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Editor's Note: Where the HECK Did 2010 Go!

Dec 30, 2010, 23:03 (7 Talkback[s])
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by Carla Schroder
Managing Editor

Another year has flown by. There just aren't enough lifetimes to do everything. I'm taking next week off and have all kinds of fun projects planned: build shelves, build a worktable, and clean up the physical cruft that accumulates when I'm not looking.

It might be a good time to settle on a Linux environment for my main workstation. I'm giving up on KDE4. Maybe I should have kept Debian Stable/KDE 3 going a little longer, but I succumbed to upgrade temptation. That was a mistake. Me and KDE4, we just don't get along. Especially not on a wimpy single-core Sempron with only a gigabyte of RAM. (That's sarcasm in case you missed it.) I've been testing XFCE, LXDE, FVWM, and other graphical environments on Debian Sid, and there is a lot to like. They fly on that "old" Sempron machine. XFCE is a lot like a stripped-down KDE3: lots of customization and nice organization that fits the way I work. FVWM is super-customizable and pretty. Gnome is quite usable, at last, though I really want to use something that is not Gnome or KDE. TrinityKDE, the revival of KDE3, is also on my radar.

I'm spending a lot of time with Arch Linux and liking it a lot. It's more work to set up, which is fine with me because the tradeoff is a transparent, controllable system that does what I want. Arch takes a different approach: instead of continually reinventing the wheel and coming up with newer, buggier, and less-capable graphical config tools, or automating everything poorly, they invest that energy into first-rate documentation. I've had enough of distros like Ubuntu and openSUSE that try to do everything for you, but they don't do it well enough to rely on, and they make it nearly impossible for users to diagnose and fix problems.

My New Year's resolution is the same one as always: Keep my dreams front and center! It is so easy to get derailed. Life is too short to waste. I wish everyone a Happy New Year, may it be better than last year, and may your dreams come true!