KDE: It’s time for a fork . . . is it really?

Over at Practical Tech Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols suggests that it may be time for a fork of KDE, mostly because he doesn’t believe that KDE 4.1 is heading in the right direction. It’s obviously an interesting and emotional topic as the comments will attest. I’ll quote a small portion of one of the comments. A writer who goes by burpnrun said, “I can understand the emotional investment that Asiego has in Kde4. But the article writer is correct: the desktop should not get in the way of the mainstream user’s productive needs, and that is what KDE4 does.” First of …

Open Source Music?

You’ve heard of open source software. You’ve probably even heard of open source beer? How bout some open source music to add to the mix? Hmm . . . software, beer, and music . . . Yum! The Dejunair Project creates “Free and Open Source Music” or “Open Music”. This means simply, you can use the music for whatever you want at no cost (free beer!). The stated goal of the project is to share music with others for free and provide them the building blocks which make up a particular instrumental to reuse however they see fit. To read …

A Cow Says Moo!

Once upon a time, ASCII art was practiced in e-mail messages sent around the world. Unfortunately, fancy fonts and HTML-ized e-mails have struck a powerful blow to this ancient and noble art form. The most missed are probably the cows, for Tony Monroe, anyhow. His cowsay program (a nice, easy-to-play-with Perl script) provides a simple way to generate an ASCII cow that speaks your message. Head on over to www.nog.net/~tony/warez/cowsay.shtml to pick up your copy and extract it into your directory. (A number of distributions have cowsay in their repositories, so look there first). The installation consists of running an …