Saturday, July 31, 2004

rss feed reader for firefox

I have tried the sage firefox extention and when I can get it installed it seems to work well. I was able to install it on a win98 system but when I tried to install it on winxp (firefox .92) it would not install. I found that I had turned off the install software feature in the options menu. When I turned this option on, sage installed without a problem.

I have not yet tried to install it on my linux system.

Friday, July 30, 2004

gpg keyserver

Last night I used kgpg to post my gpg key to several public pgp keyservers and it waorked really well. Kgpg has all the usual features like exporting keys to files or clip board and I find it very easy to work with

I need top research gnu agent - what is it and why would I use it types of issues.

Thursday, July 29, 2004

gnu cash vs quicken

I have been using quicken to keep track of my personal finances for many years. I would like to use open source software to do this instead but gnucash does not run on windows. I want to beable to use windows so that my wife can have access to this applications (she only uses windows).

Also I have tried to export quicken data to gnucash (linux) but the numbers are not right.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004


Last night I tried kgpg, the graphic front end for gpg that comes with kde and it works really well. It has a lot of key management type stuff in it.

I also tried some of the enigmail features in Thunderbird and I found they work well and take care of all the gpg email functions (encryption, signing, etc.) really well.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

home network

I have several Linux boxes and my wife has a windows machine. I have built a small home network. I am using static ip addresses instead of dhcp and this seems to work out well.

I have found that the main use I have for the network is to back up files. Also, I often use my wife's computer to check email and download files, because her machine is nearby. After I have downloaded a file, if it is a linux program, I move it to my linux machine via the home network

Monday, July 26, 2004

replacing mozilla

Today I replaced mozilla with thunderbird and firefox on my Linux system (Fedora Core 2). I also installed enigmail and enigmime so that I can use gpg.

I found that the download and install instructions for all of these pacages were too brief. I am an experienced Linux user so I really did not have any problems, but I think a user new to Linux would have a lot of questions and may have a few false starts.

Both Firefox and Thunderbird are good improvements over Mozilla and I am glad I have made the switch.

transition from microsoft to linux - is windows adictive?

I found making the transition from microsoft software to linux software harder due to mental factors more than knowledge or skill factors. My backgrownd in IBM mainframes and Unix boxes gave me the needed Linux skills and knowledges but still I found moving to Linux on the PC difficult.

I had become used to the MS desktop GUI and the MS oriented applications (word, excel, etc.) and the associated shortcuts, workarounds, and so forth. It took a while to get into using CLI scripts and commands instead of gui click and drag proceedures to get stuff done. Overall it took me about 6 months to really break the Microsoft habit, which seems much longer than it should take. This got me to thinking taht there must be pschological factors that tie one to the platform they are using and that these factors may be stronger than the actual knowledges, skills, applications, etc. that are being used.

Sunday, July 25, 2004


Anyone interested in understanding the Opensource movie would be advised to read the book "the Cathedral and the Bazaar". I think that the DVD movie "Revolution OS" also does a great job of explaing the factors behind the open source movement and that anyone trying to understand what is going on in the OSS world should try to see this movie.


I am begining to read that Linux may have a play on the desktop. Gartner group says that Linux will have as much as 5% of desktop market in a few years. I think that Linux will soon dominate the desktop market because of price and stability. I think that as the use of linux spreads in government and business, users will get used to Linux as an acceptable alternative to Windows and then the use of Linux will explode. I think, due to the 'network effect' that the use of Linux on the desktop will grow very rapidly - not a steady straight line but rather a steep upward slope.

fedora size

anyone have any idea why fedora needs 192 meg memory (recommended) when Susse and Mandrake need a recommended 64 meg?