Praise for the Personal Desktop Computer

On my personal homepage, I maintain a timeline of personal computers I’ve owned or closely maintained. The ones I’ve been using as my personal workhorses are the ones in green:

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Le chiffrement des partitions Linux d’un ordinateur de bureau est-il utile?

Pendant des années, j’ai eu un item sur ma liste de choses à faire: chiffrer (encrypter) le disque dur de données de mon ordinateur de bureau personnel. Parce que… que se passerait-il si je me faisais cambrioler?

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Unity and the post-Snowden world

I typically don’t listen to podcasts or watch talk shows, but the 29nd episode of the 2nd season of the Linux Action Show was referred to me and it does have a very interesting part where they discuss the usability and privacy issues around the latest iteration of Canonical’s “Unity” interface. The ten minutes where these guys discussed the matter were surprisingly thought-provoking even for someone like me who was already aware of privacy issues.

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Privacy does not exist — it never did

Warning: this is certainly a depressing post.

The NSA/PRISM/big brother scandal of late didn’t surprise nor shock me. The discovery that “the NSA probably silently circumvents/broke all our crypto and hid backdoors everywhere” is not really a discovery to geeks who have given the whole system a bit of thought — spies are spying on us, and they’re not telling us that our GPG keys or disk encryption are not sufficient to guard against them? No sh**, Sherlock!

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Prenez garde aux tabloïdes de l’open-source

En tant que contributeur à divers logiciels libres, j’en ai marre de voir comment ils sont traités dans la « presse » en ligne. J’ai procrastiné un mois sur la publication de ce billet: le rédiger me prend déjà toute ma motivation pour combattre le sentiment de DonQuichottude par rapport au phénomène, surtout lorsque je crains d’être fustigé pour ce qui pourrait être perçu comme une attaque personnelle envers les sites de nouvelles que je vais citer plus bas.

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Fedora 18: now keyboard-friendly to everybody

It is fashionable these days, especially for the Slashdot crowd, bloggers, kernel hackers and other people depending on “feature X that has not fully polished”, to throw mud at the efforts that have been made towards redesigning the Fedora Linux installer.

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The new GStreamer SDK is out, with Android support

Time flies! It’s been only a few months since the first release, and yet my pals at Collabora and Fluendo have just announced the availability of another major release of the GStreamer Software Development Kit.

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Lightworks is not anywhere close to open-source

I’ve seen everybody hail Lightworks as the messiah that will make all other open source video editors irrelevant. So far, I didn’t blog about this (because frankly, life’s too short to be pessimistic, and I was also quite curious as to how it would play out and wanted to give EditShare the benefit of the doubt—after all, I’m a fan of video editing software in general).

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PulseAudio 2.0 + Empathy = awesome

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for months. You may remember me being a fan of SFLphone. Well, turns out that for the past year, I’ve been using only Empathy to do my VoIP calls. All you need to do is install telepathy-rakia to have SIP support (and then you can use Ctrl+M to start dialing a number). Even though Empathy is not perfect, I like it: it’s a standard component of the GNOME desktop, it uses GStreamer and PulseAudio, and it keeps getting better every six months.

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