Getting Rid of the Pesky Desktop Icons

openSUSE ships with two icons on your desktop that you can only remove with difficulty. And, I should point out, if you delete them and the package that provides them is updated, they’ll be back. Do yourself a favor and remove them the right way. Open...

Improved Compiz

Even though my Macbook Pro has an excellent graphics card, I still got a warning when I turned on Desktop Effects (Compiz). They work but I had (I think) more than my share of what seemed to be Compiz related crashes. But when things crash, the best thing to do is to...

The Beautiful Sonar Theme

This morning I read about a new theme being developed for openSUSE 11.2, called Sonar. It’s really easy to try it out in 11.1. You can download the files manually at this page– or you can add the repository to your list: Open ‘Software...

Shutter, the Only Screen Capture Utility Worth Using

Shutter is the best screen capture utility for Linux. Period. So I was dismayed to find that there is no package to just install it under openSUSE. One post on their site suggest that openSUSE didn’t want to include it because it’s essentially a bunch of...

Using Licenses to Crush Your Enemies

Strangely enough, an open source developer seems to be doing just that- he’s adding an exclusion that forbids someone he’s in a legal argument with to use the open source project he develops. I first saw this mentioned on the ZDNet Blogs which pointed to...