Category Archives: Open Source

Colligo – Google Talk for Linux?

Here’s a new instant messenger application for Linux worth taking a closer look at. It looks like a Linux version of Google Talk, which means sleek, simple, and beautiful.

Colligo

More information on Kenneth Christiansen’s blog.

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Desktop Java and Desktop Linux: A Match Made in Heaven?

[Both] Linux and Java benefit from using Java on the Linux desktop, since both of them want the same thing, and can mutually contribute towards the same goal. Both Linux and Java want greater desktop market share. Java can give this to Linux by providing a more productive, more secure, and easier to debug platform for writing applications, as well a platform so that applications written in it can also run on Windows. This helps protect the developer’s investment in a minority platform when it comes to the desktop. And Linux has something to offer Java as well: a second chance at becoming a major player in the desktop application arena. Linux is slowly but surely gaining desktop market share. Java can help it grow, and also grow with it. It could be that desktop Java and desktop Linux are a match made in heaven.

Downloading OpenSUSE 10.3 Alpha 1

Ubuntu has started to bore me lately. Nothing really new and exciting seems to be added to Feisty. And they just can’t seem to ditch the brown.

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Herd 5 Desktop

I actually installed OpenSUSE before (I think it was 10.1) but I quickly went back to Ubuntu again. However, I can’t really remember why I didn’t like OpenSUSE so I’ll try it again. After reading about the progress of the new Gnome main menu, I don’t mind the hassle of installing it one more time.

OpenSUSE 10.3 Alpha 1 Main Menu

Google Talk with Video Calls?

Google TalkI read at the Swedish IT website IDG.se that the Nokia N800 internet tablet comes with a version of Google Talk that supports video calls. Is this really true? Then why isn’t it available in the Windows client? And why hasn’t Google Talk been released for PC Linux when it’s obviously available for internet tablet Linux?

Speaking of Google Talk, when are they planning on making significant progress? It was released 18 months ago and still, it’s not possible to e.g. call Google Talk contacts from Gizmo Project, another SIP compliant VoIP client. What’s the point of being standards compliant if it’s not possible for other clients to communicate on the same terms?

Mono

MonoI’m excited about the progress of Mono, the open-source implementation of the Microsoft .NET development platform. The software I’m developing at work is written in C#. This basically means that in the future, we could switch from Windows XP to Linux with relatively little effort. The only things that would need to be re-written, I’m assuming, are the OPC communication library, and the database communication (we’re currently using a Microsoft Access 2003 database).

I see a few potential benefits from switching to a Linux-based platform for the EM5 machines:

  • No Windows XP/XPe license cost.
  • Easier to set up a secure, restricted environment for the operator.
  • Secure remote administration using SSH.

Some emotional aspects as well:

  • No sucking up to Microsoft.
  • I like Linux.

Of course, I would need to do a proper investigation to see if there are other aspects that makes Linux less suitable. For example, many customers communicate directly with the queue database of our software system. That communication must be working between their system (e.g. Microsoft Access or whatever they’re using) and ours (using e.g. MySQL).

Just four years, eh?

Wow, only four years were required to fix a major usability issue in Gnome:

Bug 102501 – Drag-and-drop extract operation should run instantly in background

An impressive sign of just how dedicated these Gnome developers are! Do they ever sleep?!

I can’t count the number of times I’ve thought File Roller is broken when it’s just taking an incredible amount of time to respond to a user-triggered event. And I thought Gnome was about usability.

OK, so I’m complaining instead of fixing it myself, and the developer actually apologizes for the extreme delay in delivering a fix. But seriously, how can such an in-your-face bug like this exist for four years before someone steps up and fixes it? I should probably just close all my Gnome bugs, since most of them are enhancement requests, which I’m sure have an average life cycle of eight years or more…