Are We Open or Fragmented?

And does it matter? You bet it does. To millions of people out there, Apple products are the height of cool. As Matt points out over at 37Signals’ blog, Apple can change the whole debate by redefining what the words involved mean. Of course they don’t want...

Plymouth Boot in Ubuntu 10.10 Looking Ugly?

Plymouth is the name of the subsystem that takes care of the startup process in Ubuntu. It’s supposed to be a purple (auberdine actually) screen with a nice Ubuntu logo and an activity indicator. But it can degrade to be simple white text on a purple background....

Loving 10.10 Maverick Meerkat’s Updated Look

If you missed it, the UI in Ubuntu continues to be refined and looks smoother all the time. The wallpaper looks great, and the grey chrome is slick. I do wish the scrollbars were a touch wider, but they’re ok. I continue to love the dark window border. The...

Neat to See Linux App from ‘Mainstream’ Companies

The other day in some instructions I found while working out some multimedia issues, there was a link to download an encoder from Nero AG, which makes and has for many years, several great products for the masses. I didn’t realize they do for Linux as well. Not...

Ubuntu 10.10 Is Here

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it, but I’ve been back to using Ubuntu for a couple of months. I came back to Linux on Intrepid Ibex (well just barely before), upgraded to Jaunty Jackalope then migrated to openSUSE. openSUSE was lots of fun, but I...