Due to spam comments are moderated and will only appear after approval.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Looking for Alternatives to Systemd

kraken.png (80×76)
The introduction and acceptance, often without much debate or end user involvement, of the systemd daemon into most Linux distributions over the last 1 1/2 years or so is a reality, and I'm not planning to take sides here or rehash any flame wars. As far as I'm concerned, the battle has been fought and the choices are clear. If you have several or even only one computer and are responsible for maintaining them then you're a System Administrator. If you do more than just boot up your machine and do typical consumer stuff like watching or even editing videos, surfing or writing emails and letters then you will at some point have a need to start and stop services, write a script to reset permissions at startup for a piece of software that won't play ball etc.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Fallout 4 Revealed at E4 2015: Trailer. How About Linux Support?

E4 2015 revealed a game I've long been waiting for - FALLOUT 4! I don't play much these days due to time constraints, the last really new one I played was Fallout NV when it came out, plus trying to catch up with the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series (still only half way through the first one, but playing them backwards, so had finished Call of Pripyat and Clear Skies previously). A much belated impression of the original Shadow of Chernobyl will eventually turn up here one day.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Google's Vint Cerf Worried About Coming of a 'Digital Dark Age'

Quite a privileged position to be in to worry about something like this if you look around in the world but he's right, of course. Even though the embedded video appears to have been deleted, you can access the full interview and several more clips from the link below.

Read the whole story Google's Vint Cerf warns of 'digital Dark Age' (BBC Science).

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Slackware - Same as Always

When taking this screen shot of my Slackware 14.0/14.1 amalgamation (started out as Salix in 2009), with Xfce 4.10 it occurred to me that it looks pretty much the same as always when compared to earlier screen shots from that period. Rooting for traditional interfaces. This should be easy and intuitive for anyone who started out with Windows for Workgroups or Win95.

A toast to keeping things simple and efficient, the way they are.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

LXDE-Common 0.99.0 for Slackware-Current

On 24th October an update for the lxde-common package was released by the project, a significant update with a long list of bug fixes and improvements. Notably improvements to logout and screenlock functions (i.e. "Fixed missing install of lxde-logout.desktop file"), new translations added and better integration with the file manager pcmanfm. Interestingly, a further blog post clarifies that, despite LXQT making progress, LXDE is here to stay and even recieved some patches for Gtk+3 recently.

Slackbuilds.org still offers an older lxde-common (20141008_8877e46) for 14.1. I took it upon myself to adapt the build script and see whether 0.99.0 would compile on Slackware-Current. Voila, you're welcome to download this package and try it out. It's only i486 for now as I'm not using any x64 installations at the moment due to gaming needs and some communications software but may offer 64-bit packages at a later date. I'm also looking into offering more packages for Slackware in the future and how to host this, if from an FTP server at home or another way.

Labels

12.04 LTS (1) 1280x1024 (2) 14.1 (1) absolute (3) accessibility (6) administration (1) afterstep (1) android (1) announcements (12) anonymity (3) anonymous (1) antiX (2) applications (1) arch (9) archbang (11) archone (1) authentication (1) backports (1) bash (2) bittorrent (2) bodhi (1) books (1) browsers (5) browsing (1) bsd (2) bug (2) bugs (3) calculate (1) centos (1) certification (1) chakra (2) chatzilla (1) chromium (2) click (1) commodore 64 (1) crunchbang (5) crux (1) ctkarch (1) debian (20) desktop (55) digital certificates (1) digital memories (1) distributions (71) documentaries (1) documentation (2) drivers (1) e17 (1) encryption (1) enlightenment (1) events (1) fake (1) fallout (1) fallout 4 (1) fedora (6) firefox (3) flash (1) flush (1) fluxbox (6) fluxflux (1) FPS (2) free software (2) frugalware (1) FSF (1) fusion (1) fvwm (1) fvwm-crystal (1) games (10) gaming (9) gentoo (2) gnome (8) gnome shell (4) gnu/linux (4) google-chrome (2) graphics (1) grml (1) hardcore punk (1) hardware (3) how-to (21) humor (1) icewm (3) init (1) init freedom (1) interview (1) introduction (1) jibbed (1) jwm (1) kanotix (2) kde (17) kde3 (2) kernel (5) knoppix (1) kongoni (2) kubuntu (1) LAS (1) libtorrent-rasterbar (1) linux (18) linux light (12) live (40) live medium (12) live system (7) lxde (12) lxqt (1) mageia (1) mandriva (1) marine life (1) mate (1) media center (4) mepis (2) mint (2) mobile (2) movies (5) mozilla (3) music (1) netbook (2) networking (2) news (2) open source (1) openbox (13) openSUSE (2) opinion (12) other (5) overclockix (1) packages (1) pclinuxos (2) perl (1) poll (2) porteus (3) privacy (3) privoxy (1) programming (1) proxy (2) puppy (3) qbittorrent (1) qt (1) quick look (10) ratpoison (1) red hat (6) relax (1) release (1) reviews (48) rhythmbox (1) RPG (2) sabayon (5) salix (15) scientific (7) screenshots (2) scripts (3) security (1) semplice (1) server (3) shell (1) shooter (4) siduction (1) slackel (1) slackware (46) slackware-current (7) slax (7) slitaz (1) smart phones (2) sms (1) south africa (2) specialist (1) spoof (1) surfing (1) systemd (1) table mountain (1) TDE (1) themes (1) tinyme (1) tips (1) tor (2) torrenting (1) torrents (1) traffic analysis (1) trinity (2) trisquel (1) ubuntu (4) unity (2) unity linux (3) unix (1) upgrade (5) vector (2) video (3) vinux (2) virtualbsd (1) visual impairment (5) wallpapers (3) window maker (4) window managers (1) wireless (10) xfce (13) youtube (1) zenwalk (3) zoo (1)