I set up a Drupal Meetup 2 weeks ago and so far 13 people have joined up!
Yesterday I decided to give in and upgrade to (the very strangely and unfortunately named) Oneriric Ocelot aka Ubuntu 11.10, from 10.10. Unlike my last upgrade (10.04 to 10.10), this wasn't nearly as pleasant, because other than changing a whole lot of things I had already gotten used to and therefore placing a learning curve where I didn't want one, it took 6 hours instead of the 2 it took the last time!
Over the past few weeks I had been reviving linux.org.ph. I started by asking help first, then a week later gathered the troops (we are 9 strong now!) and am now into discussions and setting out goals. There's some coding and meeting ahead, but we're on our way.
But before proceeding any further I'd like to share an important reason why I am doing this. I wrote the other day about how important it is for one to write what motivates / demotivates someone, and realized I had been wanting in that department. Well, here is what motivates me:
In what can be described with words that we used to describe the OLPC of 5 years ago, India's Ministry of Human Resources announced the invention of a prototype tablet computer that will puportedly sell for only 1,500 rupees or US$35.00.
Specs are: a Web browser, multimedia player, PDF reader, Wi-Fi and video conferencing ability using 2GB of RAM, a memory card instead of a hard disk for data storage plus USB ports and a solar - power option, which is important for far flung areas.
It is rumored to run on Android, or at the very least run some Linux flavor.
I'll admit I'm a command line (aka terminal) fan. When I first started using Linux it was unavoidable (giving you an idea of how long ago that was), but instead of freaking out I instantly fell in love. There's nothing like the complete, utter power you feel, for lack of a better word, when controlling things via terminal. Alas, I recognize however that this is a dying art.
Until yesterday, when Google announced YOU CAN NOW CONTROL YOUR BLOGGER, GOOGLE CALENDAR, GOOGLE CONTACTS, GOOGLE DOCS, PICASA and YOUTUBE accounts VIA COMMAND LINE.
Let me just say, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME.
First of all, let me tell you I've never been excited about anything in a long time. 4 years ago, I made a post on my old blog re how I thought Google would eventually release their own OS. Obviously that didn't happen immediately, but I never gave up on the idea because it always made sense to me that they should. They certainly have the resources plus the following to get it going, and after 4 years they've developed even more web apps that a centralized app, such as an os, just to connect to these would make sense.
And to me, that's what it's all about. Which surprises me that so much news about Google's OS has it pitted against Microsoft, which is beside the point if not completely outside it altogether.
After using Ubuntu 8.10 for 3 months, I've decided I do not like it. Here are the reasons why:
- I miss Photoshop - 'nuff said, really. I've been using Gimp a lot, and it is powerful I suppose, but it's no Photoshop. Granted, I've yet to get WINE to work with my version of Photoshop (CS3), which unfortunately GIMP does not support well (slaps forehead). Not being able to run Photoshop is a good enough reason to avoid Linux to my mind. Photoshop, see, is more than just an 'image editing software'. It is a religion. The ability to quickly and efficiently edit and create images for use on web or print automatically puts you on a higher level in the web publishing world, and anything else is (I've realized now) is a step back. For the past 3 months using Gimp, everytime I need to create or edit an image I've felt myself pining for Photoshop, and the feeling has not waned since.
- I miss shortcut keys - In Windows you can assign shortcut keys to frequently used applications by right - clicking the icon on the Desktop then Properties > Shortcut Tab > Shortcut Key. In Linux, not so much. I found this howto but met only limited success with it. Shortcut keys is a wonderful performance enhancer and I navigate my way quickly around Windows by memorizing the shortcuts. Same with Windows apps, I have tattooed in my brain shortcut keys for everything from Photoshop to WinAmp.