The GIMP User Interface gets updated!

July 29, 2007

I just picked this up off of the Ubuntu forums…

The GIMP is getting a User Interface (UI) redesign and we can expect portions to be available now (the new select/crop tool) and more in 2.4 (like a single window to rule them all!)

Huzzah!!

Check it out on their very own wiki 


You have to be kidding me!

July 28, 2007

I found this little gem linked on slashdot…

Cyberterrorists that blow up vans? Oh my effing god I love how Fox perceives the news!

Where do I even begin to describe who wrong this is to normal people who don’t understand technology but use it every day?


Ubuntu Live Day 1 Wrap-Up

July 23, 2007

So let’s talk about day 1 of UbuntuLive shall we? There are countless blogs and news sites that are covering the “news” of the conference – instead I’ll be talking about the atmosphere, the people and the “vibe.”
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Peeing with an astronaut

July 22, 2007

So, is it weird when you look up from your urinal in the mens room at Ubuntu Live and be staring at Mark Shuttleworth?

That’s a hell of an update to keep tuned for, isn’t it?


Ubuntu Live is about to start

July 22, 2007

Quite literally actually. I’m sitting in the Oregon Ballroom 204 enjoying the last bit of the complimentary breakfast waiting for the General Session and morning Keynotes to begin…

What’s interesting is that as an employee at a conference center (different than a convention center) I am fascinated just as much by the how and why of the actual rooms – the tables and chairs and power. I’ll try to save those for a different post. I will say the quality isn’t what I was expecting, but is actually on par with the average convention center. It should definitely NOT reflect on Ubuntu/Canonical/O’Rielly.

I’m geeking out over the wrong stuff… I have to keep telling myself that I’m here for Ubuntu/Linux, not the setting!


Ubuntu Live right around the corner!

July 18, 2007

I got this in my inbox a few moments ago…

The inaugural Ubuntu Live Conference is only a few days away!
We’re looking forward to an exciting and dynamic conference, with
intriguing and thought-provoking presentations, lots of networking
opportunities, fun events, and much more. Below is information to help you
get the most out of your time at Ubuntu Live.

Well, it looks like Ubuntu Live is coming right up and I’m REALLY excited to be going thanks to Phoronix for the pass! I am looking forward to meeting Michael (the keeper of Phoronix) and asking him, among other things, where exactly the name Phoronix came from.

I’m still looking for input on what sessions people recommend that I go to. It turns out that I have a Sunday/Monday pass but no pass for Tuesday’s “Lesson Sessions.”

It’s been three months since switching (cold I might add) to Linux from WindowsXP. I still boot into XP on the very rare occasion that I need to retrieve something very specific (like a number out of my MS Fax console) and I have to say, Ubuntu is what did it for me.

I just hope I’m not the only noob there…


MultiPoint X Server

July 17, 2007

For maximum Linux geek-ness there now exists the Multi Pointer X Server, known as MPX as compared to just plain old X (which, other than providing an alternate windowing system to the Mac OS-X, shares only the letter X and not much else with Apple who has not yet managed to patent the letter X so we should be safe for a while)
Here’s what’s cool – Multi Pointer X allows multiple pointers to be used simultaneously on an X server. In more more plain non-geek English, you can use up to 18 mice or keyboards at the same time in Linux. All of those mice and keyboards operate independently of each other so you actually get 18 different cursors on the screen, or have multiple keyboards assigned to multiple windows and type in two different applications at the same time.

Even cooler – coupled with a touch screen you can use both of your hands at the same time to work together on a single machine AKA the Microsft Surface. This is a Free Open Source Software version of the same thing. And the way the X guys work, this won’t be a binary blob, it will be full open source. The source is not in the main branch of X but is available by git.

Watch the video and see for yourself.

The MPX Surface

There are a few other videos out there on Youtube that show better the collaborative features and benefits of multipoint. I chose this one because it just plain ol’ sexier. You can tell it’s still in its infancy with laggy response. Hey – 1. It’s alpha software, 2. It’s free. It definitely doesn’t stack up to the Microsoft Surface (yet) which itself doesn’t even come close to the PerceptivePixel system of Jeff Han.

If you are interested in multipoint technology I definitely suggest you go to the Jeff Han link above, the results will simply AMAZE you. I know I sat in stunned silence for the full length of the video.

Of course you could “roll your own” multipoint touch surface if you are up for it.