Archive for the 'opinions' Category

From App-Centric to Data-Centric

May 25th, 2005

Here’s the big picture overview of my desktop PC usage: I deal with data and not applications. Sadly, most of the apps today aren’t designed with this data first attitude in mind. This is a note on how I got my desktop closer to the ideal data first desktop.

Linux Can’t Kill Windows

April 21st, 2005

What follows is something I wrote on my personal blog. But after posting it, I realized it may be more appropriate for E Minor.

So Krishna thinks that this chap Ian makes very valid points when he says ‘Linux can’t kill Windows.’ I couldn’t disagree more. Not with the can’t kill part but with the valid […]

are you gaim?

January 26th, 2005

Though I have been installing Gaim since version 0.7, the disadvantage of being firewalled never allowed me to use all its features (read MSN Messenger, IRC). The new release finally supports a “working HTTP connection method for MSN” and it really does work. A simple configure -> make -> sudo make install […]

GNOME’s Cultural Reboot

January 12th, 2005

Seth Nickell has written a very interesting article over at GNOME Journal: Experimental Culture. He argues that the focus on usability has had a very real and beneficial impact on the GNOME project but this change has come at the expense of creativity. Developers are afraid to experiment because experimentation is often coupled with […]

Killing the desktop Linux?

December 22nd, 2004

It is really ironic that I am writing this first post on a Desktop Linux blog with a title like that. But consider the compelling argument that KDE hacker Aaron Seigo has made: Open Source Software for Windows will kill the desktop Linux dream.

…the vast majority of users select which operating system to run […]