“X is an open source alternative to Y.” A pretty common sentence, wouldn’t you agree? From this sentence alone, it is easy to guess that Y is a rather popular proprietary software, most likely paid, and X is trying to provide a similar offering, only open source.
My point is, with this kind of marketing, X may manage to attract a handful of Y users, but that’s about it. It will never go mainstream. Not even close. And you probably know about more than a few such products. Continue reading “The One Word Open Source Needs to Avoid”
Even though the new sign of the Indian Rupee ₹ has been added to Unicode way back in August 2010, I still see people using the Latin alphabets Rs to denote it. That’s because their keyboard most likely doesn’t have it. Or even if it does, it doesn’t work because they are using the wrong keyboard layout, usually English (US). Continue reading “Typing ₹ on Linux the Easy Way”
It’s been quite a while since my last post in this series, thanks to my exams. Today I’ll talk about how you can make your Firefox more secure, without ruining your browsing experience. Basically, this is a list of add-ons which will try to ensure you don’t get tracked on the web. Continue reading “Privacy Switch, Part 3: Firefox”
My old desktop was just lying around, and I decided to equip it with a minimalist distro — something just enough to run a web browser. I wanted to use that machine because its screen and keyboard are positioned at just the right elevation. Continue reading “SliTaz: The Extremity of Lightweight”
“…Edward Snowden began revealing to muggles what the wizards among us always knew, or at least suspected: that government spying on ordinary data communications among private individuals was not only possible, but happening.”
Continue reading “Privacy Switch, Prologue”
SolydK is one heck of a distro – one of the best in the Debian family. The title of this post doesn’t imply that it’s slow, but that it can be made faster with a few tweaks. Please note that these tweaks I’m writing about, apply to me, and to many other people, but not to everyone. So I would never suggest that these be made default in SolydK. The developers have done a plausible job, and I do not criticize it in any manner. As for you, the reader, you can decide for yourself which of these are for you. Continue reading “How I Made My SolydK Faster”