Tuesday, May 17, 2005

A Graphical Installer for Gentoo ?!

Ha... nice to be back again. If you are wandering why so long, well, just got so busy trying to make my CD burner to work in Mandriva 2005 Limited Edtion (just want to try it, because im such a distro whore :)) thanks for the guys at the UP Computer Center :) ). The ordeal ended without resolution. Believe me, I tried everything (well, almost anything i could find on the net and I could think off, except recompiling the kernel with the cd-burning patch which I'm reluctant to try). So much for the alibi, now the real juice: I just read the 100th issue of Distrowatch Weekly. A story that caught my interest is the Gentoo Installer. For the uninitiated, Gentoo is a well-known, source-based Linux distribution. Currently, its installation method is quite tedious, if one has grown accustomed to graphical installers, like Anaconda. Personally, It is a welcome development for Gentoo, to lure more people to try it. I hope it gets implimented on the next release (I'm crossing my fingers...).

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Opera 8

First of all, I would like to say that I'm glad to be back from almost a month of heidus. The summer heat is taking a toll on me, it feels like I'm in a oven while here at home. For the past week or so, I have been playing around with Opera 8, the latest version of one of the known alternative web browsers today. Although I'm a Mozilla Firefox user, it doesn't stop me from trying other browsers. So, i downloaded the static RPM package from outside (because im on dial-up). By the way, the Linux distro I'm using is Yoper Linux 2.1, with roots from New Zealand (It's pretty fast, considering I'm only on 256 MB of RAM). I installed via Kpackage, quick and easy. After installation, I'm happy to see Opera with a menu entry on KDE 3.3 (the desktop enviroment of Yoper). I fired it up, and greeted with a license agreement window. I just agreed with it then a sort of a configuration windows appeared if I want to register my copy of Opera for $39 or use it free with a non-intrusive banner as you use it, your choose of static or intelligent ads (courtesy of Google AdSense). Here is one of the downsides of Opera, it is crippleware. You have to pay to get the banner off and other cool stuff. That is kind of a drag, considering that in this day and age, most of the web browsers are free commodities. The other thing is that Opera is close source. The bad thing about this is that the source code is not under public technical scrunity, unlike Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox. Well, on the plus side, aside from the usual stuff (tabbed browsing, pop-up blocking, skin themes, fast page rendering), it offers a tiled view if you have many web pages on tabs, a much better download manager (but nothing beats a true download manager like Kget or Downloader for X) and integrated mail client (just like Mozilla). Also there are some pages that can't be seen properly in Mozilla Firefox that can be seen on Opera 8, for example the check usage page of Infocom SpeedTipeed. On Opera 8, I can see the user-related fields, not on Mozilla Firefox. Opera 8 is a good companion web browser if you already have Mozilla Firefox, but Opera needs to make a justifiable price for added features, $39 is a bit much for a browser.

Update: I forgot, Opera 8 now supports Gmail in full mode :)