Interesting and detailed article on Nepomuk, the semantic desktop technology that is already part of the KDE platform: two of the "driving forces" behind the project, explain the Nepomuk features and also those that have already been introduced in Mandriva Linux 2010. One of the many signs of tight connection between Open Source and innovation...
Friday, 11 December 2009
Thursday, 10 December 2009
I recently installed Chrome on my Mac, and I have to say that it starts really fast (detectably faster than Firefox, for sure...) I still can't adopt it as main browser, since I'm too addicted to Firefox extensions (and at the moment nothing can beat the wonderful extensions system of that browser).
However, extensions are growing also for Chrome. Let's wait and see. If I'd have a good extensions for blog posting, as Scribfire, just to start... ;)
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Google didn't do a good job at explaining the intended use of Chrome OS and many people wondered if Google's operating system is an alternative to Windows. The goal is to build "an operating system that provides a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web".
Nice and brief article that can help to put the new Google OS in the right perspective. Briefly, this OS can't be seen as competitor to most used operating system: it simply lacks a lot of features to allow such kind of comparisons! Conversely, it came with a number of peculiarity that can be very interesting in selected fields, such as (just to say one) netbooks.
It may be taken as an excellent example of the intrinsic flexibility of linux, don't you think so?
Friday, 20 November 2009
So 2010 looks set to be a very exciting year. In addition to delivering Ubuntu experiences with both existing and new OEM partners, we will be working with Google on Chrome OS based devices.
It's certainly an exciting thing that Google OS is taking shape. I think that the simple fact that a huge company invest on linux, far from being a problem for the open source community, can bring some new perspectives and some fresh new air on the linux world. And it's certainly needed, IMHO. Even more good, is discovering that Ubuntu is working with Google in this project...
Monday, 26 October 2009
Ok, as many others, I'm eagerly waiting to update my Ubuntu box. Ubuntu is surely a great distro, no doubts. Anyway, if I can move a critic to the webpage presenting the features of the new system... well, it could be this one: did you realize that almost 90% of the item presented are NOT specific of Ubuntu, but common to almost all modern linux distributions?
I mean, Email and chat (Empathy, Evolution), Internet (Firefox... could you imagine a linux distro without it..?), Photos (F-Spot...).
Admittedly, the purpouse of the page is also to present Ubuntu to people that are not "geek" or linux experts. Anyway, why not to stress a bit more the specific Ubuntu features?
Just my two cents... ;)
Friday, 23 October 2009
No doubt, one of the man who is capable of continuous surprises (and a good sense of humour, together with the precious ability of "not taking himself too seriously", which I do like a lot) is Linus Torvalds... ;-)
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
"The KDE community has fixed over 10,000 bugs and implemented almost 2,000 feature requests in the last 6 months. Close to 63,000 changes were checked in by a little under 700 contributors..."
These are numbers quite impressive ;-)
Overall, I think that both Gnome and KDE have reached a really good level of maturation. Linux on desktop is getting every day a more robust and realiable option...
Friday, 25 September 2009
And what if the images you find already included in your brand new Ubuntu have been choosen in a context which involved a lot of passionate users (and photographers), via a submission in a Flickr group?
As reported in the Kenneth Wimer blog, "the results of the flickr submissions is simply amazing. 639 members submitted 2001 photos. Selecting the images to include in Karmic was a big task, and if there were more free space on the disk, I would add more....".
Isn't it great to see that a linux distribution is a product really built upon the free contributions of many, many people? :-)
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Please be aware that no stable version of Amarok for Mac OS has yet been released. This means those builds are FOR TESTING PURPOSES ONLY. There is no official support for them. These builds might be unstable, have bad side effects, kill your cat, start WW IV or even worse, may not work at all. You have been warned!
Well, I receipt the kind warning. At any rate, why on earth does Amarok for Mac should kill my cat?? Ok since I actually haven't a cat, I can assume I can proceed without concerns... apart from this reference to a WW IV... :-)
Today, the GNOME team has released GNOME 2.28. It builds on the solid foundation laid out by all the previous releases, and adds in a number of new features and improvements, on top of all the bug fixes and performance improvements, of course.
That's great! Just hope to have it soon available in the updates of my Ubuntu boxes...
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Another possible consideration revolves around the complexity of the modern operating systems ... a complexity that is reflected in the large number of bugs (though of different sizes: admittedly many of them are not "critical"): for example, the quoted bugs page in Ubuntu lists more than sixty-five thousand bugs... and I have no reason to believe that other systems like Windows or Mac OS X may have a different story. At most - perhaps, as a matter of fact, I have not investigated - bugs will be less visible ...
But the thing that turned out to be really funny (to me and my son Andrea, who had come to see what I was doing early in the morning) happened when we searched for the very first bug in Ubuntu: here is what we have found ... (in passing, have I already said that I love linux for its playfulness?)
Bug # 1 in Ubuntu: "Microsoft has a market share Majority"
Majority Microsoft has a market share in the new desktop PC marketplace. This is a bug, Which Ubuntu is designed to fix ....
I'd suggest you to take time to read carefully the specifications of this annoying bug., which include the details of how to reproduce the bug ( "Visit a local PC shop..."), what happens ("note that the majority of PCs for sale have software 'not free' preprogrammed ") and so on ...
One might ask who submitted the bug .. ah, a certain Mark Shuttleworth ..
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Step by step, Google Reader keeps growing and evolving.. recently I noticed a small but useful improvement, in the "mark read" section.
Namely, it's now possible not only "mark all read", but also to mark as read all the feeds older that one day, one week or two week. Very useful if you have a lot of feeds and you're away from your computer for a while. In this case, you probably cannot check all the updated feeds, but choose to check only the most recents.. once again, well done Google ! ;-)
Saturday, 12 September 2009
I must say that, despite its simplicity, since the first announcement, I felt quite interested in this curious online version of the classic game "Monopoly" ... The most intriguing thing is the chance you have to play on a virtual scenario as big as .. the whole world! As a matter of fact, the choice to rely on Google Maps was a nice thought indeed.
While from a technical standpoint the basic idea of this mash up, i.e. to make Google Maps "playable", is nice and certainly worthy of being further developed, it also must be said that - from an organizational perspective - the "launch" occurred, in my view, not in the best way, perhaps underestimating at a certain degree the potential interest of the game, or at least the peculiar issue of "newness": the consequence was to have, for many hours, servers too busy, and too many gamers detectably unsatisfied. It had been better, perhaps, to deal with a slowly growing traffic, perhaps relying on the classical mechanism of "invites" (remember the opening of Gmail..?). To be honest, in this case not even this strategy would be satisfactory, as the first to play would have clear advantages over players entered a second moment (if not else, more roads to choose from, to buy them).
Now however such "imperfect" start - with someone who could play and someone else who could not - has created a large number of requests for a "fresh start" , a new beginning that would reset all game situations. Needless to say, you easily understand that some people are happy and who is not at all ...
Personally, beyond the interest on the specific game, I am also intrigued to observe the development of the project, and even more to watch at all the "social" buzz that it has already generated (discussion groups, social networking, etc ...). Moreover, all in a very short time, if you think about it!
So, yesterday I went to sleep with my purchase of fourteen streets, some in Rome (Piazza S. Agostino was my first purchase, which is still among my properties), others in Ravenna (only because I have found still much to buy there)
Admittedly, the dynamics of the game is pretty simple (at the moment) ... But, as my son Simone says, "it excites me a lot when I buy a road, because then I realize that I'm the only one to own it, in the whole world ...!"
Beyond all other possible considerations, how can I say he's wrong ...? ;)
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Just played a bit with my account on G.ho.st account, yesterday. Well I got the impression that Virtual Computing is getting more and more "usable" each day: it's not a simple experiment any more, it's something that you can really start to use, even if for simple tasks.
It's quite funny to close a desktop (say) at work, and reopen it at home, on a different computer, to find exactly the same configurations!
Now, if I only could open a bash shell ... I know, I'm asking too much (for the moment)...
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Still looking for a good linux distribution for my eeepc 701 4g, since unfortunately it seems that the native Xandros OS does not offer automatic upgrade to recent releases of many important softwares (as Firefox, Openoffice...): too bad that Asus now is promoting almost only Win XP! . So far I tested Easy Peasy and eeebuntu.. now I am quite excited to test Jolicloud, a rather peculiar distro, focused on social web... let's see... :)
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
The special logo that appears today on the homepage of Google
If you want more detailed information, you can refer to the NASA website, which also offers some advice for the best viewing.
Friday, 7 August 2009
I'm looking with renovated interest to the new releases of KDE project. I switched to Gnome when KDE arrived at the "famous" 4.0 release, also because I was not satisfied from the user experience of the new desktop. Gnome offered me a simple but more usable enviroment, I soon discovered.
Now, not that I'm not satisfied with Gnome, but I'm tempted to switch again in the other direction (or at least, at giving a try), since the recent improvements - as the so called "Social Desktopo" seems indeed quite intriguing... well, after all, the beauty of linux is the possibility to choose, don't you think ?
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
The reactions from the Linux crowd were mostly positive. Sometimes, however, they seemed to show the same nervous optimism that my dog gets when he sits panting and grinning by the door, wondering if he's going to be invited on the car trip.
Interesting article on Google OS and the various reaction...
There are a lot of questions out there about Google’s new Chrome OS. Since little is actually known about it, the most interesting questions right now tend to be about Google’s overall strategy in making a new OS. And if such a strategy will actually work. We tend to think it will, and that belief got a huge boost in the arm today as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has finally come out and mocked the idea.
Admittedly, a bit facetious, but it's nevertheless an interesting and pleasant reading..
So, if you was wondering if the new operating system from Google is going to have a bright future, or conversely if it's only a bad move, now you finally have a way to make up your mind ;-)
Monday, 13 July 2009
Interesting article focused on a detailed comparison between the two mini-blog services Tumblr and Posterous: topics covered are Posting Option, Customization, Community, Integration, Extras and Goodies and also The Celebrity Factor. Of course, the concluding section is "And the Winner is..." (guess who..!)
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
It's nice to see that the KDE project goes forward! I'm a Gnome user at the moment but I've been with KDE for several years. Who know, I could come back in a future. Or even better, I could use both of two (who knows....) . After all, the great thing is that in linux you truly have the possibility to choose........
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
simple and unproblematic way. Second, after the reboot of my system (a"not-so-new" Acer Aspire 3634 laptop) I discovered with pleasure thatthe "suspend mode" was now fully supported!
Another "out-of-the-box" nice suprise (which came completely unexpected) was the gained "two finger" scrolling mode in the touchpad (I can now scroll long pages with the coordinate movement of two finger, in the same way Max OS works). Really a great feature, enough to make me prefer the boot with linux in respect to Windows ;)
I just want to stress that all this took place without abstruse operations from the command line: this is surely a good thing, since for too long has been suppose that Linux was good for "geek" people and not for the majority of "normal persons"; I mean, persons who mainly use the computers to work or play, but normally do not dream at night (or, every night...) how to install the latest GNOME test release just got from the CVS repository.. ;)
I did appreciate also the new notification system (ok, it seems has been copied from Max OS.. but if something is good, why not to copy it?), working with a semitransparent window that opens at the top right of the desktop. Very useful, and I just discovered applications that take fully advantage of this new feature.
Overall, my assesment is (as you can easily guess) quite positive.
Let's admit, linux on desktop has done many step forward in recent years (and I can certainly say it since I am following it from a good amount of time...). In my opinion, if the hardware is properly recognized and managed (which in passing may still be a problem in many cases, since modern computers came with a lot of different devices, microphones, sound, graphics, 3D accelerations.. in many cases with proprietary drives) nowadays a computer (or laptop, or netbook) with a modern version of linux correctly installed, is not second to any other alternative, including not only Windows but also Mac OS X...
...what do you think, I'm exaggerating ? ;-)
Sunday, 19 April 2009
Anyway ... it is also true that everyone knows how frustrating is trying to reconnect the wires of an extended conversation on Twitter, or also keep tracks of what happened if by chance you has been away for a while ...
Derived from an original post in Italian (with a little help of Google Translator)
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Hope that the days I'll spend in Cambridge will be useful for my work, and even (why not) I hope to have also the possibility to walk around a bit and to explore the landscape... To Cambridge, then!
Saturday, 10 January 2009
The image of Galactic center in infrared. Clicking on the image takes to an enlarged version (truly beautiful, but be careful that it may be heavy to load on slow connections)
Credit: Hubble: NASA, ESA, & D. Q. Wang (U. Mass, Amherst); Spitzer: NASA, JPL, & S. Stolovy (SSC/Caltech)
The image that appeared on the APOD website and here reproduced is actually made by a composition of more than two thousand images, taken by the instrument called NICMOS on board of the Hubble Space Telescope. The field of investigation does extend for about 300 and 115 light-years, in the two directions, and it has been taken with a resolution so great that even structures large about twenty times our Solar System turn out to be visible...!
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
What's in a name? Well, after some (let's say) deep thinking (and some tests to discover what's still free at the rather crowded blogspot domain) I chose patch.panel while I was browsing wikipedia (in English, of course) looking among terms of informatic science. To quote the wikipedia entry "A patch panel or patch bay or jackfield is a panel, typically rackmounted, that houses cable connections. "
Admittedly, there is not particular reason for my choice; I simply stumbled upon this word and I liked it since is a term that can easily lead you to think about connections, even in a broad sense: i.e., connections between words, between concepts, or even, between different branches of knowledge.
If I'll keep on with this little experiment, in fact, my intention (you guess?) is to talk about my principal interests: among these, in no particular order, I should include the keywords astronomy, computers, linux, mac os, music, creative writing... Other will follow, as soon as I recall them ;-)
Briefly, Patch.panel deals with connections. So I felt it could be adequate for my little blog ;-)
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
My first language is italian, the language of my principal blog, which you can find here.
So, have a nice stay. Do not be afraid of comment to correct my rather poor grammar, by the way!