Showing posts from September, 2009

When documentation makes software useful

I had seen this before but didn´t view the hole picture until recently. Documentation
changes the way you use a program and how much you get out of it. It really does.

I´ve been using Mercurial source control for a while now, but mostly because I was told it was cool. I have never unleased the true power nor try to make complicated things with it. I just kept it there more as a backup system than anything else.

However, a couple of days ago, I stumbled across Mercurial: The Definitive Guide and started reading it (I was bored). I found that It´s worth reading it even if it´s just for fun. I realised
that so many things can be carried out with the tool in a pretty cool fashion. I just didn´t know about it.

This free online ebook has definitely changed my view of Mercurial and it´s made it much more useful for me. I believe that in the programing world, knowing that something can be easily done with a program or environment, it´s a very powerful thing to attract newcomers.

Finally, I want t…

Microsoft is investing in their future. The basque government is selling it to Microsoft

Apparently the decision was made due to the lack of support for Basque language in the free software world.
That was in any case what the Lehendakari, Patxi Lopez, said.
The guy has clearly not heard about EuskalGNU
or LibreZale. Basque politics is not in particular what I want to focus on, although it gives a chance for that too.

The problem here is deeper than that though. I don´t know the real reasons (don´t try to fool us talking about Basque support),
but The Basque government is buying 20000 net-books with Microsoft software preloaded for 5º students. I can not explain with words how mad I am about this fact. There is a reason why "not gig" people hasn´t heard about free software and the reasons root in decisions like the related above.

5º students, will be the future of this land, and what will they remember? that the net-books had
a program called Windows and this program had the ability to run and stop all the other ones.

If only governments could imagine the power that th…