Oct 31, 2012

Ubuntu UDS R - Keynote

like the stage, looking good. Good things to happen in the next cycle but a lot of it on the back side. Which isn't a bad thing at all.

Coder Radio - Jupiter Broadcasting

The Modest Rockstar | Coder Radio | Jupiter Broadcasting

Coder Radio turns out to be a really good show. Nice to listen to in the morning..

Oct 29, 2012

Valve/Steam Linux Beta

[Phoronix] Apply To Be Part Of The Valve Linux Beta

Valves Linux beta, finally here. Of course it did arrive just as I wasn't anywhere near my computer.

Google Nexus 10

Nexus 10 available November 13th starting at $399; hands-on photos and video | The Verge: "EASILY THE BEST-FEELING AND BEST-PERFORMING 10-INCH ANDROID TABLET WE'VE SEEN"

sexy, sexy thing that Nexus 10 Tablet. Wonder when I'll be able to buy it over here.

Oct 24, 2012

Mono 3.0 is out

Mono 3.0 is out - Miguel de Icaza

hmm .. so now how do I get that onto my Ubuntu box. Hope this is also soon used within Unity3D.

Team Fortress 2 Is Coming To Linux

[Phoronix] Ho-Hum: Yes, Team Fortress 2 Is Coming To Linux

more good Steam games is always a good thing :). Hope the beta is still on track for this month ...

Oct 20, 2012

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) release

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) released!

.. this is the first release in years I didn't have much time or motivation to install prior to release. Ubuntu 12.04 is a great release. And I haven't seen any compelling new feature that makes me switch. My laptop has Ubuntu 12.10 installed now. I'll post my usual findings as I used it for some time.

Open Source Culture: Problem #1

I like how Canonical decided to be more open about secret projects they work on. At least that they now involve some people outside of Canonical to get feedback is great. I think a lot of problems with the new "Amazon Suggestions" feature could have been avoided like that. Sometimes it just takes an outside perspective to see some problems.

And I don't think it is a problem between Open Source and secret projects. Sometimes this is a much better approach then to be open from the start. It's more about the psychological side than code improvements or testing. Often Projects fail because motivation of the contributors fades away. People just tend to move on as they loose interest.

That's why I really dislike bad comments to some newly released code. It's new, surely it has it's problems, just like anything new has. At least some others seem to share my opinion. I think Jono Bacon put it right on his blog:

The Genesis Of Free Software Projects | jonobacon@home: "when sometime decides to create Free Software either as an individual or as a company, they have the right to create the first iteration of that feature however they choose. Their investment of time, money, or both in building Free Software earns them a right to put together a first cut that meets their needs…this is the very nature of scratching an itch."

Comments like "you should have used X instead!" are just wrong. Especially for things that are open and you get for free. Even more so if the one releasing something didn't event get paid to do so. The only thing these comments do is discouraging someone which cares about free and open software. So people writing such bad things are only discouraging other people to do such tings. You are destroying your own system here.

This is something I still see way too often on blogs. This is really bad for open software ...

Oct 11, 2012

Galaxy S III Mini

Samsung officially launches the Galaxy S III Mini with a 4-inch display, 1GHz processor | The Verge

finally someone releases a decently sized phone that looks ok .. can't seem to find a new phone I actually want. All are just too big.