First off, I hate the press. I have very little to no respect for most of the journalists I’ve met. I can’t say their all bad, but most of the one’s I’ve met are. A lot of the ones I haven’t met are pretty bad too actually. Here in states we are in the midst of a fight over Fox News refers to as “Fair and Balanced News.” New flash people! “Fair and balanced” doesn’t exist. Never has. Never will. My blog is heavily biased in my favor for example.
This distaste for news people is well demonstrated in this article on Linus Torvalds and the GPLv3. It basically boils down to Linus is upset that the new GPLv3 includes statements that he feels restricts people’s rights to use open source software. I feel like the guy who wrote that article is just out to make Linus look bad. Personally I agree with Linus and I wouldn’t use the GPLv3 either if I were him. Now don’t get me wrong here. Linus has a dirty mouth and can be an asshole but that doesn’t make him a bad guy nor wrong.
I’m not a huge fan of dwm but I have spoken of it in the past and even contributed some to Arch Linux Wiki about how to use it so I feel compelled to speak about it. A new version has been released. Thats about all there is to it. If your not familiar with dwm its a WM for bad asses. One of those keyboard driven we don’t believe in mouse kind of WMs. Not quite my bag but I’m game for it if it floats someone else’s boat.
Finally, back to some more Gentoo related stuff. I have just discovered that Gentoo now has an art site devoted to them. Gentoo-Art.org is just like Gnome-Look or KDE-Look but its totally focused around Gentoo. This totally rocks and everyone who uses Gentoo who has created some sort of art should contribute it. Do it!
Enjoy the Penguins!
After a great deal of hassle I finally got SLiM working on my Arch laptop. I spent hours reading man pages, websites, howtos, and wiki-es in search of my problem. None of them helped. I could not, for the life of me, find out what I did wrong. I even reinstalled it. Well, turns out I’m just an idiot. In the /etc/slim.conf file you have to specify which xinitrc file you’d like to use. You can use the personal one of the user logging in or a global one in /etc/X11/xinit. I had mine set for the local one for my user while I continued to modify and toy with the global one. So I spent roughly two days pulling out my hair only to realize all I had to do was use the right init file. It was one of those experiences that makes you feel retarded after its over. My install of SLiM does function properly now and can correctly log me into either xfce or dwm.
As far as dwm is concerned I haven’t really done anything with it. In fact I’ve done nothing with it. I have no idea what so ever how to use it. Gentoo users frequently get mad at the Paludis team for being harsh on IRC or through the mailing list. Well, all I have to say is at least they write up-to-date, correct, and human readable documentation; and lots of it I might add. The authors of dwm won’t even give you that. They show you a roughly 50 line man page and what ever comes with the source code and send you on your way. And apparently they too have bad reputation on IRC. Oh well. Unlike Paludis, I at this point, do not see myself using dwm for more than just personal entertainment. Though there are some other window managers out there I would like to try but have not. E17 is at the top of the list right now. I have tried E16 and I was not very impressed, but E17 appears to be a lot better. We’ll find out.
Enjoy the Penguins!
On my Arch Laptop I blew out GDM and replaced it with SLiM and I have added dwm to my list of usable desktop environments. I have no real experience with either of them but I’m working on it. My first thoughts of SLiM on my laptop so far is that it is a pain in the butt to configure. I know its supposed to be “simple” hence the name but I’m having a terrible time getting it to work properly. It lives up to its reputation though. It is very light weight and despite its being lightweight it does look very good. After I get it setup I’ll give a better review of it.
dwm, much like SLiM, has been a rather rough ride. At this point all I’ve got is it up and running. My impressions at this point is that its lightweight. It does have some rather odd, I think their odd anyway, methods though. For example it has not configuration files. Instead all of the configuring is done through the source code. So every time you change something you have to recompile. This is great while the program stays under 2000 lines of C, but when it begins to grow and gain new features that is really going to become a nuisance, if it isn’t already for some users. Past that I haven’t really gotten the chance to use it much. I’m busy doing a lot of other things besides Linux.
I have created Arch Linux Wiki pages for both SLiM and dwm if you would like to check them out. As of this writing I’m the only one who has edited them so feel to change them or submit changes to me if you see room for improvement. Again, as of this writing, I haven’t tried to use either of these with Gentoo though a Gentoo Wiki page does exist for SLiM, though I do not believe one exists dwm, yet.
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So today started out with nothing for me to do. I woke up and I was bored. Typical day I suppose. I haven’t found a job yet to keep me busy with… but that is another story. So the mail came today and I got the books I ordered off of Amazon finally. The first is Effective C++ (3rd Ed.) and the other is Effective STL both written by Scott Meyers. I haven’t really gotten to far into either of them as I seem to find more things to do as the day goes on but so far they both are excellent reads. If you like C++ anyway. I’ve read more of Effective C++ so far and it so far is written so that anyone with C++ experience can understand it pretty well. You will of course have to make sure you understand the lingo just like anything else, but the book presents very simple ways to improve your code. I don’t do a great deal of coding at the time being (okay I do about zero coding right now) but that will soon change. I would definitely recommend both of these books to any and everyone. I already plan on buying More Effective C++ as soon as I can.
In other unrelated news a thread on TuxForums.org inspired me to try a new window manager named dwm. I haven’t honestly used it yet as its not in Arch repositories so you have to use ABS (the Arch Build System) to install it. While attempting to get it up and running after getting it setup through ABS I decided I didn’t really like GDM. In fact I think sucks. So instead on my laptop I have switched to SLiM. So far I haven’t actually gotten SLiM working either but so far I already like it better if for no other reason than its very lightweight.
Finally, I think this post holds the record thus far for the number of external links provided within the text and for the number of tags. Sheesh!
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