TUX Issue #9 Now Available

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Issue #9, December 2005: Table of Contents

Tux Explains

  • klik and Run by Jes Hall
  • Window Maker Is a Powerful Desktop Lite by John Knight
  • Add Custom Actions to Your KDE Konqueror Pop-Up Menus by Mango Parfait
  • From the Trench by Ricky Freedlander
  • Inkscape, Part III: Composing for the Open Clip Art Library by Jon Phillips

P2P

  • Promoting Free Markets by Phil Hughes
  • What Will You Pay For? by Nick Petreley
  • Letters
  • Q&A with Mango Parfait by Mango Parfait
  • Sneak Preview: KDE 3.5 by John Knight

Review

  • Gadget Guy: Merry Linuxmas! by Sean Carruthers

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Klik on PC not connected to the internet

I was happy to install klik on Suse 10 in my workplace where my PC is connected to the Internet. It worked perfectly fine and I was able to load applications like Enlightenment, Gnumeric, Inkscape, Filelight just to mention but a few.

I have wondered how to do the same on my PC at home which is not connected to the Internet. So what I did was to launch this url - http://klik.atekon.de/client/install. It opened a script which I copied into kwrite and save as klik.

On getting home, I logged into my PC as root, copied the script onto the desktop and ran it with this command: sh klik
Few minutes later,It brought out some error messages (which I didn't quite understand and didn't bother about anyway). I tried launching some applications with .cmg extensions which ran successfully.

Now the problem is that its only the root user that can use klik while other users on the system can't. I hope somebody will solve this problem for me.

Semako (not verified) - Wed, 2005-12-14 00:57.

Klik - unfortunate problem with Firefox 1.5

Okay, I'm biased. I once wrote to Jes Hall before she was famous :) and so avidly read her column(s). Unfortunately, I experienced a problem that I think others should be aware of (though it is not necessarily the case that everyone will have the same problem).

I downloaded Firefox 1.5 using Klik. Other apps have worked well, but Ffox borked my desktop install, and I had to uninstall and reinstall it to get it back to working order. I've posted to Klik, and another poster has asked for people to comment if they've have similar probs with this particular application.

In short, if it gives an error regarding 'chrome', do not select 'okay'!

Please see:

http://www.knoppix.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=22350

That said, gcompris (for my children) works brilliantly :)

Patrick (not verified) - Thu, 2005-12-08 05:22.

Push Linux Gadgets.

I wonder if it would be cool to have the gadget guy to push Linux gadgets. Currently there are many gadgets that run on Linux. Starting from Tivo, Wi-Fi phones, some PDA, and also many but many media centers.

JZA (not verified) - Tue, 2005-12-06 05:11.

Mango

Thank you for putting Mango on the cover of issue #9. I wish to nominate her for the position of" Queen of the Linux Guru Universe"
Bill Rowland

bill rowland (not verified) - Sat, 2005-12-03 08:15.

its not mango!

Sorry dude, I though everyone knew that the mango column that gets all the teenage boys' in a desktop flaming rage is actually written by a balding, slightly over weight middle aged white man. Still as long as its still funny eh!

An - ymous (not verified) - Sun, 2005-12-11 17:11.

That's not mango. Mango

That's not mango. Mango looks like a little boy with makeup...That cover girl is SURELY not mango

An - ymous (not verified) - Sat, 2005-12-03 16:10.

Mango'e Issues With Mandrake/Mandriva

Now I understand that Mango Parfait's column is intended to entertain as well as enlighten. However, when "enlightening" it is essential that there be some element of truth; whether, implied or explicitly stated.

In this case, the implication of truth was completely incorrect. In an answer to a question Mango implied that the cost of a Mandriva distribution set was 132 USD and was therefore more expensive, and less desirable than (what is in my opinion) that waste of space called Linspire. That is a falsehood. The cost of a Mandriva set can vary, depending on your source and depending on what you want included.

I can attest that a perfectly useful copy of Mandriva can be had for a sum less than 20 USD. Please ensure that Mango remains entertaining, but is also factual and complete when answering.

Thanks.

John Glendening (not verified) - Thu, 2005-12-01 16:02.

Clever mango

Mandriva cost nothing.
Every time they release there is a Free version which you can download.
The updating to the latest and greatest is also free.
If you want a club membership, you can get that for $60.
If you want you can pay per month.
However, the agreement is binding for a year.
The PASSWORD business she talks about is pure NONSENSE.
The password is there for downloads for commercial software, and sometimes for Clubmembers-only -special.

As for her remarks about Linspire, she doesn't know what she is talking about.
A lot of times Mango has heard the bell ringing, but thats all.
Mango should learn to keep her mouth shut at times.
Also , insulting a Distro by telling it looks like rotten sushi is the most unprofessional thing I heard, and shows that she belongs in the kithen, not on an editorial
Tony

t - y (not verified) - Thu, 2005-12-01 19:14.

Mandriva, Mango Parfait

Regarding your comments about Mango's views on Mandriva.

I myself am a Mandriva user, and know full well that one does not need to pay a single cent for a perfectly good copy. However, telling Mango that she belongs in a kitchen is an outdated, sexist view that I find offensive. So please, restrict your comments to correcting her, as I would like to have, and don't let it be personal like that.

Daniel (not verified) - Sat, 2005-12-03 02:15.

offence

You are right , it is a sexist remark, but was not intended as such.
However, publishing that Mandriva is smelling like rotten sushi is more offensive, by far, as it is directed against a hardworking company and its 25,000 members.
Offending people and companies seems to be a very bad habit of Mango.
She did do the same with Gnome developes, calling them brainless monkeys.
Would you like me to make a resume of her professional opinions ??
And it wasn't so much about her mistakes, as about the sushi and the insulting of people who have more brains in their little finger than she has in her head.
Tony

T - y (not verified) - Sat, 2005-12-03 05:45.

You're perfectly correct.

You're perfectly correct. Comparing our evolutionary cousins to Gnome developers was most unprofessional.
What have the monkeys ever done to her, to cause her to slight them in such a fashion?

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2006-01-19 01:35.

You're not the first to

You're not the first to complain about mango's lightheadedness. This thing has been going on since the very first issue yet she's too childish to blame. It's the awkward editor who thinks that intimidating people is a good marketing policy.

z_n (not verified) - Fri, 2005-12-02 05:27.

$64 question

i figured i would comment here since i was unable to find the e-mail address of Nicholas Petreley.

in a linux distribution, i look for cleanliness, completion, and standardization. i do not like distributions that deviate from standards so much that programs pretty-much have to be written specifically for that distro. i feel that this is a big part of why linux doesn't grow faster than it already is. finding howto's for linux should not have to include your specific distribution. granted the exact things that you type in will never be the same throughout all distributions, you should still be able to take a howto for say gentoo and apply it to slackware. unfortunately, this is not possible.

my favorite distribution, and probably the only linux software that i would truly pay for is slackware. i like it for the fact that it doesn't deviate from those standards too terribly much. i am generally able to get anything working on slackware, whereas when i was in say redhat it was very challenging to get certain things to work without a binary/rpm, or a redhat specific howto of it.

as for being able to play games on linux, i would definitely donate money for some lawyers to get microsoft to open the directx code. i feel that any kind of underlaying code base such as opengl/directx/.NET/python/etc etc should be left available to be ported to other operating systems, either paid by the creators (in order for them to be able to keep it closed source), or by allowing the open source community to do it for them for free.

i know that's wishful thinking, and it will likely never happen.. but that's how i feel about it.

Kamel (not verified) - Thu, 2005-12-01 11:30.

Games in GNU/Linux

There are modern games that run natively on GNU/Linux. Consider Quake 3, Quake 4, Doom 3, Unreal Tournament 2003, Unreal Tournament 2004. I suppose there are other modern ones too, in various genres.

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2005-12-08 20:02.

ESP Print Pro

I would and did buy ESP Print Pro. It was the best investment I've ever made. I connect my printer, add it, and print. I longer have to hear my wife screaming how she's so happy I switched over to Linux so we can't even do a simple thing like print. My wife really let me have it, when I was telling her the printer would do most of the functions it was supposed to do. "Most of the functions," she said turning red. "I want it to do all fo them!" So with ESP Print Pro, it does.

Cole Hunter (not verified) - Fri, 2005-12-02 08:24.

Nice cover....

could you make it topless next time.

An - ymous (not verified) - Thu, 2005-12-01 12:36.

Is that Mango on the cover?

Wow, she is amazing! She's even got a slim laptop ;)

Sean (not verified) - Fri, 2005-12-02 12:58.

B

That bitch is not Mango

An - ymous (not verified) - M - , 2006-04-03 21:55.

Watch your wrists

Hey, did you know that your wrists in that picture are at a 45 degree angle. That will hurt your joints after awhile.

Sean (not verified) - Fri, 2005-12-02 21:31.