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Comment Nope. (Score 1) 396

No, there is no way to make testing interesting. I hate it too. Its a "necessary evil" like grooming a dog. The dog survives without it, but that tick infestation can really stress your life out with bugs coming from all directions and showing up in places you never could have imagined.

Comment Re:A Gnome user that wants to give this a try... (Score 1) 302

> I know that Kubuntu is not as polished as Ubuntu. What would be a good KDE distribution to give a try, to see the desktop environment for all it is?

Kubuntu, unfortunately...

"Polished" is a tough one... I still have to type '&gt BR &lt' on slashdot for new lines. But it's the best I've found for it's purpose, and I keep coming back to it... :) SuSE does have a lot of cool features that you may like (that will be in Kubuntu a few months later).

Comment applet for printing? (Score 1) 347

To the OP:

Have you considered handling printing with an applet to minimize browser cross-compatibility issues?

Sorry to plug my own (FOSS) software, but you can't simply pick a browser to code to, you can only pick a minimum supported browser version to code to, and you ALWAYS have to support the big names, and the big versions so your customers are happy.

Printing with jZebra might solve your main printing issues, especially if they're set up on the OS as Generic/Text printers. -Tres

Comment Re:YUCK (Score 1) 249

1. First reason I use KDE because it doesn't require me to open gconf to remap my "show desktop" icon. In fact, most key mappings can be remapped by right-clicking. This is an excellent reason to use ANY desktop environment: Customization.

2. Second reason is the idea of Right Click --> Properties on ANY shortcut/icon. Other desktops have different behavior depending on where the shortcut is located, and that makes it hard to learn how to make your own shortcuts. I like making my own fucking shortcuts.

3. Third reason is because it .

4. Fourth reason is to have arguing ammunition with haters (read below, there's plenty of them!).

There are many other conflicting reasons that I like to use gnome (example: Pidgin/Empathy > Kopete, Firefox/Gimp more "native"). I simply use whatever works. I actually enjoy switching back and forth between desktops because the concept of a computer desktop is still young and subject to change.

No one desktop has even come close to perfecting human interaction, so we should praise the work that goes into improving them.

Comment raw dog (Score 1) 426

What are you doing specifically with PCL? Could you get away with sending raw commands to your printer(s)?

Sometimes providing a modern interface doesn't sacrifice customization. An earlier post suggests watching others use the tool to gauge how difficult it is. If you have the time to improve, deliver both and have the user compare. In the end it's the users that decide. As long as .bat/.cmd files are supported in Windows, your solution could be not only the most efficient, but the most desired.

Sneak Preview For Coming KDE SC 4.5 249

omlx writes "KDE SC 4.5 is in feature freeze right now. Therefore, I decided to share some early screenshots with you. In general there are no major changes; it's all about polishing and fixing bugs. There are a lot of under-the-hood changes in libs, which as end users we cannot see. KDE SC will be released in August 2010." Note: you can also try out a beta of the release now, if you'd like.

Wine 1.2 Release Candidate Announced 165

An anonymous reader writes "After evolving over 15 years to get to 1.0, a mere 2 years later and Wine 1.2 is just about here. There have been many many improvements and plenty of new features added. Listing just a few (doing no justice to the complete change set): many new toolbar icons; support for alpha blending in image lists; much more complete shader assembler; support for Arabic font shaping and joining, and a number of fixes for video rendering; font anti-aliasing configuration through fontconfig; and improved handling of desktop link files. Win64 support is the milestone that marks this release. Please test your favorite applications for problems and regressions and let the Wine team know so fixes can be made before the final release. Find the release candidate here."

Installing Linux On ARM-Based Netbooks? 179

An anonymous reader writes "I am sure that many other Slashdotters have noticed an increase in ARM-based netbooks over the past several months. For example, the Augen E-Go. It is a widely touted theory that it is impossible to install Linux on one of these notebooks, replacing the commonly installed Windows CE operating system. The sub-$100 netbooks carry decent specs, including 533MHz ARM processor; 128MB DDR RAM; and a 2GB Flash drive, as well as most expected netbook components (USB, Wi-Fi, etc.). I find it hard to believe that a computer with these specs is impossible to hack and install Linux to, but Google searches have been largely unsuccessful in finding proper information. Do any Slashdot readers have experience in installing ARM Linux distros to these cheap netbooks like this? If so, what distros do they recommend?" (In particular, I wonder if anyone can comment on Ubuntu on ARM.)

Comment Re:How about the obvious... (Score 1) 293

Don't be discouraged by the people that learn by example. They just have a different way learning. Its no better or worse.

I think the OP is coding. The quizzes and assignments he speaks of include coding. Some of it more difficult than what a career programmer does on a daily basis.

There's two paths... 1. Learn more, or 2. Apply what you've learned.

If you decide to learn more (we're alway learning, right?), Servlets, Applets, MIDP are great paths to follow. They'll challenge you even more, and make you more hire-able than the millions of students out there that know classes, interfaces, data types and gui libraries.

Learning anything Thread related is great too. The concurrency packages introduced in more recent versions (Since 5.0 I believe) are great for writing server applications. Research Openfire as an excellent server project example that will win resume points.

To apply what you've learned (if you have the time, and it sounds you do), start a small project that solves a particular technology issue and make the world just a little bit better. It will all mesh together for your career.


After Learning Java Syntax, What Next? 293

Niris writes "I'm currently taking a course called Advanced Java Programming, which is using the text book Absolute Java, 4th edition, by Walter Savitch. As I work at night as a security guard in the middle of nowhere, I've had enough time to read through the entire course part of the book, finish all eleven chapter quizzes, and do all of the assignments within a month, so all that's left is a group assignment that won't be ready until late April. I'm trying to figure out what else to read that's Java related aside from the usual 'This is how to create a tree. This is recursion. This is how to implement an interface and make an anonymous object,' and wanted to see what Slashdotters have to suggest. So far I'm looking at reading Beginning Algorithms, by Simon Harris and James Ross."

Comment Re:Prepare for all (Score 1) 766

Yes, if all they use is internet, IM, email, then the Windows 7 transition may no be as hard as you think.

You can make most Linux distributions look and feel like Windows XP, but the differences between XP and 7 will still be there with XP and skinned-Linux.

For example, the differences in the Control Panel, Volume Controls, New Dialogs will all be there.

Give one advanced relative Ubuntu and see how they like it. If your use-case proves successful, upgrade the rest one-by one. Just because you are the "technical" resource in the family doesn't mean the other relatives don't talk. Let them decide what they like. Ubuntu spreads word for itself with many non-"Power Users". If you really want to use this opportunity, just plant the seed.


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