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Ubuntu performance tweaks

April 24, 2007

Ran across this blog post on Digg and thought it was worth a note.  As I’ve noticed that XP Home runs a bit faster than Xubuntu on one of my computers (a core 2 duo).  Maybe it just needs a little tweaking still.

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Dreamweaver replacement for Ubuntu Linux?

March 14, 2007

I’ve been trying Ubuntu (Xubuntu) Linux on a dual-boot system, and as I mentioned here, have been looking for a great replacement for Dreamweaver. Quanta Plus is one of the alternatives to consider, and I’ve got some first impressions, having used it for a few hours.

1) It’s not Dreamweaver. But it does support “projects” which remind me of the Sites used in Dreamweaver. It was a bit disorienting at first… was looking all over the GUI for an FTP or site setup dialog. Clicking on Projects brought up a window that seemed promising.

Project dialog

2) With the project set up, I noticed what should be a file tree in left side of the window, but it was empty, except for the root of the GMAT website. Where’s the files? There should be a GET button here somewhere. Hmmm. Here we go: right-click the root and select “Rescan Project” and you see this…

Add files to project dialog

This took quite a while, but then the site has a lot of files… and my cable ISP (Charter, ahem) has been very intermittent for the past 5 years. 10Meg down my arse. Oh well. After it scans, the dialog fills with a directory structure, and you can choose which files to add to your project.

3) Success! Files “added” appear in the left column.

Quanta Plus screenshot

First impressions? It’s usable and promising, but the code view renders a bit unpolished IMO. What’s interesting, and a bit scary, is that as I work on a file, it updates on the server via FTP. Normally, I would set up a local mirror of a site in Dreamweaver… and then send tested and approved files to the sky. Will dig around for a way to do this tomorrow.

Linux web development confessions of a Dreamweaver junkie

March 11, 2007

I’m hooked on Adobe. Dreamweaver does templates, code, WYSIWYG, active server pages, and more. Photoshop does everything else if there’s a pixel involved. But I’d like to be able to work on sites without booting into Windows.

After poking around on Google, it appears that Adobe really leads the pack when it comes to graphics and web development apps. Gimp is a decent replacement for some of the basic stuff you would do in Photoshop, but it’s limited by 8-bit per channel, where Photoshop allows 16. And the Linux apps in general seems to have forgotten about color correction. It’s not critical for web development, because ultimately, one doesn’t have control of the monitor quality of all the web visitors. So why bother, right?

As for a Dreamweaver replacement (or even a complement), it seems there are a few to consider. I ran across this post where NAyk discusses the positive and negative aspects of:

NVU – a bit like FrontPage. Actually, a lot like FrontPage in that both are being discontinued!

Komposer – an offshoot of NVU. I wasn’t even sure I found the official website. And it still says, “to be released in January 2007.” Doesn’t inspire confidence.

BlueFish – seems to be more for “coder” without a “designer” interface or templates. Uh, well then what does it have? Actually, I hardly use the designer view of Dreamweaver, but BlueFish lacks template support, so it gives me the impression it may be a glorified text editor. But I shall take a look and hope I’m surprised.

Quanta – from what I’ve seen, it’s supposed to be most like Dreamweaver. It may require installation of KDE-core on my lean and mean Xubuntu machine. Nuts. I’ll keep this in mind and give it a whirl and post about it.

Windows user converts to Ubuntu Linux

March 11, 2007

A few months back, I had an old (circa 2000) Dell Inspiron 8000 sitting around from an engineering project I did with them in a past life. It was running win2k but was still pretty sluggish by today’s standards. Was about to sell it on eBay for $20, but thought there might be a leaner OS… started looking into Linux.

Came across a review of the various Linux distros available and narrowed it down to Ubuntu — Xubuntu to be precise. Why? Xubuntu is built to run on older systems in 3rd world countries. Good. Downloaded and burned the “Live CD” so I could boot the laptop from the CD: try before you commit.

I was floored! In a couple of minutes it was up and running. And it joined my network via the wireless Orinoco card. Wow, that impressed me enough to wipe win2k out and install Xubuntu. It did require a bit of tweaking to get the proper display resolution.

Definitely worth it. In fact, I installed Xubuntu on my wife’s and mom’s new Lenovo laptops.