19 Apr

Ubuntu 14.04: Roundup of Best Articles

in Linux, News, Open Source, Release, Ubuntu

Ubuntu 14.04

When Ubuntu 14.04 was released on Thursday, I could have written an in-depth review of the new version of the operating system, complete with screenshots, pros and cons, etc. Just like everybody else.

I decided to rather stand on the shoulders of giants and collect the best articles on the new version for you to read.

13 Apr

Is There Life Outside of Apple?

in Apple, Article, Church, Media, Open Source, Technology

Broken Walls

Almost every self-confessed church techie that I meet seems to be an Apple fanboy. As a self-confessed church techie myself, I find it really difficult to find other people in the church who are also interested in Open Source Software. Frustratingly, pretty much every single blog I come across seems to fit the same profile:

01 Apr

Why your church should try Ubuntu Studio 14.04

in Article, Church, Media, Ubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, XFCE

Ubuntu Studio

This is a guest post by Raoul's brother Etienne, who is passionate about open source software in the Church.

'Tis the season to upgrade! April is coming, which means that soon the new version of Ubuntu and its various derivatives such as Lubuntu or Kubuntu will be released. In addition, there are only about 2 weeks left of support for Windows XP, which means that many churches will be looking at low-cost options to upgrade.

I would therefore like to make a suggestion: try out Ubuntu Studio 14.04. It’s fantastic.

21 Feb

How South Africa is turning #NEKNomination on its head

in Article, Christian, Difference, God, NEKNomination, Video, YouTube

Note: I know this is not directly related to OSS, but it is related to the Internet, and us as Christians, and I feel it is something to think about.

The #NEKNomination craze is thought to have started in Australia, though it has been confirmed that it originated in a video posted to Facebook by Ross Samson, a London Irish rugby star. It is a drinking game, whereby the nominated person must down an alcoholic beverage while performing a stunt. Unfortunately these stunts have become more and more outrageous as people try to one-up each other, with the result that some recent deaths are suspected to have been due to NEKNominations.

Meanwhile in South Africa, a chap by the name of Brent Lindequeue who was NEKNominated decided to turn this on its head. Instead of guzzling beer and doing something crazy, he decided to do random act of kindness. Then, as per usual, he nomnated another two people to do the same.

25 Nov

Finding Open Source Software for Your Android Device

in Article


If, like me, you're a freedom-loving hippie and you like your software open source, then I'm sure you've wondered about where to get open source apps for your phone. The Google Play Store is great, but it doesn't explicitly tell you if an app is open source.

Enter F-Droid.

F-Droid is like the Ubuntu Software Center for your Android phone. It contains a repository of only free and open source software for Android. F-Droid has become my first port of call when it comes to applications. When I'm looking for something I'll browse through F-Droid before launching the Play store. Admittedly not all the applications are awesome, but it's a good place to start.

In addition to being a good place to find open source apps for your Android device, apps in F-Droid tend to be updated faster than their counterparts in the Play store. I am under the impression that F-Droid compiles the apps itself rather than relying on the authors or the Play store.

Happy Installing!

09 May

Ubuntu 8.04, 10.04, 11.10 End of Life

in End of Life, LTS, News, Ubuntu

Today is a fairly momentus day, in that 3 releases of Ubuntu all reach their end-of-life today. From today onward Ubuntu 8.04, 10.04 and 11.10 no longer receive security updates.

If you are still using one of these versions of Ubuntu, I highly recommend you upgrade to at least 12.04. If you're using Ubuntu on your desktop, I see no reason why you don't upgrade all the way up to 13.04. Servers should stick to the LTS releases though.

Canonical's announcements:

04 May

Quick Easy Workaround for Broken Networking in Linux

in Android, How To, Internet, Kubuntu, Linux, Network, Packaging, Phone, Tethering, Ubuntu, Upgrade, USB

Android USB

On Thursday evening I starteded the upgrade of my wife's computer from Kubuntu 12.10 to 13.04. Unfortunately when I finished the upgrade the next morning, it seemed that one of the DBus packages was broken, and not only could I not log into KDE, but there was no networking either.


I tried to do one or two quick things before heading off to work, but ran out of time and had to leave it. My wife was very gracious and "endured" using her phone the whole day for Facebook, etc (she has a Samsung Galaxy S3 mini).

That evening when I got home, I proceeded to try to get the networking up and running from the command line, so that I could fix whatever packages seemed to be broken and restore my wife's computer to a working condition. I struggled for about an hour and a half trying to figure out various command line options for wpa_supplicant and what the error messages meant.

27 Nov

Defining A Digital Missionary

in Article, Computers, Development, Missionary, Open Source, Technology

Becoming A Digital Missionary

After my previous post on how to raise support, Gerv told me I hadn't been clear enough on exactly what I want to do and that it might help if I were to more specific about what I see myself doing. With this in mind, I decided to blog more about what I'm thinking of doing and how it can be construed as being missions work.

23 Nov

Learning Python - Part 10

in Article, Development, Learn, Open Source, Programming, Python

This is part of an ongoing series on learning the Python programming language. If you haven't read them yet, I advise you to catch up on parts one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight and nine before reading this article.

In this blog post we'll learn about tuples and dictionaries, another two data structures.

15 Nov

As a Wannabe Missionary, How Do I Raise Support?

in Article, Development, Missionary, Money, Open Source, Support, Technology

Raising Support as a Missionary

For a few years now I have had the desire to be able to use my talents as a developer and open source enthusiast to be a full-time missionary. As the project leader of OpenLP, an open source worship presentation application, I have had the desire to be able to work on OpenLP full-time in order to concentrate fully on implementing essential features that our users are asking for, as a part of our vision to support the Church.

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