Wednesday, June 22, 2011
A list of truly evil systems
I think this is around 99% of the whole freetard community. Nice.
BTW, they call them all GNU/Linux. I understand they are pissed, because everybody forgets GNU, but still. Red Hat Enterprise GNU/Linux?
Friday, June 17, 2011
LibreOffice 3.4.0 final is out. Don't use it!
These guys are so honest. They warn you to not use their crap if you actually want to do some real work. Because version x.x.1 will be the real final-final. What's wrong with the alpha-beta-rc versions? Ah, you want to be in front of openoffice! They have only v3.4.0 beta of the same crap. You are the winner! I propose version 9.0.0 for the next version. You will be in front of openffice AND Windows 8. That will be awesome.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Your mouse is not broken! This is Gnome 3!
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Hello KDE! Please fix this bug or do something else.
Every damn time I restart the virtual machine (and I have to restart a lot of time) the SCREEN RESOLUTION RESETS TO 800X600. And all the fu*ing plasmoids are in a different place. And this is not something new, this a fu*ing old bug.
Of course not even a single ubuntu fanboy tried to answer. At least something totally unrelated, as usual.
There is a weird, add xrandr there and there, workaround, but you know: go to hell!
I don't know, the KDE devs are not using monitors? Or 800x600 is ok, anyway nobody needs better than this?
Zorin OS Review - I wanna be Windows 7 - Part 3
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Zorin OS Review - I wanna be Windows 7 - Part 2
First boot! Wow!
Let's summarize my first impression: 90% of this desktop looks good. The remaining 10% is the problem, that big fat Computer icon on the top-left. Why did you made it so big? Without that the desktop it simple and elegant. Our friend, the red button is still here, this time on the right-bottom, but from the design point of view is not a problem. This is Gnome 2 with a Windows 7 style theme. There is nothing wrong with that but the big computer icon leads you to another disappointment. As a Windows user you may think that using the computer icon you can access your computer content, your desktop settings, your device settings and other administration tools. Especially with such a big computer icon! There is no such thing here. By clicking on the Computer you will get this:
Who is the target audience of Zorin OS? Windows users? "lost+found"? What is the reason of putting the root in the users face? What is the purpose of this icon? It is like putting a big System32 icon on the Windows 7 desktop. Maybe with a right click we will have more luck. In Windows 7 we have the "Properties" and "Manage Computer" menus from where almost everything is accessible.
Victory! We have Properties but we also have "Restore Icon's Original Size" which is very confusing again, because gives you an impression that the size is not the original, but in the same time this your first boot, so somewhere somebody must have made the modification, which sounds strange. I did not tried the Compress and "Send To" menus and I cannot image the consequences of clicking on one of these. Back to the original plan, let's access our computer's properties. Click Properties:
Holy crap! The wonderful world of Linux! I think this is where the new user starts looking for his Windows 7 CD. Why did you put this useless, ugly, big Computer icon here? Anyway you have the Home icon under which is almost the same but at least opens the user's folders, where is possible to save or copy something. Contents: 3 items, totalling 0 bytes. At least make it normal size. Yes, I know the answer: Linux is not Windows. But in this case Linux wants to be Windows, and some logic is needed anyway.
If Windows 7 then Start Menu. Zorin OS gives it's best in this area:
Yes, basically they wanted to copy the Windows 7 user interface, and the idea itself is not so bad but the execution is. The Zorin start menu does not have all the features of Windows 7, it feels different but the biggest problem is the bug which represents the quality of Zorin OS and in some ways the current state of the Linux desktop. The bug: after clicking a few times on the Zorin start menu, it starts to show the icon list twice or more. On the screenshot you can clearly see this. This bug appears every time I boot, this was a long test, now the system is up-to-date but the bug is still present. Honestly: this is unacceptable!
Meanwhile I wanted to change the screen resolution, so I have searched for "screen" and "resolution" in the start menu:
Nothing! You must use the word "monitor" and nothing else brings you good results. Again: Zorin OS failed.
At this point I have updated the system. Another gift from Zorin: a cryptic error message. That means that while the Zorin OS team is remastering the upstream Ubuntu, in the same time they are creating new bugs because I have never seen this error on Ubuntu. Bad, because maybe this is the single case where the Linux desktop is better than Windows, the easy way you update the whole system. Zorin cannot handle this correctly.
Oh, and did somebody noticed the "Welcome to Ubuntu" text? Very nice and integrated.
...to be continued
Zorin OS Review - I wanna be Windows 7 - Part 1
One more thing about the website and we will start the real thing. They have a nice "Take the tour" button which links to a really nice features page. Big problem here! The feature set is BORING! Com'on guys, No risk of getting viruses is the first feature? This is a very very old joke. And Security comes first. Is this a mission critical server OS? People are in constant fear of viruses and malware in this digital world. Thanks to Zorin OS's immunity to Windows viruses you will never have to worry about them. Zorin OS also comes with integrated firewall software to keep your system extra safe. When a potential security threat arises, software updates usually come within a matter of hours through the Update Manager. With Zorin OS you are sure to have peace of mind. People are in a constant fear? Why you did not mentioned the terrorist threat? And you have another logical problem here. You say that Zorin OS is immune to Windows viruses. In fact this is logic, because this is Zorin not Windows, but you don't say anything about Zorin OS viruses. Did they exist? If yes, this is a problem, if not then why not? I mean the bad guys are writing viruses to Windows but not for Zorin? Why nobody has interest in writing a Zorin virus? This puts Zorin OS in a bad light.
And what is with the Much faster than Windows 7 feature? Do you have any data?
The rest of features are the same standard things available on any distro website.
The website review was somehow negative but let's forget this (maybe they just put all their efforts in the OS itself, not in the marketing things) and start the real test with a positive thing: the download was fast. They do offer a free version (I have tested Zorin OS 5 Core 32-bit) and some premium editions for purchase, which is fine.
The Installer: the Welcome screen is the first part of the Installer. And look nice. Because this is an OS specifically designed for new or inexperienced users, we are expecting a very polished user experience and attention to details. Unfortunately even this simple screen already can create confusions. Only the experienced user will click Forward automatically. One may wonder why the button on the top-right corner of the screen is red? Is something wrong? That button is red (the shut down menu in fact) even when you install the desktop. Ubuntu changes the color of the Shut down menu to red when an update requires a restart. In Zorin OS this dark red colored button is always there, leaving you with the constant impression that something is wrong and needs your attention.
This page also has a You may wish to read the release notes label or button. A new user may really wish to read the release notes, but this will be not so simple as it sounds. First a Welcome to Google Chrome dialog pops up with Choose search engine question. Com'on, I just want to read the release notes. Who knows, maybe says something important. At this point I accidentally clicked on the installer form and guess what. The Chrome dialog dissapeared and the release notes button did not worked anymore. A bit frustrating.
Finally I've managed to bring Chrome back (Alt-Tab) and the release notes appeared. Coming Soon... And one of the feature was the "document creation".
OK, no release notes probably means no problems! Continuing with the installation. This is a standard Ubuntu installer, the slideshows were changed. While the installation is in progress we have the possibility to click on that damn red button. Interestingly you can access the Control Center and play with the settings. Of course this is non-sense and creates another confusion. A new user may think he can configure his computer at this point but receives strange error messages only. Is it so hard to disable these items at install time?
Installer finished without errors and we are ready for the first boot!
Dear Zorin OS support team! I need your help. Today I have installed Zorin OS, but now I have a virus on my computer. The virus name is "gnu grub version 1.99~rc1-13ubuntu3" or 2.6.38-8-generic, I don't know. Please help!
I can image such support requests at Zorin. Look at this:
You say: let's take Ubuntu and make it better for new users. And you don't change this? What the hell is this? It's too complicated to change? Then stop pretending you have an "operating system". Until this point you did not added any value to Ubuntu! Only a few bugs. Period.
...to be continued
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Why Gnome 3 is better than the Windows 8 UI?
You always start with the fundamentally wrong idea: people wants to switch to Linux, they only need to find the perfect time. So you are always trying to create a false problem, prove that Windows suffers from this imaginary problem and as a solution every living or dead person should switch to Linux. In this case you think that the problem with the Linux Desktop was the lack of a stupid interface like Unity or Gnome 3. I am sure lots of "Why Gnome 3 is better than the Windows 8" articles are under construction in the archaic LibreOffice (OpenOffice is now the bad guy?)... You still not understand the problem with Linux and maybe this is because: 1. you are too stupid, 2. you understand but you know the solution is not so simple and you are a lazy bastard, 3. in fact you are not really interested, have nothing to loose anyway. And what is the problem with Linux? This thread on Adobe Forum will explain a lot: PhotoShop For Linux ? In this very sad thread an Adobe engineer will try explain why they cannot port Photoshop to a fragmented, always changing, never finished, broken operating system backed by a band of always crying fanboys. He never said they don't port Photoshop because of Gnome or KDE. A must have reading for all fanboys!
At this point it does not matter if Windows 8 will suck or not, now one thing is sure: your childish Gnome 3 is.