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1 • donation suggestion (by Walt Huntsman at 2004-03-29 17:59:54 GMT) |
I'd like to suggest making a donation to the team behind Scribus. As a former desktop publishing instructor and Windows user, this seems to me a very worthwhile project. Not everyone wants to or can afford to pay the hundreds of dollars it costs for Windows apps like Quark or PageMaker. Just as Linux provides both freedom and a lower-cost alternative to Windows, so I think Scribus is beginning to do the same for people interested in DTP.
2 • Advertising (by Dexter Ang at 2004-03-29 18:29:44 GMT)
I only have one request on advertising... is it possible to not accept Flash type banners? This is really petty of me, but it is somewhat annoying to scroll using my mouse on Mozilla, only to suddenly stop at a Flash animation. =)
3 • donation suggestions... (by pfpearson on 2004-03-29 21:05:15 GMT)
Ladislav, I know you don't want to add to the site, and I appreciate that. I certainly don't think "voting" is a good answser, considering the juvinile way in which the Page Hit Rankings are sometimes treated. However, could the recommendations for donations be a separate Comment Area? I fear that this could quickly degenerate into a lot of "this project is better than all of the rest" and "that project doesn't deserve any money" comments, with little "content" about the DW site itself (one of the reasons I check DW out so often).
Whatever your choice, keep up the good work! This is still my most often visited site.
4 • RE: Advertising (by John Connell on 2004-03-29 23:02:49 GMT)
Check out http://flashblock.mozdev.org/
It will block all flash, but if you want to see the flash simply click on it and it appears. :D
5 • RE:Advertising (by RAZ at 2004-03-29 23:49:02 GMT)
Try Mozilla Firefox. It's light-weight and fast. And the scrooling doesn't stop when going over a flash banner ;-)
6 • Donation Suggestion (by Jerry Barton at 2004-03-30 06:48:48 GMT)
I'd like to propose a donation to the GIMP project. Digital photography is getting very popular and many people look at something like Adobe Photoshop then see the price tag and panic. The GIMP provides many of the features of expensive image manipulation programs and does it quite well. Also, the GIMP is cross platform, working on GNU/Linux, Windows, and, I believe, OS X (correct me here if I'm wrong). As such it can bring attention to FLOSS projects where Linux only apps tend to have exposure to users who already are quite aware of open source. Like OpenOffice.org, it can show people that there are very high quality open souce offerings. With the GIMP now at 2.0, it's developing into a top-of-the-line project and any help to it can only be good for the image of open source technology.
7 • Donation suggestion (by FreeQ at 2004-03-30 11:34:03 GMT)
I'd like to nominate User Mode Linux http://user-mode-linux.sourceforge.net/ for donation. User Mode Linux is a great project with many practical applications, such as experimentation with new distributions in a secure sandbox.
8 • Nomination (by fdavid on 2004-03-30 14:51:59 GMT)
I'd like to nominate Krusader http://krusader.sourceforge.net/. It's a twin-panel file manager with many great features, which come very handy in the everyday use. It's likely the best alternative to the well-known Total Commander (formerly Windows Commander). I would be glad to see this project getting the donation, because there are some badly awaited features on their todo list.
9 • Nomination (by Leo on 2004-03-30 20:11:42 GMT)
I'd like to nominate Ark Linux. They are developing very nice applications (GPL, so any distro can adapt them), such as their "mission control" (or "control panel").
10 • Nomination (by RAZ at 2004-03-30 21:36:57 GMT)
I agree with Jerry Barton. GIMP should get future donation.
I need to get off this Photoshop =P =)
11 • A distribution distribution or D2 for short (by Bob Kerr at 2004-03-30 22:49:25 GMT)
I have recently been involved with donating large numbers of OpenOffice CD's to public libraries so that the CD's can be lent out to the public. Public libraries have dificulty in lending out Open source CD's because of the rapidly changing nature of distributions.
Would it be possible to suggest to your readers that a distribution which sole purpose in life is to act as a bittorrent server, with a Freevo type interface, combined with the linux distribution project you have mentioned earlier and a CD burning package would be very useful not only for Libraries and Schools but for those that are interested in trying many distributions whilst still contributing back to the community. If the Bittorrent program can be switched on during the night time hours then it would not disturb the daytime bandwidth of the library. In Edinburgh we have 26 libraries each with 500k down and 256k up. This chalks up a considerable bandwith that could be used. The libraries would also be able to catalogue all their bittorrent servers to control the content so that they are not used for inappropriate data but could be used to supply other ISO's such as the guttenberg project.
This distribution would be set to make an excellent CD creation appliance for the public sector.
Would this be something you would be willing to suggest to your readers. I am very keen to talk more about this if you are interested.
12 • donations (by Nigel on 2004-03-31 08:34:34 GMT)
Well done Bob, what a geat idea. And so many more possibilities. Maybe also having the ability to bring in a laptop and grab some iso's. And 'BYO' bring your own disk and grab your favourite distribution and open office for example. Local papers, i'm sure, would be very interested in covering such a project. Local LUG's and schools could also be involved, spreading the news and helping with technical knowledge.
The DTI, the round table and even the government might be interested, as they would all benefit from greater linux knowledge.
Maybe the DTI would consider managing a project like this. I'd donate to a project like that.
Just letting the public see linux and open office in action in a library
would be a great benfit.
13 • A distribution distribution or D2 for short (by Anonymous on 2004-03-31 08:41:00 GMT)
no more distros please :)
why not make a custom (bash/python/ect) script, that would start the needed programs on whatever distro you preffer.
14 • Nomination (by Spearmint on 2004-03-31 18:56:00 GMT)
I would like to nominate the Kurumin Linux who is proud to present a easy way for newbies to enter the linux world. It's a very active distro and all help was made by volunteers on the forum with no financial support.
All Brazil congratulates Carlos Morimoto for his almost perfect distribution!
15 • My two cents... (by torque2k on 2004-03-31 20:59:57 GMT)
If I were to donate to a project, I'd look for the one that could get me away from whatever it is that's keeping my main system from going Linux (not counting my dual G4). Right now, the programs which keep me on Windows is Dreamweaver MX 2004, Freehand 10, and Fireworks MX 2004...
I'd like to donate to the Bluefish project. They've got a great coding tool, and it's small and fast. It's not as feature-rich as Dreamweaver, but as I play with it more, I find I want to use it more, especially as I'm learning XHTML/CSS now. SCREEM also is a good one, as they seem to be using some of the code available from the Bluefish folk (and letting people know it, too).
I'd also like to nominate Sodipodi, as it's currently on-track to replacing Illustrator and Freehand for me as a full vector-graphics drawing program. Freehand is still more feature rich and the drawing tools are more usable, but every release it gets closer! Although, I wish they weren't using GTK... :) Also, this program is being developed on Linux AND Windows, something I'd like to see more of, as most people in the world still buy a PC with Windows included, so they use it. At least help them to choose open-sourced software to run on it!
The thing is, it's just too hard to decide where money needs to go! I'd love to give it to the smaller projects, though, if they have something deemed necessary in the open-source world.
16 • nomination (by Peter Damoc at 2004-04-01 09:55:26 GMT)
I would like to nominate wxpython toolkit
for giving me the hope that my program coded on windows will work on Linux and Mac too :D
17 • Xandros "free" evaluation not so free (by Sergio on 2004-04-01 11:52:25 GMT)
I tried to follow the download link to Xandros Desktop 2 free evaluation.
They reassure you that you won't pay anything, even if there is a nominal fee of $0.01.
However they want your email address and your credit card.
When you try to check out, Xandros Desktop 2 Standard Edition has been added to your shopping cart, for a cost of $39, and I can't see a way how it can be removed.
So if you are not careful you end up by paying $39 for a so called "free 30-day trial edition"
I call such business practices at least dubious, and they shouldn't exist in the word of open source.
18 • Nomination (by M. McNabb at 2004-04-01 20:10:09 GMT)
I would second the nominations of Scribus and sodipodi. Improved desktop publishing/drawing would be fantastic additions to linux/open source. And these smaller developers must have a harder time than some of the big ones?
Cheers and thanks for a great site,
19 • Nomination (by Lord-Storm on 2004-04-01 21:52:05 GMT)
I would like to nominate IPTables since they are one of the backbones of LINUX lets face it without IPtables most distros would crumble and Die.
I think GNU Cash could never get enough support mmm compeate against microsoft with a buget of $1 to $10,000 or more???
20 • Sorry, I was wrong about Xandros (by Sergio on 2004-04-01 22:54:05 GMT)
Sorry, it was possible to remove Xandros Desktop 2 Standard Edition from the shopping cart.
However It was not immediately obvious how to do it.
21 • nominations (by nitroushhh on 2004-04-02 09:00:01 GMT)
I realise we could go on nominating forever but I would like to second a nomination from last week.
That was for the MythTV project. They've produced fantastic results but its still quite tricky to get going for those newer to linux.
Media on linux has come a long way in the last 18 months and I think its ready for use in the home as a 'media pc' and MythTV along with other projects are making this a reality.
I've had many failed attempts at getting a stable media centre going with windows and other comercial products (that is hdrive video record, pause live tv, play any video file and play any audio file) .
Some may think this is not an important area for linux. But everywhere is an important area for linux. These media projects let linux put its foot in the door of another market. Giving linux exposure to people who are perhaps not brave enough to put it on their desktops.
And importantly pushing the freedom concept into the areas of media reception and usage. If you have the time checkout mythtv screenshots just to see whats possible.
well that seems more than 2 cents but thanks for you time.
BTW I'm not associated in any way with this project other than being a user of it.
22 • Xandros Trial-version download (by Rudolf Ladwig at 2004-04-03 16:04:23 GMT)
Several times I 've tried the download of the Xandros-Trial.iso. Allways the download broke down somewere. I never had this permanent negative experience with other ISOs from other websites.
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