Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup we learn about Linux Mint 17’s updated ISO Images, a great site for Linux Desktop Screenshots, a new Graphic-based Shell Console, new Wicket releases, top 10 Eclipse Luna Features, an excellent Slideshow on Testing with a really cool title, why a project moved to Java Swing after 2 and a half years building in Ruby on Rails.
Fresh Linux Mint 17 ISO’s For Supper
So many updates and fixes have been applied by the Mint Team to Qiana since its release a month ago that Clement Lefebvre decided to release new ISO Images. Existing Mint 17 Users (like me) will get the updates in the usual seamless fashion through the Mint Update Manager. I’m looking forward to trying the updated Install Disk on an HP that had flawlessly run 13, 14, 15 and 16. The screen fritzed during the Mint 17 install so I assume it was a Nvidia Driver issue. Ubuntu installed fine, but the screen went screwy as soon as the desktop loaded. I was able to fix it by booting up in Ubuntu recovery mode and using a video-safe driver which loaded the desktop successfully, allowing me to change the installed driver.
Linux Screenshots Dot Org
This site is an excellent way to quickly view desktop screenshots of a ton of Linux Distributions. As of this date (7/1/14) the most recent distributions include Chitwanix OS 1.0, Ubuntu 14.04 KDE, StartOS 5.1, Simplicity Linux 14.7 Beta and Robolinux 7.5.4. Screenshots of my OS, Mint 17 Cinnamon, were posted 5/31.
A Graphical Console
The Xiki Shell combines the traditional command line and a graphical user interface. I want to use my bash shell the Old Fashioned way (all I want is a command prompt), but this is probably something that could boost productivity for those who embrace it.
In Apache Wicket News, Version 6.16.0 has been released (this link) and the first of a series of milestone releases of Apache Wicket Version 7 is available for download. I found no information on any new features and API changes in Wicket 7 though.
I am happily using Eclipse 4.4 Luna on my PCs and laptop. Here are its top 10 Luna features. Now we need people writing articles on using EMF Forms, SnipMatch, Split Editors, Rich Client Platform and the rest.
There are many acronym lists, but here’s one that is tailored for programmers (though it seems pretty generic, IMO.)
From Ruby to Java
A detailed telling of the shortcomings of a dynamic language like Ruby compared with Java which prompted one project team to migrate to Java + Spring after 2-1/2 years of development in Ruby on Rails.
Eclipse Luna Snippets and SnipMatch
I said in another link on Top 10 Luna features that we now need good examples of using the new features. This article on using Code Snippets with SnipMatch is a good start.
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Today’s Vermont Photo is provided by Adam Bell, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.