XFCE 4.2.0 is out

18 January 2005

XFCE is a Desktop Environment and Development Framework for Unix and Unix-like platforms, based on the GTK+ toolkit and designed to comply with the relevant Freedesktop specifications. I used the Mandrake RPMs from eslrahc. I already blog about XFCE here. It is really light and fast.

MacOS and Java/XML developer

18 January 2005

Just to remark that at least 3 Java/XML developers use a Mac and are very happy with it : Matt Raible ; Benoît Marchal (Switching to the Mac for the Java Developer) and Romain GUY. This is just one more reason for me to buy the powerbook I would like for almost 3 years …

Then I got this comment from Fred : I really like your logs and we have a lot of interests in common but I have to diagree with you on this. I upgraded to the latest Mac OS X, the latest JVM available for the Mac, but everytime I start Tomcat or any Java application, I just regret to have bought one. It’s just so slow compared to Windows or Linux x86…
Don’t take me wrong, Mac are the best for most of the things you can do with a desktop computer. But not for Java developer!
Java is compile once, run everywhere… but not the Mac. I got tonnes of exemple like ButterflyXML, some Netbeans features, this: http://www.amug.org/~glguerin/howto/More-open-files.html… is for example really annoying me, etc
The worst is that you won’t get good results too with a free JVM on Linux PPC.

Community business

17 January 2005

I recently read The Open Source Monopoly as it becomes very publicized. Lajos Moczar, who I already knew for his FlashGuides, points out that things have changed, and so should our opinions and judgement on Open Source.

But I think that it all relates to a more general phenomenon : communities grew from the Net and they are valuable power.

The winner is the one who drives his community. And every business
try to seduce the community more or less honnestly. I will just give
some recents moves (almost true) :

  • BEA Weblogic (J2EE application server) released its source code.
  • IBM, Sybase, Computer Associate and Ingres released their Database’s code.
  • The two main Open Source IDE : NetBean and Eclipse.
  • Sun releasing the source of Solaris OS.
  • GMail offering 1Go for free, followed by yahoo, AOL (and free.fr for french users.)
  • and the same goes for grid computing

In all this you will find more obvious business reasons than appetite for freedom or philosophical ideas.

Security, Mails and Keys

16 January 2005

For now, just some links and I will explain later (specialy why this
can be usefull and what is the difference between a Thawte certificates
and a GPG key) :

Firefox and delicious’s social bookmarks

15 January 2005

Finally, I had time to try del.icio.us : a
social bookmarks manager. It allows you to categorize sites with
keywords, and to share your collection between your browsers, machines
and others.
Remember that it is not finished : don’t expect your bookmarks to be safe !

Firefox has two features to get the most of del.icio.us : LiveBookmarks and an extension : integrates del.icio.us with Firefox.

References :

QoS on Linux : unleach the mule and keep surfing

3 January 2005

The problem is to give priority to http (web surfing) over ftp
and p2p (bulk download : amule bittorrent … ) This is possible via
QoS : Quality of Service. A very large subject, our personnal use can
be considered only as a side effect of QoS.

The main explaination is the Linux Advanced Routing & Traffic Control Howto. (There is a very good french translation.)
Since the howo is very long, you may skip the theory and go directly to
the “Cookbook” chapter. If it doesn’t fits your need, don’t forget to
check the “Furhter reading” chapter.

HTB home

I will test all this very soon.