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  May 26, 2012                  

Computing: Some more about Ubuntu and the site

"The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves."
    (Hazlitt, Political Essays(*)

The last time I wrote about Ubuntu is over a week ago, so let me repeat some key links and add a little more information.

The brief of it, with the links for information, is that I installed this

       Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS        (from ubuntu.com)
        Ubuntu (operating system)   (Wikipedia)

on May 10, and since spent most of my time using it.

The reason is that this is computing as it should be: Free, open source, well crafted, honest, good looking, smart - Ubuntu Linux has it all, and I like it far better than any Windows I have

       Ubuntu 12.04 vs. Windows 8: Five points of comparison
Ubuntu 12.04 arrives and itís great

I can strongly recommend it - it is much more safe, totally free, with loads of excellent software, all or nearly all free and open source, a much better OS than Windows AND easy to install (see my: Ubuntu Linux) AND more pleasant to work with than Windows as well, for it has better help, has been designed - very well indeed - with users of Windows in mind, and has folded 4 desktops in 1 in a very nice way, which is a very handy way to organize one's work.

Here is a decent review in a little over 9 minutes of video, that shows what Ubuntu is like:

        Review of 12.04 LTS

There is a lot more about the same subject on Youtube, not all equally well done, but Ubuntu is really worth your interest. Here is some more written documentation, namely to what look like two of the best sources about things Ubuntu:

       Full Circle Magazine

This is a monthly about Ubuntu, that just published issue 61, exists 5 years and is a very well done series about things Ubuntu: Very informative and very well done, and completely free. If you don't use Ubuntu, this may give you excellent reasons to start using it

Then there are the

        Ubuntu forums

with currently, and I quote from its opening page:  Members: 1,654,420, Active Members: 54,895. I am not one of them and do not know whether I will be, but this forum surely has the answers to many Ubuntu-related questions.

Anyway...so far this was just general information, but here are some details about my computing and my site:

I have effectively switched from Windows 7 to Ubuntu simply because I like the latter much better, am more productive with it, can do more with it, and think this is the way computing should be done, with free and open source, and indeed because I could:

It was easy to get my data-files to Ubuntu (but it helps that in my case that is mostly in html or ascii); it turned out to be easy to transport my e-mail archives (but it helps it was and is in Thunderbird: all that was required was copying files via an USB-stick); and things just work in Ubuntu, for the most part at least, and much more so than in any Windows I worked with.

Also, I succeeded in writing for my site in Ubuntu, and also in uploading it, and in effect I do not need Windows anymore, though I'll keep a dual boot system, just in case.

Here is one more reason why I don't need Windows anymore:

        Wine_software ('Wine Is Not an Emulator': wikipedia)

This allows the running of Windows executables, that are, of course, still on my disk, from within Linux.

It works quite well, and one illustration is this very text, that has been written in SeaMonkey's html-editor Composer, with SeaMonkey and Composer running in Wine, as they are not installed for Linux on my system (as it is not in the regularly and very easily installable software Ubuntu 12.04 LTS provides, unlike the webbrowsers Firefox and Chromium, which are included).

But since I can run SeaMonkey via Wine, and at least as fast as on the 32 bitter I have it running on Windows XP, I also have it on that is no problem.

And finally, having written the above, I saved it from SeaMonkey in Wine to the Ubuntu-directory for the site, and opened the result in KompoZer to retouch it, add this and the following paragraphs, and have it ready for uploading.

This is all very fine, except for an item on my wish-list, and on that of quite a few others, I meanwhile saw: There is no really good WYSIWYG html-editor for Linux and indeed for Windows, for while Composer and KompoZer both work, it is also true, alas, that both have bugs that one must learn to work around and lack features that are desirable.

It would therefore be very nice if the folks behind SeaMonkey or Mozilla would be so kind and debug KompoZer (the cursorhandling is bugged in various ways: it may totally disappear and it may forget the window it is in)  and possibly also extend it some,  and if  this gets well done there will be a good WYSIWYG html-editor for Linux (and for Windows), which is really one of the few things that is currently missing for people who like writing text.

And no: The answer that there are fine free and open source non-WYSIWYG html-editors is no good for someone with a site like mine. Just as one should not have to program in assembly, one should not have to write html as plain text, with all the html-tags cluttering up one's text, and I personally very much like to have a good WYSIWYG html editor for all the writing and storing of text that I do: I think the format is the best for text, as it is open source, well-known, non-proprietary, and good for what it is designed for: Formatting ascii, which at least in the Western world is the basis of all text on computers.

And a better WYSIWYG html editor would certainly make the maintenance of my site a lot easier, and the same must go for millions of other who have sites and no budget for Dreamweaver and such.


(*) I like the saying but I don't believe the opposition:
The majority of men can only thrive in freedom from dictatorship
and arbitrary power exercised over them.

Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.


As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1.  Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of M.D.s Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5.  Eleanor Stein Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)
6.  William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7.  Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8.  Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understa, but nds ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:

7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam/ with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

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