Richard Stallman Talk @ University of Minnesota

October 21st, 2008 by rlaager

I just got back from a talk given by Richard StallmanUniversity of Minnesota. It was about software freedom. If you’re looking for more information, I would encourage you to check out gnu.org and fsf.org. I’m not going to repeat all the points. I just wanted to note one thing:

I understand his push for “GNU/Linux” a lot more now. It’s one thing to talk about credit–there I disagree, because I don’t want to call it “GNU/Linux/X/GNOME/OpenOffice.org”. However, he made the point that calling the distro “Linux” points all the attention towards Linus, who isn’t pushing software freedom. I hadn’t thought about that before.

On a side note, RMS pronounces it “GNU slash Linux” or “GNU plus Linux”, where I think “GNU Linux” is a totally more reasonable… After all, nobody pronounces the slash in “and/or”.

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Exploding Ubuntu CD

July 28th, 2008 by rlaager

Check out my photos of an exploding Ubuntu CD.

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Bad Bug Reporting

November 3rd, 2006 by rlaager

Here’s a perfect example of behavior that irritates me to the very core: [1589673] Text Color Bug From Alienware

Update: After the Gaim -> Pidgin rename, the old bug trackers were marked private to keep people from filing bugs in the wrong place (which would thus be ignored). For the non-developers, here is the exchange:

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gnome-blog and WordPress

November 3rd, 2006 by rlaager

gnome-blog, version 0.8 has support for WordPress blogs. However, it seems that selecting wordpress appends “wordpress/xmlrpc.php” to the URL. This results in silent failures if you enter, for example: http://coderich.net I ended up choosing Self-run Other, then entered http://coderich.net/xmlrpc.php as the URL, and everything works. Yay!

Update: Apparently gnome-blog doesn’t set the title properly with BloggerAPI. I switched to MetaWeblog in the options and now it works!

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Gaim on Slashdot Again

October 31st, 2006 by rlaager

An article about Gaim hit Slashdot again a few days ago.

You can find the article here: A First Look at Gaim 2.0 [linux.com]

After several attempts with the linux.com comment interface (and three mispostings), I finally created this posting: Various Thoughts

The Slashdot article is here: A First Look at Gaim 2.0 [slashdot.org]

In general, when Gaim hits Slashdot, lots of users spend lots of time making lots of comments. Many of these comments represent honest questions, many are completely irritating, and a few can be very insightful.

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