I’m Sorry Firefox

….but it’s over.


Out with the old. In with the new
firefox chrome


We had a good long run (I’d been with you longer than anyone else), but I’ve found someone new.  She’s younger and faster and has most of what you had to offer me (even the really geeky stuff).

Most of all, I’m impressed with how fast she is (no matter how I try to slow her down)

So Firefox, we can still be friends, but it’s just not gonna be the same any more..


All my love,


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One Love, One Unix

I was just reading a blog post on this very topic on ZDNet and it reminded me that I’ve felt this way for a long time.

UnixUnity™ is needed if a Unix-like Open Source OS is ever going to really catch on with the masses.

What Linux (er “GNU/Linux”) has going for it is that when it comes to Desktop users, no other Unix-like OS can compete. But there are too damn many flavors of it (distributions). But Linux has the most apps, period. It also has the most users and therefore the most resources available to it’s users.

After all, the FreeBSD “ports” are named so because most of them really are ports – of Linux apps.

And OpenSolaris has a long way to go to catch up with FreeBSD in terms of the number of available applications.

And maybe just maybe, if we narrowed it down to a handful of Unix-like operating systems (instead of dozens), and got focused on really being the best, we (notably the Linux community) could stop wasting time bashing other Operating Systems.

Regardless of the outcome, I’ll use any OS. I never used one that I didn’t (dis)like. But for the time being,  most of my time will be spent in (Ubuntu) Linux.

In the meantime, I just learned of the release of OpenSolaris 2008.5. It’s the first official release of the new and improved “Ubuntu-like” version of OpenSolaris. And compared to previous incarnations of Solaris, it rocks. The difference is like night and day.  We can thank Ian Murdock (and many others) for this. It’s long overdue.

Anyway, I gave it a shot and I was very impressed. Unfortunately the availability of software is very limited, but at least this is a start.  In addition, it won’t run on my computer. Apparently my hardware is too strange/old for that.  I’ve got it running in VirtualBox (for the most part).  It’s a great start, I look forward to it getting even better.

Anyway, if you’re a Linux user (or even if you’re not) with an open mind, I’d recommend checking out OpenSolaris, DesktopBSD and/or PCBSD. They are all Linux alternatives focused on ease of use and are (generally) as easy to set up as the the most user-friendly Linux distros are now.

Me of course, I’ve got 3 Linux distros and Windows Vista (!) installed on my hard drives and 3 more Linux distros, OpenSolaris & FreeBSD running in virtual machines.

Why? Because I can. 🙂

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Ubuntu 8.04 is out. Here’s how to get it quickly.

The *.ubuntu.com sites are typically swamped on release days and today (as of this writing) is no exception.

Here’s how to avoid the crunch (and ubuntu.com alltogether) and get your Ubuntu CDs.:

  • Google for mirror sites. I’ve known (by heart) of a number of Ubuntu mirrors (for both CD images and sources.list) for a few years now.  For example, three typically fast mirrors in the United States are http://ubuntu.osuosl.org/releases/hardy, http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu-releases/hardy/ , and http://mirror.anl.gov/pub/ubuntu-iso/
  • If you’re the type that wants to verify the MD5SUM of your download, you do not need to get the MD5SUMS from .ubuntu.com. They are on the mirrors and are identical.
  • Another option is to create your own CD with jigdo. You’ll note the “jigdo” files on all of the mirrors.  This is a very fast method. In essence you’re downloading all the individual .deb files from any of the package mirrors and using them to create a CD image (identical to the ones on the mirrors).  It’s a very quick way to get your CD image.
  • And lastly there is Bittorrent.  The Ubuntu .torrent files are on any of the mirrors, you don’t have to look for them on *.ubuntu.com

I hope you found this helpful.

VIDEO: Inside The Mozilla Foundation (the folks who bring us Firefox)

Robert “Scobelizer” Scoble recently visited the Mozilla Foundation to interview Mitchell Baker, chief lizard wrangler. Mitchell had some very interesting things to say about the history and development of Firefox

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I feel like a traitor.

But I’m not sure to whom.

I was writing what your’re reading now with the aid of:

Ubuntu. Linux for Human Beings

….while simultaniously downloading Release Candidate 2 of:

Windows Vista

Things that make you go hummmm…

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How do idiot developers get away with it?

Billy Jo…no wait. Billy Jon!

Whoops. I mean William Jon McCann (He’s one of those three name people. They usually have pretty big heads), a GNOME developer is responsible for the screensaver module in GNOME.

Now everyone on the planet who’s used a PC is not only accustomed to screensavers, but they’re also accustomed to changing settings on them.

Remember the famous “After Dark” Flying Toasters? You could speed them up, slow them down, add more toasters, subtract some, etc. There’s even an open source clone of the Flying Toasters now. But of course , that screensaver is “broken”.

That’s “standard operating procedure” on most screensavers.

Well Billy Jon says we’ve been wrong! Screensavers that you can adjust settings on are “inherently broken”.

He must be offering some sort of “physical” or financial incentive to the folks in the GNOME organization. I can’t possibly see how he could have gotten away with this otherwise.

OK, I feel slightly better now.

In the meantime, I’ll go yank gnome-screensaver out of GNOME 2.16 and install the “broken” x-screeensaver”

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“Christian” Ubuntu. My $.02

If you follow the world of Open Source Software (Linux in particular) you’ve probably heard by now of the latest variation of Ubuntu Linux.

I only happened upon this today. I’m late to the party, what can I say?

So here it is folks, for those of you who’ve not seen it yet. It’s:

When I first came across this on OSDir, I thought it was a joke. But no, these folks are fucking serious.

What is it about Christians? Why do they have to continually throw their religion in everyone’s face?

Why can’t they just “chill” like others (Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Wiccans, Pagans, Agnostics, Atheists, etc).?

When was the last time you heard an obnoxious Buddhist on TV shoving his/her beliefs down your throat?

You see my point?

OK, I’m getting somewhat off topic here.

As I Googled the topic some more I found a post by fellow WordPress.com blogger, “lordillidan” who supports the project and is critical of folks like me.

Naturally, I couldn’t resist putting my $.02 in. I’ll quote it here, because it will save me time re-stating it anyway. Much if it is what I’ve said already, but I still wanted to share 🙂

First off, why can’t “Christian” Linux users simply install “Christan” software on their computers the way they do on Windows etc? Does Microsoft produce “Christian Windows”? No, they don’t have to. Apparently enough Christians can figure out how to install “Christian” software in Windows.

I think it’s just silly. And being that I am one of those who gets annoyed as hell at Christians shoving their beliefs in front of everyone all the time, I just don’t like the idea, period.

You don’t suppose that we’ll have Hindu Ubuntu, Buddhist Ubuntu, Islam Ubuntu or Wicca Ubuntu do you?

I doubt it. Only Christians pull off this kind of crap (OK, not all Christians but a significant vocal number of them) and far too often.

WTF is with these people anyway?

Maybe Pat Robertson could promote “Christian Ubuntu” on his little TV show. Cool idea eh?

Oh maybe RMS could join Pat. After all, he kind of looks like Jesus.

RMS - the hairy GNU guru with the Jesua look.

The good news out of all of this, is it’s inspired a new Linux Distro!


Stay tuned.

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