CodeWeavers Offers Free CrossOver – 1 Day Only

3 months ago, CodeWeavers CEO Jeremy White issued a “Lame Duck” challenge for the President.  If any of those goals were met, he’d offer CrossOver free for one day.  Fast forward 3 months and at least one of his six lame duck goals were met.  Thus, CrossOver is available today only for FREE.

To get in on the action, head over to the CodeWeavers CrossOver Lame Duck Page.

Some Random Linux Observations

  • Ubuntu is the only Linux distro I know of that has its alpha
    releases slashdotted and dugg…which is a real shame; I think there
    are more that deserve this treatment from linux media sites.
  • Different Linux distros and desktop camps should recognize their differences as providing choice instead of being something that makes them different.
    They all have the same goals…to get people using open source software
    and to provide a great experience for the user.  Differences are always
    looked down upon.  Choice is usually a positive thing.  We should be
  • When designing a new car, automobile manufacturers don’t
    build it first and then draft it out on paper.  Likewise, Linux architects should not write the code first before creating a draft or set of goals
    (whether it be a paper draft, documentation, or QA test cases) that visualize where you want to go.  A visual goal is better than written or said one.
  • For
    every Penguin Pete, there is a Ken Starks.  There are times when one
    outweighs the other.  The nice part is that in the Linux community, the
    Ken Starks have a longer lasting impact and touch more lives.
  • The Linux Desktop will never be “finished” and for that I am VERY glad.
  • Programmers should be more like the code they write…without bias, structured, and incapable of “talking down”.
  • Every distro ships with at least one thing broken.
  • Every distro ships with at least two things broken.
  • Every distro ships with things broken.
  • If Linux were a dog, it would NOT be purebred.
  • People
    can get excited about Linux because they can take part in it. People
    can’t get excited about Microsoft because they can’t take part in it.  It’s the difference between playing in the game and being on the sideline wishing you were in the game.
  • Categorizing something divides; why are we categorizing Linux and developers?
  • Linux fits well into big business, but big business does not fit well into Linux

By no means are these meant to point fingers…they are just observations.  Do you share some?  Do you have more to provide?  Please, let me know what you’ve seen in or out of your Linux community.

A New User Guide to Linux Communities

Featured image credit:  Leonardo Leporte

Are you a new Linux user? Fantastic! Welcome to the world of freedom. Freedom of choice, freedom of expression, freedom from vendor lockin. You’ve made an excellent choice. Now that you’ve chosen, installed, and are using Linux there are a few things you should keep in mind as you learn the ropes of your new system.

1. Not all Communities are the Same

Each Linux distribution has its own distinct community with their own ideas. Think of owning a vehicle or a certain brand of appliance…along with the ownership of this comes the lifestyle that is reflected by users/owners of the product. The same is true with Linux. Each community will have a different idea on what is important. What is important to you may not be even on the radar of those users and developers of that community. Find one that suits you.

Keeping this in mind, be patient. Ask questions the smart way. Be explicit and tactful. Be precise and direct. Provide more information than you think is necessary…no one will become upset if you provide too much information but they may not answer your question if you have too little.

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The rPath Forum goes Live!

Here at rPath we use our own Mediawiki appliance for documentation (what is a software appliance?). While this is an excellent way of getting things documented quickly (as wiki’s are) it is NOT a great place for community based questions to influx nor a good place for knowledgebase questions to be stored. Often, the discussion tab on wiki’s go ignored with issue tracking systems replacing problems users have.

The problem with issue tracking systems is they have workflows of their own and often are impartial where they don’t need to be ;). Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a place where like users of software could come together to ask questions and help each other reach conclusive answers? Hence, the rPath Forum was born.

Stef created the Simple Machines Forum Appliance, which you can install and run in various formats such as VMWare, Xen, ISO, RAW, and even a LiveCD (in x86 and x86_64 bit flavors!). What a wonderful concept…to be able to quickly download and deploy a forum using nothing but a virtualized environment 🙂

As some of you know, I’ve chose Simple Machines in the past at MyPCLinuxOS and PCLinuxOS proper to power those communities. Stef and I are excited to power the rPath community with this same wonderful software.

If you are a packager, appliance developer, Foresight Linux user, or are just interested in our products and technologies such as Conary and rMakecome on over to the rPath Forum and register. Drop us a line and say hello 🙂

Install extra Themes and Icons in PCLinuxOS

Are you a PCLinuxOS 2007 user?

Are you one of the many that love the default theme and think it’s eye catching but wish you could change it and make it your own? Do you wish there were more themes, icon sets, and bling for your desktop that would be easy to add? I did too. Here’s how I was able to customize PCLinuxOS 2007:

PCLOS Default
PCLOS Custom

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YALB – A Look Back after Three Years

Quietly and without fanfare, Yet Another Linux Blog has reached the ripe old age of 3 years. I started it small and hosted at home during May of 2004. Back then it was hosted on a domain called (since expired). In December 2004, I switched domains to and switched to Serendipity for blogging (hence, lost data from May 2004 – Dec 2004) and it is that month that houses my first and oldest post on the s9y platform…and it’s also the month I discovered Technorati and pingbacks 😀 which gives rise to being indexed for the first time then. The oldest snapshot the internet archive has is December 2004…take a look at how the blog looked then (warning, slow loading).

Back then, it was all about trying new Linux desktops and finding things that worked for my wife and I. Today, it’s still all about the Linux Desktop. YALB hasn’t changed its focus and has made some weak minded enemies along the way, but still is managing just fine.

Today, I’d like to take the time to reflect a little bit and post some links of my favorite posts, as well as share some statistical information about YALB.

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