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Why I Love Open Source Software

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 10:32 pm on Thursday, April 10, 2008

Have you been looking for a piece of software that does exactly what you want it to? Perhaps its a tool for a client, or an application that would just make your life easier. On a daily basis I always am thinking of new things that I would like my favorite applications to do.

I am going to be writing within the next couple of days about my favorite CHM tools. One of the useful ones I use is a great little tool and it gets the job done, but it doesn’t do EXACTLY what I want. This is why I love open source. I can simple grab the source and change it if I need to. That is the freedom you are given.

Well, I’m not exactly the best C coder in the world but, given time if the application is that critical to me I can make the changes. I can get help from communities when needed and read free information on the web all day long to help me get the job done. If I can’t figure out how to do it in the language the application was written in its not a problem, I can analyze the source code and possibly find a work around. One powerful work around for the CHM application is the Shell.

This is one of the reasons I love open source software. There are many others, feel free to chip in and say why you love open source!

Digsby on Linux

Filed under: Linux Software — TheLinuxBlog.com at 1:41 pm on Monday, March 24, 2008

I was reading this: http://www.shankrila.com/tech-stuff/digsby-is-my-favorite-instant-messenger/ post and I thought I’d check out Digsby. Other then being a really neat idea I thought it would be a great app for me to test out and see if I could use it full time. The Linux / MacOSX version is not ready yet so, I thought I’d just give running it under Wine a shot.

With a bit of struggling I did get it to work. I needed some DLL’s so I borrowed some from my Windows install. Then I needed Python, got that installed with the msiexec. Same error under wine PYTHONDLL failed to load.

Back to the drawing board, I figured I’d give that WineCVS script a shot. I posted an article about it a couple of days ago, you can use it to download Cedega and all other kinds of Wine implementations. I got the latest Wine from CVS, compiled and installed. Same issues as with the stable Wine I run. So, again battled with DLL’s (this time I just copied them over from my other install) and low and behold, it looks like it works:

Digsby on Linux under Wine

Looks pretty good huh?
WRONG!

When I try to sign in with my user name it doesn’t do so well. Here is the output:
Digsby on Linux under Wine Debug
I’m not sure how much I’ll get to mess with this to see if I can get it working before they release the Linux version but I’m going to keep trying. If your interested in more detailed instructions or information on running Digsby under Wine I’ll be happy to provide that information for you.

I’ll keep everyone posted by comments in this blog post. Also, let me know your thoughts on this, and comments!

– Owen

The Linux Blog Introduces a new Writer!

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 5:21 pm on Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Halloween is a fun night, but did you know that 13 Years ago on this night Red Hat was released? Halloween now happens to have a special meaning for me.

We have a new writer for The Linux Blog and what this evening has to do with this is that it is our new writers favorite day of the year!

Aaron currently blogs about technology on http://www.systemlag.com. After reading one of his blog posts (below) I asked him if he would be interested in helping me out by writing for The Linux Blog. He was skeptical at first as he did not know what he would blog about. As an aspiring Linux User I thought it would be good if The Linux Blog has a newbie column and asked if he would be interested in writing for it. He agreed.

You should notice blog posts coming from Aaron within the next couple of days.

Here’s the blog post that caught my attention:
Ok guys, here’s the deal. I have this crazy urge to learn Linux. Yeah, yeah, I know some of you fan boys out there are going to go nuts with the
“Oh my GAWD, he doesn’t know what to do when it comes to LINUX!?”
The short answer to that would be, um, no, I really don’t. I’ve grown up windows, kiddies (unless you count our good pal Commodore) and never really felt the need to take a closer look at Linux before now. So here’s where YOU come in: Suggestions. Right now, I’m thinking of picking up a used box from my local thrift store and, after cleaning all the porn out of it (and I’m hoping that’s all I would find), installing Linux and just giving it a go. What sort of specs should I be looking for as far as hardware goes (I’m not guessing I’ll need much), and which Linux app would be best suited for someone like me who’s just dipping his toe into the shark infested water?

It’s hard to find good bloggers these days. If any one else is interested in writing for us (either as a guest, one time posts or a full time blogger), please shoot me an e-mail owen -at- thelinuxblog.com