It has been a while since I uploaded a screenshot. As a post in my blog a screen shot is rather pointless. It provides no real news or if you view this as more of a journal or diary then it doesn’t really provide me any great memories either. Yet I post them anyway. I think when people browse through the blogs most people are really looking for pictures anyway. I skip over at least 75% of blogs without pictures in the posts. Life is just more interesting with pictures. Why do you think X has become so popular even though Linux is so powerful through the command line? Because people like pictures. We like eye candy. Text is boring even if it may be better in some respects, its boring, plane and simple.
As for my screenshot though that’s my laptops screen. My desktop sits at home while I’m at school. Something I wish I could change, but right now its just not feasible to have two computers in my dorm room. I’m running Gentoo Linux with Fluxbox. On the bottom is yab toolbar from aDesklets, in the top right corner is the calender desklet again from aDesklets, and finally beside that is the weather desklet from aDesklets. In the top left corner is conky with my custom layout. If any body is interested in using my color scheme and/or layout just post a comment and I will post it. My background picture came from Dieselstation. If you want high quality pictures of cars in standard ratio or wide screen format, that site really can’t be beat. I’ve seen a lot of sites, but that one has the most high quality pictures in the easiest to find format. The car itself is a Maybach Excelero. Beautiful peice of equipment and probably the only super luxury car I’d ever really dream of owning. Bentleys, Rolls, and even the standard Maybach really don’t excite me at all. I think that pretty much sums it up. Don’t drool to much, especially if your stuck staring at XPs ugly desktop.
Enjoy the Penguins!
Novell has reached a deal to partner with Mircosoft. Something I think the Linux community should of seen coming. With a rising share in the desktop and server markets it was only a matter of time before something of this nature happened. I would of expected Novell to be the one to do it probably if you could of asked me before now. They haven’t really been in the Linux market very long, unlike Redhat whose been there its whole life, so for them to be the ones to partner up doesn’t surprise me. The only surprising thing to me is the nasty history Microsoft and Novell have. They’ve been at each others throats legally several times in the past.
What does this mean for the Linux community? My guess is not near as much as you think. From what the article says they’re only discussing interoperability. Whats that mean? That means Linux and Windows will play nice together. That’s all I can see coming out of it. Put a little Microsoft sticker on the side of the SUSE box. After you boot it you’ll probably forget its there. You’ve got to remember that even though they’ve partnered they’re still technically enemies in the market both competing against each other in the desktop and mainly the server business.
If your concerned about anything at this point it should be the future. This is a baby step. Microsoft isn’t going to merge with any Linux company right off the bat. They’re to slick for that. I predict this deal will lead to further deals in the near future. What does Microsoft got to loose? I expect SUSE will be the ultimate looser though. A certain percentage of die hards will of course will leave SUSE behind after a deal with the devil. On the same hand, as the deal progresses it might be possible to see a sudden flux of SUSE growth. If more deals are in the future I expect small things like offical WMA support on SUSE. Something could spur a large amount of growth. Microsoft’s new OS Vista will be the real winner. Especially as a new version is cooked for office and server use. With a penguin on the side of the Vista box, businesses will no longer have to worry about about a server room full of penguins and an office full of windows.
All in all I think this was something unavoidable. You can Novell a sell out if you want, but that is pointless. The world as we know it right now needs Microsoft. We are dependent upon them. Like it or not that is the way it is. For now there is nothing particularly bad about the new deal that I can sneak out. Its the future deals I would be weary of; because you know they’re coming. Until then, though. Enjoy the Penguins
To make this story make sense you need a bit of background. I wanted to get rid of Rhythmbox because its update schedule is as slow as a snails and there are a lot of features that aren’t in .8 that need to be. With that said it had to go. I loved Rhythmbox, but until the dev team over there can get it together and at least make it comparable to other players its just another piece of software for the history books. Love it, but its need a new stable release in the worst way. So I unloaded it. And in my quest for a new one I of course went to
and searched for media players. As I’m going through I get the sudden urge to just try these names and see if any of them are already on my system. This has never worked before, yes I have tried, but I always for who knows what reason try it anyway. So I’m going through and I see Audacious. I had never heard of Audacious actually until recently when it was announced that XMMS was being removed from Portage. A major blow to the media player selection in Portage, but definitely something the Gentoo community can live without. It is, like most pieces of software in the FOSS world, one of hundreds in the same category. So I try Audacious at the command prompt. Two seconds later there it is. How did it get on my system?? Unless I have emerged previously and do not remember, something I find highly unlikely, the only way I can think of it getting there is it was a dependency for another program. Who knows what program that might of been.
Now that I have Audacious though, I’m hooked. Except for one problem. It doesn’t by default come with a docklet. A docklet is a little icon that sits by the clock on your screen, exactly like Gaim uses. It does come with one as a separate package though. So I emerged it as well. That for some reason though caused Audacious to fail to start.
And that brings you to where I am at now. Trying to A) Find another player to replace Audacious with or B) Figure out if I can fix Audacious’ docklet problem. Which ever I figure out first determines the fate of Audacious as my mp3/ogg player. We will see.
Enjoy the Penguins!