Feb 102014

At the end of 90`s Mandrake Linux was the most popular distribution out there. Most thing that are today said about Ubuntu where first said about Mandrake. It was the number one distro from 1998 util 2004. User friendly, easy to use, easy to install, lot of preinstalled software, most popular by new users and Mandrake made at that point most users to change on Linux. All that is today said about Ubuntu. Yeah, Mandrake had also free shipping for DVDs back then. But soon the empire started to fall apart. In 2004 Mandrake had died. In 2005 Conectiva, the company who bought Mandrakesoft announced and released Mandriva and in 2006 they fired Gael Duval. Duval was the author of Mandrake. The new distribution, Mandriva, was nothing like good old Mandrake and it made lot of users to change their system. Fast forward to 2014 and let us have a look on the legacy of Mandrake Linux. Last stable release of Mandriva was in 2011 and it was not really stable. But in last 10 years Mandriva inspired many users and developers and new distributions popped out. One of them is Rosa Linux. Rosa Linux is a Russian Linux distribution.

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Nov 292013

Screencloud is an app that allows you to capture screen under Linux , Mac or Windows and automatically upload the screenshot to an FTP/SFTP server of your choice or a provider in the cloud such as Dropbox, Ubuntu One, Imgur or a cloud service proposed by Screencloud themselves.

Once the file is sent, your clipboard will contain the link to the image.
This could be a good way to quickly share a screen capture without having to do the multiple steps (take/save/change it/upload somewhere/copy the url) that usually you should do to share a simple image.

The software is released under GPL-2.0 and the sources are on github.

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May 282011

xmonad I present to you today this very useful article introducing xmonad, an alternative window manager, the article is bt Fabio Viola and can be found along with many other interesting articles on the page of SaLUG Journal(In Italian), the article is released under the GNU Free Documentation License, translation from Italian by me.

Last week in Bologna I had the pleasure of knowing a geek from Padua, a smart boy with whom I had a chat.

He Introduced to me an interesting project, it is xmonad . On the official website [0] there is a phrase that strikes you and takes you to devour each page of the documentation or makes you close in a flash, the browser tab : “In a normal WM, you spend half your time aligning and searching for windows.” If you recognize yourself in this sentence xmonad is for you.
What is it?

It’s an intelligent window manager written in Haskell whose ‘main’ peculiarities is to automatically position windows without overlapping. Xmonad has several advantages (which i found on the homepage of the project): tiling windows, minimalism, stable (and having tried hard, I can confirm), extensibility, many features (for example, supports xinerama), simple, supported .. .

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Poll: What's the memory usage of your empty Linux Desktop Environment ?

Poll: What’s the memory usage of your empty Linux Desktop Environment ?

In these days there is much talk about Unity, the new default desktop environment of Ubuntu one of the most popular Linux distributions, and so Unity will become the normal desktop environment for many users, there is also a lot of talk about Gnome 3 with its new features and capabilities that usually you love [...]