I want Ubuntu!

Man, I am a slacker! I received 10 copies of a Linux operation system called Ubuntu from Canonical Corp. Several months ago, but I still haven’t found the time to go deeper into it. Yes, I have installed shortly after I get the CD’s, but I didn’t do anything about it. Many would say “Hey, stop, stop, halt! What in the name of God is Ubuntu?”
Well, almost everybody has heard of Linux, the alternative to Windows. While in the Windows or Mac OS world you only have….hm, Windows and Mac OS, in Linux you have hundreds of these operation systems (they called them distributions). I have used several of them (Red Hat 9, Fedora 1 and 2) but I must say that I am quite impressed with this strange-named Ubuntu, because it has so simple philosophy:

software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.

Word “Ubuntu” is an ancient African word that means “humanity to others” and it can be interpreted as “you can freely use Ubuntu: not only are the tools you need available free of charge, you have the right to modify your software until it works the way you want it to.”.
Well, this is truly in the spirit of the open source philosophy.
I also like Ubuntu for another reason: you don’t have to update it all the time in order to make your desktop operational. I found this comment from a Osnews.com reader which explains it all:

… Ubuntu isn’t made to be updated on a weekly, or even monthly basis unless you’re tracking the development branch, which is very easy to do by the way. Ubuntu is all about installing and being able to get your work done without a bunch of hacking (yet they don’t interfere if you want to hack). They don’t upgrade software so much in the release repository, they fix bugs and vulnerabilities, because most people don’t want to be bothered with constant updates. It’s really a non-issue to the types who use Ubuntu because every 6 months a new release will come out, and all you have to do is switch to the new repository and dist-upgrade.
And again, if someone wants the latest of everything under Ubuntu, they can always track development.

Since I am kind of person who really is fed up with the upgrades and installations all time, I think Ubuntu might be the one distribution that finally can make me forget all about Windows – forever. Well, not maybe forever since I am a graphic designer and must use non-Linux programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Dreamweaver, Poser… but who knows…

Link: Ubuntu Linux

Some alternative applications

For burning Cd’s I used Ahead’s Nero – until I discovered Deep Burner. This little program is only 2.6 Mb big and can burn both CD’s and DVD’s. It doesn’t have all those fancy utilities and possibilities as Nero, but if you only need a program to burn stuff, this is a program for you. Great and free!!

Speaking of other possibilities as, say, converting music to different formats – I used to use Nero for this. But now I discovered a little gem called dbPower AMP Converter, which can convert MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, CD’s etc. It is extremely fast while converting. Really cool!

For instant messaging I no longer use MSN Messenger because of all those crappy ads. No, once again open source software comes and rescues me – Miranda IM is really great that not only manages MSN Hotmail protocol,but also ICQ, AIM, Jabber, Yahoo, Gadu-Gadu, Tlen, Netsend and more. Nice and free!

Hurricane’s over!

Well, I woke up this morning and the hurricane was over. There was still a strong wind going on, but nothing to be worried about.
The status is 4 people dead in Denmark, up to 60,000 homes without electricity.
2 people dead in Norhern Germany.
5 people died in Sweden, while over 400,000 homes were without electricity Sunday morning in Southern Sweden. (source: DR)

Man, it wasn’t funny when we lost electricity in our home last night. It was so dark, that it took me almost a minute to find a light, although I placed it on the table.
Man, this reminded me a little bit (just a little bit) of the horrors under the Serbian agression on Bosnia, because it all started with the power shortage.

There’s a hurricane going on here!

There’s a very powerful hurricane going on here in the country as in whole Scandinavia.
4 people have died until now in Denmark, I don’t know how is it in Sweden, Norway and Great Britain.
My city (80,000 inh.) was cut off the electricity, good news is it was only for the short time. There are still about 25,000 homes without electricity.
Many Danish coastal towns and cities are under water.
The authorities are advicing people not to leave their homes.

(The whole situation is quite paradoxal since here in Denmark today was a nationwide fundraising for the victims of South-East Asia. There was gathered around 200 mio. DKK (35 mio USD)

Here are some pictures:

Film review: The Human Stain

This little movie is, to my surprise, really good. I like the manuscript, although the fuzz about the black race, is somewhat unrealistic. “Why”, maybe someone would ask. Well, we all know Anthony Hopkins, right? Well, in the movie he plays a black man. A black man. Black man?!
But, that little fact aside, the movie and the story is quite interesting.
Hopkins plays great as always, Ed Harris is wonderful, while Kidman and Sinise are standard.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars.