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1 • great (by klhrevolutionist at 2006-02-06 10:46:20 GMT from United States) |
Though I am not a developer. I see the great benefit of gambas. We need more active develoeprs to take an interest in linux. Great job ladislav
2 • Underground (by d00m3d on 2006-02-06 10:57:31 GMT from Hong Kong)
Just discover that the torrent for download Underground is not available. Underground's download page suggests to provide http download later. No ideas on available date.
3 • Modular System (by Flavio de Oliveira on 2006-02-06 11:09:39 GMT from Brazil)
It's incredible how the modular system is getting its placa ath the top of most usable script to create a livecd. Tomas created a very good set of scripts anda each week we can discover another distro built by using linux live scripts...
4 • 403 Forbidden (by frontline3k on 2006-02-06 11:48:07 GMT from Romania)
The screenshots are still inaccesible (to me, at least). And this problems occurs at every screenshots for a few months.
Tried from Firefox / IE in WinXP, Suse 10, Ubuntu ... etc.
Still the same problem.
Btw, keep up the good work.
You don't have permission to access /images/screenshots/wazobia.png on this server.
5 • RE: 4 • 403 Forbidden (by ladislav on 2006-02-06 11:59:27 GMT from Taiwan)
I checked the web log and noted that your browser does not provide a referrer when accessing the images (although it does provide one while accessing other pages). To prevent hotlinking of images and generating useless traffic, all browsers that don't include the referrer string of "distrowatch.com" get the 403 error. If you don't like this policy, please visit one of the mirrors as listed at the bottom of the page.
6 • RE: 4 • 403 Forbidden (by frontline3k on 2006-02-06 12:05:47 GMT from Romania)
Thanks for the quick answer.
I'm using "Open Link in a new tab" for looking at images, because going Forward and Back in Firefox makes an unnecessary refresh to the page and ... it takes time :)
Got the ideea, anyway.
7 • RE: 6 • 403 Forbidden (by ladislav on 2006-02-06 12:11:02 GMT from Taiwan)
I am not sure why this happens. If I "Open Link in a new tab" in my Firefox, the image displays just fine.
8 • file managers (by brodders on 2006-02-06 12:16:05 GMT from United Kingdom)
read with interest about Krusader... yet wonder if the feature I've always wanted can be configured in this fm.
I've always appreciated the the 98 / 98SE explorer image frame, to the left of file listings.
OK, icon views are possible - but I don't want to wait 30 secs whilst (say) Konqueror renders images for pics I'm not interested in. It's slow and irritating. I can tell by filename and date what I want... just need to make sure I've got it right.
OK #2 - the pop-up info window. Hm, it's telling me lots - and obliterating the desktop where I click to move on (my first guess was wrong). Nicer.
But I wonder. Is there something like "look and feel" copyright stoping the development of a complete Win 98 Explorer clone, with the same image preview method?
M$ got that one right for 98 - XP's explorer took a step backwards; even so I know of nothing with such a simple, effective and useful image view which duplicates the same look and feel for Linux.
Perhaps I'm using it wrong, but I could never get Konq to 100% duplicate the ease of use.
And, as I use file explorers a lot, that has a big impact on my work experience - hence I'm happy to write such a long post. It's important, and I'm irritated that the various desktops can't offer one of M$'s good features!
9 • "Goomours" (by SpringBoy on 2006-02-06 12:24:34 GMT from Australia)
I think the real problem that causes many of these "goomours" is the Google tends to work/dabble with a lot of different things and is usually seen as something of a secretive thinktank. "Get that many smart engineers together and they must be working on SOMETHING!"
As far as Goobuntu goes, this was just blown way out of proportion. As I understand it, Google has started using a customised version of Ubuntu on their internal machines. So they're not developing an OS for consumer use, merely for themselves. Very similar to how they took a customised version of Red Hat to use on their clusters.
Of course, it's always great to hear more news of Linux being adopted!
10 • Back to Ubuntu... (by Caraibes on 2006-02-06 12:26:56 GMT from Dominican Republic)
Ok, I know it has nothing to do with the DW weekly of this morning, but I just wanted to share with you guys...
After staying a long time between PCLinuxOS and GenieOS, with some escapade in Puppy when needed, I finally came back to Ubuntu 5.10, read the very good explanations, and had everything working properly... It just took following the wiki's steps, and now I feel good.
I also installed Kubuntu on another machine, and had everything up and running, but I can't explain why, I like better Ununtu than Kubuntu (and usually I was more of a kde guy... strange...)
Maybe it is these brownish african colors that people were complaining about a couple of months ago...
Anyway, all the best to the DW crew !
11 • krusader (by Psionides on 2006-02-06 12:36:59 GMT from Poland)
Hey Ladislav, thanks for donating for Krusader! It's really a great tool, I use it almost all the time (I'm addicted to NortonCmd/MidnightCmd/TotalCmd style managers :), and I don't know what would I do without it... I hope the money will help them make their app even better :)
12 • image preview in Krusader (by Anonymous on 2006-02-06 12:39:49 GMT from Hungary)
> image frame, to the left of file listings
You can do this in Krusader, just enable the preview panel below the file list (on the popup panel).
13 • Most Important Article (by gabbman on 2006-02-06 12:51:09 GMT from Canada)
[quote]Since the launch of the DistroWatch Donations Programme in March 2004, we have donated a total of US$6,730 to various open source software projects.[/quote]
The most important article this week, on top of all the links and newsworthy notes of the distributions and their progress, this one sentence sums up the importance of Distrowatch.com.
Keep up the excellent work.
14 • Re: 2 -- Underground (by Ciccio.A on 2006-02-06 14:06:07 GMT from Italy)
I'm having problems with the network, I hope to finish uploading the ISO of Underground Desktop 022 to the server today.
15 • Re: 2 -- Underground 022 (by Ciccio.A on 2006-02-06 14:34:34 GMT from Italy)
The torrent download should be ok now, check the download page. An HTTP download will be available too.
16 • Gambas (by Jesse on 2006-02-06 15:09:55 GMT from Canada)
Thanks for the quick mention of Gambas. I've
been looking for a tool just like this.
17 • Re:"Goomours" (by SpringBoy on 2006-02-06 12:24:34 GMT from Australia) (by Anonymous on 2006-02-06 15:41:28 GMT from United States)
"Very similar to how they took a customised version of Red Hat to use on their clusters."
You are actually the first person (from what I see) that actually got it right; about what google runs on their clusters. Side note; they are upgrading to 400G WD drives.
18 • BackTrack (by MightyMidget on 2006-02-06 16:02:12 GMT from United Kingdom)
This looks really interesting. I recommend that everyone should vist their website and try some of the links to view some neat demo's of hackers at work. Certainly opened my eyes to recheck my system to ensure it's secure.
19 • help (by Recep on 2006-02-06 16:55:59 GMT from Turkey)
fake mail help
20 • file managers (by brodders on 2006-02-06 17:15:48 GMT from United Kingdom)
Hm, tried Krusader just now. I get:
Click (to select)
Move mouse to select from menu - image pops up over desktop! :)
vs. win98 explorer in "Detail" mode:
click (to select) - image pops up in reserved white space!
.. it's the amount of work; if you work with many many images the effort & time saving with the win98 way is, well, vastly superior (not just better).
21 • Goobuntu could be made (by Cheetahman on 2006-02-06 17:19:05 GMT from United States)
Wouldn't you just have to change the artwork on Ubuntu to Google and call it Goobuntu.
22 • RE: Goobuntu could be made (by JS on 2006-02-06 18:09:59 GMT from United States)
"Wouldn't you just have to change the artwork on Ubuntu to Google and call it Goobuntu."
I'm really surprised somebody hasn't already done exactly that and tried to pass it off as a "early release" of a Google OS.
Great Distrowatch weekly as usual. Thanks Ladislav!
23 • bluewall (by frustrated on 2006-02-06 18:13:58 GMT from United States)
why cant I download bluewall :|
24 • goomers (by x on 2006-02-06 18:17:14 GMT from United States)
I am in agreement with you on this issue. So many rumors on the web concerning publicly traded companies are nothing more than attempts to manipulate stock prices, up or down, for the benefit of a few. The internet has made it possible to rapidly spread information, whether it is factual or fictious. The need to get the scoop combined with editorial perspective has put many journalists that investigate rumors at a disadvantage. By the time the truth is revealed, the public's interest has focused elsewhere.
By the way, do you have any comments concerning the pending merger between Distrowatch and Google. Will the new entity be referred to as Distrooogle or Goowatch. I understand it involves only a stock swap, share for share.
By the way, thanks for the comment link, it works like a champ.
25 • quick view in Krusader (by Anonymous on 2006-02-06 18:34:10 GMT from Hungary)
> Click (to select)
> Right-click (properties)
> Move mouse to select from menu - image pops up over desktop! :)
What I meant was: click the "up arrow" button that's just below the file list. It opens the popup panel. Then click the "View Panel" button on that panel.
26 • Thank you! (by 1c3d0g on 2006-02-06 18:43:20 GMT from Aruba)
A project like Krusader is truly worth its weight in gold. Thank you, Ladislav, for donating to that project. It means a lot to its users. :-)
27 • Concur (by Krusader Fan on 2006-02-06 20:08:38 GMT from United States)
Krusader rocks! I especially like the kde network integration which allows remote file management with zero pain. The bookmarks of remote sites is also great. I use this app all the time.
28 • Broken download link in "Slak" (by Boris Kazak on 2006-02-06 20:15:01 GMT from Russian Federation)
Added to the waiting list "Slak 1.0" from Russia has a broken download link. Clicking "Download" from its home page http://mstyleabc.ru/slak/ produces 404 error.
29 • BackTrack Correction! (by welkiner on 2006-02-06 20:31:52 GMT from United States)
" you can activate it by typing "dhcpd" in a terminal window"
Sould read "dhcpcd"
Great writeup though, thanks for all you do!
30 • Donation (by Helge on 2006-02-06 21:01:26 GMT from Germany)
Hey, I think there are 50 USD missing... where have they gone?
Total: €200.00 EUR -->only 200?
Item/Product Name: Donation by DistroWatch.com
Total: $250.00 USD
Item/Product Name: Donation to Krusader
31 • at # 30 (by Kensai on 2006-02-06 21:11:39 GMT from Puerto Rico)
please notice that it is 200 EUR and not USD so EUR worth more than USD. Research a bit more on google.
32 • Gentoo GNU/kFreeBSD Gets Installer (by Anonymous on 2006-02-06 22:43:41 GMT from Canada)
An update of the Gentoo GNU/kFreeBSD proof-of-concept tarball has been rolled out. Improvements include an up-to-date toolchain (gcc 4.0, glibc 2.3.5, etc.), and the system being bootable and usable as a standalone system. It is now provided as a CD installer for anyone with minimal Gentoo experience to try it out.
It should be interesting to follow this work on distrowatch.
33 • I applaud the donations program... (by nix_os_fan on 2006-02-06 23:12:48 GMT from Canada)
I just wish I had some money to throw around to my favourite open-source softwares. >:-[
34 • Donation to Krusader (by Shi Yali on 2006-02-07 00:18:52 GMT from Taiwan)
Thank you for supporting Krusader. Coming from Norton Commander via Windows Commander to Linux, Krusader has been a life saver and the first thing that I install and start up every time I use Linux. An absolutely outstanding application that should be a standard feature of every Linux distro. Thanks!
35 • Donation nominees: Scribus, Inkscape, Octave (by Gnobuddy on 2006-02-07 04:01:59 GMT from United States)
It's great that Distrowatch (or rather Ladislav) has put his money where his mouth is, and donated generously to so many Free/Open Source projects. Here is a man who really does "talk the talk, and waddle the waddle", to paraphrase MadPenguin.org.
I would like to mention Scribus and Inkscape as possible candidates for donations. Scribus has made DTP (desktop publication) on Linux a reality, at least for small projects, and Inkscape has done the same for vector drawings. Both projects have become leading lights in their categories on Linux, after many false starts at DTP and vector illustration by other previous software projects that somehow never got far off the ground. As such, both Scribus and Inkscape projects have enabled people to do what could not previously be done with Linux.
Another greatly overlooked but wonderful piece of software is Octave, virtually a free replacement for the (very expensive) proprietory Matlab. While not part of most folks everyday toolkit, Octave has the potential to bring many college students in technical fields of study to Linux. Many of us (myself included) feel that Free Software and education belong together, like peanut butter and jelly or sunshine and shadow, since the ideals of the two fields are so closely allied: freely give people information, and the tools to learn from it and improve their lives with it.
36 • a qustion about GamBas (by ysback on 2006-02-07 06:52:37 GMT from Philippines)
Does GamBas suppports VBasic projects (*.vbp)? can i open my vb projects on gambas?
37 • Filesystems (by Robzilla on 2006-02-07 20:49:21 GMT from United States)
O.K. I am going to ask probably a stupid question again but I am curious and have not heard a good answer.
What is the difference between Linux filesystems? Ext2,3, Reiser, Reiser4, JFS, XFS? If there is no difference then why do they exist. I have heard some say that Rieser4 is the fastest and that IBM's JFS is the most stable? Does anyone know the strenths and weaknesses of each filesystem? Since Linux is just a kernel I would imagine that the filesytems would have a major impact on the stability and performance of the whole OS?
What do you use and why?
38 • Filesystems (by Anonymous on 2006-02-07 22:00:44 GMT from United States)
"What is the difference between Linux filesystems? Ext2,3, Reiser, Reiser4, JFS, XFS? If there is no difference then why do they exist."
They are all different. Here's a quick summary.
ext2 - The old standard for Linux filesystems.
ext3 - Basically ext2 with journalling added.
ReiserFS - The new standard that most Linux distros seem to use. It's a journalling filesystem originally designed for the military.
JFS - A relatively new filesystem. Not the stablest IMO.
XFS - I find this to be the fastest filesystem with the exception of deleting files where it lags a bit. XFS was built fresh from the ground up.
I personally use XFS because it's quick and stable. If stability is your goal, I'd probably go ext3. If I want just an all-round good filesystem, I'd probably go ReiserFS. There are some good articles that compare these in detail. Google is your friend.
39 • africa on the rise? (by anon on 2006-02-07 23:14:55 GMT from Germany)
Now there is also a Nigerian Linux distro? Great news. I hope that more countries in Africa and on other continents join the bandwaggon. :)
40 • Donation to Krusader (by Frank Schoolmeesters on 2006-02-09 04:58:33 GMT from Belgium)
Thank you for supporting Krusader!
Donations will be used for further development of Krusader.
I hope that a lot more Linux users will discover Krusader and
hopefully, there will be a much bigger adoption of Krusader by the leading distros.
btw. krusader-1.70.0 stable will be released soon
Please test latest cvs. Thanks!
41 • Krusader (by wayne040576 on 2006-02-09 08:47:06 GMT from United Kingdom)
I like Krusader. I has a nice layout to it. But I'm finding that it crashes quite a lot (using latest kanotix). I can't get it to go to my home directory at all without crashing. I read on the Krusader forums that this is related to qt libs (I'm getting the same stack trace) and that building the app from source fixes it, but so far it hasn't worked for me.
So it's functionality is limited on my system at the moment,
42 • Re: Krusader QT crashes (by Frank Schoolmeesters on 2006-02-09 22:18:09 GMT from Belgium)
As mentioned on the Krusader website http://krusader.sourceforge.net/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=1407
"... These crashes are related to Qt 3.3.5 and NOT Krusader. Seems that Qt 3.3.5 introduced a serious bug which is now causing random crashes in many KDE applications including Konqueror. ..."
>building the app from source fixes it
This will not resolve the QT bug, to fix it, you need to upgrade QT.
Since you are using Kanotix, you can get Krusader with a single mouseklik http://klik.atekon.de/
Current klik status:
* klik://krusader -> the krusader release in Debian Stable (krusader-1.51)
* klik://krusader-latest -> latest available krusader-stable (krusader-1.60.1)
* klik://krusader-cvs -> snapshot of krusader-cvs (krusader-1.70.0-beta2 + updates from cvs20060104)
btw. I have no crashes at all on Debian Sarge (KDE: 3.3.2 / Qt: 3.3.4)
43 • MEPIS may be going Ubuntu? (by Anonymous Penguin on 2006-02-10 00:35:42 GMT from Italy)
Personally I use Kanotix and Sid and I find it only a blessing that Debian is changing a lot and fast.
For the first time that I can remember, Debian Sid is as bleeding edge as any other distro and remarkably stable.
44 • SUSE Linux 10.1 beta4 (by Anonymous Penguin on 2006-02-11 07:30:46 GMT from Italy)
SUSE Linux 10.1 beta4 is 2 days later than scheduled.
I take this as a positive sign: beta1 was buggy as hell, beta2 had hardly seen any improvements, beta3 was released without a changelog...
Being beta4 the last but one development release we should now see some serious bug squashing (hopefully)
45 • Mini-Pentoo 2006.0 (by Anon on 2006-02-12 13:06:09 GMT from Germany)
I tried the new Mini-Pentoo 2006.0 announced above - what a great disappointment.
On a fully Linux-capable laptop it doesn't even reaches the basic boot screen - no comment.
When testing it on a desktop, it runs quite well like Windows does - you got an OS without anything else useful.
The Enlightenment desktop produces a quite blurred and too small screen - although the sound works - and from the three Bluetooth "hacking" tools e.g., only one runs satisfactorily, while only showing Bluetooth devices without a practical chance to do anything further.
The Windows tools seems to be made for older versions of that OS, and so on.
Altogether, I would called it a hoax, and no good promotion for Gentoo, either.
46 • Sork Linux Music Studio (new distribution) (by Anon on 2006-02-12 13:13:04 GMT from Germany)
The new distribution announced above isn't reachable under http://linux.itismusic.org/ (connection timed out).
A new Linux starting not untrustworthy like this should be canceled right now before bursting the already overcrowded database.
47 • Mini-Pentoo - see Elive .04 (by Anon on 2006-02-12 13:26:35 GMT from United States)
You've got to see the new Enlightenment desktop under Elive .04. This new release rocks!
48 • SUSE Linux 10.1 beta4 ... (by Anonymous Penguin on 2006-02-13 06:19:10 GMT from Italy)
...is now 4 days late. Unusual. I hope it means a stable final.
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