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Happy Sysadmin Day!

July 27, 2007

SysAdmin Day
Happy Sysadmin Day to all Sysadmins out there.

So, Say thanks to your SysAdmin and if you don’t do it on 27th, you can do it on later days too. They will really appreciate it. You criticize them and call them up for you complains and problems the whole year, but this is the day to appreciate them for their work. Its always sysadmins who make programmers bad and buggy code work on systems and submit bug reports to them so they can fix it.

For more information about this day see:
System Administrator Appreciation Day
System Administrator Appreciation Day – Wikipedia

You have 11 more days to migrate to Azaad Source…

May 19, 2007

Open Source…You have 11 more days to migrate to Azaad Source (Open Source) software, because the grace period given by BSA is about to expire on 30th May, 2007. So, either buy the licenses or migrate to Open Source alternatives before you are busted by BSA. The choice is yours but as an Open Source Advocate following are the benefits if you go for Open source alternatives.

Benefits:
1. You don’t have to pay heavy licensing fees like you do for closed Source software.
2. You get all required software (Office Suite, Web Development Tools, Graphics Tools, Compilers, IDEs) under one license.
3. You get nice 3d effects which are not even possible in Windows Vista :P.
4. You can run all latest stable and reliable open source softwares on your old hardware. (No need to buy new hardware for every new OS Microsoft releases).
5. You get a great support from the whole Linux community in Pakistan.
9. You don’t have to make any international calls for support.
10. You don’t have to have any Anti Virus software for every workstation in your organization.

And the last but the important one, there is no BSA for Open Source softwares. So, make your decision today and migrate to Azaad Source (Open Source). Use Linux or any other Open Source Operating System, utilize your resources more efficiently.

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No! Windows Live Mail for FireFox 2.0

March 22, 2007

FireFox 2.0Today while logging in, I got invitation to try New Windows Live Mail Beta. The invitation claimed many new features and promised the faster mail access this time. So, I thought I should give it a try. I was using Firefox 2.0 on OpenSuSE 10.2. But I was surprised that Windows Live Mail is not for Firefox 2.0 or may be its because I was using Linux ;).

When I logged in my Inbox, to my surprise I found that it is no more ajax. I went for checking to make sure if they have really dropped AJAX from Windows Live Mail. And then I found in Options that I am using Windows Live Mail Basic. The instruction was given that full version is available for IE 6 and Firefox 1.5 or later.

I was surprised by this, because I am using Firefox 2.0. I don’t know why on the earth Firefox 2.0 is not later then Firefox 1.5. I hope this problem will be fixed soon. Below is the link to the screen shot that I took, have a look at No Windows Live Mail for FireFox 2.0.

May be that is the reason I prefer Gmail for all sort of email communications now. Because Gmail renders same on every good or bad browser. Gmail is also faster then Yahoo! Mail Beta and the old Windows Live Mail. I can’t say anything about new Windows Live Mail Beta, because they gave me basic version. I will try it again, when they will fix the FireFox 2.0 problem.

No Windows Live Mail on for Firefox 2.0

Show us the code!

February 27, 2007

Show us the code!

Yes, this is another campaign from the Linux community against Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, for his bluffs that Linux has stolen some code from Microsoft.

Microsoft is claiming from the day they had deal with Novell, that Linux has been build using some stolen code from Microsoft. These claims are just like crying like a baby for having no love from others, because the other baby (Linux) got all the love :P.

Do you think your code is good enough that some one even think about stealing it? If you really think Linux has stolen your code and then can you please point out, where is that code used in Linux. Oh, I’m sorry! But please hire a C Programmer for finding that one out. Because Linux is not written in C#, VB or any other .Net framework :P.

Make your contributions, and it’s not only for Linux users. If you use Windows only, you should also ask them to show us the code.

Links:
Show us the code!
Show us the code on wordpress.
Online Petition
Digg

Anti Internet Explorer Campaign

February 4, 2007

WordPress.com is vert strongly supporting browsehappy.com, the site browsehappy.com is making people aware of security issues in Internet Explorer.

The home page of browsehappy.com claims that, “Internet Explorer can make your computer unsafe. Why not switch to a browser that’s more secure?”. Many people have shared their stories on the site. If you are being victim of Internet Explorer vulnerabilities and have made a switch to any other browser, then you must share your story too.

The site is promoting 4 popular browsers (Firefox, Mozilla, Opera, Safari).


How do others take this campaign… “Anti Internet Explorer Campaign” or “People awareness campaign”…

Update: The logo will be shown when you’ll be accessing the admin area of your blog using an insecure browser (you know it) 😉

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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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

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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.

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