TUX Issue #7 Now Available

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Issue #7, October 2005: Table of Contents

From the Publisher

  • Patents and Innovation by Phil Hughes

From the Editor

  • Who Let the GNOME Dogs Out? by Nicholas Petreley

Letters

  • Letters to the Editor
  • Q&A with Mango Parfait by Mango Parfait

Home Plate

  • Digital Exhibitionism, Part II: gThumb by Jessica Hall

Suited Up

  • KDE Everywhere You Go: Platform-Independent Information Management by A. Greg Peters

TUX Explains

  • Inkscape: The Elements of Design, Part 1 by Jon Phillips
  • GnuCash by Xavier Spriet
  • I've Got Peace Like an iRiver by Matija Suklje
  • Playing Windows Games on Linux with Cedega by Kevin Brown
  • Windows Gaming on Linux: Deus Ex by John Knight


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GNU/Linux = Choice

GNU/Linux is about choice. Not everyone likes the same distribution, graphical environment or even applications. Choice is the power and beauty of GNU/Linux, and one must come in terms of that, instead of trying to enforce his likes and dislikes to others.

Every GNU/Linux user must be in terms of that, that is, there are choices on everything, and anyone else may be using a different piece of software.

A useful video from Red Hat, a GNU/Linux distro producer, that clarifies this:

http://www.redhat.com/f/rm/choice_small.rm
http://www.redhat.com/f/mov/choice_small.mov
http://www.redhat.com/f/ogg/choice.ogg

(from page http://www.redhat.com/en_us/USA/rhel/informationcenter/videos/films/).

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2005-10-22 12:54.

Linux Administrator's Security Guide

Since I started using Linux, I have searched for a material that will give me an insights into Linux Adminstration, I found this yesterday and I feel Linux Newbies and professionals alike will find the material very useful. All thanks to the powerful and education writeup by Kurt Seifried. You can get it at www.freek.com/lasg/lasg-0-1-7.pdf OR simply type "lasg-0-1-7" in the google search engine and you will get a lot of other sites and one that may be closer to you.

Do have a nice time reading this powerful material.

Sem, Abuja-Nigeria (not verified) - Tue, 2005-10-25 04:03.

GNU/Linux = Choice

BTW, I am using Scientific Linux (http://www.scientificlinux.org), a RH Enterprise Linux derivative, that is, it has enterprise-level stability. I think it is worth for everyone to try it, it is the distro that I am using having switched from Windows to GNU/Linux recently and permanently. :-)

It comes with GNOME, KDE and IceWM, and I am using GNOME (because I like this graphical environment, that's why).

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2005-10-22 14:05.

pleasing who?

I think it's a case of who are you trying to please? The readers, or the magazine's own vision? Although it's good to go in with ethics anda particular vision, it's better to satisfy the audience than one's own tastes....

An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2005-10-09 21:37.

Xandros is an excellent choice for a newbie.

In regards to Mr Danforth's letter and the editors somewhat unwarranted comments about Xandros, I have to respectfully disagree.

I am a "Windows Crossover Linux newb"! Being sick of the MS monopoly and the malware games being played, I tried the Knoppx live CD. Impressed at what I saw, I went for the real thing. I installed Suse, Mandriva, Ubuntu, and Mepis, before settling in with Xandros 3.02 OCE. "It just worked". I have installed it on 5 machines to date with no problems. 2 eMachines with AMD chips, 2 Wintergreen Celeron boxes, and a Compaq PII. Detected all the hardware and hooks up with the windows machines on my home network just fine. Biggest problem I had was my lack of knowledge.

The install was simple, and I felt comfortable with the interface. The user forum is one of it's strongest points. Lots of people in there that are willing to help. Maybe Mr Danforth should have given it a try. Maybe he should have tried the OCE release first before making a purchase. It's possible he might be singing a different tune.

Hardware issues face all distros. Xandros is not immune but it worked for me. I had issues or just didn't like the other distros I mentioned above, but I didn't go out and seek to discredit them. I tried another. I would think a magazine that boasts being for "the new user" would try to promote every distro. There are a lot of satisfied Xandros users.

I feel the editors reply would have been in better taste if it were stated "Sorry that didn't work out for you, hopefully you'll find a distro that does".

(We can all wonder what would have happened if MS wouldn't have paid Corel to drop this distro.)

This distro may not be what an old school Linux user wants, but to all you newbs out there that are not satisfied with your current distro, take a closer look at Xandros. It might just be "the one" for you. If not, keep trying. You have a choice. Hopefully there will be a LiveCd with the next release

The goal we are all seeking is the same.

Scott M (not verified) - Thu, 2005-10-06 16:52.

Xandros and David Danforth

Great that Xandros works for you Scott. I too had problems with Xandros working for me and after trying many distros l came across Mepis over a year ago and no looking back. I hope David doesn't give up and keeps searching for the distro to suit him. I
think he will because none of us came over to the linux world to quit and go back or we wouldn't have come here in the first place. Hang in there David!

As for TUX Magazine, they are just people like us and will never say everything to satisfy everyone but l give them a lot of credit for undertaking and sticking with this voluntary project because us Newbies were being neglected by the linux community as a whole. Keep up the good work :-)

Wayne

Wayne (not verified) - Sun, 2005-10-23 11:43.

Xandros and newbies

I really must agree with Scott, above. I'm not from Windoze, but from OS/2, but the story's the same. I spent about 8 months trying just about every major distro (Mandrake, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, RH, Knoppix, Mepis, suSe, ... ), even a "borrowed" copy of Linspire. When I finally found Xandros I new I was "there". As Scott said, "It just works." I do have an obscure Intel box here that has some problems with it, but I can't get ANY distro of Linux to work fully on it. Otherwise I have it on 7 different hardware configuration machines here at home - no 2 motherboards or processors the same! I had figured on cutting my teeth on Xandros and moving on to something like Kubuntu or VectorLinux, but 10 months down the track now and I have no intention what-so-ever of moving away from Xandros - "It just works!!"

Cheers
Kev

Kev (not verified) - Tue, 2005-10-11 07:10.

Xandros

Hey Scott. I agree. Good distro.
And don't forget that Xandros won Best Desktop Productivity Biz App at this years Linuxworld. There's also a new Linux Made Easy book based on Xandros.

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2005-10-08 04:02.

Cant Download new version

Ok, I am registered, but the latest verion I see for download is September. No October there.

When will it be ready?

Joe (not verified) - Wed, 2005-10-05 13:51.

Yeah, me neither. I really

Yeah, me neither. I really want to 'cause this emag kicks ass but I can't, boohoo.

An - ymous (not verified) - Wed, 2005-10-05 19:35.

Cant Download new version

I rang SSC and the operator said they would "get wheels rolling"

Steve (not verified) - Wed, 2005-10-05 16:09.

mango

although i can see where you're all coming from, i've always found mango hilarious. :) must be like seinfeld, you either get it or you don't. ;)

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2005-10-03 21:55.

windows gamer girl

look closely at the laptop screen on the front page......

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2005-10-03 01:02.

Best edition yet, but...

This is the best edition yet. It feels like there is a good variety of Linux applications reviewed and general information given to help most Linux desktop users, regardless of what distribution/desktop they use. Good work.

However, Nicholas and Mango both do the Linux community a disservice, especially from the point of view of a magazine purporting to *help* new users. It's obvious that the magazine felt it wise to be more agnostic and helpful to all Linux users. But it would have been most wise to take the Gnome/KDE debate as a sign for a need to change; instead these two took it as a personal attack and laid down their objectivity (in the eyes of the readers) and ceased to be journalists. They instead took on the role of evangelists needing to defend their dislike for Gnome and showed in print (so to speak) to all Linux desktop users an apparent schizm in the Linux community where gnome and kde users are pitted against each other in a never ending battle.

Oh how wise it would have been to explain how Gnome and KDE are each working towards (and have largely achieved) freedesktop compliance so that by-and-large, applications designed for one environment will work fine in the other. Maybe also covering some background on the early license struggles KDE users had with Trolltech, without which gnome would likely have had little market share. Maybe, if they were really daring, some discussion on some philosophical differences between the desktops, such as coding (C++ kde vs C gnome), HIG, use of/tendency towards eyecandy, and etc. A great idea would be to explain that most distributions allow you to experiment with each and include instructions on switching between the two.

Instead Nicholas made derogatory remarks about the Gnome community because someone posted a message to a mailing list about the poll. Ooh those Gnome users are all cheats, aren't they?

And if sarcasm is the lowest form of communication (a common saying) what does that say about Mango's writing ability? She made some very interesting, but vague, points about Gnome's past changes. I've been following Gnome for about 4 - 5 years and I've noticed some changes, but some of her statements don't ring a bell. Maybe she was talking about the Gnome 1.x days, or maybe even prior to that. And what, exactly, does she mean when she says, "I like Gnome because I have no brain?" Does she mean that people who use Gnome have no brain or are incapable of thinking? If so, that's not a great way to unify the Linux community.

Please, oh please, if you want to help new Linux users, try to avoid pettiness. I have rarely heard such meanness in all of the flames I've experienced, and this is *by far* the worst I've heard from a *professional* magazine.

Matthew Nuzum (not verified) - Sat, 2005-10-01 21:54.

Time for Mango to change writing style

I use KDE, my choice.
Some of my friends use Gnome, their choice.
Mango uses derogatory language and thinly veiled bigotry, her choice
I ignore Mango, my choice too.

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2005-10-07 05:43.

great

these comments should go in to print next issue! I really liked it! Isn't Linux all about choices?

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2005-10-07 18:27.

Re: Time for Mango to change writing style

Since "Mango uses derogatory language and thinly veiled bigotry", Tux magazine should get another columnist (Papaya maybe) to solve the Gnome/other desktop questions so that us who like the look of Gnome, can get help.

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2005-10-07 14:27.

Mango

Well, I think I love the way Mango throw jokes into serious issues, however, I think it will be nice is she reduces the jokes so that she will have enough space on Tux Magazine to solve users problems.

LinuxAddict, Abuja-Nigeria (not verified) - Tue, 2005-10-25 03:28.

I strongly agree

The perpetual antagonization of readers is truly unprofessional behaviour, and if Tux wants us to see them as a balanced and legitimate source of information, their ignorant and unwarranted attacks on the GNOME desktop environment have to stop. Furthemore, the amount of time and space wasted by Mango's tedious ranting and infantile attempts at humor are an immense frustration.

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2005-10-03 08:34.

TUX must move on

I cannot agree with Mathew enough!

I think Tux should stop KDE/Gnome debate and just move on. Ultimately, it's the end user who will make his/her mind and pick one or the other.Tux need not be the battle ground for such flame wars!

Also, remarks and comments to Mango in the latest edition of the magazine occupied to much space (some 700 words for whether Mango is a man or not, her writing style, etc.). What difference dose it make if Mango is a man?

Keep up the good work, Tux.

Serhat Beyenir (not verified) - Sun, 2005-10-02 12:48.

The READERS should move on

I have to disagree. The TUX writers mentioned above will move on when the readers move -- do you see these writers' ("ignorant" ???) comments in a vaccuum? You seem to disregard the amount of time readers are spending bitching about the supposed bias of KDE over Gnome. Imagine you write for a magazine, and you get numerous letters making -- inaccurate -- complaints about the bias against Gnome. Inaccurate, in that, even though I have seen numerous examples for the Gnome interface in articles over the first 7 issues -- granted, a lot less than for KDE -- there are letters claiming "no mention" of how to do stuff in Gnome. One in the last issue, who, it appears hasn't finished even the first issue. Now also realize that for every letter published, there must be many more not published expressing the same complaints.
Futhermore, these letters keep coming even though it has been pointed out -- at least twice now -- that the readership of TUX is shown to be 75% KDE users.
I think at a certain point, you would get a bit frustrated, too. And calling Nicholas' and Mango's comments "ignorant" -- you're saying they're writing stuff they don't know about? They don't agree with you, so their argument is "ignorant"? Please!

durruti (not verified) - Fri, 2005-10-07 09:01.

The bias exists

The bias is clear and evident. Yes, Tux covers GNOME applications as well as KDE applications (because GNOME applications like Inkscape, Evolution, GIMP, and GThumb are vastly superior to comparable KDE applications!) but they do not cover the desktop environment itself. Where are the articles about Nautilus or the GNOME panel? Coverage of specific GNOME applications doesn't constitute coverage of the GNOME desktop environment.

Furthermore, their bias becomes apparent in their poor treatment of readers that express an interest in GNOME technology. When a reader asks how to perform a specific task with GNOME Mango doesn't just politely demonstrate how, she savagely criticizes the reader's personal choice in a rude and degrading manner comparable to the behaviour you would expect to see in an EFNet chat channel, not in a professional publication.

Readers should not move on, they should voice their dissatisfaction so that the situation improves. How can Tux become a better magazine and appeal to a broader audience if the editor and primary staff writers behave that way?

An - ymous (not verified) - Fri, 2005-10-07 19:13.

Thanks to Gtk-Qt engine, all

Thanks to Gtk-Qt engine, all GTK programs look nice in KDE. However KDE programs do not look right in Gnome.

Whether a program is good depends on how well it is written, not what method is used to draw it on the screen. K3B and Scribus are Qt-based and better than anything "Gnome". However, Inkscape is GTK based and better than any alternative. It's all about the coding!

davecs (not verified) - Thu, 2005-10-13 16:09.