Tim Groeneveld

Random musings from the world of an Open Source geek

No, I will *not* call it GNU/Linux. Ever.

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Recently, a good friend of mine sent an email to the Free Software Foundation, the FSF, which was founded by Richard Stallman

History Lesson time!

Richard M. Stallman is a hacker and software freedom activist. He wished to create a free operating system called GNU (which is a recursive acronym for GNU’s Not Unix). Stallman announced the plan for the GNU operating system in September 1983. Stallman was responsible for contributing many necessary tools, including a text editor, compiler, debugger, and a build automator. Many of these tools, such as gcc (the GNU C Compiler) are used today in (nearly) every Linux machine.

Back to my rant.

The Free Software Foundation now wishes us, the people who use Linux not to call Linux … Linux. I am sorry. The opperating system that I use is called Linux. This is the kernel that I use, hence, the system that I use is called Linux. When people ask what I have installed on my computer, I tell them either “Linux” or “Kubuntu”.

I think that we should not start appending or prepending anything to what my kernel is called.

For goodness sakes, if the Free Software Foundation wants me to start calling Linux GNU/Linux or GNU+Linux, I should start adding all the important software that I use on my machine.

Here was my attempt. Sorry to the people/companies and product/program names that I have missed.



Feeling 18

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On the 12th of September, I turned 18. This would be one reason for me slacking off in terms of number of posts. Thanks to everyone who sent me a happy birthday email 🙂

Will post a little about what I did for my birthday as time goes on, I am somewhat disapointed that I didn’t take pictures.

Somethings were designed not to use Windows

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Some things were designed just to not run on a Windows platform. It gets me thinking – what if someone went and actually installed a trojan onto one of these babies? Scary if you ask me.

File sharing is not piracy

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I just hate it when terms get thrown around incorrectly. One of the two words that really annoy me when they are said incorrectly is piracy. Piracy is when you are on the sea, and steal things from other ships.

Spread the word: Download the SVG file. Filesharing.svg

What ShareSource looked like back in the day…

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What ShareSource looked like back in the day, when it had “only” 200 projects. This is back on the old origional ShareSource software that I wrote for me and webs. The new software is alot faster.

Anger Management for Rude People

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[When you occasionally have a really bad day, and you just need to take it out on someone, don’t take it out on someone you know – take it out on someone you don’t know…]

I was sitting at my desk when I remembered a phone call I had forgotten to make. I found the number and dialed it.
A man answered, saying, “Hello.”
I politely said, “This is Jason Braemore. Could I please speak with Rachel Carter?”
Suddenly, the phone was slammed down on me – I couldn’t believe that anyone could be so rude.

I tracked down Rachel’s correct number and called her – I had transposed the last two digits of her phone number. After hanging up with her, I decided to call the ‘wrong’ number again…

When the same guy answered the phone, I yelled, “You’re a scumbag!” and hung up.

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OpenForge’s site is open for public inspection

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OpenForge is an API (Application Programming Interface) that allows different development forges to communicate each others. All the work is focused on interoperability.

(From OpenForge.info)

OpenForge is a new data exchange format that is slowly being introduced into ShareSource. It’s not really production-ready just yet, but it will be there by the end of this year.

See the site, with the lastest draft specification at OpenForge.info

Adobe for Linux

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I am disappointed,as a user of both Linux *and* After Effects that After Effects refuses to run on Linux.

Let’s face it; After Effects, and other applications in the Creative Suite are the most requested applications to be supported by Adobe on Linux.

With a growing market share, and many companies putting in quite a few dollars into supporting it (such as ASUS, and I could name much more), I think that having Adobe apps supported on Linux could be a major plus for not only the Linux, but Adobe.

Let’s face it, the people who work on Linux are geeks. They are people who really work wonders in the computer industry. They are inquisitive and smart people, who have a deep passion for software.

Just because Linux itself is free does not mean that there is not a viable place for software to grow and evolve.

I use Linux because it gives me the control that I want. If something locks sound for other programs? Well, I can lsof /dev/sound and kill the program that is doing it. I want to know *everything* that happens on my computer when it happens? All I have to do is tail -f /var/log/* and move that window to my other screen!

Adobe creates free software, such as the Flash Player, which is Adobe’s most used application – something that is free. Giving the flash viewer away for free creates the need for development kits, such as Adobe Flash to be required, making millions of dollars!

Flash for Linux has been a great thing, I have seen it evolve from the days when it was poorly supported, and you could not play flash files if any other sound application was running, to now where I think it is *almost* better then the Windows version.

IBM for years has said that Linux is ready, and show this in what is my *favorite* ad, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwL0G9wK8j4 released in 2003, announcing to the world that Linux is ready. Its learning and it’s evolving.

Now, those terms have become the present. It has evolved. It has learnt.

I believe that releasing a version of Adobe Creative Suite for Linux could do some really amazing things. It would change the way that people think about Linux.

I, being a person who has many friends who work actively with computers, in many diverse areas knows what the usual response is when you talk to someone about Linux.

Usually, it’s one of two looks. There is the look that says straight away “There is no retail visual effects programs for Linux” or “There is no ‘uber’ professional photo editors for Linux”. The other look is the one of ‘Well, there goes Halo’.

I am of the belief that releasing Adobe for Linux would help it’s market share to grow higher, as it’s a highly available, stable operating system.

Please, think about a version of Adobe CS3 or future versions of the Creative Suite for Linux. It’s not that we want them, but rather, we need them.

The lack of having Adobe After Effects on Linux is *the only* reason I still have Windows on my computer. I don’t want Windows. I dislike it, I hate not being able to have an uptime of more then seven days.

With Linux, I have seen an uptime of around 120 days! Try and do that on Windows!

Linux is ready. Please, see that!

That is the contents of a letter I just wrote to Adobe. Please, if you read this, and you want to help support this cause, drop Adobe an email at one of their ways to contact them, or blog about how you would like to see Adobe supported on Linux.

AegeanLinux, Looking back…

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Today I was setting up a PmWiki install for a website (more about this in the coming days), and it reminded me about AegeanLinux’s old site. Anyways, I don’t think I have any backups of that site any more, but I did go to archive.org (one of the Internet’s best websites), and look to see if I could find an old version of the site.

Man, does this bring back some amazing memories of things that I have done in my “young” days. This screenshot is from the site in 2006, I would have only been fifteen (15) years old!

It was based on ArchLinux, how ever, it did have some pretty slick cool things, like it’s own installer, written in Perl, which had both a console and Qt frontend to install it – even if it only half worked.

Will AegeanLinux ever return? Well, that will depend, but right now, ShareSource is more important. Imagine this though, if it wasn’t for me starting AegeanLinux, I would never have met webs (Jordan Bracco) and ShareSource would never had been!

You’re doing it wrong!

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Mr, please! Your doing it wrong!

You're doing it wrong!
You're doing it wrong!