Ubuntu gutsy + Google Calendar

This weekend I upgraded my main desktop from Feisty to Gutsy. It went pretty smooth I have to admit. Just click upgrade and it works as it supposed. I had installed the Ubuntu Studio theme and that got upgraded too. When my X came back up I was really amazed, I had to remember to close my jaw.
I really like the gray theme I have now. It’s much more clearer than the former one. (I could have switched to another one, but didn’t want too πŸ™‚ )

I also noticed they ditched Gaim and switched to Pidgin. I was using it already on my F7 and works perfect with my 2 hotmail,1 google and 1 jabber account πŸ˜›

Another thing I really like is that nautilus now has the Documents,Photos,… folders in the main opendialog-form.

I have to conclude it feels like another successful iteration of the Gnome desktop and Ubuntu distro!

On planet gnome I saw this article. In the feature list it states

Ò€’ Viewing default calendar
Ò€’ Creating/modifying/deleting the appointments

Hubba hubba, /me wants this for his desktop. I use Google Calendar all the time. My girlfriend even uses it. I still have to find a better Calendar web application! I even get notified by SMS.
At the moment I just import it as a read only calendar, so getting the other CUD features is … … SWEET

New OS’s in my house

Like I posted a couple of weeks ago, I bought a Windows Vista laptop. The more I use it, the more I’m convinced it ain’t that great. Even friends of mine who are microsoft consultants don’t like it. So the things you read about it are really true πŸ™‚

I have a customer who has a couple of Macs inhouse and they asked me to do something on it. I had never used it before and the first experience was kinda weird. Because you are used to using computers, you can everything rather quickly. But your feel stupid and slow. If somebody would ask me a support question I couldn’t answer it. So I bought myself a MacBook. The smallest cheapest version that’s available. And I have to say it’s actually really nice. It actually feals familiar to my Gnome desktop even thought it is a bit different.

The thing I like the most is the fact that underneath this system, there’s a BSD kernel running. And offcourse the hardware … well what can you say about it. I wish they would produce Linux prebuilt laptops like that. I would buy one immediately. (Although I miss my firefox spelling checker (default on my Ubuntu system) πŸ™‚ )


As I don’t check my comments a lot (they are full of spam) I did check them and filtered out the spam. It seems there are people reading my blog \o/ !!!

On my linux PDA phone someone pointed me to http://www.road.de. It does seem like an interesting product. I contacted them asking about compatibility with Belgium and about prices. I hope to get an answer. There os is using a linux 2.6 kernel and QTopia is there GUI framework. Don’t know if QTopia is really fully opensource but its prolly more opensource than the IPhone will ever be πŸ™‚

In another comment someone posted the following:

Linux has broken through ages ago. Only the sheep havenÒ€ℒt noticed yet.

While I consider projects like Ubuntu and GNOME and KDE to be dangerous to the progress of Linux, they do contribute to the success of Linux in that they bring sheep over who will eventually realize the full potential of Linux and start using it normally.

What I meant with my blog entry was if Linux will break through in the mass market desktop space. IMHO it only has when you go into the local computershop or local GB or … and you can buy a computer with a Linux preinstalled. In Belgium I haven’t seen it yet.
Another measurement are the sheep if you say microsoft or windows to a sheep they know what you mean. Many of my friends are sheep and if I talk about Linux they don’t have clue what I’m talking about.

I measure the break throught of linux using these 2 items among us geeks Linux indeed has broken through ages ago (I’m using it +10 years know and you don’t here me complain πŸ™‚ ). And it’s definitely here to stay no question about that, but the general public doesn’t have a clue (yet).