Software Freedom Day

Eylül 19, 2009 at 6:36 AM (Uncategorized) (, , )

Today (September 19th) is Software Freedom Day. It’s always good to have an excuse to increase the awareness of Free Software.

Today what all of us free software users should do is to tell just one computer user about free sotware. Tell them about community, tell them about sharing, tell them about collaboration. For free software isn’t just about free of charge computer software, today should not be just about that, either. Tell them about why you are using free software instead of proprietary ones, show them that they have a choice.

When they learn what free software is, show them a couple of alternatives: GNU/Linux, BSD, Firefox, OpenOffice.org, GIMP, Blender, Inkscape, Ardour, Audacity, Hydrogen, Rosegarden, Avidemux… and many more.

Happy Software Freedom Day!

Reklamlar

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Freezing Moon: Two new games for Linux

Eylül 11, 2009 at 2:06 AM (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Freezing Moon is a foundation aiming at development of free and open source games. As can be seen on their gallery, they’re using Blender for most things, and that what cought my attention.

They are working on two games right now: one of them is a fantasy MMO RPG/RTS based on Norse Mytholgy called Ancient Beast and the other one is a FPS with post apocalyptic sci-fi theme called Dark Shift. Looking at the concept arts and the 3d models so far I must say I’m impressed.

Always nice to have new FLOSS game projects and I think they deserve the support.

Good luck mates!

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Gutenberg + Calibre = Happiness

Eylül 6, 2009 at 10:40 PM (Blogroll) (, , , , )

I love reading. I love reading books, magazines, blog posts, forum entries, and anything that can be read. But for me there’s a shortcoming to this: I don’t have enough money to buy hundreds of books since I’m just a student. So I have found an amazing solution: Project Gutenberg and only the greatest e-book software, that is Calibre.

Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks.

When I say “free”, I mostly mean the books that have become a part of public domain through time. The wonderful thing about this is the best books written to date mostly belong to the public domain. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Immanuel Kant, Leo Tolstoy, Maksim Gorky, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, and many more great writers are just a click away from you now. My personal favorite lately is Sir Conan Doyle and the infamous Sherlock Holmes series. You can download over 50 books of him.

calibre is a one stop solution to all your e-book needs. It is free, open source and cross-platform in design and works well on Linux, OS X and Windows. calibre is meant to be a complete e-library solution and thus includes library management, format conversion, news feeds to ebook conversion, as well as e-book reader sync features and an integrated e-book viewer.

Calibre has a very nice interface, the viewer is simply amazing and you can convert your pdf files to -for example- .epub format and read your e-books with ease. Calibre remembers where you left and auto-scrolls to that page on the next run.

All in all I’m having great time with these and I’m sure a lot of people out there would be happy to know about this. Thanks to all people who puts even the slightest effort in keeping amazing works, such as these, going.

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Why I switched back from Ubuntu to Fedora

Haziran 22, 2009 at 1:55 PM (fedora, linux, ubuntu)

I’m a simple man (just like in the Lynyrd Skynyrd song). The reason I switched from Windows to Linux was a very simple one too: freedom. I had almost $30,000 worth of pirated software on my Windows machine (that’s the Windows way to use a computer, you see) and one day I thought to myself “There are people working hard to develop these software and whether I like it or not they are charging for it. If you don’t like that then don’t use them”. That’s how I swept my harddrive clean and went completely free software; cold turkey.

I used Ubuntu exclusively for about 3 years, before that I tried out Fedora, Mandriva, OpenSuSE and a couple of others. I liked Ubuntu and made a lot of people switched to it, too. But here I am, an Ubuntu enthusiast, using Fedora 11 now. And the reason is again simple: freedom.

There’s a lot of hype/war on the “Mono issue” lately but I don’t want to get into all that. My opinion is, yet again, simple: nothing related to Microsoft, please. Microsoft proved themselves to be evil every step of the way. They don’t like free software, they don’t like people using free software, they don’t like companies that bundle their hardware with free software. All of these can be fine until they start bribing judges, pressuring governments (governments for crying out loud!), blackmailing OEM’s, using their licenses against every single computer user they can. We have seen a couple of their trojan horses of licenses (just a quick look at http://www.groklaw.net/ would suffice) which means we cannot and more importantly should not trust anything coming from Microsoft.

Back to the original subject, if Ubuntu would only be providing softwares developed with Mono then I would be fine with that. But almost whenever there’s a thread about Mono on Ubuntuforums or an idea on Brainstorm and it’s going in a negative way, either the thread gets locked or deleted. Why is Ubuntu defending Mono? Shouldn’t Mono developers be the ones that should defend Mono? If they’re saying that “It’s totally up to the developers whether we will go with or without Mono” then fine, I would know that Ubuntu is no more a community driven distribution and I made the right call switching back to Fedora.

From now on I’m not using Ubuntu nor will I offer other people to use it. Fedora is even considering removing Mono let alone bundling the distro with Mono applications. Ubuntu is not the only newb-friendly distro out there. That’s the great thing about freedom, you see: I am free to choose.

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Özgür müsünüz?

Mart 7, 2009 at 1:05 PM (linux)

Bu soruyu cevaplayabilmek için önce özgürlüğü tanımlamamız gerekiyor. Özgürlüğün iki ayağı var: ilki bağlı veya bağımlı olmama, diğeri de engellenme ve zorlanma altında kalmama. Bu iki şartı hayatınızın her alanında aramanız ve şartların sağlanmadığı yerlerde kendinizi sorgulamanız doğru olandır. Burada konumuz teknoloji ve özelde bilgisayar olduğu için ben durumu bu açıdan değerlendireceğim.

Linux kullananlara nedenini sorarsanız eminim yarısından fazlası “Özgür olduğu için” cevabını verecektir. Bu his bir insanın sahip olabileceği en doğal ve temiz hislerden biridir: özgür olmak. Öncelikle bağlı ya da bağımlı değilsinizdir. Herhangi bir yazılımın bir çok özgür alternatifini bulabileceğiniz gibi istediğiniz herhangi birini isteğiniz doğrultusunda rahatlıkla değiştirebilirsiniz, buna işletim sisteminin kendisi de dahildir. Bu ilaveten engelleme ve zorlama yoktur, olamaz. Engellendiğinizi ya da zorlandığınızı hissettiğiniz herhangi bir anda bunu yapmayacağını vaat eden yüzlerce başka alternatif size sadece bir tık uzaklıktadır.

Buraya kadar bahsettiğim zorlamalar, engellemeler, bağımlılıklar biraz basit gelebilir, öyle olabilir de. Aslına bakarsanız şu anda zorlamalar sadece bilgisayar kullananlara yapılmıyor, yani beni en çok endişelendiren -üzülerek söylüyorum ama- bu değil. Özgür olmayan ve olmak istemeyen bilgisayar şirketleri artık kullanıcıları bıraktılar ve hükümetlere, mahkemelere, şirketlere ve aklınıza ne kadar temel kuruluş geliyorsa onlara yapmaya başladılar bu zorbalıklarını. Ali Cengiz oyunlarıyla yasalar değiştirten, bakanlara, bakanlıklara boyun eğdirten firmalar sizleri korkutmuyor mu? İstedikleri kadar para kazansınlar, bunda gözüm yok, sadece insan gibi yaşamaya çalıştığımız şu dünyanın zar zor kurulmuş düzenini bozmasınlar.

4 aydır SUDO Dergisi‘nde özgür yazılımları tanıtıyorum ve tanıtmaya devam edeceğim.

Sayı 2: Linux ve Müzik
Sayı 3: Linux ve Grafik
Sayı 4: Linux ve Video
Sayı 5: Linux ve Oyun (bir sorun çıkmazsa haftaya okuyabileceksiniz bu yazıyı)

Bunun yapmamın tek sebebi insanları biraz olsun doğasında var olan özgürlük kavramına yaklaştırabilmek. Bir kişiye sadece bir yazılımı bile özgür alternatifiyle değiştirtebildiysem bu benim için yeterlidir. Bana göre hepimizin de bunun için uğraşması gerekiyor. Bu şekilde hem kullandığımız yazılımların kalitesi artacaktır hem de dünyamızın çok bir büyük bir parçası olan ve bunu gelişerek devam ettirecek olan bilgisayarları olması gerektiği gibi kullanabileceğiz.

İnsanlara tek bir soru sorun: “Özgür müsünüz?”.

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Good CLI Applications

Aralık 13, 2008 at 11:13 AM (linux)

This is just a reminder for myself. I’m trying to replace my programs with their command-line alternatives and so far it’s been great. I didn’t know there are that good apps that did everything their GUI-based alternatives can do. Just to name a few:

Web browser: Elinks – tab support, bookmarks.
File manager: Midnight Commander
Music player: MPD + Ncmpc++ – it has lyrics support and with Finferflu’s Jamendo script it gets an online music store 🙂

Video player: Mplayer framebuffer (with “-vo fbdev” option)
Editor: Emacs (of course :))
IM: BitlBee – supports Jabber, ICQ, MSN and a couple of more I don’t use.
Torrent: rTorrent – can do everything you expect from a torrent client.
IRC: Irssi
Twitter: TwIrssi
Mail: Alpine – excellent Gmail support and that’s pretty much enough for me.
News/Pod Catcher: Newsbeuter.
FTP client: Midnight Commander, NcFTP – supports bookmarking.
System monitor: htop
Games: ninvaders, greed, moon-buggy, vitetris, typespeed
CD/DVD Burning: Bashburn
Image/PDF Viewer: fbi

I will update this every time I find a good one.

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Sudo: Yerli Ubuntu Dergisi

Kasım 17, 2008 at 9:19 PM (ubuntu)

Ubuntu-TR ekibi hayli bir zamandır harıl harıl çalışıyordu ve sonunda bu uğraş meyvesini verdi: Sudo. İlk sayısını aşağıdaki linkten indirebilirsiniz:

http://www.ubuntu-tr.org/index.php?action=tpmod;dl=item8

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P2P TV on Ubuntu

Şubat 23, 2008 at 11:10 AM (epiphany, firefox, linux, pplive, sopcast, tvants, tvkoo, tvuplayer, ubuntu)

I love sports; football (or should I say soccer?), basketball, ice hockey, cricket, winter olympics, even darts. I love watching them, too. So, the question is: “How can I watch them?”

Of course the answer is: “P2P TV”. Unfortunately, for this case only, I don’t care if it’s legal or not. Because as soon as someone can broadcast a match, I will watch that. There is a magical website for this:

MyP2P.eu

Sopcast

We know all about sopcast. We’ve got gtk sopcast and qsopcast. You select a channel from the list or you copy and paste the channel links. These are all native clients so it’s not a problem.

TVUPlayer

I’ve got this working properly except that fonts don’t show. There is a simple workaround for this.

  • You will have to open the stream with VLC or MPlayer or whatever your favourite player is. The network address is: http://127.0.0.1:8901/
  • Next, since you can’t see channel names, you will have to look up for the order on the software’s channels page and that would be: http://pages.tvunetworks.com/channels/

Here’s a little screenshot of my proof:

TVUPlayer Screenshot

PPLive

This one needs a workaround for Windows, too. I guess their servers are banned or something so you’ve got to use proxy. The one I found that is up and working well is:

212.22.158.132:8080

Then the network address you’re looking for is:

http://127.0.0.1:8888/

Here’s my screenshot:

PPLive Screenshot

Tvkoo

Network address for this one is:

http://127.0.0.1:9800/

and here’s my screenshot:

Tvkoo Screenshot

TVAnts

Network address for this one is tricky. The filenames changes as you change the channels. For example, if you’re trying to open the first channel you loaded it’s 1.asf, if it’s the second it’s 2.asf, so on so forth. For the first one the address is:

http://localhost:16900/1.asf

Here’s my screenshot:

TVAnts Screenshot

Linking w/ Epiphany or Firefox

After you handle all of these programs, you can associate tvu://, sop:// or other links with the matching software. Type about:config in your browser, right-click and select New > string. Then:

For sopcast:
name: network.protocol-handler.app.sop
value: qsopcast (or gsopcast)

For TVUPlayer:
name: network.protocol-handler.app.tvu
value: /home/your-user-name/Program Files/TVUPlayer/TVUPlayer.exe

For PPLive:
name: network.protocol-handler.app.pplive
value: /home/your-user-name/Program Files/PPLive/PPLive.exe

For Tvkoo:
name: network.protocol-handler.app.tvkoo
value /path/you/saved/the/file/viviplay.exe

For TVAnts:
name: network.protocol-handler.app.tvants
value: /home/your-user-name/Program Files/TVAnts/TVAnts.exe

Have fun!

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Faideli Programlar (diğer)

Ocak 23, 2008 at 3:05 PM (Uncategorized)

Burada kullandığım komutları herhangi bir terminale yapıştırıp kullanabilirsiniz. Ubuntu’da yüklü geleni de kullanabilirsiniz (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) ya da YaKuake‘yi de kullanabilirsiniz:

sudo apt-get install yakuake

K3b

sudo apt-get install k3b

GnomeBaker

sudo apt-get install gnomebaker

AcetoneISO2

Buradan dosyayı indirip çift tıklayarak kurun.

Comix

sudo apt-get install comix

Google Earth

Buradan dosyayı indirin, terminalden dosyanın bulunduğu dizine girin:

sh GoogleEarthLinux.bin

komutunu girin, hepsi bu.

Google Desktop

Buradan dosyayı indirin ve çift tıklayarak kurun.

Gmount ISO

sudo apt-get install gmountiso

Avant Window Navigator

Aşağıdaki satırları teker teker terminalinize yapıştırın:

echo ‘deb http://download.tuxfamily.org/syzygy42 gutsy avant-window-navigator’ | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

echo ‘deb-src http://download.tuxfamily.org/syzygy42 gutsy avant-window-navigator’ | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

wget http://download.tuxfamily.org/syzygy42/reacocard.asc

sudo apt-key add reacocard.asc

rm reacocard.asc

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator-bzr awn-core-applets-bzr

QCad

sudo apt-get install qcad

Wammu

sudo apt-get install wammu

KMobileTools

sudo apt-get install kmobiletools

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Faideli Programlar (programlama)

Ocak 23, 2008 at 2:44 PM (Uncategorized)

Burada kullandığım komutları herhangi bir terminale yapıştırıp kullanabilirsiniz. Ubuntu’da yüklü geleni de kullanabilirsiniz (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) ya da YaKuake‘yi de kullanabilirsiniz:

sudo apt-get install yakuake

Bluefish

sudo apt-get install bluefish

Geany

sudo apt-get install geany

Mono

sudo apt-get install mono mono-gmcs mono-gac mono-utils monodevelop monodoc-browser monodevelop-nunit monodevelop-versioncontrol

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