Anil Seth
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Exploring Software: Sugar on Fedora 15, the Spice for Children

One of Fedora’s spin-offs is Sugar On A Stick (SOAS), which can be installed as an additional desktop environment. It’s unlikely that readers will use Sugar as their working environment; but if you…

What's up with the DEs!

Exploring Software: Unity, GNOME Shell and the Notification Area

Do the new desktops succeed in creating intuitive, simple-to-use and distraction-free desktop environments? It is hard to be passionate about something that everyone does! I was reminded of this by a blog about…

Tumbleweed time!

Exploring Software: openSUSE Tumbleweed Rolling Distribution Goes Mainstream

Here is a record of my initial explorations and findings about the recently released openSUSE rolling distribution repository, Tumbleweed, as experienced on a netbook. I almost bought an Android phone. I hesitated, wondering…

Exploring ZODB

Exploring Software: ZODB, a NoSQL Database

Let’s explore how to use ZODB, a NoSQL database, from Python,¬†with an example that stores and retrieves ‘album’ and ‘track’ data from the database. Most of us are accustomed to using a relational…

Groovy, baby!

Exploring Software: Extending J2EE Applications Using Grails

We look at how J2EE users can benefit from agile development methodologies by using Grails to maximise the returns from their middleware layer. Exploring Grails is very much like exploring Rails. This is…

I Grok!

Exploring Software: Getting a Hang of Zope’s Grok

According to Wikipedia, “to grok” is to share the same reality or line of thinking with another physical or conceptual entity. For example, to say that you “know” LISP is simply to assert…

Grok -- now even cavemen can use Zope 3!

Exploring Software — Alternatives to Rails, Django

Zope 3 never picked up because most of the popular projects/products based on the application server never migrated from Zope 2. With “Grok — now even cavemen can use Zope 3!” Listening to…

What makes hotkeys tick!

Exploring Software: What Makes Netbook Hotkeys Tick!

This article explores the often confusing issues around ACPI handling in Linux, with the particular perspective of getting hotkeys working on netbooks. One weakness of Linux on laptops and netbooks is that not…

Understanding a Netbook Desktop

Exploring Software: Understanding a Netbook Desktop

Desktop environments are wonderful in the way they just work. The complexity of what is happening “below the hood” is well hidden from us. Looking at the various netbook options, I was curious…

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