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I am a LInux Biggot

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I am slowly realizing how great linux is and how far it has come in the past two years since I became curious.

It is not the be all or end all of operating systems, but it certainly has lots of functionality. I don't think, in the next short while, I could call myself a senior administrator.

I do have my frustrations with linux, because of the open-ness. Yes, because of that.

Here is what I would like to see.

All messages and codes standardized with a key. For example, enumerate the list of kernel messages and prefix them with **kern0001, kern0002**, etc.
When a message or code is no longer used, just don't reuse the prefix, but save it for future. And in the current kernel, just link in the codes that are used. Use these codes to refer to recovery or other documentation. Since the code will be language independent, an explanation of, for example, kernxxxx would be written up in the target user's language, be it any one of the many languages supported. Obsolete prefix codes would not be reused if a newer version of a kernel no longer required that message and associated code. The code becomes the key to the message.

It would also help for adding new language support.

Thanks one of my ideas.

Other than a linux sys-admin

My background is not in LInux and not what you would call the computer science graduate product of the late 90's. When I graduated (Master in Mathematics / Statistics / Operations Research), the CS degree did not exist.

So, my interest in linux is not as a Linux administrator, but as a tool or software user available on linux. My interest lies in ERP systems such as SAP, and a few esoteric languages such as APL and J.

I have my joy with linux software and my frustrations. For example, I do a lot of writing, and under Linux I use Open Office. But to finish off, I open the same file with MS word and even if I do nothing, I save it. That reduces the disk space consumed by the file by up to 50 percent.
When you send out proposals or resumes, and you are advised that the largest attachment is 100k, then one cannot use Open Office.

My other frustration is with the lack of a good grammar checker. I have not found one in Linux to help me in French. So, again, I resort to moving my word document to Word.

So, my main use is writing, email and internet, and following the technology for ERP systems. My university training in IT at the time of my Masters was in Automata theory, graph theory, (directed graphs, etc), and Operating system and compiler design.

In ERP systems, much use is made in resource scheduling with constraints. I have a deep interest in this area. I would love to apply it to Hospital use, where it could be used to schedule operating room theaters. The constraints would be, in part (a) availability of nurses, doctors, rooms, surgical tools, medications, patients, and recovery beds).

The scheduling would have to take into account work schedules, and the constraints mentioned. There would be pools of skilled talent, (2-3 surgeons). 2-6 nurses, team for knockdown, setup, sterialisation, etc. etc.

I have just been thinking of how it could optimize the resources in a hospital arena and how it would save time for surgeons, patients and the like. And it would mean too, that instead of 10% of beds being reserved for this, that we could drop that to 2%.

If we take it further, we could pool two hospitals together under a combined ERP system, so that the resource pool would be larger, and the patient wait for his/her recovery would be reduced.

Webcam support

Got me a fancy webcam (Creative Labs Live Cam Voice). Have been searching for a driver, without success. It was on sale for 30.00 (normal price 100.00).

This little gadget works just about perfectly with XP. I had some help in finding the two byte driver code, and from that, I hope to compile the driver for Fedora 7.

The webcam has dual mikes, with each mike being a separate USB port device. Ergo, they can produce noise cancellation. Noone hears the noisy fans to keep the AMD processor cool.

More later....

Webcam driver?

Hi, did you manage to get your Live! Cam Voice to work in Linux? I just got one of those too, and would love to use it in Ubuntu.

XP isn't so bad

When submitting documentation to clients, I have to use a compatible word processor. Open Office, while attesting to compatible formatting, causes me problems when a layout is critical.

One of the reasons is the font design, The number of characters-per-line for Times Roman or Ariel
(two most prominently used) are not the same, neither is the kerning.

Finally, as an anglophone, writing in French, I need the grammar checker. Otherwise, I may be embarrassed at my thinking in English, but writing in Franglais.

I also find that since XP has more drivers, and applications, I can usually find freeware on XP, just as well as I can find it with LInux. And both work well.

FYI. I have 2 linux versions and 1 XP version on my desktop computer. My favourite is Linux, because of having multiple desktops. Perhaps too, it is because it is free and fun, and takes up hours of time when I could otherwise watch commercials on TV.

Leslie Satenstein

my 2 cents

XP has virtual desktops if you know the trick, and there is a grammar checker for openoffice, plus you can easily install the MS fonts in linux.