Archive for December, 2014

As my Acer Aspire 5515 gets older and older, most of the major Linux distributions are starting to pass it by, as far as desktop environment performance is concerned.  I can’t tell you how many times I tried to test Gnome 3.10-3.14 on various distros, only to end up with a garbled mess on the screen.  I finally got to test Gnome 3.12 on Manjaro Linux; to my surprise it worked just fine.  I can see why people are slowly starting to make their way back to Gnome, although I personally felt it was too ‘dumbed down’? Perhaps more that it seems like something I would use on a touch screen; that could be it.  Regardless, I’ve been having issues with Desktop Environment Dissatisfaction Disorder.  I’ve been trying out, then installing, getting annoyed, trying something else out..rinse and repeat.  I was using Xfce, the friend of those who hate miminalistic DEs or Window Managers in place of DEs but it has (to me anyway) felt like the annoying little brother of Gnome 2x.  Englightenment is pretty snappy but can be maddeningly weird about some things.  KDE is just too ‘heavy’ and too ‘cartoonish’ for me.  LXDE and QT are in the process of getting married, so I’m waiting on that to see what comes of it.  Cinnamon is likewise too ‘heavy’ for my system and while I enjoyed having Ubuntu on  my system for a short while, Unity just slowed my poor ‘book to an absolute crawl.  So what’s left to do?  I realized the one thing I hadn’t tried yet was MATE.  That’s Mah-Tay.  <–I swear I’m going to start spelling it like that.  MATE Desktop Environment | MATE.  I popped in a Live CD of Linux Mint 17 to give it a whirl.  It was then that I remembered everything I had ever loved about Gnome 2x.  And let me tell you, I was a Gnome fangirl once upon.  MATE..nope, MahTay, was quite fast too, surprising me completely.  Caja…oh Caja..I almost teared up remembering all the wonderful things you could do with Nautilus, before it got completely ass-raped.  I had forgotten the joy of hovering over a music file and having it play.  Or changing the background, or dual panes, would you like an emblem with that today?  *Sigh*  I had heard that MahTay was coming along nicely from its shaky start but I just had no idea.  I was tossed out into the cold when Gnome 3 happened; then my head was turned by pretties such as Cinnamon or by super-speediness from the likes of Openbox.  I feel like I’ve come home. Yes, I’m installing right now 😀  If you sorely missed Gnome 2 as much as I did, or had forgotten just how much you missed it, give MATE a shot.  It’s really great on performance for my ever aging machine.

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I’m having the hardest time trying out Gnome 3.14 (or 3.12 or 3.10 for that matter)  I thought it was time to give it another go as I used to be a HUGE fangirl of GNOME. Gnome 3 came out and I was so excited..then so horrified.  I’ve been DE hopping since then.  Finally, it looks like Gnome 3 is maturing enough for me to give it another shot but every distro I try it on: Fedora, OpenSUSE, Ubuntu Gnome etc., once it boots up into a Live environment (also on installed) the desktop ends up being a big steaming, garbled mess.  I can see where items are supposed to be, like login screen and panel items but they look like scrambled eggs.  Is this a Xorg issue? a driver issue? The fact that my Acer Aspire 5515 is too old to play with Gnome issue? Opinions welcome.

The rhetoric regarding the Linux vs. Windows subject has subsided a great deal in the last few years. There have been some issues with UEFI and other similar problems, but for the most part things have quieted down.

There is no one left at the Redmond campus to call Linux a cancer and no one is making fun of Windows for crashing all the time. In fact, there has been some sort of reconciliation between the two sides, which seems to benefit everyone.

It’s not like Microsoft is ready to adopt the Linux kernel for their operating system, but the new management of the company talks about Linux as a friend, especially in the cloud.

They can no longer ignore it, even if they want to. The same happened with Linus Torvalds who hasn’t said anything bad about Microsoft and Windows for a long time, and that is a good thing.

The reason of course, being that Microsoft (Windows) is moving away from the utterly facsist closed source nightmare it used to be (for example, OneNote for several platforms) so this takes away some reasons for Linus Torvalds to complain.  So in turn, Microsoft has nothing to say about their biggest former critic.  In the process of turning over a new leaf, the MS-Torvalds war ending benefits everyone.

Linus Torvalds Thanks Microsoft for a Great Black Friday Monitor Deal – Softpedia.