Category Archives: Open Source

Good Practices: Compiling from Source #3

In my first post, I wrote about the configuration step in compilation. In my last post, I wrote about the compile step. This post is about the last step, installation. Rubber Hits the Road You’ve configured and compiled your project, … Continue reading

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Good Practices: Compiling from Source #2

I went over the first part of compiling (configuring) in my earlier blog post here. Easy Make Oven Now, you’ve successfully configured your project, and you’re ready to build. Thankfully, this step is usually pretty straightforward and simple, all you … Continue reading

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Good Pracitices: Compiling from Source #1

If you’ve ever been enthusiastic about an open source project, you’ve likely compiled a bleeding edge version of a project before. I know a many non-coders do this, and I can empathize that it is potentially confusing for people. The … Continue reading

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The Art of

“We should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil” –Donald Knuth   If you’ve heard of Big-O analysis, or linked lists, or sorting, or searching, or recursion, or pretty … Continue reading

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Usuability, Expressibility, and Linux

some computer environments are targeted towards expression, while others are targeted towards operation. GUI-based programs tend to be a way to operate a computer, while CLI program systems allow for recombination and expression. Continue reading

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Gnome Shell hits the streets!

Gnome shell has been released! Its a total revamp of the classic Gnome 2.x desktop. I think they’ve done a pretty good job with it, and its good to see Gnome continue to move forward! You can try it out … Continue reading

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Growing the San Diego OSS Community

For the last few months, I’ve been running the Ubuntu Hours here in San Diego county. We’ve had between 2-4 people at each event. All in all, not bad, but I think we can do better as time goes on. … Continue reading

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Promote Open Source by Discouraging Software Piracy

When I hear someone saying, “Man, I just nicked [Photoshop CS2][Windows 7][*] from a torrent site. Cracked the serial with this mod I found”, it really gets under my skin. I hear this from Linux users who happen to use … Continue reading

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Unity and the Bicycle Shed

I head an allegory at Scale9x from the head of the OpenShot video editing program last week that I think is pretty amusing and profound: “If you set out to build a nuclear power plant, there will be 2 people … Continue reading

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Scale9x!

I’ll be heading to Scale9x next weekend! SCaLe is the Southern California Linux expo, and I’m really happy to be heading there to help out with the Ubuntu booth at the expo, and to meet other Linux folks from all … Continue reading

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