It’s been almost 2 months since my last post here on foolcontrol.
After I got enough of emails of you guys asking me: “Was that it for foolcontrol?” “Is foolcontrol dead?” “Are you dead?” “Why haven’t you been writing anything?” … I thought least I can do is post anything. Problem is that I was incredibly busy, so it all just kinda hit me hard, working on a lot of projects (simultaneously of course), then this and that … it was just too much to handle. At least in a sense to write a blog post, after work once I’m home, instead of relaxing, enjoying myslef, I’d just switch to work on my other project(s).
Don’t get me wrong, I love working, I’m really enjoying it, and this blog or whatever you want to call it, I’m doing all of this from pure enjoyment, not cuz I’m forced to do so or anything like that. And thank all to the guys who were actually “worried” about what’s happening both to me and foolcontrol. Since a lot has happened in a period since my last post, this will pretty much what “ordinary” people write on their blogs, and that is, boring stuff from their life :)
What was I doing that kept me so busy?
Beginning of summer, for most people synonym for heat, beaches, hot naked objects and beer. So just as summer started I got hired to develop School Information System for AUBIH. Briefly … Debian, Postgresql, Apache, PHP and tons of caffeine. Whole system took me around 3months to develop, and was one of the projects that kept me most occupied this whole summer.
more “Hello world!”
This is going to be one long post, I’ll put two months of ideas and work into this post, so … you might want to take it easy. Go grab cup of coffee or something before you start reading it.
Let’s call this introduction
For almost last two months I’ve been doing something … it all started when one of my colleagues actually said “does it have to be that slow” (referring to my boot). And regarding my colleague who doesn’t have any “credit” to make me do this, I talked to few Debian developers, and yea their boot is slow as well. Then later on, all my ideas, because it all was just too … “broad” I actually came up with idea of releasing my own distro (for 10th time) :)
Reasons for making my own distro? Well I was actually not happy how KDE was “handled” within Debian. Of course, please don’t go mad about this now, I know all about separate KDE CD’s, “installgui –tasks=standard, kde-desktop”, heh I even had my own version of getting “default” KDE put on Debian. I could go on and on about this one, so I’ll just stop. So don’t go all “he didn’t that” “he didn’t this”, trust me I know it all about whole “kde situation”.
Some of us actually, just as every other distro (during install) has “choose default desktop environment” we actually thought of putting same thing into Debian. And yea, these ideas have been suggested, and to answer all your questions. I’d refer to “Debian on the Desktop“, part that says it pretty much all is:
more “Codename: peacenow | open design”
Ok so here’s why I haven’t talked about anything for last 3+ weeks.
I usually bring my notebook to university, those who don’t know what linux really is, come up and wanna see how it all actually looks like. Of course it’s all great comments (which are usually because of the looks … compiz-fusion) but I got few bad ones (at least in my book they are bad ones) some of them who see it booting, asked me does it need to boot that long everytime?
Of course, you tell them it’s mostly because it has bunch of stuff on it, along the “normal” system web server/apache and database server/mysql will come up as well. But just three weeks ago after getting my second “why does it take so long too boot” … that was it, I had to do something. And besides that, I’d just like to add that, back on Slackware I used to use ResierFS, then on Debian after some time, my root partition died on Reiser … Yea after that I just went for “safe” solution that is go for ext3 as my default filesystem.
Ok, as I knew it before, ext3 is really not that fast, actually it’s pretty slow. But it’s all good except that every time I’m booting my system, I’m mostly in hurry all I hope is that I see that it won’t see “didn’t check filesystem in X days” message or whatever, and going over that whole process. That seriously pisses me off. And keeping your computer on hibernate all the time … that’s just not it.
more “Codename: peacenow”
Besides my everyday problems (either becoming debian or fedora developer :) ) Another big thing is troubling me. I feel like it’s really important to discuss and end this discussion once for all. And I have no intention of hurting anyone or anything.
And I’d really like you to comment on this post, I really want to hear your opinion related to this topic.
Ok here’s the story, as many of you may know I used to have dreadlocks, I “lost” them due to … well reasons. So now 3 or what years later … I’m tired of shaving my head, hair or no hair, 1 or 0. So I’m thinking of just letting my hair naturally get tangled and eventually ending up in dreadlocks.
But now, I’m actually getting the second thoughts. First time I was basically a teenager, had 18-19 years when I had them done (I did/made them myself). Back then I just liked the damn thing and I didn’t think about anything else. Now I’m actually thinking about it, its consequences and reactions/actions it could/will provoke.
First “clash” I would get is the one from people. Weird looks and etc, it’s basically environment with a lot of just narrow minded, or completely close minded. But I didn’t give a fuck about it then, nor do I now. Now I could go on and on with this talk, how it’s all bad here.
more “White dreadlocks”
Am I on a right website? :)
Again, no sleep, hyperventilating, but I managed to release v1.0RC1!
About last look, I just said damit, it’s depressing, it’s too common, I gotta do something about.
Fired up kwrite and started writing template from the scratch, this time I figured two columns will be just fine, colors, bright yet easy on eyes. Of course in absinthish style :)
Yes, another great thing was bothering me, last template, and whole beta2 was completely fscked up in IE. Only 15% visitors of this site are IE users, but still, I’m very touchy when it comes to compatibility, and even tho that means IE not following the standards … But something had to be done. Right now, v1.0RC1 is working pretty much ok in all browsers, again being best optimized for Firefox.
more “foolcontrol v1.0RC1”