The weakness of open-source projects

Note the difference between the way Apple and open-source community does things. GNOME is just not cool enough.

This is what Apple iChat looks like in one of Apple’s site:

Apple iChat user interface
Apple iChat user interface

Apple essentially have gotten some happy people in their screenshot. At least they look happy too me.

And this is how GNOME Empathy looks like as one of GNOME’s screenshots:

GNOME Empathy screenshot
GNOME Empathy screenshot

GNOME got 2 guys who appears not to have been that pleased with being selected for a screenshot demo. Granted both Apple and GNOME likes the racial diversity.

Open-source major weakness is with marketing, or rather the lack of. Now I really empathize…

Slam Ubuntu and feel the wrath of Ubuntu fans

This is what you get for slamming Ubuntu – a whole lot of comments and passionate Ubuntu fans going after you. But ultimately I think Ubuntu’s just not ready for people who do not want to change their habits. It’s largely different from Windows and there is no point persuading people to go Ubuntu just because it’s free. This is a response to the previous incident where a lady’s college dream was smash just because she can’t get internet working right in Ubuntu.

UPDATE: Thousands of viewer comments, phone calls about Ubuntu computer story

Ubuntu fans read our story and linked to it on Linux fan message boards and other technology blogs. By Thursday morning, several major technology websites featured WKOW’s article on their front pages.

That’s also when the comments – many of them angry, rude, and hateful – started pouring in.

Many Ubuntu users also wrote very personal attacks about the young lady who was having trouble using the operating system. They called her “lazy,” “a dumb girl,” and “not worthy of a college degree.”

The young woman also contacted 27 News to report she’s being harassed on her Facebook account by Ubuntu users.

This story has gotten so much attention, computer experts are calling us.

“They’re mad because it puts Ubuntu in a bad light,” said Adam Wiesenfarth, a technology consultant at UW-Madison.

“If you’re not a computer tinkerer, and you’re not willing to do research and digging, it may not be for you.”

Meanwhile, Dell contacted 27 News to say its representatives would contact the young woman to help her deal with her computer situation. (Source: WKOW)

I mainly use Windows Vista for my daily work because of Office 2007. I log on to Ubuntu sometimes to work on web development. And recently I installed Windows 7 for kicks. It’s prettier and I like the fact that now there is a shortcut key for maximize – Win+UpKey.

Ubuntu destroys college dream

Ubuntu destroys someone’s college dream:

US woman says Ubuntu can’t access internet

According to WKOW TV, Abbie Schubert recently ordered a Dell laptop, expecting “your classic bread-and-butter computer.” But when she unboxed the $1,100 machine that arrived, she didn’t find bread and butter. She found Ubuntu.

WKOW TV called Ubuntu “an operating system for your computer similar to Windows that runs off the Linux system.”

“It’s been a mess,” Schubert said. “I regret ordering the computer.”

She had never heard of Ubuntu. So she called Dell. Dell said there was still time to replace her Ubuntu. Then Dell told her not to. “The person I was talking to said Ubuntu was great, college students loved it, it was compatible with everything I needed,” she explained.

So she kept Ubuntu, then decided that Ubuntu doesn’t always work like Windows. Her Verizon internet wouldn’t load. She couldn’t install Microsoft Word. And she said without Word and the internet, she couldn’t take online classes at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

So she dropped out of the college’s fall and spring semesters. (Source: The Register)

She’s quite unresourceful it appears. First time I heard someone accidentally buying Linux. Never purchase a computer without knowing what you’re buying. Get a friend who at least know something.

How to enable Apache mod rewrite in Ubuntu

Actually this probably works for all Linux distributions with Apache 2. Okay enabling mod_rewrite is really easy, you just have to use a2enmod (Apache 2 enable module):

[code lang=”bash”]sudo a2enmod rewrite
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart[/code]

To disable an Apache 2 module, you can run:

[code lang=”bash”]sudo a2dismod rewrite
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart[/code]

That does the reverse.

With mod_rewrite enabled, you can use the .htaccess file.

By the way in your directory permissions, you must set AllowOverride to “all” like this:

[code lang=”ini”]
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
AllowOverride all
Order allow,deny
allow from all

Hope it helps.

Wikipedia chooses Ubuntu

Wikipedia which ran a mixed of Red Hat and Fedora Linux servers are chosen Ubuntu Linux.

Wikipedia adopts Ubuntu for its server infrastructure

The Wikimedia Foundation, the organization behind the user-driven Wikipedia project, is in the process of migrating its servers to the Ubuntu Linux distribution. Wikimedia’s move to Ubuntu is part of an effort to simplify administration of the organization’s 400 servers, which previously ran a mix of various versions of Red Hat and Fedora.

Wikimedia’s entire collection of web sites—which includes Wikipedia, Wikisource, Wikiquote, Wikinews, and several others—serves up roughly 10 billion page views per month. At its peak, traffic can sometimes reach 50,000 HTTP requests per second. The organization’s hardware budget to date is roughly $1.5 million, and it spends $35,000 per month on bandwidth and physical hosting. All of its technical infrastructure is managed by a small IT staff consisting of only four paid employees and three volunteers. (Source: Arstechnica)


This is good new for Ubuntu which has in the past experience slow adoption rates with their server flavors. I am glad to add that this blog is powered by Ubuntu Hardy.

Want to install god?

I love it when a software has a good and catchy name but I love it more when a software has a name that looks funny in the a Linux install command:

[code]$ sudo gem install god[/code]

A Better Way to Monitor

God is an easy to configure, easy to extend monitoring framework written in Ruby.

Keeping your server processes and tasks running should be a simple part of your deployment process. God aims to be the simplest, most powerful monitoring application available.

God is useful, learn more about god.

Allow sudo to insult you (Ubuntu)

What fun is there when sudo replies your incorrect password attempt with a mere incorrect password – make it insult you. Masochistic people can shout hooray.

Here’s how you do it, you have to edit ‘sudoers’. It uses vi commands which I hate. You’ll be prompted for your password.

[code]sudo visudo[/code]

Append “,insults” at the end without the quotes and then save the file.

[code]Defaults env_reset,insults[/code]

Now you can make your terminal window forget your sudo password:

[code]sudo -K[/code]

And now type ‘sudo visudo’ or even ‘sudo me a sandwich’ and then input an incorrect password. It will say something like:

  • You can’t get the wood, you know.
  • It’s only your word against mine.
  • My pet ferret can type better than you!
  • Maybe if you used more than just two fingers…
  • Listen, burrito brains, I don’t have time to listen to this trash.

Well, have fun. (Source: Ubuntu Tutorials)

Yawn… Java is finally fully open

Okay, on less exciting new – Java is finally fully open and free and without any proprietary code.

This week the IcedTea Project reached an important milestone – The latest OpenJDK binary included in Fedora 9 (x86 and x86_64) passes the rigorous Java Test Compatibility Kit (TCK). This means that it provides all the required Java APIs and behaves like any other Java SE 6 implementation – in keeping with the portability goal of the Java platform. As of writing, Fedora 9 is the only operating system to include a free and open Java SE 6 implementation that has passed the Java TCK.

More at SoftWhere

Wow that took them really long, since 2006 they’ve been talking about this.