Linux distributions screenshot museum

Chris Haney has put together a simple application that allows one to browse through numerous Linux screenshots.  More than 400 different Linux distributions are presented, with many of them featuring screenshots from different releases.  This is interesting both in terms of how much a distribution has changed over time, and how one distribution compares to another.

I wish these were organized a bit differently, allowing more of a photo gallery experience.  But I’m sure the improvements will come over time.


Free Software Workshop 2011

I totally forgot to blog and let you know in advance about this, but they say it’s better late than never, so here it goes. The Ubuntu-Cy guys are organizing yet another event – Free Software Workshop 2011. It’s going to take place tonight, Friday, October 21st, 2011 at KXE1 Computer Lab at Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) in Limassol, Cyprus.

Below is the English version of the announcement, including the program. Visit this forum thread for any updates and for the Greek version.

Workshops of Free and Open Source Software 2011

The Ubuntu Linux Local Community in collaboration with the Information Systems and Technology Service of CUT and the New Technologies Club of CUT, invites you to a showcase event about the features the Free/Open Source Software in medicine, computing, home entertainment and search methods . The event will be held on October 21, 2011 in the KXE1 computer room of CUT, in the Andreas Themistocleous building (Old Land registry) in Limassol:

Click here for the Google Maps location

The agenda of the event is as follows:

18:00 to 18:30: “Free / Open Source in everyday medical practice” (Greek)
Dr. Eugene Metaxas

18:40 – 19:10: “What is version control software and why do you need it?” (English)
Leonid Mamchenkov

19:20 – 19:50: “XBMC as a core of home entertainment” (English)
Michael Stepanov

20:00 – 20:30: “make install: Installation Methods of Free/Open Source Software” (Greek)
Marios Isaakidis

20:30 to 21:00: “Intelligent search techniques” (Greek)
Theodotos Andreou

21:10 – 21:40: “Linux Security Tools” (Greek)
Gregoris Chrysanthou

The event is open to everyone and you can bring your laptop if you need any help. We are also going to give away Linux CDs/DVDs

Try Free and Open Source Software! Information without obstacles!

As you can see, I will be one of the speakers. Also, my very good friend Michael will do a presentation.

Once we are all done with the talks, we’ll probably move to a bar to continue the discussion over a pint. So if you are interested in Free and Open Source software, Linux, or just want to meet with fellow geeks, don’t miss this opportunity. They don’t come that often.

Ubuntu naming permutations

Even though I don’t use Ubuntu myself, I think nothing stops me from sharing the fun those guys have these days.  But first, if you are anything like me, you need a little bit of context.  Here is a wiki page that explains Ubuntu code names and lists some of the previous ones:

The official name of an Ubuntu release is “Ubuntu X.YY” with X representing the year (minus 2000) and YY representing the month of eventual release within in that year. Ubuntu’s first release, made in 2004 October (10th month) was Ubuntu 4.10. Since the actual release date is not known until it’s ready and humans tend to prefer names rather than numbers, a set of codenames are used by developers and testers during the buildup to a release


The development codename of a release takes the form “Adjective Animal”. So for example: Warty Warthog (Ubuntu 4.10), Hoary Hedgehog (Ubuntu 5.04), Breezy Badger (Ubuntu 5.10), are the first three releases of Ubuntu. In general, people refer to the release using the adjective, like “warty” or “breezy”.

Well, now that we do have a context, here come the naming permutation from Mark Shuttleworth – a leader of the Ubuntu community.  Choosing the release name is not easy, especially with the help of the dictionary and all those enthusiastic contributors.  Read the whole thing to get a better idea.

The letter P is pretty perfect. It’s also plentiful – my inbox has been rather full of suggestions – and we have options ranging from pacific to purposeful, via puckish and prudent. We’ll steer clear of the posh and the poncey, much as some would revel in the Portentious Palomino or the Principled Paca, those aren’t the winning names. Having spent the last six months elucidating the meaning of “oneiric” I think it might also be worth skipping the parenthetical or paralogical options too; so sadly I had to exclude the Perspicacious Panda and Porangi Packhorse (though being an LTS, that Packhorse was a near thing).

Being generally of a cheerful nature, I thought we’d avoid the Predatory Panther and Primeval Possum. Neither sounds like great company for a seven year journey, really. Same goes for the Peccable Peccary, Pawky Python and Perfidious Puku. So many bullets to dodge round here!

Ubuntu / Fedora release party

Red Hat Linux

Theodotos sent me a message, letting me know of the upcoming Ubuntu / Fedora release party that will take place in Frederick University on May 17, 2008. Here is a quote from the announcement:

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Taking the opportunity of the new releases of Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron Linux and Fedora 9 sulphur Linux we are organizing a party to celebrate the event. There are going to be Presentations, Installation workshops and pre-installed systems where you can test the new releases. There are
also free CDs with the new releases for everyone. You can bring your own computer too!
The event will take place on 17 of May, to the Campus of Frederick University in Limassol (near the Polemidia round-about) from 4:00 – 9:00 pm, at rooms 304 and 305 in the first floor

Basically, all you need to know is that there are going to be plenty of Linux geeks. If you need to know anything else, it’s in one of these two PDF files : announcement in English or leaflet.

P.S.: Apologies for an ancient Red Hat Linux image, but I haven’t done one with Fedora yet. Stay tuned though.