Today’s Linux: Any XFCE distro

14 June, 2007

I’ve just tested out Xfce on Fedora and Xubuntu, and it’s clean, simple, and easy to use. It looks a lot like Mac OS X if you change it around a bit….


WWDC 2007

11 June, 2007

WWDC started five minutes ago, and here’s my list of what I think’ll happen today there:

1. Leopard Beta (duh!)
2. More on the iPhone
3. Bye, Bye, Mac Mini
4. new Mac lineup: Macbook, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro
5. Aluminum iMacs (the iMac Pros)

Let’s see what comes true!

DVD’s on iPod Video

8 June, 2007

This website will teach you. You’ll need to download a program called “Handbrake” – choose graphical, NOT command-line .

Registering for IRC

4 June, 2007

You need an IRC client (such as Xchat, for example) if you want to do this.

These are the steps followed to join a channel, otherwise you’d be forwarded to a message saying “you must register your nick[name].”

1. Open the IRC client and type in /msg nickserv register … where … is your nickname
2. To login, type /msg nickserve identify … where … is your nick.
3. To add your email address, /msg nickserv set email … where … is your email.
4. Join a channel!

Today’s Linux: Fedora 7

3 June, 2007

Fedora 7 has been dubbed “The operating system that reaches higher,” represented by hot air balloons throughout the installation and system. The installation was pretty user-friendly. Now, booting: interactive startup is pretty with all the blue clouds and balloons, and I’m not sure whether this is only on the first startup or not, but it kept asking questions, most of which had [Y] right after it, so I answered Y (means “yes”) for all of them. It’s really annoying.

Now, after all that, the user-creating and time-setting aspects of the OS came up. Again, very user-friendly with lots of hot-air balloons. Then the sample sound – very nice, smooth, and relaxing. And, finished. Now, my cursor sits on my screen…. waiting…. I restart the computer (I shouldn’t have chosen to send hardware information).

And now… the questions again. The only one I answer “N” to is “initial startup,” otherwise the same thing would happen again. Finally, I log in as my non-root user account and am prompted if I want to install the upgrades or not. I’m not sure when F7 was released, but it must have been recently since there are only 8 upgrades. I’ll apply them. While they do their job, I’m gonna change the theme to Bluecurve and see what wallpapers Fedora has.

The system menu is more organized than Ubuntu’s. Preferences, instead of being a huge endless line of options, is divided into 5 categories: Personal, Look and Feel, Internet/Network, Hardware, and System. Administration, however is like Ubuntu, since there aren’t as many Admin options compared to personal. I select the Bluecurve theme, but the icons don’t seem to fit. Back to the Fedora theme! Now for the wallpapers: there is a vast selection of wonderful wallpapers. I’ll stick to the default “flying high” one.

Overall, I have to say that Fedora is a great distro, and I would reccomend it to anyone.

Fedora is made by Red Hat Corporation and a Fedora is a type of hat.

OS X vs Ubuntu 7.04

1 June, 2007

This little comparison is based off of X vs XP, a nice comparison between OS X and Windows XP. Now, I’m using the similar standards to compare Intel OS X to Ubuntu 7.04, a Linux distro.

Installing and Uninstalling
OS X: Drag app out of .dmg to install, drag it to trash to uninstall.
Linux: Synaptic Package Manager helps to simplify Linux package installation, but is still harder to use; an alternate way to install software is with the Add/Remove Software option.
Mac OS X
Launching Applications
OS X: Double-click on it.
Linux: Either double-click on it or run a command from Alt+F2.
Legacy Application Support
OS X: Intel OS X doesn’t support PPC OS 9 apps.
Linux: Runs any Linux app, no matter how old.
Web Browsing
OS X: Comes with Safari, a tabbed browser.
Linux: Comes with FireFox, a tabbed browser; it’s extendable and customizable.
OS X: Simple, not too much too it. Has a junk filter.
Linux: Simple, has PIM. No junk filter.
OS X: AIM and .Mac
Linux: Most known IM services.
OS X: Easier to use.
Linux: Definitions are not as good.
Developer Tools:
OS X: The terminal comes with more developer commands, and Xcode comes on the install DVD.
Linux: Some developer tools in terminal; may need to install restricted software or build-essential

OS X: 3 , Linux: 3

OS X is a definite winner here, but it’s all up to you. Your choice. This is based from a beginner’s point of view to the operating systems, and I noticed I was being a little biased to OS X originally. I myself find them to be tied. It’s really all up to personal preference. Either way, both beat Windows 🙂

ReactOS: My Opinion

1 June, 2007

After testing out the LiveCD version of ReactOS, I didn’t like it too much. Then again, it IS in the alpha phase. All the apps are hidden in the System32 folder. I’ll wait till version 1.0 – it’ll be full of apps, including an old version of PhotoShop.

But after exploring it a little further, there’s a download manager application (similar to Add/Remove in Ubuntu) that can download popular apps for you. I see a bright future for this little OS…