Chocolate Bonsai Wallpaper

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Inspired (if that’s really the right word) by all this new Ubuntu artwork I decided to have a little go at creating a new wallpaper. As I said in my last post I like brown, it’s smooth, sexy and natural. So, after a little tinkering with an old photo of my Bonsai tree – ‘Gemmell’ – I created this.

It’s now the default wallpaper on my desktop: could it be yours?

If anyone does like it I’ll upload the (somewhat mammoth sized) gimp xcf file so anyone can play with the colours or whatever they wish.

Ubuntu colours: earthy or veggie?

Anyone even remotely interested in Linux these days can’t really go more than a few days without reading something, somewhere about Ubuntu. It’s easily the most popular distribution of Linux out irrespective of how you calculate this. Be it from distrowatchs‘ rankings or just running a google search for Linux and seeing how many results pertain to Ubuntu (usually most of them).

Currently the chatter surrounding Ubuntu is obviously focused on its next upcoming release 10.04 Lucid Lynx. However, most blog posts and news articles are all talking about the new artwork rather than any technological advances. Discussion (as ever with Ubuntu users and critics alike) seems to focus almost solely on colour. Yes that’s right. I said colour. This release will bring about quite a few changes in not only the colour scheme of the default desktop, it’s wallpaper and themes but also the ubuntu website, online shop, documentation cd covers (just mockups currently) and more besides. Which is nice. But how important is it?

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Upgrade to Karmic Koala

Well, it’s nearly that time of year again when Ubuntu next version is released. A few funky things are in the works and now the last Alpha release 5 is here the majority of changes have now been set for 9.10. One thing that has been added in the 5th alpha is GNOME 2.27.91, in addition to a complete rewrite of GDM, this release should mark some cool changes.

As you may have guessed from the title of the post – I’m currently upgrading to Karmic – so when it’s finished I will be able to fill you in some more.

Should also have some kubuntu information to empart as well as I’ve been using KDE 4.3 for the last week or so… and it does have some very nice features – the desktop widgets are a favourite of mine and something which is missing from the gnome desktop; certainly such ease of deployment is missing anyway. It is still buggy, I think most of my kde programs have crashed at some point this week, specifically the package management apps. I really think this is something the Kubuntu team need to work on for Karmic; the Gnome Desktop alternatives: Add and Remove and synaptic especially form a combination that’s hard to beat.

Anyway, more to come as I tinker over the next few days. I can’t help but get the Alpha releases; me, wait a whole six months for Ubuntu goodies? I don’t think so!

The Charlie Browns of Computing

Always a sucker for a carefully thought out, well explained article on my favourite subject – Linux – I was pleased as punch to find this blog through a post from mesanna.

Windows Users – The Charlie Browns of Computing

Quite frankly this man should be knighted, and really not just for championing Linux but by showing how much good can come 3 things: education, charity and understanding.

Please take the time to read the whole article, this man has done so much good for so many people.

On a separate note the comments really demonstrate how much support this man has. The one attacking comment only succeeds in highlighting the posters ignorance; Helios does not come across as superior – he has every right to – but he does not.

Linux sucks… or rather it doesn't: please think before you speak

I’ve just found a fantastic article by Walter V. Koenning tackling the “issues” so many long-term Windows user have with Linux. Walter is utterly spot on with everything he says. I’m so tired of reading comments posted by utterly ignorant Windows users (you know, they call drug addicts users.. what’s that saying about us geeky types?) who, despite knowing nothing/very little about their OS of choice, feel free to attack Linux users with unfounded accusations and often pointlessly vulgar language.

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Linux sucks… or rather it doesn’t: please think before you speak

I’ve just found a fantastic article by Walter V. Koenning tackling the “issues” so many long-term Windows user have with Linux. Walter is utterly spot on with everything he says. I’m so tired of reading comments posted by utterly ignorant Windows users (you know, they call drug addicts users.. what’s that saying about us geeky types?) who, despite knowing nothing/very little about their OS of choice, feel free to attack Linux users with unfounded accusations and often pointlessly vulgar language.

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Shooting Richness; My new wallpaper and web design

Over the last few days I’ve been doing a little tinkering with my blog layout, trying to find something to elevate it a little, make it more eye-catching and just generally more aesthetically pleasing.

I think I’ve succeeded with this background! Once I’ve finished making all the files I will put these up for download in a variety of different resolutions to suit all desktops.

I made them using the GNU Image Manipulation Program, making specific use of the motion blur filter and the erasing colours to transparency with a gradient.

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And a purple one for you mesanna – hope it’s the right purple!

Edit: these files can now be found in the artwork section here.

Linux Mint Generated Button

Linux Mint Button

After a little discussion and some information about how wordpress.com functions from mesanna I’ve quite quickly made the first demo version of a generated button. And here it is.

So far it’s really just proof of concept, and its code is a little limited but could very easily and quickly be improved, depending on what information you actually wanted to share. The reason I’ve put the date in for now is because it’s the simplest way to show the principle involved here. The date comes from the php function of the same name in this case I used:

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Linux Mint Promotion

Clem, the man behind Linux Mint is looking to do a little promotion for what I think is a pretty damn good distribution of Linux. With the recent release of Linux Mint 7 “Gloria” the OS is really moving forward with some great intuitive additions to the Linux Mint installer as well as their synaptic equivalent.

But I’m not here to start reviewing Mint… yet.
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