Tagged: Open_Source_Software

‘Avoid the pain of Windows 8’: Try Ubuntu 12.10

Thanks to unity, I switched to sawfsh. Now I can tweak my window manager from within emacs.


original broodcoffeetalk article

original pcworld article

Brood Coffee Talk

On October 26, the day that Windows 8 officially launched, a message appeared on the home page of the Canonical website, promoting its Ubuntu 12.10 operating system (OS).

The message was “Avoid the pain of Windows 8.”

Ubuntu is a variation of Linux, the free open-source OS. The basic code is free, and even though software development companies add their own features and then market it, it’s often a free download.

It was first introduced in October 1991, and for most of that time it has been a viable alternative to the other two major OSes, Windows and OS X. Its biggest problem has been that most software components like device drivers aren’t readily available for the OS from device manufacturers. Most distributions handle this by including the more popular ones with the installation software.

From an article on PCWorld.com, “10 Reasons to choose Ubuntu 12.10 over Windows 8”:

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Firefox Beta Now Features New IonMonkey JavaScript Compiler, Built-In PDF Viewer, Retina and Touch Support

I like the built-in PDF Viewer; I wonder if Touch will work on my pen-based tablet…


Today is beta-release day at Mozilla, and the organization is launching new beta versions of Firefox for the desktop and Android. This time around, the desktop version is set to get the most interesting updates, including the new IonMonkey just-in-time JavaScript compiler, as well as support for Macs with Retina displays and W3C Touch Event support for machines with touchscreens. On Android, Firefox now offers better phishing protection and – as an opt-in – search suggestions.

IonMonkey has been a major undertaking for Mozilla. The new JavaScript compiler made its debut in the nightly releases of Firefox 18 in September, but the project had already been underway for a good year at that point. Depending on the benchmark, IonMonkey provides up to a 26 percent performance improvement over the old TraceMonkey and JägerMonkey just-in-time compilers.

Also new in this beta are Retina support for OS X 10.7 and…

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Using WordPress – Do I use .COM or .ORG ?


I have been using wordpress for a couple of months as of 2012-11-25 and am only beginning to be comfortable using it. I made my first blog post in 2008-05-01 and later said “So What?”. I really didn’t have anything to say, and I didn’t understand the blogging concept so I didn’t post until agin this year (2012).

I now know what I want to use a blog for, but I still can’t do what I want.


The org2blog package in emacs has been very helpful to me. It puts the whole blogging experience into the comfortable lisp-based emacs environment where I do most of my work. I’ve been using org-mode for years and even wrote extentions to outline mode before org-mode came out.

I’m still learning how to use org2blog effectively, but already I plan to use org-mode files as the foundation for my blogging and page posts in wordpress.


I have an account on wordpress.com because it is free, and I’m still learning. If I find limitations in wordpress.com I can’t work around, I will investigate self hosting.