Gnome vs KDE … after release of KDE 4

July 11, 2008 – 3:15 pm by Adnan Hodzic


Mix of environment and introduction For some time already, I've been wanting to write about choosing a Linux desktop environment. I've been KDE fan for years, however I've used Gnome many many years ago. Also I'm familiar with Fluxbox and XFCE and few others which I won't mention. I don't want to have you sitting here and reading an essay, so I'll try to put it as short as I can. This is often asked question, and is probably the most asked the question to new Linux users, probably after which distribution to use. There was also a poll here on FoolControl very similar to this same topic I'll talk about today, also just to note that I'll try to be as objective as I can. My first contact with Linux was with Caldera 2.0, which was as far as I can remember KDE. Later on the the distribution that had me "glued" ...

Do women write better code?

June 17, 2008 – 9:08 pm by Adnan Hodzic


Yesterday I bumped into something really interesting on Slashdot. So in case you missed this one ... Do women write better code? "The senior vice-president of engineering for computer-database company Ingres-and one of Silicon Valley's highest-ranking female programmers-insists that men and women write code differently. Women are more touchy-feely and considerate of those who will use the code later, she says. They'll intersperse their code... with helpful comments and directions, explaining why they wrote the lines the way they did and exactly how they did it. The code becomes a type of "roadmap" for others who might want to alter it or add to it later, says McGrattan, a native of Ireland who has been with Ingres since 1992. Men, on the other hand, have no such pretenses. Often, "they try to show how clever they are by writing very cryptic code," she tells the Business Technology Blog. "They try to obfuscate ...

Firefox 3

June 17, 2008 – 7:18 pm by Adnan Hodzic


Firefox 2, predecessor? Firefox 3 is coming out today. It's been more some 1.5 years since I wrote Firefox 2 post. And about a year ago, since I wrote about my first real encounter with Firefox 3. My stance on on Firefox 2 remains the same, that is I hate it, no personal reason or anything, from my posts linked above you can get to know my true feelings about it. If it wasn't for Firefox 2, I'd never even come close to Firefox 3. A month ago or so, I came to the point, where I couldn't handle Firefox 2 and it crashing, so I was in hunt to change my browser or move to Firefox 3 which at that point was in early beta stage of development. Browser "sphere"? So what else was around? What was I aiming for? I'd like to move away from Firefox3 for a second and take a ...

Does Openmoko bring freedom to our mobile phones?

June 16, 2008 – 12:07 am by Adnan Hodzic


One of the regulars here on FoolControl (BrencelJ), asked me about my opinion on OpenMoko, that is did it change and what is it after going in depth with details on the whole project, especially after being on Dors/Cluc 2008 in Zagreb, and after listening to Herald Welte lecture, and after talking to him. This may pull few other topics along with this same very question. One of the founder of whole open source movement (Richard Stallman) disproves owning a mobile phone and I'll quote: "as he believes the tracking of cell phones creates harmful privacy issues." We own our phones, we have them in our possession, but how much do we really own them? Herald used very similiar sentance, if not the same one on the DORS/CLUC conference. And now some of you may really ask yourself where is this guy really going with this post? Every single of us has a phone, ...

DORS/CLUC 2008 Zagreb

April 27, 2008 – 5:52 pm by Adnan Hodzic


OK, so last week I was in Zagreb, attenting DORS/CLUC 2008. The conference + workshop, only lasted 2 days + 1 day workshop, but my friend Vedran (best know for being owner of microsoft.ba) and myself went there 1 day earlier, and I extended my stay cuz I enjoyed Zagreb so much :) When it comes to conference, it was absolutely great, most of attention and best lecture was by "Harald Welte" about OpenMoko. I had a nice little chat with him, about it all. Alan Cox was there as well, but to be honest, I expected much more from his "lecture" but that always happens when you get your expentations too high, from anything really. I'd like to give out a special thanks to Kristijan Zimmer, who was like the main organizator of it all, and who did a great job for all of it, and of course Vlatko Kosturjak ...