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(LinuxWorld) — One of my non-profit Web sites,, ran on my modified version of the PHP-Nuke weblog package from the site's inception in March 2001 until late November 2002. I chose PHP-Nuke as a starting point because I was very impressed with it. However, the more I learned how to use PHP, the more I realized that PHP-Nuke was not only a tangled mess but that I had made it even worse with my modifications. A year later, I was faced with the fact that was not only lame because it was based on PHP-Nuke, it was also showing its age. It lacked features of other weblogs, and still lacked many of the features I had intended to add to the site. If I were going to fix the code, the first thing I would do would be to make it an object-oriented system. I toyed with the idea of converting my code into OOP-based code, but I concluded that if the P... (more)

Why KDE applications have a bright desktop future

(LinuxWorld) -- This will hopefully be the last in my series on GNOME vs. KDE (see "RELATED STORIES" section below for a link to each installment), at least until GNOME 2 is finalized and I've had a chance to play with it. This week I'm going to speculate on a possible scenario where KDE could make a miraculous comeback in terms of mainstream applications. Before I begin, I'd like to respond to some of the terrific e-mail I've received. It seems appropriate, given this week's topic, that I begin with a correction. Contrary to what I'd assumed in my column last week, neither Star... (more)

Ion a not-too minimalist window manager

(LinuxWorld) -- All right, I lied. In my last article, I promised to cover file managers you can add to window managers. Immediately afterward, I discovered another window manager that won me over in just minutes. It's called ion. The minimalist Ion is a minimalist window manager. Minimalist window managers refuse to rely on things like icons, title bars, window buttons, launch pads, and the like. I happen to like these kinds of window managers because they try to take the attitude that the window manager should be managing the windows, not the user. That's one of the biggest p... (more)

Mallet fingers, DSL routers and unstable Debian... oh my

(LinuxWorld) -- Captain's log, star date 10032002. The enterprise is now orbiting Asheville, NC, after a tedious battle just before departure from dock in California. I suffered an injury, myself, fighting Klingons. Yeah, that's the ticket. Klingons. It was a hand-to-hand battle like the one I had to fight with Mr. Spock on Vulcan. Yeah, that's the ticket. Oh, who am I kidding? I was tucking in a blanket when I jammed the middle finger of my right hand and snapped the tendon (I am right-handed, naturally). The condition is known as "mallet finger," I presume because the finger f... (more)

Mandrake 9.0 & Xoops revisited

(LinuxWorld) — I just spent the last few days rediscovering why I like Mandrake Linux and why I don't use it anymore. I downloaded the iso images for Mandrake 9.0 and burned a couple of CDs. About a half-hour later, I had Mandrake 9.0 up and running on my 1-GHz Athlon, based on the Asus A7M266 motherboard. The machine has an NVidia GeForce 3, Intel Ethernet Express Pro 100, Sound Blaster Live!, ATA100 disk drives and 512 MB of DDR RAM. Joe Barr was right to rave about the Mandrake 9.0 install. Mandrake did just about everything right from start to finish, which was a welcome... (more)