, LTris, various old games in DOSBox), and I like all the pretty bling on my GPU-composited desktop (i.e. I like my Compiz ). why am I using Linux? Am I kidding myself?...
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CIDR to Netmask conversion with Python (convert short netmask to long, dotted format)

Posted 09-03-2010 at 05:43 AM by bittner (Notes on Linux)
Updated 09-03-2010 at 10:20 AM by bittner

When you write scripts dealing with setting up or analyzing network interfaces you will eventually run into the task of converting a netmask from one format into another.

Typically, the setup of an ethernet TCP/IP network interface consists of an IP address, a netmask, and a broadcast address. Unfortunately for you as a novice, the two tools ifconfig and ip show the same (or similar) information in a different format.

$ /sbin/ifconfig
eth0 Link
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Something a little less "deep", and more "practical" (well, to me at least)

Posted 08-30-2010 at 08:33 PM by MrCode
Updated 12-28-2010 at 08:32 PM by MrCode
Tags flash, linux, rant

Sometimes when I see someone watching an HD video with the embedded (*shudder*) Flash player on a website, I just want to say someting like, "Do you have any idea how many CPU cycles are being burned up just to play that video??".

If I want to watch a video on YouTube (or some other video-hosting website) that offers a higher vertical resolution than 480p, I use my fancy little DownloadHelper FF plugin and just download it. Then I can play it with GNOME MPlayer, which has...
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