lunes, 21 de mayo de 2018

Migration Status: 8 Years and Counting!

Linuxmigrante is celebrating its 8th. anniversary today!

Wow!  That means 8 years have passed since I migrated to GNU/Linux and I haven't regretted my adoption of Free Software.

I've seen lots of changes I thought I'd never see.  I still see rejection, biases and recalcitrance from those who cling to the past and refuse to recognize that the arguments they used to resort to for attacking Linux are exactly what they experience with their OS now.

I've seen distros be born and die.  I've learned lots of interesting tricks and I've been able to experiment with tools I never thought I'd use.

What about the command line?  I still don't know how to use it beyond a few commands (very few!)

Anyway, thanks to the ones who take some of their time to visit this blog. I really hope that some of its content may have been useful to you as it was to me.

domingo, 29 de abril de 2018

Pisi Linux Is Out!

Pisi Linux 2.0 was released a few days ago, and I did not realize about it.  Too bad, because I really liked this distribution and was fairly active in the community before everything went totally Turkish.

Well, it's time to download this little kitten, the heir of the old Pardus.  I want to see the result from the hard work of Pisi developers (they are a small team), and I have high expectations.

I can't wait for my download to finish (it's 1.7 GB).

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!