Category Archives: Linux

Beijing GNU/Linux User Group

I was having a strange feeling that I was suddenly swapped out from China to an English-speaking world. I seldom have this kind of feeling before since I’ve been living in Beijing for 2.5 years.

Tonight I represented my company, Sun Wah Linux, to talk about Linux in China in Beijing GNU/Linux User Group (BLUG) meeting. Frankly I was having a hard time feeding myself with how Linux is doing in China because my work does not focus on Linux specifically. Anyway, I tried my best to learn about the trends and issues as much as I could before I attended the meeting. Since I went to the meeting place (a restaurant called Steak and Eggs) from China World Hotel after the first day of JavaChina Conference and the two places are very close to each other, I arrived there at 6:30pm while the meeting was scheduled to start at 7pm. The meeting did not start at 7pm exactly because basically we all wanted to fill our stomach first :) The president of BLUG, Mike, who is a foreigner, so are most of the other members/attendants, they all came from different parts of the world. The moment we ate at Steak and Eggs reminded me of the moments when I was staying in hostels with foreigners as a backpacker in Europe. This kind of sudden cultural change is mind-boggling. I’ve met a lot of cool guys in this meeting. I have not imagined that there are so many Linux guru expats who are living and working in Beijing. It’s really a very good experience.

Thanks Mike for the BLUG T-shirt, it’s nice and I will wear it tomorrow during the 2nd day of JavaChina conference. :)

中日韓 Linux 聯盟 何去何從

盛傳已久的中日韓(CJK) Linux 聯盟具體工作已經正式開始。昨天我突然收到通知,公司要我去中方的工作組開會。得悉日本和韓國已經提出了初步方案,中國之前則只是隨便的提到會做有關桌面的東西。對於這些會議我從來不感興趣,因為實際效益實在太低,對於我喜歡少說話多做事的就覺得是浪費時間。

會議第一階段是自由發言,大家各自就日本和韓國的方案發表意見。第二階段各人提出方案,特別是就桌面方面的想法提出意見。由於聯盟能做的絕對不是開發工作,因為協調不容易,不同公司有自身的利益,一個跨公司的開發團隊成功的機會很底。所以目標是放在研究和調查等方面。我提出我們可以從 desktop 的 usability 著手,對於現在流行的 Linux desktop 做 usability 的研究,制定測試的方法和準則,然後分別在中日韓三國建立實驗室,得出分析報告。結果可以給 Gnome 和 KDE 做參考,希望能有正面的影響,促進 Linux desktop 在 usability 的發展。

建議得到非常正面的反應,在座成員都表示這是一個很值得去做的事情,唯獨是那個擁有國家背景的Linux distro的代表強烈反對,就他一人提出了一大堆能不能做、會不會做的問題,但就是不去想怎麼才能做,是不是應該做。雖然主席和其他幾個人極力和他 argue,但最後也是因為得不到共識而得放棄。今天我終於看到他們醜陋的面目。原來由中國政府一手扶持的這家公司就是由一群什麼都不會幹的廢物所控制。中國政府只要一天繼續直接或間接的幫助這些企業,那就像向一頭永不吃飽的獅子餵飼事物一樣,到頭來只是把納稅人的錢白白的花光。在這個不倫不類的社會主義政權下實行的資本主義制度,所帶來的就是這些社會毒瘤。

雖然他們已是臭名遠播,大家都知道他們什麼事也不會做,但究竟為什麼還是會被邀請呢?如果這家公司沒有被邀請,事情又會怎麼發展呢?

RAR, hahaha.

RAR 在國內非常流行,同事都是發 rar 的 file 給我,但 3.11 就非常搞笑,姑且看看以下兩個版本的 output 有何不同?!