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Awesome Window Manager

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The Awesome Window Manager, awesome-wm , is a tiling window manager for Linux PCs that can be used as a standalone X-session or as part of a Desktop Environment, e.g. Gnome, KDE, etc. It's a great lightweight alternative to a full-fledged Desktop Environment, and it's one of the few GUI sessions available that handles dynamic desktop-layouts on multiple monitors/displays quite well. The image below, for example, shows a PC with a built-in display and six separate desktop layouts, along with an external display with its own set of six desktop layouts.

awesome-wm Sound/Audio Fix

As a Window Manager, awesome-wm 's lightweight composition results in a more-responsive user experience as compared to a full-fledged Desktop Environment like Gnome, for example. However, depending on your needs, lightweight might also be described as stripped down ; your expectations of what simply "works" (or should work) right out the gate in a graphical desktop session, without any user input, may be misguided, as I found mine to be today after attempting to watch a YouTube video with no apparent sound. Puzzled by the strange effect, I clicked on another, different, random video, restarted my browser, cleared the cache, tested the audio output with VLC media player to ascertain the persistence of the problem. It seemed inconceivable to me that I hadn't noticed this behavior before, especially, because I had been using awesome-wm for years it seemed! Alas, 'twas so afterall. Here's how I managed to fix the problem with Audio playback on m

Commentary on LinuxJournal's Message to Hardware Vendors

Android vs. iOS (iPhone)

It seems to me that Android has created a powerful niche somewhere between Microsoft/Windows and Mac/iOS. As we all know, the integration between- and smoothe operation of Apple Hardware and its own Software( Along with Steve Jobs’ vision/leadership) have propelled the company and the brand from the brink of extinction to the most powerful and most profitable company on the planet (Q3/Q4 of Fiscal year 2012).  Microsoft/Windows had dominated the market by licensing its software to manufacturers who could “assemble” the hardware categorically and load the proprietary software to create a generic-for lack of a better term-product for the masses in a timely/cost-effective manner. Though, the money saved on research/integration/development meant those PCs usually couldn’t even use the technology within to its FULL potential. Meanwhile, in the current market trends–with Mobile devices surpassing Desktops/Laptops–Android has emerged as an Open Source, customizable Operating System to

Mozilla to Integrate Adobe Flash DRM

Interview with SystemD developers

(translated from Golem.de) Systemd's goal is to standardize Linux, +Lennart Poettering told us three years ago. For quite some time, already, the project that was started by Poettering and +Kay Sievers has become more than simply an init-service; with the upcoming switch to  +systemd   by the Debian and Ubuntu Linux distributions, it seems that systemd's goal to standardize Linux has been achieved, according to the developers in the interview with Golem.de. In the meantime, the only missing OS from among the biggest and most well-known Linux distributions is  +Slackware all others have either implemented systemd already, offer a solution for its use, or have begun the changeover to systemd.  That's something that the developers could never have imagined, though did hope; ultimately, they remain convinced of the advantages that their software provides. In the last four years they were both heavily criticized, though, as Sievers put it, that criticism c

Patriotic Philanthropy

"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country" -John F. Kennedy I realize it's not very "original" to start off an article these days with such a magnanimous quote of seemingly mythical proportions; it's become cliche, in fact, especially when the words and the orator of those words are revered and idealized by grade-school students and octogenarians alike throughout our country.  Maybe it is because of the ubiquitous nature of this phrase that my mind immediately zoomed to that notable speech when I read the story of the recent repair of the Washington Monument and its financial support provided by an American billionaire (aristocrat).  It may also be the case that I was persuaded by its media coverage by CBS News and the New York Times , which both more than eluded to the phrase "patriotic philanthropy" and "patriotic giving" when presenting this story; nonetheless, I was hooked. While the expone