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May Enlightenment

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I've had a streak of bad luck this week with things I was hoping to prepare for the site.

I wanted to review flonix because it got left out of my mini distro round-up and the developer sent me a passcode. So, I borrowed a usbkey from a good friend and tried to boot it. Well, the bios seemed like it didn't see it, so I burnt the boot cdrom and it couldn't see the filesystem either. I don't know if I have time to mess with it before the promised return date for the usb stick.

Then I thought that PC-BSD sounded pretty cool and would make a good review. I had numerous difficulties, but once got as far as installing the kernel sources and nvidia drivers, but upon reboot that all went to hell. I don't know if I even care to mess with that much anymore.

And finally, I'm running late getting my May Gentoo Screenshots posted, but it's posted. I haven't customized my desktop as much as I would have liked yet, but perhaps I'll get around to it. So far tho, I really like it.

I tried enlightenment a few years back. OMG it was a resource hog then. Either my computer is much much better now or they've improved the code, cuz I've got a few cool effects going on and it seems quite snappy. I'm gonna check into some of those nice epplets I've been seeing around and perhaps update the screenshots. But for now I've posted a couple as it is right now. I'm running an older 23ozglass theme, a wallpaper called jeweljade (I think) and set the colors of my favorite kde apps to match. I took the borders off the pager & icon box and set the icon box to resize per icons and only show scroll bar when needed. I loved the dialogue box for setting up the wallpaper. That is the best background config I've seen yet. I've been running enlightment for about 6 hours now and I love it already.

I installed kde cvs a week or so back after posting my Month with Fluxbox - Part 2, yet I always seemed to choose fluxbox when it came time to log into X. I very much enjoyed running fluxbox, but I'm gonna run enlightment during May and see how it goes. ...and if anyone can tell me how to turn that dang desktop instruction thing that pops up I'd sure appreciate it. Big Grin

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OSS Leftovers

  • Using Open Source Software in a SecDevOps Environment
    On 21 June 2018 the Open Source Software3 Institute is hosting a discussion that should be of high interest to enterprise technologists in the DC/Northern Virginia, Maryland area. From their invite: Come hear from our panelists about how the worlds of Open Source Software and the Secure Development / Operations (SecDevOps) intersect and strengthen one another. SecDevOps seeks to embed security in the development process as deeply as DevOps has done with operations, and Open Source Software is a major factor in Security, Development, and Operations. Tickets are free, but you need to register soon because seating is limited.
  • TenFourFox FPR8b1 available
    TenFourFox Feature Parity Release 8 beta 1 is now available (downloads, release notes, hashes). There is much less in this release than I wanted because of a family member in the hospital and several technical roadblocks. Of note, I've officially abandoned CSS grid again after an extensive testing period due to the fact that we would need substantial work to get a functional implementation, and a partially functional implementation is worse than none at all (in the latter case, we simply gracefully degrade into block-level divs). I also was not able to finish the HTML input date picker implementation, though I've managed to still get a fair amount completed of it, and I'll keep working on that for FPR9. The good news is, once the date picker is done, the time picker will use nearly exactly the same internal plumbing and can just be patterned off it in the same way. Unlike Firefox's implementation, as I've previously mentioned our version uses native OS X controls instead of XUL, which also makes it faster. That said, it is a ghastly hack on the Cocoa widget side and required some tricky programming on 10.4 which will be the subject of a later blog post.
  • GNU dbm 1.15
    GDBM tries to detect inconsistencies in input database files as early as possible. When an inconcistency is detected, a helpful diagnostics is returned and the database is marked as needing recovery. From this moment on, any GDBM function trying to access the database will immediately return error code (instead of eventually segfaulting as previous versions did). In order to reconstruct the database and return it to healthy state, the gdbm_recover function should be used.

Server: GNU/Linux Dominance in Supercomputers, Windows Dominance in Downtime

  • Five Supercomputers That Aren't Supercomputers
    A supercomputer, of course, isn't really a "computer." It's not one giant processor sitting atop an even larger motherboard. Instead, it's a network of thousands of computers tied together to form a single whole, dedicated to a singular set of tasks. They tend to be really fast, but according to the folks at the International Supercomputing Conference, speed is not a prerequisite for being a supercomputer. But speed does help them process tons of data quickly to help solve some of the world's most pressing problems. Summit, for example, is already booked for things such as cancer research; energy research, to model a fusion reactor and its magnetically confined plasma tohasten commercial development of fusion energy; and medical research using AI, centering around identifying patterns in the function and evolution of human proteins and cellular systems to increase understanding of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, or addiction, and to inform the drug discovery process.
  • Office 365 is suffering widespread borkage across Blighty
     

    Some users are complaining that O365 is "completely unusable" with others are reporting a noticeable slowdown, whinging that it's taking 30 minutes to send and receive emails.  

Google: VR180, Android and the Asus Chromebook Flip C101