Posts Tagged ‘Linux’

Bluecurve on the corporate desktop

Saturday, February 7th, 2004

Linus Torvalds talks about the progression of Linux within corporate environments in a recent article, specifically concerning the desktop. Here’s a quote:

Now, the kernel and other pieces are coming together including office applications, games and Web browsers. This has made the Linux desktop interesting to commercials. Commercials tend to choose one desktop, such as KDE or GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment), and stick with it. There has been some confusion and rivalry that has helped its development. Right now it looks like the two are closing in on each other, for example, with Red Hat’s Bluecurve interface.

It’s really neat that he specifically mentions Bluecurve by name. Trying to bridge consistency across desktop software was one of my primary objectives when originally designing the entire theme set. The goal isn’t fully reached yet, of course (there’s still more software to theme, such as OpenOffice.org, plus there’s always room for more updates and a more complete icon set by filling in some of the gaps). After all, I’m only one person. *smile*

I know for a fact that making Bluecurve has helped get Linux to a point where it is taken seriously on the desktop. I know this due to several emails over the past two years I have worked at Red Hat. Also, I had a number of large corporate customers (now running Red Hat Enterprise Linux desktop workstations) walk up to me at the show and start talking about how great the desktop looks and that Bluecurve has enabled them to be taken seriously when they originally suggested a roll-out of Linux on the desktop. When I smiled and told them that I was the one who made Bluecurve, they thanked me profusely and talked with lots of enthusiasm. The fact that each was a random encounter (they didn’t know I was the graphical guy beforehand) and that it happened several times is great.

It’s nice to have a positive impact on things, and to know it too.

Wil Wheaton using RHL9; considering upgrade to Fedora

Saturday, February 7th, 2004

Wil Wheaton, on his website, writes about Red Hat Linux 9 and is considering a switch to Fedora Core 1. There are a lot of interesting comments by other people on his site too.

“Every OS Sucks”

Thursday, January 15th, 2004

Every OS Sucks is a funny music video (well, funny if you’re a computer geek). Mac OS, Windows, and Linux are all mentioned. As seen on Scoble’s web log.

A Purpose Driven® review in the making…

Thursday, December 18th, 2003

Charles Sebold over at LivingTorah.org is currently reviewing The Purpose-Driven® Life. He’s already done Day 0 (Introduction) and also Day 1.

It’ll be interesting to see the points Charles brings up as his analysis of the book unfolds over the next month or so, especially considering what some others have had to say about the book.

I’ve read his web log (the Living Torah Journal) for a while now and have found that he has a lot of great insight (in addition to being a fellow computer geek, one who uses Linux and Mac OS — and even Emacs).

Mac OS X 10.3.2 released

Thursday, December 18th, 2003

Now that I have a Mac laptop again, it’s nice to see that Lord of the Rings movie. (:

Linux kernel 2.6.0 released!

Thursday, December 18th, 2003

The Linux kernel 2.6.0 has just been released! Between Lord of the Rings, and now this, lots of nerds everywhere are quite happy.

2004: Year of Linux?

Sunday, November 30th, 2003

eWeek declares 2004 as the "Year of Linux". Deja Vu.

More "Years of Linux":

The fabled "Year of Linux" has happened every year since 1998 really. Even 2003 has also been considered the "Year of Linux".

May there be many more years of Linux (and other Open Source / Free Software projects) too. (: