Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

You may already be living your first minutes of 2012, you may be hours from it, so instead of trying to find the perfect time to say so, here it goes...


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

Hoping you all have a very, very good time with your loved ones these days. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Google extends Mozilla sponsorship

Quick note to let you know that Mozilla is safe again after having extended its partnership with Google for another three years. As usual, Mozilla will default to Google search engine in exchange.

This is great news to all Firefox fans like me because it was worrying to see the Mozilla agreement with Google coming to an end just days ago, specially considering Google sponsorship represents up 85% of Mozilla's budget.

Long live Mozilla!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Winamp + KDE = Qmmp

These are times of Cloud music storage and players, when one can choose to store music on the cloud and listen to it anywhere from any device, or stream it from one of the available sites out there. Having said so, I guess there are still people like me, who also like to keep a local music collection and play it using more of a good old installed player. In fact, us Linux users are fortunate, because there is a plethora of audio players available in Linux these days. From the feature-full likes of Banshee and Amarok, to others that are maybe less powerful, but in turn lighter and faster, there is something for everyone.

Back when I used Windows as my only OS, I was a big Winamp fan, so I have always enjoyed using it in Linux. Nostalgia is a part of it, but also the fact that there are few others that work as fast. I usually go back and forth between the powerful media players and Winamp clones, but at the end of the day, I usually realize that I just need something that plays the music I like to listen to.


As far as Winamp clones go in Linux, there are a few alternatives, Audacious probably being the most popular one. However, Audacious is GTK based and I have experienced issues in the past when trying to make it work under KDE. QMMP is a much better option for KDE users, for it is QT based.

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Like others Winamp clones, Qmmp supports skins (unfortunately only the old .wsz ones, not .wal ones), which allow users to choose between a lot of beautiful options, as shown in these screenshots.

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All the usual classic Winamp features are also there, such as EQ, playlists, etc.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Kubuntu to use LightDM

Sounds like Kubuntu might stop using KDM to start using LightDM as the default login screen, just like Ubuntu does, perhaps as soon as Kubuntu 12.04. This is an interesting twist that is making some noise, for it seems that KDE is not going in the same direction. Kubuntu would therefore deviate from what other KDE distros are doing, leading the way to uncertain territory.

If the switch is successful, and I personally think it has big potential, it could add to the list of things that make Kubuntu unique today, perhaps helping to raise its popularity. The Muon Software center, DEB packaging, the many PPAs available and all other benefits that Kubuntu inherits from its older brother, along with a unique LightDM login screen, could end up turning Kubuntu into the first choice for KDE users.

We will have to wait and see what happens and whether Kubuntu can push LightDM into the KDE realm, but I personally am very pleased with the direction Kubuntu is taking and how fast it is improving. Back three years ago, I considered Kubuntu a weak KDE distro when compared to the likes of PCLinuxOS, Fedora or Mandriva, but I consider it just as good today. If it continues to grow at this rate, it might become my favorite KDE distro, specially after PCLinuxOS developers decided to skip the upgrade to KDE 4.7.

For those interested in this subject, please read this ARTICLE by Dave Edmunson himself, the man behind the LightDM development for Kubuntu.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

KDE 4.7.4 available

The latest bug fix release in the KDE 4.7 series was made available a few days ago. Some distros like Arch and Chakra got it first, while Kubuntu users had to wait until today. In this case, 4.7.4 goes back to being mostly a bug fix and translation enhancement release, with the usual performance and stability enhancements that should be installed by all 4.7 users.

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Unlike the previous two bug fix releases, which included significant changes/fixes to KDE PIM components (such as Kontact, Kmail, Nepomuk, etc.), KDE 4.7.4 brings less relevant updates, but we are still going to see some important bug fixes to the semantic desktop, as explained by Sebastian Trueg himself in this blog POST of his.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

...And I am back!

Still a bit numb from a 24 hour trip back home, but I wanted to shake things a bit and make some noise to let you all know I am alive and kicking! ;-)

I will need a couple days to settle down and get fully up to speed with the ever changing awesomeness of the Linux World, but it should be no biggie.

Thanks to all of you who support/follow my blog in any way, shape or form!