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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Today's Linux: Any XFCE distro

I've just tested out Xfce on Fedora and Xubuntu, and it's clean, simple, and easy to use. It looks a lot like Mac OS X if you change it around a bit....

Monday, June 11, 2007

WWDC 2007

WWDC started five minutes ago, and here's my list of what I think'll happen today there:

1. Leopard Beta (duh!)
2. More on the iPhone
3. Bye, Bye, Mac Mini
4. new Mac lineup: Macbook, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro
5. Aluminum iMacs (the iMac Pros)

Let's see what comes true!

Friday, June 8, 2007

DVD's on iPod Video

This website will teach you. You'll need to download a program called "Handbrake" - choose graphical, NOT command-line .

Monday, June 4, 2007

Registering for IRC

You need an IRC client (such as Xchat, for example) if you want to do this.

These are the steps followed to join a freenode.net channel, otherwise you'd be forwarded to a message saying "you must register your nick[name]."

1. Open the IRC client and type in /msg nickserv register ... where ... is your nickname
2. To login, type /msg nickserve identify ... where ... is your nick.
3. To add your email address, /msg nickserv set email ... where ... is your email.
4. Join a channel!

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Today's Linux: Fedora 7


Fedora 7 has been dubbed "The operating system that reaches higher," represented by hot air balloons throughout the installation and system. The installation was pretty user-friendly. Now, booting: interactive startup is pretty with all the blue clouds and balloons, and I'm not sure whether this is only on the first startup or not, but it kept asking questions, most of which had [Y] right after it, so I answered Y (means "yes") for all of them. It's really annoying.

Now, after all that, the user-creating and time-setting aspects of the OS came up. Again, very user-friendly with lots of hot-air balloons. Then the sample sound - very nice, smooth, and relaxing. And, finished. Now, my cursor sits on my screen.... waiting.... I restart the computer (I shouldn't have chosen to send hardware information).

And now... the questions again. The only one I answer "N" to is "initial startup," otherwise the same thing would happen again. Finally, I log in as my non-root user account and am prompted if I want to install the upgrades or not. I'm not sure when F7 was released, but it must have been recently since there are only 8 upgrades. I'll apply them. While they do their job, I'm gonna change the theme to Bluecurve and see what wallpapers Fedora has.

The system menu is more organized than Ubuntu's. Preferences, instead of being a huge endless line of options, is divided into 5 categories: Personal, Look and Feel, Internet/Network, Hardware, and System. Administration, however is like Ubuntu, since there aren't as many Admin options compared to personal. I select the Bluecurve theme, but the icons don't seem to fit. Back to the Fedora theme! Now for the wallpapers: there is a vast selection of wonderful wallpapers. I'll stick to the default "flying high" one.

Overall, I have to say that Fedora is a great distro, and I would reccomend it to anyone.

******TRIVIA*******
Fedora is made by Red Hat Corporation and a Fedora is a type of hat.

Friday, June 1, 2007

OS X vs Ubuntu 7.04

This little comparison is based off of X vs XP, a nice comparison between OS X and Windows XP. Now, I'm using the similar standards to compare Intel OS X to Ubuntu 7.04, a Linux distro.

Installing and Uninstalling
OS X: Drag app out of .dmg to install, drag it to trash to uninstall.
Linux: Synaptic Package Manager helps to simplify Linux package installation, but is still harder to use; an alternate way to install software is with the Add/Remove Software option.
Mac OS X
Launching Applications
OS X: Double-click on it.
Linux: Either double-click on it or run a command from Alt+F2.
Tie
Legacy Application Support
OS X: Intel OS X doesn't support PPC OS 9 apps.
Linux: Runs any Linux app, no matter how old.
Linux
Web Browsing
OS X: Comes with Safari, a tabbed browser.
Linux: Comes with FireFox, a tabbed browser; it's extendable and customizable.
Linux
Email
OS X: Simple, not too much too it. Has a junk filter.
Linux: Simple, has PIM. No junk filter.
Tie
Chatting
OS X: AIM and .Mac
Linux: Most known IM services.
Linux
Dictionary/Thesaurus
OS X: Easier to use.
Linux: Definitions are not as good.
OS X
Developer Tools:
OS X: The terminal comes with more developer commands, and Xcode comes on the install DVD.
Linux: Some developer tools in terminal; may need to install restricted software or build-essential
OS X

OS X: 3 , Linux: 3


OS X is a definite winner here, but it's all up to you. Your choice. This is based from a beginner's point of view to the operating systems, and I noticed I was being a little biased to OS X originally. I myself find them to be tied. It's really all up to personal preference. Either way, both beat Windows :-)

ReactOS: My Opinion

After testing out the LiveCD version of ReactOS, I didn't like it too much. Then again, it IS in the alpha phase. All the apps are hidden in the System32 folder. I'll wait till version 1.0 - it'll be full of apps, including an old version of PhotoShop.

But after exploring it a little further, there's a download manager application (similar to Add/Remove in Ubuntu) that can download popular apps for you. I see a bright future for this little OS...

Today's OS: ReactOS


I almost stumbled apon naming this entry "Today's Linux: ReactOS," but it's really not. The truth is that ReactOS is an OS in itself, with its own kernel and everything! (I haven't seen many non-Linux free OS's on the web)Now, if you see ReactOS's screenshot, it looks almost exactly like Windows 9.x! The grey start menu, the blue windows, with the grey x, [], and _ buttons at the top all make it Win9.x-like! What about the DOS prompt? And... is that FireFox being installed (you have to go to their website to see those last 2 screenshots)? It all surprised me, too, but ReactOS is built with WiNE on the base. This was really smart of the developers - now you can run Windows apps without running Windows!
...ReactOS is ... more than just a ... Windows-Clone...ReactOS takes the ... code a step further by stripping it down to the bare minimum – leaving a kernel that is ... fast, light, clean, and powerful ...

I still haven't had the time to test out the LiveCD version of ReactOS, but I will try it as soon as I can.

June 2007 - You know what that means.....

Yes, sir! It's June 2007 and you know what that means: WWDC! WWDC, in case you don't know, stands for "WorldWide Developers' Conference," hosted by Apple. You have to pay roughly $1100 to go to this thing, though, but if you're a growing Mac developer, then you'd really enjoy it. If you can't make it, videos are always available on YouTube ;-)

This year, Apple's releasing the Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Beta. It is planned to be released in October, and hopefully will make some Vista users want to turn around to something better. Leopard has ten major new features (plus 200 more, as claimed by Apple):

1. Time Machine: a revolutionary backup system - automatically backs up every single little change.
2. Mail: currently, with Apple Mail, all you have is a boring place to type email - the fonts/color menus aren't easily accessible, and it's all just messy. Now, with Mail 3, you can add Stationery to your mai. to make it cooler.
3. iChat: Make your friends think you're in the French Polynesia with cool video backdrops, and share your screens to watch a movie or work on a project together.
4. Spaces: These have been around since GUI's for Linux came by.
5. Dashboard: Now you can make your own widgets with Dashcode and make web clip widgets from Safari.
6. Spotlight: Now you can search other Macs (and maybe even PC's) on the same network and use Boolean logic.
7: iCal: more sharing capabilities.
8: Accesibility: the Alex voice is.... WOW
9. 64-bit: now it's 100% 64-bit.
10. Core animation: better graphics