• Sun Frees Java

    15 nov 2006, 13:37 av cparker15

    From Sun's Web site:

    Sun Opens Java

    13.November.2006—Sun believes deeply in creating communities and sharing innovations and technologies to foster more participation. Today in a historic move, Sun is opening the door to greater innovation by open sourcing key Java implementations—Java Platform Standard Edition (Java SE), Java Platform Micro Edition (Java ME), and Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE)—under the GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2), the same license as GNU/Linux. » Read more.

    Sun has just become a full-fledged member of the free software community with this news. I can imagine that the FSF will be retracting their suggestion to stay away from Java now. A mere memory will be the days when users of free operating systems have to mini miracles just to get Java working on their OS of choice. Might this now spell the end of gcj?

    In the third video embedded on the initial announcement page, Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media states, "the choice of GPL, I think, is really going to rock some people back; it's a bold move, and it's one that's going to have a lot of far-reaching consequences. For starters, it means that Java will get incorporated into 'Linux' distributions like Ubuntu, which are very much focused around the GPL and the like. That will harness, I think, a large group well beyond the core Java community. It also means that these communities that feel very strongly about completely free and open licenses are going to take another look at Java."

    I couldn't have said it better myself.
  • FSF spnosers GNU/Linux distro for the first time since Founding Debian

    3 nov 2006, 19:06 av samnoble
    Is based on Ubunutu, removing reliance on Launchpad and all proprietary firmware and software.

    Amen to these guys.
  • Edgy Eft

    27 okt 2006, 15:26 av tute666

    I've only just finished updating my system to Edgy Eft, from Ubuntus previous release, Dapper Drake.
    Whilst the updating process could really do some work, the overall feel and speed of the update is amazing.
    My only gripes are the following:

    1. The installing process, automatically installs kernel images -generic and -386, while i was previously using k7.
    2. Nvidia support after the update is broken, at least in various cases including mine, as you can see in User tseliot's envy script does an amazing job to fix this
    3. After installation, Amarok is usually broke. It is easily solved by enabling all repos and updating the system.
    4. Azureus is totally fucked up. Solution: completeley remove azureus with synaptic. Download azureus 2.5 from their webpage, untar in an appropiate dir, eg. /opt/azureus. Add a bash script in /usr/bin

    /opt/azureus/azureus $*

    sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/azureus

    and you're good to go
  • Xubuntu Rocks my Socks

    13 sep 2006, 13:29 av -Andor-

    I had a wonderful experience with Xubuntu and my Sony VAIO...

    Do any of you have been any succesfulness on any situation where other failed?
  • Download review

    13 jun 2006, 22:31 av inkysplat

    I went to Download Festival 2006.

    I'm not going to comment on the riots or state of the toliets

    I just thought i'd tell everyone about who I saw and what i thought.

    Friday I saw:

    Wicked Wisdom
    Everyone i know what expecting them to be rubbish. And some people on my camp were saying "they'll definately be boo'ed off stage". All I can say is they missed out on a great show to kick off the event. One of the songs the band played that seemed to get the crowd excited was Yesturday Don't mean shit today. However the crowd weren't enthuastic enough to start a mosh pit going. After the performance Will Smith who is married to Jada Pinkett Smith. Disapointing Will didn't say anything but came out to wave at the crowd and got us to cheer.

    They're a very interesting band anyways, I'd describe them as a heavy prog rock kind of band. Similar to Incubus if anything. I love the song Ode to the sun and they opened with that exact song. Interestingly there seemed to be quite a small crowd there that were all singing along. The performance for me was awesome, the singer kept moving around and danced around to the music. They also liked trashing their instruments too, and at the end of the last song the drummer kept drumming until they took his last symbol away. He then decided to bash the living hell out of the keyboard. It was awesome show very energetic.

    Coheed And Cambra
    I don't particularly know Coheed and Cambria that well and I wasn't particularly paying much attension tho I recall them playing Welcome Home. Which was about the only track i knew/reconized, and they performed it well with quite a large crowd on the main stage.

    I've never heard InMe before, never managed to find their albums on torrent to have a listen to. So i was curious to what they were like. What an awesome performance. The Snickers tent was packed, the crowd sang every word. I have to say I quite like InMe, just on the basis of their performance. I also got the impression the band were blown away by their reception and turn out.

    Emo music I know but for me theres something I like about Atreyu's sound. Its heavier than usual emo music, and i believe a few mosh pits started. I listened to a couple of songs left the tent, as i was starting to get irritated by the amount of 14yr old emo kids that had turned up.

    So I only saw a few acts on the Friday, but i made up for it on Saturday.

    I can't say i was blown away, their performance was "okay". I hadn't heard of Down before. It was just generic heavy metal from what I recall. Tho i was looking for a friend through most of their performance.

    I only saw half of their performance and again i wan't impressed. I left half way through to locate the screen for the football, and to try some Brother's Cider. However i heard a rumour later that Satyricon left mid-set because they were unhappy with the sound of their instruments. Not sure how true this is. Anyone want to explain that one then comment!

    Arch Enemy
    Enemy! chanted the crowd. Great performance they opened with Nemsis, the blonde female singer was head banging the whole time. Such a great performance. Some true Metal at last! A big turn out aswell. One of the best act's of the day for me.

    They were only playing on the small Myspace/Gibson tent, but when i arrived at the tent there were only a small group sat down watching Manic, then the tent seemed to fill from no where, obviously i wasn't the only one who took a shine to Flyleaf. The performance was simply electric the lead guitarist with long black hair and bigger chops than me was a complete nutter. Jumping and spinning around, even jumping off the speaks and amps on stage. They started with a few mellow numbers from their album then had to stop due to problems with one of guitars weren't sounding right. However lead singer (not sure of name) managed to improvise and introduced each member of the band. She explained they were a small Texas band that still perform in a garage, and live in a small community. She then played So I thought and explained the inspiration for the song. Which was to do with the shootings of two christian girls, and she ended in a slightly cheesy but touching "stand up for your beliefs" moral. They finished with I'm so sick". During the performance the female singer would drop to the floor gracefully during the heavier parts and would rise again to sing her lines. What a great show! I seriously think they could go all the way over here in the UK.

    Billy Talent
    How can you not like Billy Talent? They're soo catchy, and their music is very punk. There was for soem reason i guy throwing Billy Talent badges into the crowd, sounds safe with safety pins. Anyways great performance. Enjoyable start to finish, they ended with one of my favourite tracks too Try Honest. I'm gonna keep an eye on Billy talent, an it wouldn't suprise me to see them playing the main stage next year.

    Secret Machines
    There must have been 50 people in the snickers tent for them. Thats probabliy two things, a) people preferred Trivium on the main stage, or b) they'd never heard of Secret Machines. However some way through the performance quite alot of people came to see them. I was quite looking forward to seeing this band, due to the highly ambient and prog rock style. They used lots of smoke effects, and there were a few of us who were happily singing along. They opened with Alone, Jealous and Stoned one of my favourite tracks off of the Ten Silver Drops, they then played a b-side off the album which i couldn't reconize for the life of me. Then disapointingly someone off stage pointed to his watch and spoke to the guy on keyboard. They then told the crowd this was their last song because their songs are too damned long. So they only played 3 songs for their set, and depressingly for me, i was hoping fo them to play Lightning Blue Eyes instead they finished with Daddy's in the doldrums. So a huge let down for me, as Lightning Blue Eyes is a favourite of mine.

    I then headed back to the main stage to have a look at Korn and Metallica the headlining acts for the night. However when Korn were introduced they came on and gathered around a Mic to tell the crowd that Jon Davis (lead singer) had been hospitalized and was unable to play the show. However they said they still planned to perform tonight, and they had spoken to a few of the guys who had played sets eariler in the day, and have managed to get a few people to sing in place of Jon. The crowd then enjoyed a rather celebrity packed show instead. With Cory from Slipknot/Stone Sour, Dez from DevilDriver, Jesse from Ten Years, Benji and Skindred, Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold, and Matt from Trivium. Cory performed the most of the Korn songs such as Clown, Freak, and Blind. For me i thought Benjo from Skindred did a very good performance, his voice was well suited for the songs.

    The korn set finished early, however Metallica were late on if i recall. Now I was a bit of a Metallica skeptic before i went, i didn't wan't to buy into the whole Metallica are the daddy thing. And i thought some of their stuff was over rated. I had only listened to Master of puppets which i thought was an amazing album, but based on Ride the lightning which i thought was crap album and i made the assumption that Master of puppets was a one off. Then just before the festival i got Black, there were a few tracks on this album that i reconized. They were Nothing Else Matters and Unforgiven, and i love these two songs however I just assumed metallica being such a big band had such a vast catalog that these two songs were probabily the only two that stood out, until i got the Black. After the performance my opinion had totally changed of them. I am now a Metallica fan. They started with Creeping death and then later announced they were going to play the entire Master of Puppets Album for its 20th birthday. The crowd went wild. It was an awesome set. I loved the album anyway. Later they played One which i reconized but didn't know what it was called or what album it was from. Later they played the few tracks off of Black, such as Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters, and Unforgiven. The whole thing kicked ass. Later in the encore they did Seek and Destroy, and a cover of a misfits song. It felt like Metallica enjoyed the show and soo did the crowd.

    Sunday brought on a lot of awesome bands too...

    I was going to see Evergrey but they were running late and i decided Dragonforce was a must see. I was only familar with a few Dragonforce songs such as Valley of dragons and Through the fire and flames, a great performance and it looked like the band were overwhelmed by the sheer number of people there. There was also alot of people in the crowd with plastic swords and knights helmets. However for me a small let down was that one of the guitars wasn't sound right, and the vocals couldn't be heard that well over the music.

    36 Crazyfists
    I sat in the grass waiting for In Flames to come on. I wasn't paying much attension tho it looks like the people who were there had a great time. Personally 36 Crazyfists wasn't my cup of tea.

    In Flames
    The sh*t is right here. This is what Metal is about. Some proper heavy metal with screaming and roaring. The performance was awesome, I also loved the lead singer's mention about the world cup. He was hoping England would win that way one Swede would at least touch the cup and then dedicated Take this life to Sven. He also took the piss out of the people on hill asked how the picnic was XD! Love it.

    Lacuna Coil
    I've only listened to Karmacode, and thought it was a cool album and the band had a unique sound. Somewhere between Evanesence and Nightwish i spose in terms of vocals. The live set tho was alot heavier than anticipated, which was cool. The guy behind me kept shouting "Get your tits out" which started to get on my tits after a while! They performmed some of their older stuff which i didn't know but they also performed alot of their new stuff off of Karmacode, such as Fragile, Our Truth,and finally Enjoy the Silence the Depeche Mode cover they will be releasing. Everyone was singing along to that one was an awesome performance and a song everyone knew even if they didn't know Lacuna Coil.

    Cradle of Filth
    This performance blew me away. Awesome start to finish. It was the first time ever seeing CoF and was blewn away and i thought Dani Filth was an awesome guy. They played all of my favourite songs Her Ghost in the Fog, Nymphetamine, and Cradle to Enslave Whats more their performance was made more interesting by the extras they had. Danny came on stage with a guy dressed in a golem like costume on a leash. Later they had a rather nice blonde lady swinging from drapes on top of the stage during Nymphetamine. On the last track a different girl with a metal plate on her chest was using a grinder to create sparks. The whole thing was also helped by Danny's sense of humour, quite a few bottles and random things were thrown at Danny and he just taunted the crowd saying "at least fu*cking hit me". He also made the crowd cheer over and over again until it was loud enough and then said "axl said to me if they don't cheer for you i'll going back on my plane to LA and rebraiding my hair along the way" which got a few chuckles.

    An unusual sound, its a combination of Drum'n'Bass/Reggae Rock and its not Ska-punkish either sa that combination might picture. The Myspace tent was packed there were people stood outside just listening. Benji was awesome and pushed the crowd to their limits, and to be fair the crowd was i think getting tired after 3 days, but he still pushed it so the crowd made noise. And even got them to sing-a-long. A very interesting band, and it wouldn't suprise me to see them do well in the UK top-ten charts because they would appeal to such a wide variety.

    The Euro-vision Rock Monsters were back again this year, I only had the chance to see a few tracks as I had to look for a friend and wanted to go see GnR. However I was hoping to hear Would you love a monster man? and Hard Rock Hallejuah, but i didn't get too. There were quite a few younger kids there in the audience tho, and because of the large number of people who had turned out, it was EXTREMELY hot in the tent.

    I used to like 'em before reading about them on Wikipedia. Axl Rose sounds like a complete tw*t. And he is. He threw a paddy because the stage was too slippery. Someone threw a bottle of piss at one of the guitarists, (from what i gather) he kicked into a camera man. After Sweet Child o'Mine the Guitarist apologized and said he was there for a good time and not to have bottles thrown at him. This was met with some boo'ing. And to be honest all the other bands that day too bottle throwing without much offence. For me the performance was ruined by Axl running of stage. I can just imagine him shouting at his PR backstage during guitar solos. Speaking of which there were too many guitar solos, 5minute solos before practically every song, was he trying to prove his new line up could play guitar as good as Slash? The show was even stopped midway through for technicans to carpet the slippery stage. All in all i was left rather disapointed and a bitter taste in my mouth from the performance. Lots of the crowd left aswell.

    Later that night the infamous Riots occured, anything to do with GnR's performance or just too many drunken yobbs? Then again 1988 GnR performed and two people were killed in a crush coincidence? Who knows.

    Comments welcome. Apologies for: Spelling Mistakes, Misinformation, or poor tagging. I had to write this in notepad due to firefox crashing.
  • Just out of pure interest i wonder how much of a metal head I am?

    13 jun 2006, 20:32 av inkysplat

    I took the standard method of finding this out on By visiting the tags page of each of the artists in my overal top ten. I then set about adding all the values for the "" tag. This came to 887.

    1. The White Stripes 71
    2. Green Day 143
    3. Placebo 87
    4. Aiden 14
    5. AC/DC 354
    6. Moby 22
    7. Goldfrapp 12
    8. Doves 11
    9. The Smashing Pumpkins 154
    10. The Arcade Fire 19

    71+143+87+14+354+22+12+11+154+19 = 887

    To make into an average we divide by Ten (our data range)

    88.7 = 887/10

    Now we need to know the average metal tag, regardless of what artists it maybe.

    In this case:

    1. Metallica 2505
    2. System of a Down 2420
    3. Iron Maiden 1527
    4. Rammstein 1506
    5. In Flames 1264
    6. Slipknot 1203
    7. KoЯn 1129
    8. Pantera 1108
    9. Nightwish 1105
    10. Children of Bodom 1102

    Adding up the first ten gives us:

    We now need to make that into an average so we do:
    1486.9 = 14869/10

    Now comes the final bit we divide our average by the tag's average:

    0.0596 = 88.7/1486.9

    Now we have our average we need to make it into a percentage. We multiply by 100.

    5.9% = 0.596*100

    This shows i'm not exactly a hardcore metal fan, however I listen to a moderate amount of metal I spose.
  • Hey Look Everyone I'm an Indie boy ;-)

    23 maj 2006, 11:49 av inkysplat

    anything over 25% is considered indie, and anything over 50% is extremely indie.

    the same works for any genre.

    1. Take your top ten artists and get their 'indie rating' If you look on the artist page and then click "Tags" you can see how many times they've been tagged "indie":
    1. White Stripes - 1097
    2. Greenday - 162
    3. Placebo - 455
    4. Aiden - 7
    5. Moby - 60
    6. ACDC - 37
    7. Goldfrapp - 132
    8. Doves - 408
    9. The Smashing Pumpkins - 340
    10. The Arcade Fire - 1867

    2. Add them all together and divide by 10 to get the average:

    3. Then divide that by the average of the top ten indie artists (1635), then multiply by 100 to get a percentage: 27.9%
  • My Download '06 Must Sees!

    16 maj 2006, 23:25 av inkysplat

    With Download just over 3weeks away, it looks like the line up is complete... so heres a list of my personal favourite/discovered acts that i want to go and see:

    Friday Night
    Deftones -- Main Stage
    All-American Rejects -- Snickers
    Atreyu -- Snickers
    Sevendust -- Snickers
    dredg -- Snickers
    My Awesome Compilation -- MySpace

    Saturday Night
    Korn -- Main Stage
    Trivium -- Main Stage
    Stone Sour -- Main Stage
    Alice in Chains -- Main Stage
    Arch Enemy -- Main Stage
    Opeth -- Snickers
    Within Temptation -- Snickers
    Secret Machines -- Snickers
    Billy Talent -- Snickers
    DevilDriver -- Snickers
    10 Years -- Myspace

    Sunday Night
    Bullet for My Valentine -- Main Stage
    Cradle of Filth -- Main Stage
    Lacuna Coil -- Main Stage
    In Flames -- Main Stage
    DragonForce -- Main Stage
    Hatebreed -- Main Stage
    Alexisonfire -- Snickers
    Hundred Reasons -- Snickers
    Aiden -- Snickers
    Fightstar -- Snickers
    Evergrey -- Snickers Bowl

    With Download only 3 weeks away i better get a tent and some band t-shirts to help me blend in with the crowd. Plus I still need to stock up on the all important Alcohol... any suggestions of stuff I can sneak in or carry on me thats light but awesomely alcoholic? I'm thinking a small bottle of JD for me, and a bottle of cider.
  • The "How Emo Am I" plus some random Binary

    4 maj 2006, 20:47 av inkysplat

    Below is instructions for the "How Emo Am I" MeMe going around. I had computational methods today at college and for some reason my automatic reaction was to convert the numbers into binary @_@. I'm 6.4% emo if you wanted to know.

    1.The White Stripes 51 00110011
    2.Greenday 182 10110110
    3.Placebo 73 01001001
    4.Aiden 73 01001001
    5.Moby 10 00001010
    6.ACDC 19 00010011
    7.Goldfrapp 10 00001010
    8.Doves 10 00001010
    9.Smashing Pumpkins 44 00101100
    10.Arcade Fire 58 00111010

    Total Tags == 530 == 1000010010
    Average Tags == 53 == 110101
    Emo = (53/826.8)*100
    Emo == 6.4%

    ^--==== me != emo;

    1. Take your top ten artists and get their 'emo rating' If you look on the artist page and then click "Tags" you can see how many times they've been tagged "Emo"

    2. Add them all together and divide by 10 to get the average

    3. Then divide that by the average of the top ten emo artists, which is: 826.8

    In case you're interested, the 10 most emo artists on here are:
    -Taking Back Sunday
    -My Chemical Romance
    -Fall Out Boy
    -Dashboard Confessional
    -Death Cab for Cutie
    -Jimmy Eat World
    -Brand New
    -Bright Eyes
    -The Used
    -Funeral for a Friend

    4. Multiply your result by 100 to get a percentage
  • tags in Quod Libet

    27 mar 2006, 16:35 av thisfred

    I've recently discovered (, an excellent gtk based , written in . It has all the features I really need ( support, obviously), and most of those I want (like vorbisgain support). And since it's in Python, it'll be easy to add new stuff (it has a plugin infrastructure to make that easier, and comes with a lot of plugins.)

    What I would really like, and what no player I am aware of has, is support for the , so that I could create playlists based on one or more tags, for instance, and edit the tags for a certain track directly from the player, like the official player allows you to do.

    I posted a feature request ticket (and assigned it to myself) in the Quod Libet issue tracker for of exactly this feature:

    Any other Python developers care to weigh in? Especially initial discussion would be helpful, and most of all from experienced Quod Libet users, or even better, developers!