Archive for January, 2007

Sorry Google!

January 20, 2007

I was really disappointed to see that the newest version of Picasa that I downloaded for linux dosen’t have Export to Web Option. I decided to go for F-Spot and after setting up my account I realized that F-Spot is unable to upload .jpg images to PicasaWeb. I was really disappointed but I was in hurry to upload, so decided for a manual web upload. But I was so unfortunate that I only had 52MB remaining on my PicasaWeb.

This is no good! Why Google’s Linux version of Picasa doesn’t have Export to Web Option and why the hell on the earth I have 2.8 GB in gmail and only 150MB or so in Picasa Web. Why not they just merge these two storage spaces so I can have a 3GB Mail+Photo Album ;), wouldn’t it be great? I’ve been in love with google for a very long time and I prefer them over other service providers but they should really see in these matters.

I decided to setup Album on Yahoo! but Yahoo’s firefox addon wasn’t for firefox 2.0, so from F-Spot I uploaded pictures to flickr.com using my Yahoo! ID. Sorry Google! because I had no other options instead to switch to yahoo! for my Photo management options. But I really do like Picasa’s Features specially those red eye and Collage things 😉 The Collage thing is really nice! but other optinos need to be improved like export to web, and more space on Picasa web. I Hope to see improvements soon. until then Happy Flickring to me 😉

Vista ends up helping Linux!

January 20, 2007

“One of the things we will probably notice is the hardware requirements for Vista are obviously much higher, and that could end up helping Linux just because people notice that you can run Linux on machines and have it work very well even if that same machine couldn’t run Vista at all,” Torvalds said.
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Awesome Firefox Addon!

January 17, 2007

Thanks to “A List of Over 100 Best Firefox Extensions“. I found performancing on that blog. A very nice and friendly blog publishing addon for firefox. The Account wizard in performancing window just asked me my blog url (i.e https://itechnology.wordpress.com) and detected the service I was using. then it asked me my username and password and to my surprise listed both the blogs I’ve been running through this account. Performancing is just a F8 press away from me or I can click the pencil icon in my status bar. I can even copy paste items from the web page.  The history tab in performancing also shows all my previous posts. Oh my God! I figured our while writing that performancing also allows to upload images to wordpress.com. Thats really one fine blog publishing addon. I really love it!  This is going to be my first post from performancing so I’m really excited to see it published. You can get performancing from Firefox Add-ons.

Below is screenshot.

powered by performancing firefox

Why do you love Opensource? is it money or openness?

January 12, 2007

Why do you love Opensource? is that about money? is that about freedom? is that about liking? is that you are geek? is that you want to impress your friends? Today I was not in mood of work. So, I got this thought that why do I use open source? why do I prefer it? For me is the openness and freedom, but more then that its money.

Yes, thats true I can’t afford those heavy licenses. Even a 50$ dollar license for just an operating system is way too much for me. Because here in Pakistan salaries are not that high. A normal person gets only 10,000-12,000 Rs/month. And if 50$ is converted into Rs it became 3,000 Rs and thats 25% of the salary. You can buy a used PIII machine for 3,000 Rs. And its not Operating system that you have to pay for. You have to pay for Office Suite, Imaging products, IDE etc etc.

So, for me first it was price then slowly I got addicted to the freedom and power I got in Opensource software. Because I can customize it to my needs. I can remove the features I don’t like or I can add those that I like. Being a computer science student I love this openness and freedom but it started because of money ;).

Digg it!

Linux Divided

January 11, 2007

The Linux users are bieng divided into three group. and I feel like part of all groups with some exceptions ;).

1. Philosophical Users
2. Business Users
3. Home Users

Where you stand in these 3 groups? read more at openaddict

Digg it!

iPhone

January 11, 2007

iPhone, Apple’s phone or Cisco’s internet enabled phone (uses VoIP).

Apple unveiled iPhone 6 months before its release. And now all the news, blogs and articles are talking about iPhone. So, I decided to take a look at the product and I must say its awsome. iPhone will change the cell phone technology all together. It has Wi-Fi and GPRS Edge. It can sync with iPod and iTunes. It can download your emails from IMAP and POP3. It can sync with your address book. You just have to point your finger to a contact to make a call. and much much more. It will be available in two versions one with 4GB of memory and the other with 8GB. Thats too much for a phone. But unfortunately it will be released in June and will require a two year contract with cingular, the exclusive US carrier. more information on apple’s site.

On the other site Cisco is suing Apple for using their iPhone trademark that was registered in 2000. The vice chairman of cisco said, “There is no doubt that Apple’s new phone is very exciting, but they should not be using our trademark without our permission.” Let see how the issue will be resolved. Will Apple change the name of their new phone?

Digg it!

Future of GPL? Linux? and Open source?

January 5, 2007

You all should have heard or read about GPLv3. I don’t care about the stand point of any one, what they think? why they don’t agree with each other? what ever it is all I care about is the future of Open Source development. MySQL has also rejected to release the new version under GPLv3. Samba Team is agreed to license their code under GPLv3 while on the other hand Linus and his fellow hackers don’t agree with the idea ‘anti-DRM’ behind GPLv3 and hence they denied to license the kernel under GPLv3. I hope this will not led us to a ‘GNU vs Linux’ war. Open Source community is really getting matured right now. So we are not ready for any new flame wars between the community.

In a clearification of GPLv3 FSF has made following points,

1. The FSF has no power to force anyone to switch from GPLv2 to GPLv3
on their own code. We intentionally wrote GPLv2 (and GPLv1) so we
would not have this power. Software developers will continue to
have the right to use GPLv2 for their code after GPLv3 is
published, and we will respect their decisions.

2. In order to honor freedom 0, your freedom to run the program as
you wish, a free software license may not contain “use
restrictions” that would restrict what you can do with it.

Contrary to what some have said, the GPLv3 draft has no use
restrictions, and the final version won’t either.

GPLv3 will prohibit certain distribution practices which restrict
users’ freedom to modify the code. We hope this policy will
thwart the ways some companies wish to “use” free software —
namely, distributing it to you while controlling what you can do
with it. This policy is not a “use restriction”: it doesn’t
restrict how they, or you, can run the program; it doesn’t
restrict what they, or you, can make the program do. Rather it
ensures you, as a user, are as free as they are.

3. Where GPLv2 relies on an implicit patent license, which depends on
US law, GPLv3 contains an explicit patent license that does the
same job internationally.

Contrary to what some have said, GPLv3 will not cause a company to
“lose its entire [software] patent portfolio”. It simply says
that if someone has a patent covering XYZ, and distributes a
GPL-covered program to do XYZ, he can’t sue the program’s
subsequent users, redistributors and improvers for doing XYZ with
their own versions of that program. This has no effect on other
patents which that program does not implement.

Software patents attack the freedom of all software developers and
users; their only legitimate use is to deter aggression using
software patents. Therefore, if we could abolish every entity’s
entire portfolio of software patents tomorrow, we would jump at
the chance. But it isn’t possible for a software license such as
the GNU GPL to achieve such a result.

We do, however, hope that GPL v3 can solve a part of the patent
problem. The FSF is now negotiating with organizations holding
substantial patent inventories, trying to mediate between their
conflicting “extreme” positions. We hope to work out the precise
details of the explicit patent license so as to free software
developers from patent aggression under a substantial fraction of
software patents. To fully protect software developers and users
from software patents will, however, require changes in patent law.

Richard stallman in an interview said,

The purpose of the GNU GPL is to defend for all users the freedoms that define free software. It doesn’t make sense in terms of open source. It’s the result of implementing the philosophy of free software in the most strong way that we can. So all the version of the GPL have prevented middlemen from restricting subsequent users by changing the licence. Some free software licences permit that, for example the X11 licence permits that. The various BSD licences permit that. But the GPL was specifically designed not to permit that – you cannot add restrictions making the program non free.

Now, what we didn’t have 15 years ago was the threat of making the program effectively non free by technical restrictions placed around it. That’s what Tivoisation is. Tivoisation means taking a free program and distributing a binary of it, and also providing the source, because the GPL requires that. But when the user changes the source code and compiles it and then tries to install the changed program he discovers that that’s impossible because the machine is designed not to let him. more…

Linus Torvalds vs GPLv3,

I don’t think there will necessarily be a lot of _practical_ fallout from it, so in that sense it probably doesn’t matter all that much. It’s not like we haven’t had license “discussions” before (the whole BSD vs GPL flame-war seemed to go on for years back in the early nineties). And in many ways, it’s not like the actual split between the “Open Source” and the “Free Software” mentality is in any way new, or even brought about by the GPLv3 license.

So while I think there is still a (admittedly pretty remote) chance of some kind of agreement, I don’t think that it’s a disaster if we end up with a GPLv2 and a new and incompatible GPLv3. It’s not like we haven’t had licenses before either, and most of them haven’t been compatible.

In some ways, I can even hope that it clears the air for all the stupid tensions to just admit that there are differences of opinion, and that the FSF might even just stop using the name “GNU/Linux”, finally admitting that Linux never was a GNU project in the first place. more…

Alan Cox clearly said,

There is no such thing as GNU/Linux. For an article like this it’s really important to understand and clarify that (and from the US view also as a trademark matter).

I mean there is no abstract entity even that is properly called “GNU/Linux”. It’s a bit of spin-doctoring by the FSF to try and link themselves to Linux. Normally its just one of those things they do and people sigh about, but when you look at the licensing debate the distinction is vital. (its also increasingly true that FSF owned code is a minority part of Linux) more…

Read more what other kernel developers are saying about the issue…
Greg Kroah-Hartman
Andrew Morton
Dave Miller

Whats your opinion? What is the future? How you see this issue?

openSUSE 10.2 won again!

January 5, 2007

According to informationweek.com,

Columnist Eric A. Hall was looking for a Linux distro that combines stability with the capabilities needed to test bleeding-edge technology. After a long search, he found that openSUSE 10.2 was up to the job.

Read more…

Learn Hacking!

January 4, 2007

Today While visiting some blogs I realized that even we are in 2007 but not many people know about hacking. So why not write about hacking again, but then I thought there is no use for reinventing wheel when Eric Raymond already have wrote so much about Hacking. So all the wanna be hackers here is your guide to learn hacking!. Enjoy!

How to become a hacker!
Who is Eric S. Raymond?

I think this two links are enough to keep you busy for the whole 2007 if you really follow them 😉

Happy Hacking!

I Love Google

January 4, 2007

Google removed tips in search results because the google users didn’t liked it. Google tips was also criticized by the Blake Ross the Lead firefox developer (see his post)Its really amazing that they paid the attention to the criticism, not only that they also responded to it by removing the tips and thats the reason “I Love Google!”. Because they really care about the likings and dislikings of the community. Hope to see more from Google in 2007. Google rocks!