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Posts for April, 2012

Xfce 4.10 Now Available

It has some great changes – better application finder, tiling support and better window layout for Thunar. Give it a try. You will love it because it sits pretty, lets you do what you want to do by staying out of the limelight, lets you customize anything and everything, and does not hog your resources. [Continue]

Slackware Needs You

Slackware (at Wikipedia), one of the earliest Linux systems, needs your help. I understood the real meaning of open source – freedom and choice – while using Slackware. Slackware is important for open source and for Linux. [Continue]

Get The Source

Developers who question if they should build on open source stack, read this (via Jeff Atwood): The source code never lies. Reading source code is not easy. But you can find out what is wrong with your software or the underlying stack to solve the problem and control the environment, if you have the source code. [Continue]

Trying Out i3

I have been using xmonad for almost three years. The dynamic window layout management helped me to not think about positioning the windows. However, this is the same reason why I am trying out i3 as a trial. [Continue]

Why Don’t Gnome Shell/Unity Become Tiling Window Managers?

I have given Gnome Shell and Unity a try. I didn’t mind them but something kept holding me back from using them in a productive manner. Both Gnome Shell and Unity want to maximize the working area by reducing the homepage clutter (no pun intended) by: removing desktop launchers, replacing them with a launcher overlay supporting maximized applications better, through default maximized modes, removal of minimize button and global menus separating the task management from the desktop by delegating it to the dock/launcher being minimalistic on the desktop I think they ought to do one more thing to really achieve their aim – become tiling window managers. [Continue]

See How Linux Is Built

If you wonder about the Linux kernel development, this video is a good start. It does an amazing job of explaining the process and communication between developers without using technical jargon. A part of it is also a good presentation for people unaware of Linux.

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