Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The miro user interface is intuitive. I'm using gnome in
Ubuntu linux here. You can click the image for a bigger
look. It's a new way to watch...not-tv.

Monday, May 11, 2009

11.05.2009 23:34:24

My family got its first tv during the Apollo 11 launch.
That was July 1969 and it was a Zenith black and white
console. The whole family was mesmerized by a man walking
on the surface of the moon.

In my pc today is an application that captures rss
video, downloads movies and tv shows, and manages my multi
media files. Miro is an open source, multi platform video
manager. It has versions for windows, mac and linux. It
can play almost all video formats available in the internet. It
uses bit torrent for fast downloads. It checks for new
available episodes of your subscriptions. Miro checks
Youtube subscriptions (yours) and automatically downloads
them in your hard drive.

Miro might just be the killer application that open
source is waiting for to lift all other open source software
to the mainstream and more. Miro does this without DRM.

Get miro here.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

06.05.2009 16:30:15

When I was migrating from Windows to Linux (Ubuntu in
particular) my computer was on a dual boot. I wanted a
smooth transition and not sacrifice productivity for the
sake of migrating to a new operating system. After a month
of that set up, I deleted the windows system and gave the
whole drive to Linux. I never worked with windows since.

Now I know that some must have WINE on their systems
in order to use particular applications that run only on
windows. It can't be helped.

The ultimate success of users hinges on their conscious
decisions about using open source software. They can't just
sit on the fence. Eventually, they'll fall. Either they
fall on their two feet or on their backs, depending on
choices they make.

Windows and Linux are fundamentally different. The
look, the feel and the way they operate is different.
Speaking from the Linux side of the fence now, I have to
emphasize on the differences. Linux must succeed on its
own merits. Which means that for some people Linux wont
ever work.
05.05.2009 01:14:29

This is a comment from one reader reacting to the question
"Is Ubuntu bigger than Debian now?". I find it well balanced
and more importantly close to what I consider true about
the whole issue.

Epaminondas said:

I am a Desktop Linux user since 2002. Migratated from Apple Macintoshes (not Windows) to Linux when Apple abandoned MacOS 9 - I got tired of all the forced upgrades on Apple machines.

So I am a simple, "it just works" GUI kinda guy.

I have tried Lindows, Debian, Mandrake, Red Hat, Fedora, Mepis, KNOPPIX, Ubuntu, Puppy, DSL - and a few others along the way. And I have now settled down to what works for me.

Debian in 2002 was impossible for me to set up as a desktop machine with my limited Linux skillset. When I installed straight Debian I just ended up on the command line. I could not figure out what to do, despite searching through the Debian web site. I did get the impression on the Debian web site that Debian was built by technical people for technical people, that it was more a server distribution than a desktop distribution, and that I was in way over my head. The Debian culture that I saw just ended up making me feel too stupid for Debian. Definitely a newbie-unfriendly distribution. So I moved on.

Red Hat/Fedora would work OK until an update inevitably borked it. So I would try something else.

Mepis is just plain wonderful. I was home! Until an update would bork printing. Then, regretfully, on to try something else.

Ubuntu was garbage - at first. Display, printing, internet connection - problems all over the place. All hype - no substance. A bunch of silly overenthusiastic people on the boards. So I moved on.

Cycling back through Fedora and Mepis - which both again then borked during updates.

Back to try Ubuntu again. Not expecting success. Surprisingly, everything now actually worked. So I figured I would use Ubuntu until an update inevitably borked it. But updates - unlike Fedora and Mepis - have never once borked my Ubuntu machine.

So I now use Ubuntu. Because Ubuntu gets it right. And I recommend Ubuntu to others. And I now have no reason to change.

If Debian has become any friendlier to us desktop GUI types, I might give it a try if I ever have a problem with Ubuntu. However, Debian still leaves a bad taste in my mouth when I think how unwelcome I felt in the Debian community back in 2002.

A Debian-based - but friendly - desktop distribution may make more sense for the likes of me.

Oh - the secret to making any distribution work relatively well - Ubuntu, Mepis, Fedora, whatever:

(1) Backup!

(2) Never an early adopter be: always wait at least one month before adopting a new release. Check the boards before doing so for knowledge of problems and fixes. True of Ubuntu. Particularly true of Fedora!

(3) Multiboot. Keep your old functioning release on one partition as you are trying the new release on another. That way, if the new does not work out, you have a good fallback position.

(4) Keep trying different distributions until you find the one that works for you.

Best regards,


This was posted on Internet.com as part of the discussion
on the question of Ubuntu vs. Debian.

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