Newsforge has a new article on ‘Open source cracks publishing wide open’ – It is an interesting article to which I can directly relate to. Yes, I am referring to my book. It is heartening to note that open source tools are coming of age and are being used in a professional publishing environment.

On a different note, I keep noting that open source tools are maturing and are ready for the corporate and work environments, but are yet to conquer the desktop. There are so many situations where there is room for improvement. The No.1 problem in my opinion is adding and removing any software, not just the ones on the CDs…I’m hoping Autopackage comes of age as well and solve this problem.

Marcie Robillard was running a contest where the most creative requests would get GMail invites! I sent one of my ‘dynamically typed’ poems praising her ;-0 … but I was disappointed to not get any GMail Invites from Marcie.

But when she got more GMail invites, she sent them to the runners-up of the contest, which apparently I am also. :-)

GMail rocks!! I like it already, especially the conversations.. I’m looking forward to blog more about my GMail experiences.

On a whim, I downloaded Xine and Kaffeine and installed them. One word sure comes to mind – Smooth!! There was absolutely no problems in installing them. A simple ‘./configure; make; sudo make install;‘ does the trick.

One extremely pleasant thing I discovered was that Xine now plays .dat files – Sweet!

Kaffeine’s interface is very simple and easy to use. If only, it was installed on Fedora by default…

I want to try Totem in future, but right now, I’m high on Kaffeine!

Ok, It’s 3 am…better get some sleep…

I’ve set up a discussion board on my website to discuss things such as my book ‘A Byte of Python’ as well forums for PESIT students and alumni.

I’d love to hear any suggestions on how these forums can be made popular or even new useful forums such as a Linux Newbie discussion board. Please feel free to add your comments here to discuss this! :-)