miércoles, 18 de abril de 2018

The Latest News and a Few Tricks

These are very puzzling times.  Let's see a few interesting examples:

1.  Microsoft develops a Linux OS: This is not a joke. Really. Some think hell froze over.

2.  Ubuntu recovers its ability to produce customized live images:  The feature that many people miss from newer Ubuntu releases is finally back thanks to Pinguy Builder.

3. OLPC has met a sad end: I guess corporate influence had nothing to do with it.

4.  I've met more Linux users than ever and even saw the name "Linux"  displayed next to a smart TV in a printed advertisement of a mainstream seller here.

And now, a trick for those who, like me, have had problems with the newest Firefox, who refuses to obey its localization and language pack:

a. Install language packs
b. Add the add-on: a small colored notice will appear in the upper right corner. Click on it and then click to add.
c. Enabling. From Firefox 59 on:
  • Type about:config in the addres bar
  • Create a new string with this name:
  • Finish it with the appropriate value (fr-FR, es-ES,...)   

miércoles, 14 de marzo de 2018

A New Pardus Release? I don't Know if I should Try It

Pardus released a new version a couple of weeks ago.  I still remember when Pardus used to be one of my daily distros... But after they moved to Debian, I faced lots of issues and stopped using it.  By those days, I moved to Pisi Linux, but haven't heard much of that distro lately.

I don't know if I should give Pardus a try.  In the old days, it used to be so stable that my mother had it as its main OS on her PC, but now she is using another distro.

The problem with Pardus is that if you install it, you are pretty much on your own (unless you know Turkish.)

I guess I'll download it and try it, just for the sake of fun and experimentation, but that will have to wait until I get used to my new work schedule.

jueves, 8 de marzo de 2018

The Limits of Operating Systems Are Becoming Blurry

Let's see...

Windows ran DOS
Linux ran DOS
Linux ran Windows
Android ran DOS
Chrome OS ran DOS
Android ran Linux
Chrome OS ran Android
Windows ran Linux
Chrome OS is aiming at running Linux

Operating systems are becoming quite confusing! Who needs so much choice and flexibility? That's totally unnecessary!  :P

lunes, 29 de enero de 2018

Fun with Video, DVDs, and More

These past weeks I've been using an interesting list of tools for video editing, DVD authoring, DVD burning, and more.

It all started when I wanted to make some videos.  I learned how to use Openshot.

Then, I used HandBrake to add subtitles and then transcode the video I had made.

Later, DVDStyler was in charge of creating the DVD.

I had a problem burning it, though.  DVDStyler told me everything was fine, but the DVD would not play. 

Thus, I used that application to make an .iso image instead.  My plan was to burn it using something different.  I chose K3B to burn the iso image into a DVD.

The disc worked on my laptop, using VLC to play the video.  I still have to play it on a real DVD player, though.

I am glad that when I hit a wall, there was always another tool to help me continue going.

viernes, 29 de diciembre de 2017

Video editing, Open Source, and Community

This year my job kept me away from the developing cycle of MX Linux 17.  When I realized, the new release was already available.

I installed it in my ThinkPenguin laptop because the latest Ubuntu did not play nicely with it.  To me, that was quite a shock since that laptop went from Yakkety Yak to Zeisty Zapus without problems, but Artful Aarvark was another story.

MX-17 ran almost perfectly.  The only problem I saw was OpenShot; when trying to render animated titles, the video editor kept asking for a blender version 2.62 or up.  That was a requirement that my system met (it has 2.78a), but Openshot threw the obnoxious "No frame was found in the output from Blender" error.

I tried several fixes from different forums to no avail.  Then, I asked for help in MX forums, but nobody seemed to have a solution.

Then, I went to the page of OpenShot and downloaded an appimage of Openshot 2.4.1.   It worked flawlessly!

Thus, I went to MX forums and told them about Openshot 2.4.1, hoping to help other people in the future.

Ah, but I had forgotten the community sense that distinguishes Linux and particularly MX users and developers.  One of the lead developers asked me "Do you want to place a package request for Openshot 2.4.1?"

I did it and in about a day, the great packaging team had the new version of the video editor!  I downloaded it from the repos and it does everything without any problem.

It's great to see how people help each other in the community of free software.

Thanks a lot!

viernes, 15 de diciembre de 2017

MX-17 Horizon Is Here!!!

I installed MX-17 (Horizon) today and, in fact, I'm using it to post this entry.

The installation process was simple and quick.  I did notice that the icons became flat, following the new trends...

Interestingly, after installing, some updates popped up and I applied them right away.  Then, I did notice that I could not unmount the live USB and that my other partitions were out of reach.  Of course, one of the updates was MX-system.  I could not turn the system off and had to do a hard reboot.

I had no problems with GRUB.  All my other partitions were there, by the way.

Upon logging in again, the problems I had were gone.  ^__^

Then, I realized I had no sound.  Well, that has been pretty consistent with every distro I install on this old 32-bit system (by the way, thanks to the devs for still giving us a 32-bit distro!), thus I knew what to do:  opening a terminal and typing "alsamixer" to uncheck the "auto-mute" option.  That gave me sound.

But then, I realized that YouTube videos were soundless, too.  After a short fiddling with the mixer settings, I enabled sound on YouTube.  No big deal, really.

So far, those are the only issues I've seen.  Actually, I'm impressed by the big amount of improvements and new tools they've added.  MX-17 seems to follow the path of great performance and constant improvement that has characterized it from the start.  I'm eager to test it in more demanding environments.  

viernes, 24 de noviembre de 2017

Hello, Artful Aardvark!

Yesterday, I booted my Zeisty Zapus Ubuntu on my ThinkPenguin laptop with the intention to play a Steam game.  I was greeted by the software updates notification.  It asked me if I wanted to upgrade to the new Ubuntu version.

Since I had upgraded in the past from Yakkety Yak, the laptop's original Ubuntu, to Zeisty Zapus without any issues, I decided to go for the newest release.

It took a while to download.  That was not a surprise, considering the quantity of new packages that were to be installed.  When the upgrade finished, I rebooted and was greeted by a login screen.  Interesting, previously, Ubuntu got to the desktop automatically.  Artful Aarvark seemed to bring a couple of changes, judging by that.

After logging in, I realized that Unity had been replaced by Gnome.  Well, I'm not a particular fan of either, so that was OK with me.

Apparently, everything works.  I need to test it more carefully, but I don't have much time currently as I am totally swamped with work and actually, the game I originally wanted to play was to keep my sanity.  Unfortunately, I could not play because I ran out of time, but I can play with my new Ubuntu later.