Your editor did not start out grumpy, but the current state of many Linux
tools can certainly make him that way. The Grumpy Editor series started
when your editor, seeking a web browser as good as Galeon used to be,
reviewed some of the other available graphical browsers. The editor has
since moved on to several other topics, but his focus remains the same:
finding tools which enable the user to get the job done, don't get in the
way, and don't forget the lessons learned about usability over the last
couple decades or so.
Current entries in the LWN Grumpy Editor series include:
- Shotwell, an image
management and editing tool.
- The grumpy editor's e-book
reader; experiments with the Kindle and associated free software.
- The exceedingly grumpy
editor's accounting system update. Accounting is a pain.
- Video part 2: Video
editors (January, 2008). Several tools for the editing of video
- Video part 3: DVD
authoring (January, 2008). How to create a playable DVD from
suitably-edited video files.
- Video part 1: capture
(December, 2007). In which your editor starts out on the task of
acquiring video data from an old camcorder and turning it into DVDs
suitable for grandparental distribution.
- (Some) development
distributions (November, 2007). Life on the bleeding edge.
- Firebug (August, 2007).
A slick tool for web developers.
- The Grumpy Editor's next
project (May, 2007). An introduction to the lengthy task of
finding a free small business accounting system - a project which
remains in progress.
- Working with raw images
(March, 2007). Tools for people who want complete control over their
- HDR with Linux (March,
2007). A look at the free .tools available for doing high dynamic range
applications (February, 2007). The editor tries to get his
- Graphical IRC clients
(January, 2007). The best way to burn productivity on the net.
- SSH servers (June,
2006). Are there any viable alternatives to OpenSSH?
- Audio stream grabbers
(May, 2006). How to capture an audio stream from a favorite network
- RSS aggregators (March, 2006). Tools for keeping up with the net.
- Bayesian spam filters
(February, 2006), and the followup (March, 2006). A
look at several bayesian filters, including testing results.
- Rockbox (January, 2006).
A detailed look at GPL-licensed firmware for several portable digital
- Music managers
(November, 2005). What's the best way to manage one's music
- Personal finance managers,
part I (September, 2005). Your editor balances his checkbook, and
runs three free personal finance applications through their paces for
a number of basic operations. Part 2 (September, 2005) completes the study with a look at scheduled transactions, reports,
and investing features.
- Firefox extensions for web page
editing (June, 2005): in particular, for the editing of other sites' pages.
- Image management (April, 2005): A look
at some image management applications.
- Camera interfaces (February, 2005):
making digital cameras "just work."
- PDF viewers (November, 2004). A look
at the available tools for reading through PDF files.
- Free documentation licenses (October,
2004). Which license would you use for free documentation?
- Presentation programs (September,
2004). The search for tools which help make a good impression in
front of an audience, and which do not get in the way.
- Electronic mail (a sub-series in progress):
- Terminal emulators (June, 2004).
Working with the command line is still a necessity, and may always be
the best way of accomplishing some task. Your editor looks at
alternatives to the venerable xterm.
- Diagram editors, part I (May, 2004).
What is the best tool for the creation of graphical diagrams?
- Diagram editors, part II (May, 2004).
Three more tools which were missed in the first round of reviews.
- 64-bit Linux (April, 2004). Your
editor gets an x86_64 system and looks for a good Linux to go with
- Image viewers/editors (March, 2004).
Why are none of the current crop of image viewer/editor programs as
good as xv was over a decade ago?
- Calendar managers (March, 2004). When
the venerable ical program disappeared from his Debian system, your
editor went looking for alternatives.
- Web browsers, part II (February,
2004). A look at Konqueror.
- Web browsers, part I (February, 2004).
A look at the current set of Gecko-based web browsers.
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