Archive for June, 2008


I was very surprised today when I installed the newest “screenlets” version.

The quality of the applets, the number of applets, the way they integrate with your desktop, it’s all done perfectly.

I used lots of “widgets” programs (on kde4, vista, xp) but the newest screenlets version blows all the competition straight out of the water.

I did a piece about Google gadgets a few days ago, well Google’s gadgets aren’t even in the same league. Forget them. You want screenlets.

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There is some controversy about the Ubuntu Netbook Remix because it includes some proprietary codecs.

It would be interesting to get an idea how many actually use them.

I suspect the vast majority.

(proprietary codecs include commercial dvd playback, mp3, divx, flash, …)

Remix controversy

After the news got out about Ubuntu’s netbook remix, the included propietory codecs and even possible cooperation with Microsoft, some people were questioning Ubuntu.

While most people thought this to be a good move from Canonical to help spread Linux, open-source zealots found it not-done.

Mark Shuttleworth (ubuntu’s founder and philanthropist) responded on the

There is (again) absolutely no truth to the rumour that Canonical has
done a deal with Microsoft for access to codecs – either in return for
money, or for some other quid-pro-quo. – Mark Shuttleworth

He went on to say that they might work together with MS under transparent and reasonable conditions if the necessity arises.

I personally find it a good thing that newcomers to Ubuntu (linux) have codecs preinstalled by the OEM on their netbook.

That saves them the trouble of having to install it afterwards, because let’s face it, most of us do install them.

Linux Mint 5 Elyssa

Linux mint is an Linux distro based on and fully compatible with Ubuntu.

Linux Mint is more oriented towards new users or users who just want to keep things easy.

Some media codecs are already installed by default, a different “start” menu, nicer looking art work, those are just some of the “advantages” Mint has over the standard Ubuntu distro.

Now don’t get me wrong, I won’t be using this one.

I like to customize stuff myself, but if you are looking to hook someone up with a Linux distro and you could not help them set it up, I would suggest this one.

Read more about the Elyssa distro here.

Firefox 3 RC 1

I know firefox 3 RC 2 is already out, but firefox 3 RC 1 is now in the ubuntu repositories.

So if you update your system, you’ll get it.

Installing RC 2 shouldn’t be any different than installing beta versions.

Use the search function on the top right to search for those.


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