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.

Gone but not for long

Please bear with me, I’d hoped the transition between my old host and my new one would be smoother than this but due to unforeseen circumstances some aspects have taken longer than they ought to have done. Bendavis.me will be back on soon.

In addition, my apologies for the lack of posts lately. Amongst other things I’ve really not been well, a recent bout with kidney stones has laid me low but I feel it’s time now to get back on top… so to speak. I have new toys too (laptop and phone), time I did something with them! Soon as I get Ubuntu set up of course. It spent last night defragging that pesky NTFS partition so today I can resize and free some hard drive space. I’m biting my nails when it comes to graphics support (I’ve always used nvidia in the past, this laptop has a Radeon 3450) but I’m sure it will handle things immaculately.

One thing this HP Laptop has impressed me with so far (I only got it yesterday) is being able to run Bloodbowl at it’s native resolution of 1440 x 900. But not just run – run smoothly with some effects and filters turned on – I’m very impressed! Note to anybody reading this who has a copy of the game – get in touch. I’d love to test the online multiplayer on this game.

That’s all for now, you should see this site return to it’s former state over the next few days. In the mean time I apologise for missing links – sorry!

EDIT

Ok, so I’ve finished moving bendavis.me to my new domain manager and host so the site is back! All I need to do is change the theme. It’s not autumn any more… time for a new look. Expect my style’s to be in flux for a while as I jangle about in the back (metaphorically) trying to plug the Christmas lights in.

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!

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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More Candy for Karmic Koala

Apparently a greater selection of wallpapers and background images will be included in the next release of Ubuntu. I’m a little unsure about this. It can only be a good thing I suppose, more artwork, more community input – all good things. But is it needed? There are so many artwork websites out there for linux, you’re only ever a link away from gnome-look, kde-look, xfce-look, linuxmint-art (all essentially the same site, just rebranded and visited by different users… I assume) to name but a few.

But I think I’m just grumbling. So many people criticize ubuntu for the fact it’s brown and orange.. but so what. The easiest thing to do on a Linux computer (for me personally, in Gnome) is change the theme and general appearance of your desktop.

Everything can be customized. Don’t like the brown? Fine, it takes seconds to change it. If, like me, you prefer a simple, sensible desktop and just want to make the odd few changes here and there – you can.

But sorry I’ll stop now. Rant over. I guess that’s why the forum phenomenon “flame-wars” are called as such, the battles are often over but the war carries on..

More wallpapers can only really do good for Ubuntu and the huge community that enjoys and supports it, maybe I’ll do a couple of my own..

Fit-PC2: Full Ubuntu, Tiny PC

500px-Fit-pc2-art-large With what seems to be a ceaseless torrent of Netbook releases and distros to match; it’s great to see a new system soon to enter the market which makes the best of the standard installation of Ubuntu. The Fit-PC2 is smaller than your average Dictionary, measuring in at only 1 1/8″ (27 mm) x 4 1/2″ (115 mm) x 4″ (101mm). Despite it’s diminutive size it manages some pretty good specs.

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