I started looking into programming with the GNOME python
bindings today. I actually think I finally will learn to do
some
productive coding using these. My first project is creating
a GNOME
control center applet for configuring IceWM. Just wish that
there was some easy way to make the control center only show
the configuraton entries for the windowmanager currently
used.

I also use CodeCommander as my IDE, this is another great
app.

Cleaned my appartment today in a big way, funny how nice it
is
to be in an appartment that is clean and tidy, to bad it
will
not stay this way for long :)

I also got an Enlightenment article
edited and sent of
today, will probably go up on Linuxpower
monday.

Techrepublic did a review of the Helix GNOME install. I
always thought that
GNOME would dominate the Linux desktop
as a result of being
technically superior, but after seeing
the response to the Helix
installer I have come to the
conclusion that the ease of use and
install that Helix
provides will probably be a bigger success
factor for GNOME
that the technical qualities.

Of course ease of install isn’t
worth much if what you
install is crap so the qualities of GNOME is
not
unimportant, but I am quite sure that the mass adoption and
migration to GNOME
we see these days, wouldn’t have come
about without the Helix
installer.

Speaking of success, I think the recent annoucement by Troll
Tech to alter their
QPL license, is a direct response to the
tremendous response of
GNOME 1.2, just like the QPL was a
direct response to the
threat posed by Harmony.
This time it will get them nowhere however,
actually wonder
how long it will take before Troll Tech gets desperate
enough
to LGPL Qt, or maybe they decide that the desktop war
is a lost
cause and that they will never own the Linux
desktop anyway.

Found out you can’t use the edit function to fix typos in
your diary entries. Then you end up with the date being
moved forward.
So I am now making a new entry to replace an old one :)

Seems like Helix Code employs a new person each day, those
guys are really aiming at getting somewhere fast. Only part
that worries me a bit as that the focus of these developers
will be moved to align with the Helix business plan which
might leave other important part of GNOME without enough
developers. Then again I think the added value that Helix
brings GNOME will probably bring in a lot more new
developers as GNOME gets better at a lightning pace. People
have a tendency to be drawn towards succesful projects I
think.

Did get involved in the cschtml/gtkhtml discussion on the
gnome-list, from reading the posts here on Advogato it seems
like this has been discussed elsewhere too. Noticed btw.
that the gconf dependency of gtkhtml was removed in CVS
today.

This Debian /KDE debate is really getting me irritated.
Stupid illiterates attacking the GPL, why the heck are these
newbie dorks using Linux? If the license is such a pain for
them use another OS and shut up.

Well, I probably should try to keep to my stay-out program
and focus on doing positive things for free software instead
of letting Troll Tech and their dupes irritate me.

The Sam Lantiga interview is ready and commited, also
commited my long in the making CSC Mail review. Also Rob
Warren have written a really good article for us on OpenLaw
which went up today on Linuxpower, to bad Slashdot haven’t
linked to it, think it would have sparked a healthy
discussion.

I have also written an editorial called: The Linux desktop
Wars: Chapter Two.
None of the people I have gotten to test read it agree with
me, but I haven’t gotten any feedback that has made me want
to change it
significantly.
I let it rest a day or two, look at at it, and if I still
think it’s arguments hold water I submit it.

Hmm, looks like am an apprentice no longer, but a
journeyman.
I don’t feel any different though :)
My dia article got destroyed due to me being sloppy with a
tar command, but I learned a hard earned lesson and will
not make that mistake again, on a more positive note my
two-app article goes up on Wednesday this week and I have a
review almost done of CSC Mail.

Sent of interview questions for Sam Lantiga and Joaquin Cuenca
Abela

Lot of article ideas and so little time, next week will
probably be mostly spent setting up Oracle Applications 11i
.

I have also noted that my Linuxpower friends are not very
good at certifying me, except for Julian,
get moving guys :).

I have been wondering how come I managed to always need
so much swap space and why Linux wasn’t as fast as I felt it
should be, and yesterday I finally learned why. I
added a extra memory chip and used the top and free commands
to check that the new memory was in place, to my supprise
only 62 Megs where reported instead of the expected 150 Megs
of Ram. After some testing it seems that Linux always have
just registered 62 M and I had to set up an extra boot
parameter to get the rest. A typical example of being so
sure about what definetly isn’t the problem that you don’t
even
consider checking it.

My GNOME 1.2 article was a great hit, even got glowing
reviews from Miguel on IRC. The nice people at Slashdot even
managed to put it up at such a time that it effectivly was
up for two days.
Linuxpower managed to stay afloat (easily actually) during
the Slashdotting and traffic has been steady comming in
since.

Haven’t gotten around to proofreading my Dia article
yet since I have already started writing a new one about two
small GNOME tools called finder and grdb.
Then it is onto the editorial :)

So my GNOME 1.2 article is going up on linuxpower today. Hope
it is well recieved. One mistake fixed in editing was
writing Helix Code as Helixcode :). Only shows what happens
when you learn company names from email adresses.

Put togheter a small review of Dia last evening, will
send it of after I proof read it today. I also have an
editorial constructing itself in my mind called ‘The
political color of free software’. Since i always
considered my a libertarian I found it funny when I saw
Jeremy
Allison
of Samba fame say that Free Software was clearly
Socialism, which he was a supporter of.

Speaking of interviews, the debate article that Slashdot
linked
to
where O’Reilly and Todd Dickinson of the US patent
office argued over software patents was frustrating reading.
Dickinson seemed like a bad replica of Ayn Rand’s; Ellsworth
Toohey.

Wow, I am feeling woozy.
I haven’t slept all night since I and my friends where
having a lan party. Then when I got home around 5 in the
morning I sat down and wrote a review of whats new in GNOME
1.2. Just sent it of to Erik and Jeremy so hopefully it will
pop up on Linuxpower.org either tommorow or on monday.
Now it is soon time to drive over to my mothers to celebrate
her birthday….it is hard work being the son all mothers
wish they had :)

Decided to ditch my whole TurboLinux installation and go
back to using RedHat on both my machines. The 6.0.4
installation was a great disapointment with the X
configurator never managing to set up my screen correctly.
The sound config was also flawed, but I managed to get that
working eventually.

Now I am back with RH 6.2 and everything worked perfectly.
Guess the lesson is that infidelity doesn’t pay of when it
comes to distributions.

The only problem now is that the early announcement of Helix
GNOME on Slashdot, ruined the whole mirroring system which
has made all server except the master server next to
useless. Hmm.

Anyways as soon as the Helix update is finished I will write
a
GNOME 1.2 summary for Linuxpower.org

Also my hard earned lesson of the day;
don’t present
your
religious friends with titles such as ‘codegod’ or similar,
they often feel that the term ‘God’ should only be placed
upon God.

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