Gnome 2.10, KDE 3.4, Ubuntu hoary, Open Office 2.0, Suse 9.3, Mepis 3.3 ……

Posted in Free Software, NITC, NSS, TricalZone at 6:09 pm by Pirate Praveen

Gnome Two, Ten

I’m back to blogsphere after a long break. There has been lotta things going on here in NITC. There was a class trip to Kodaikanal (it is in my draft and hope’ll be able to see it once I get the photos), NSS farewell, treat, Trical treats, lotta new distros ……..

KDE 3.4

Open Office Two, Zero

A much awaited new and improved Open Office is soon to be released. I tried the beta version and it has much to offer than the previous editions. [I heard that Redhat was successful to compile OOo with gnu tools for java — so hopefully we could see an uncrippled version of OOo with Fedora core 4]

Open Office Two, Zero beta

Read Java fallout: OpenOffice.org 2.0 and the FOSS community

Several new features of the recently released OpenOffice.org 2.0 beta require a Java Runtime Environment (JRE). Since Java’s license is neither free nor open source, a small but vocal minority has responded both strongly and negatively. For instance, when NewsForge recently published a review of the beta, no other feature attracted as much comment. Some groups, including members of the major GNU/Linux distributions, most of whom repackage OpenOffice.org (OOo), have responded by looking for alternatives, often while cursing the project for the extra work it has dumped on them. How did OpenOffice.org come to rely on Java? What problems is it likely to cause? How are GNU/Linux distributions reacting to this change in a key piece of software?

Some questions which the author Bruce Byfield tried to ansewr are

  • What has changed?
  • Why did OpenOffice.org choose Java?
  • What are the objections to using Java?
  • How distributions are responding?

Bruce Byfield is a freelance course designer and instructor and a technical journalist.
Read Java fallout: OpenOffice.org 2.0 and the FOSS community

The debate continues… and Suse 9.3 scheduled to be out by Mid-April will include OOo 2.0 preview with java.

Making the leap: Microsoft Word to OpenOffice.org Writer
Wednesday April 20, 2005 (09:00 AM GMT)
By: Jem Matzan


I have tried the new version of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distro and also the kubuntu version of it. It clearly shows why GNOME rocks!! [Ugly fonts with no anti-aliasing by default and occatiopnal crashes of konqueror, no cdrdao for k3b — so you cannot burn cds!! — the KDE woes continues. But I agree with the KDE fans that there are lots of KDE applications out there but the look and feel is not comparable to Gnome]


Note: I’ve tried both ways (Start from Ubuntu and install KDE as well as start with Kubuntu and install Gnome) and reached a (read many — has 6 ubuntu boxes in our man CC) full Gnome+KDE Ubuntu box. And now I’ve a CD full of Ubuntu packages (xine, xmms, java from gnu, mplayer……). So with either ubuntu or kubuntu and my software collection one get a full featured Ubuntu box with multimedia, development, authoring….

The interesting new additions to the Ubuntu are Gnome 2.10 and KDE 3.4. Gnome comes with default bit torrent client now and the menus are more comprehensive [for example the modem dialer menu]. KDE features an RSS reader.

Ubuntu hoary screenshot

Just tried the new SimplyMepis 3.3. I booted from the CD, didn’t install. I don’t support distribution of non free packages with distros, and Mepis has a lot. I don’t recommend it but it is very simple with all the multimedia applications out there, even skype dialer is there. I find this a greater problem to have proprietory application in GNU/Linux like Skype. GImp came out because Photoshop was not availble for Unixes and I dunno what the future of FOSS when people start encouraging non-free software on free OS, one thing is sure it is not good for the FOSS.

And the final year week over and all the farewells and treats over. Now I’m no more the secretary of NSS. It was a very nice experience to be a skipper of a group of motivated and spirited youth. I enjoyed it very much. The most memorable moments of the college life was when I went out the campus and lived with my friends in the camps and got a chance to mingle with friends from other colleges.

Then the exam season to be over soon. Night outs have become a necessity since whole semester had to be mugged-up in a day. I just want to clear all the papers. The next exam is ANN (Artificail Neural Networks)


  1. Dilip said,

    April 18, 2005 at 4:32 pm

    Did the Mepis Live CD Work ? I tried that some time back . Got the error “Out of Sync”. I think the X.org or Xfree86 needed to be editted to get the X.

  2. Praveen A said,

    April 19, 2005 at 1:53 pm

    The same problem [ error Out of Sync ] I got with Muneer’s computer also. Dunno if it still has the problem. It is a live CD that can be installed on a hard disk. I tried it on CC and it works fine.

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