What I love about the open source community is that they can quickly respond to industry/user demands in a small fraction of the time of their closed source counterparts. Here is a great example. Netbooks are useful devices, slightly less popular now with the advent of the tablet, but they are still selling and have their place. To that point, many of the operating systems that run on them tend to force users to make a decision between two mutually exclusive capabilities: features vs performance. You either lose a significant amount of features or everything seems like it takes eons to complete. How do you handle that? Linux.
Enter lubuntu, the Lightweight Ubuntu version running a smaller version of the X Window version 11 environment, or LXDE specifically (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment). Thus, you receive a full feature rich desktop environment with the quickness of a full desktop all on a smaller lighter form factor.
The main site has some nice screencasts covering some of the key features. Know that because it uses LXDE you get a desktop environment rather than the simplified netbook Unity variant.
Lifehacker did a nice review on lubuntu which has a few tech tips as well. You can find it here.
Running Adobe Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu x64
Thu, Apr 11th 2013 6:17a Bill Malchisky Jr. Adobe Acrobat Reader is i386 code that needs one i386 library file --- when installed on an x64 OS --- omitted with the native x64 installation of Ubuntu 12.x. As such, you'll see this error. To fix the issue, run this command From here you'll see this window, which will flow into several screens of files being unpacked and then installed. It's quite a lot. When finished though, Acrobat will run. The process continues with suggested packages and alerting the end-user t [read] Keywords: linux
Some Fun at BLUG
Thu, Mar 28th 2013 7:14a Bill Malchisky Jr. Our illustrious BLUG organizer Theo Heselmans had a surprise for us. During a special event for the speakers and sponsors, he arranged for a Dutch artist to arrive and sketch caricatures for anyone invited. As I recall, there were 31 completed in about three hours (plus time for a couple of breaks). So the artist named, Tice, worked tirelessly creating art. He had two LCD monitors setup, the second was facing the victim volunteer, so we each could see the picture evolve. I believe that Tice used [read] Keywords:
Train Tips for European Traveling
Wed, Mar 27th 2013 6:15a Bill Malchisky Jr. Train travel is fun and certainly exciting. You can easily get to anywhere with enhancements to the multi-country rail network in Europe. Here are a couple of tips (hardly plenary, I'll add) to aid you on your way. 1. Rail travel is expensive on mainland Europe (UK is quite reasonable comparatively); with the advent of cheap (for some travel situations) airfare like Easy Jet https://www.easyjet.com/ ,but if you have luggage you need to move around, it can be by far the easiest and most cost [read] Keywords: laptop
BLUG Slides Uploaded
Tue, Mar 26th 2013 6:15a Bill Malchisky Jr. After a fabulous event in Leuven, Belgium with BLUG 2013, I adjusted the deck to account for a few new morsels provided by IBM since the release of IBM Domino 9 (link in yesterday's post). I also provided the changes to the BLUG Team to ensure currency and consistency across versions. The slides are located in My Presentations section. Title: Infrastructure Fitness and Design Simplicity for IBM Mobile Connect Session ID: A13 Track: Administration Absolutely enjoyed the event and to be p [read] Keywords: administration
IBM Connect Slides Uploaded
Tue, Feb 5th 2013 7:10p Bill Malchisky Jr. I took some time today to update My Presentations page and insert the latest (updated) slides from my IBM Connect 2013 session. Title: Infrastructure Fitness and Design Simplicity for IBM Mobile Connect Session ID: BP406 Track: Best Practices Really enjoyed speaking once again with the Lotusphere/Connect team and working with René Winkelmeyer as well. Happy reading and enjoy the slides. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Great to meet some many people at IC13 this year t [read] Keywords: ibm
New Upgrade Tool in Fedora 18
Fri, Jan 18th 2013 6:14a Bill Malchisky Jr. Fedora 18 comes with a new upgrade tool entitled, FedUp. It allows you to perform system upgrades. You can also install it on Fedora 17 so that you can load the RPM there and then utilize the tool to get to version 18. This is a command line tool (CLI), which will download several to a lot of packages (depending upon your configuration), a new kernel, initrd, the will reboot the box to perform the final operations. Know that the code is new and may very well change before Fedora 18 is released. [read] Keywords: notes
A Difficult Change of Plans Regarding SkiLUG
Thu, Jan 17th 2013 5:14a Bill Malchisky Jr. This is the blog entry I never thought I would have to write. With apologies, SkiLUG 2013 is cancelled for this year. My team and I started planning SkiLUG 2013 during Lotusphere 2012 and garnered a lot of interest in what we were planning for the community. People from multiple time zones were excited. From that basis, we started immediately with finding a location and proceeding with all of the action items that one does when planning such an event. Things were going along well, until... H [read] Keywords: ibm