Interesting article focused on a detailed comparison between the two mini-blog services Tumblr and Posterous: topics covered are Posting Option, Customization, Community, Integration, Extras and Goodies and also The Celebrity Factor. Of course, the concluding section is “And the Winner is…” (guess who..!)
It’s nice to see that the KDE project goes forward! I’m a Gnome user at the moment but I’ve been with KDE for several years. Who know, I could come back in a future. Or even better, I could use both of two (who knows….) . After all, the great thing is that in linux you truly have the possibility to choose……..
I should admit that the upgrade to the most recent version of Ubuntu wasin my case a nice surprise. First of all, it took place in a really
simple and unproblematic way. Second, after the reboot of my system (a”not-so-new” Acer Aspire 3634 laptop) I discovered with pleasure thatthe “suspend mode” was now fully supported!
Another “out-of-the-box” nice suprise (which came completely unexpected) was the gained “two finger” scrolling mode in the touchpad (I can now scroll long pages with the coordinate movement of two finger, in the same way Max OS works). Really a great feature, enough to make me prefer the boot with linux in respect to Windows 😉
I just want to stress that all this took place without abstruse operations from the command line: this is surely a good thing, since for too long has been suppose that Linux was good for “geek” people and not for the majority of “normal persons”; I mean, persons who mainly use the computers to work or play, but normally do not dream at night (or, every night…) how to install the latest GNOME test release just got from the CVS repository.. 😉
I did appreciate also the new notification system (ok, it seems has been copied from Max OS.. but if something is good, why not to copy it?), working with a semitransparent window that opens at the top right of the desktop. Very useful, and I just discovered applications that take fully advantage of this new feature.
Overall, my assesment is (as you can easily guess) quite positive.
Let’s admit, linux on desktop has done many step forward in recent years (and I can certainly say it since I am following it from a good amount of time…). In my opinion, if the hardware is properly recognized and managed (which in passing may still be a problem in many cases, since modern computers came with a lot of different devices, microphones, sound, graphics, 3D accelerations.. in many cases with proprietary drives) nowadays a computer (or laptop, or netbook) with a modern version of linux correctly installed, is not second to any other alternative, including not only Windows but also Mac OS X…
…what do you think, I’m exaggerating ? 😉
Anyway … it is also true that everyone knows how frustrating is trying to reconnect the wires of an extended conversation on Twitter, or also keep tracks of what happened if by chance you has been away for a while …
Derived from an original post in Italian (with a little help of Google Translator)
Ok, I’m (more or less) ready. Tomorrow I’ll fly to London, and then to Cambridge, to spent a few days (till Saturday) working with collaborator on the pipeline for the software of the satellite GAIA, to be launched in a couple of years.
Hope that the days I’ll spend in Cambridge will be useful for my work, and even (why not) I hope to have also the possibility to walk around a bit and to explore the landscape… To Cambridge, then!
The image of Galactic center in infrared. Clicking on the image takes to an enlarged version (truly beautiful, but be careful that it may be heavy to load on slow connections)
Credit: Hubble: NASA, ESA, & D. Q. Wang (U. Mass, Amherst); Spitzer: NASA, JPL, & S. Stolovy (SSC/Caltech)
The image that appeared on the APOD website and here reproduced is actually made by a composition of more than two thousand images, taken by the instrument called NICMOS on board of the Hubble Space Telescope. The field of investigation does extend for about 300 and 115 light-years, in the two directions, and it has been taken with a resolution so great that even structures large about twenty times our Solar System turn out to be visible…!