Sun 9th Oct, 2011

Unfortunately Mint LMDE was not the answer to a replacement for Ubuntu. After spending some time fixing install issues and package dependencies, I wanted to add Nvidia support, which went misserably wrong. Even with following the installation guide from the Mint community the system simply turned black after reboot.

Sun 9th Oct, 2011

Since it was announced that my favorite desktop distro from the end of 2005, Ubuntu would be switching to their own Unity Desktop, from Natty Narwhal (2012/10) I have been somewhat worried about the future of Ubuntu on my desktop.

For years I would install every major release of Ubuntu that came out, but decided from Karmic Koala (2009/10) that skipping every second release would not have much of an effect on my daily work. Missing a few new features, did not make up for the installation time.

Sun 9th Oct, 2011

After spending hours, trying to create a network diagram in OpenOffice Draw and InkScape, I finally gave up and decided to try something else.

I visited #ubuntu on Freenode IRC for some suggestions to alternative applications for creating diagrams. My requirements were quite simple. All I really wanted was a simple tool that allowed me to define 'sticky' connections along with very basic editing functionality. Within minutes someone in IRC suggested 'Dia'. It was quickly installed through the easy Ubuntu Software Center and up and running within a couple of minutes.

Sun 9th Oct, 2011

While building our new website we looked into several applications that allow us to communicate with our users real-time while on the website. Read here why we chose p3chat.

After spending roughly two weeks we decided to go with a small new Russian company that provides the p3chat application. We had a couple of key features we were looking for, that made the choice quite easy.

Sun 9th Oct, 2011

We recently had a request to supply Shambles with an Etherpad solution. He is a frequent user of Etherpad for seminars and conferences and wanted to host his own server.

Etherpad allows for a large number of users to collaborate on the same document in real-time through a web browser. The company behind Etherpad was launched in November 2008 and later acquired by Google in December 2009 for implementation within Google Wave. This never happened and as many may know Google Wave was terminated by Google, which released Etherpad as open source. The future development of Etherpad is now being managed by the Etherpad Foundation.