Friday, March 30, 2007 9:41:48 PM
This week's weekly
addresses some of the bigger issues still open on Opera for Linux:
- we've fixed some issues with Flash 9 on Linux. This means that you can now watch YouTube video fullscreen! (And close annyoing Flash ads.)
- Fixed issue with transparent areas in some widgets on UNIX;
- we have now ppc-linux .6 packages: that means that they work (okay, should work) on your PS3! — if you installed Linux on it.
Yes, you saw that right: we fixed some of the major issues with Flash 9 in Opera on Linux (there is still more to do): finally you can view YouTube videos in fullscreen, close annoying Flash ads, etc…
And we finally are happy to ship gcc4 ppc-linux builds: this means you can run them out-of-the-box on your latest PPC Ubuntu, or run them on your PS3
- after installing Linux
on it! Go try it!
Thursday, March 22, 2007 9:47:55 PM
have today joined forces
in an innovative project to provide the technology to combat HIV:
Linux and the Opera browser are being used by a non-government organization combatting HIV AIDS in Malawi. The Baobab Health Partnership runs Opera in fullscreen "kiosk" mode on low-powered, Linux-based network terminals
The solution is based on using a stripped-down Linux distribution, Midori Linux
, on low-end hardware
with a touchscreen. One of the main concerns is of course performance and footprint: but even just the plain desktop version is an ideal solution
on low-end hardware.
It is a significant step for us: it is "a first step towards using Opera to power the projects that promote progress in the developing world", as Håkon Wium Lie, CTO of Opera, puts it. There are more steps to do.
Thursday, March 22, 2007 12:36:08 AM
Solaris users have not been forgotten: almost exactly five months after releasing Flash Player 9
for Linux, Adobe announces
a beta release on its labs of Flash 9 for Solaris
Please help us ensure that this release will be of the highest quality by installing and using this player.
Probably they also want feedback
Tuesday, March 20, 2007 6:59:45 PM
So let me break the merry news:
iXsystems, an enterprise-class hardware solution provider and corporate sponsor of PC-BSD, announced today a redistribution agreement with Opera Software that will allow the next version of PC-BSD to have an option for the user to select Opera as the default web browser.
Opera will be "one less thing you need to download after installation", as Matt Olander, CTO of iXsystems
puts it, to get "a more usable system" out of your PC-BSD
box: happy browsing!
Sunday, March 18, 2007 12:03:39 AM
I have chosen rPath Linux
rPath Linux is designed to be a stable, high-quality, relatively "vanilla" distribution that closely tracks upstream stable packages and is easy to make a derivative distribution from
- Binary and source packages are available;
- Vanilla packages, thus unpatched (did I mention that I hate distros patching their packages?);
- rPath is one of the fastest at updating packages in its repository;
Conary (the package management system, or rather the "distributed software management system") promises to be extremely flexible.
That seems to fulfill my primary requirements
. So far installation went extremely smoothly on my laptop - will keep you updated on progress.
A short comment to the suggestions
- Ubuntu or Kubuntu (or any other *buntu) as well as any other Debian (based) distro are far too heavily patched, and so is Gentoo - I really am not interested in patched distros.
- Slackware might be somewhat better in that respect, but there I miss the bleeding edge.
- Arch is a distro I have been having in mind as an option, and for a long time I was undecided between Arch and rPath, until I finally decided for the latter, for now - but Arch is still a distro that looks interesting and its development is worth being followed.
- If I'd be to move away from Linux, I'd rather switch to Plan 9 than to other UNIX systems.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007 6:24:33 PM
Dell has started a survey
help us define our forthcoming Linux-based system offerings
Sounds promising, doesn't it? Just make sure to remember that "Rank Order: 1=highest
I guess the only way to see if they really are listening, as they promise in the survey's heading, is to give them the feedback they ask for (and don't wonder too much about why Debian wouldn't even be a default option) - and patiently wait
- aren't we?
Sunday, February 11, 2007 10:52:24 PM
Linux system is something I'd call "based on SUSE 9.3": once upon a time this was SUSE, but has since grown into something very different, where I have manually updated most applications. It has reached a stage where it gets more and more tricky to maintain - the YaST package manager had its final fit today, upgrading a package - that I could not start anymore afterwards because of package dependencies. So I am looking for something else - and before you suggest some other OS: I am interested in Linux.Requirements:
- Binary and source packages should be available;
- they should be as unpatched as possible (I don't like distros applying their own patches);
- it should have a bleeding edge branch with most-up-to-date packages;
- the package manager of the distro should be flexible enough to ideally be able to handle manual upgrades of the packages - but at least to allow the installed base to be expanded;
The installed system should offer
- a fast boot;
- lightweight system;
- good hardware support;
- good support from the community
I do have some distros in mind, but first, I'd like unbiassed input: I am open for suggestions
Tuesday, February 6, 2007 12:32:17 AM
Fogli di stile a cascata
L'argomento di questa tesi sono i linguaggi dei fogli di stile per i documenti strutturati sul Web. A causa delle caratteristiche del Web – fra cui un modello di pubblicazione schermo-centrico, una moltitudine di dispositivi di output, incerta distribuzione, forti preferenze dell'utente, e la possibilità di un successivo legame fra contenuto e stile – l'ipotesi è che il Web richiede differenti linguaggi di stile rispetto alla tradizionale pubblicazione elettronica.
is the italian translation of Håkon
's phd thesis
by Gabriele Romanato
- his dedication to the task and his persistence at completing the immense translation
are truely impressive!
Thursday, February 1, 2007 7:32:50 AM
A campaign to market a late-night TV cartoon causes what
exactly in a totally screwed up state in constant paranoia mode, that smells terrorism in about anything?
a security alert that closed bridges and roads. […]
The small electronic sign-boards were placed near roads and under bridges over the Charles River, prompting suspicion from commuters.
Police destroyed the first package they found to see if it contained explosives. […]
Police have arrested Peter Berdovsky, 27 - the man hired to place the electronic smiley-faces - on the relatively new charge of placing a hoax device.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007 12:17:24 AM
Norwegian survey calls have this in common: the callers are extraordinarily rude (extraordinary with respect to the generally mild and friendly nature of Norwegians). They start an all-smiles call in speedy Norwegian, and as soon as I ask them to either repeat at a slower pace or in English please - depending on my mood…
…they hang up. No sorry, no can we call you back at some more appropriate time?, no oh, we are doing this only in Norwegian. It really must be a bloody waste of time to get a foreigner on the other end of your call.