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Thoughts on software development and related, by Abhijit Nadgouda



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Valencia Region Government Moves To LibreOffice

Tue, 27 Aug 2013 05:17:34 +0000

LibreOffice has started finding users in governments. The Valencia region Government have completed their switch to LibreOffice. Such applications also enables us to switch to an open standard and free our content from vendor-lockins and patents. This cannot be enough stressed upon, especially in government organizations.



ISS Laptops Switch To Linux

Mon, 13 May 2013 03:41:46 +0000

They are moving to Debian. Unlike a lot of sponsored studies the reasons to switch – stability, reliability, in-house control – are in sync with users’ experiences. Also note that Linux runs on a specialist hardware like the first humanoid robot in space and the laptops that ran XP before.



Technical Colleges In India To Use Office 365, Sad

Sun, 21 Apr 2013 02:58:22 +0000

This is sad! Enforcing a proprietary system on students is sad. Getting the educational institutions locked into vendors is sad. “Microsoft provided enterprise-grade services and support whereas other vendors did not. Data security and privacy were of paramount importance to us, and we felt that Office 365 offered the compliance features that we required. We […]



Why Are All New Technologies Open Sourced?

Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:16:14 +0000

A friend recently put up this question on the board. He comes from the Microsoft world and is one of the developers at a startup right now. His curiosity fetched him Erlang and Node for servers, ember and backbone along with RabbitMQ and Celery and so on. All these are open sourced, and hence this […]



R.I.P. Aaron Swartz

Sun, 13 Jan 2013 05:12:47 +0000

One of the worst days. He managed to teach a lot to the world – through fighting for Internet freedom, programming, blogging, hacking, everything he did to keep information open. Hats off to Aaron who managed to build systems that got people together, change the information flow and went to great lengths to give us […]



Inside The Browser

Thu, 29 Nov 2012 02:34:34 +0000

How are the internals of a browser that is trying to show you a simple Web page you requested? You will be surprised! The ‘Render Tree Construction’ section is very interesting. Writing a browser, along with writing a compiler, can be a learning exercise.



WYSIWYG On Web Is Wrong

Sat, 17 Nov 2012 18:31:31 +0000

I know I have said this before, but WYSIWYG editor is a wrong solution for managing content on the Web. On the Web, we want content to be separated from its formatting, and WYSIWYG editors offer the exact opposite. Markdown, Textile, even WYSIWYM works well, but WYSIWYG editors are still the most user-friendly feature advertised […]



Xfce’s Approach

Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:26:01 +0000

I am more than a little late in linking to this, but it is worth archiving. Nick Shermer’s interview tells you a lot about the team’s approach towards Xfce. I think that is how it hits the right balance.



Twitter Joins The Linux Foundation

Sun, 26 Aug 2012 06:15:05 +0000

Twitter now officially backs Linux, by becoming a silver member of the Linux Foundation. Good for the Linux Foundation. Good for Twitter. It will be good for Linux, and us Linux developers as well, if the foundation uses these memberships, which are testimonials about the use of Linux, to clear FUD about it.



Another Switch In Arch Linux, To systemd

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:40:07 +0000

Close on the heels of migration to GRUB2 comes another switch in the Arch Linux world – to systemd. And I won’t lag behind, though I am getting used to being indifferent towards these switches. With help of the excellent Arch Linux wiki, all my Arch Linux machines now boot using pure systemd installation. Systemd […]