In my last piece
, I examined how there is a species of creature known as the jerk, someone inclined to grab power at organizations with no regard to the cost meted out to other people. Churches, unfortunately, are often the targets of these people. In this essay, I want to consider historical approaches to balancing power in the church and how they may grant insight into protecting churches from jerks.
When I read the article by our Editor-in-Chief, "The Hidden Danger of Peacemakers,"
the other day, the dreadful actions that were told in the article sounded eerily familiar to me. I am not acquainted with the Peacemakers (they are not active, or so it seems, in my home country of Paraguay); but the actions depicted reflect the almost uniform sorts of behavior that appear when jerks -- that kind of person that has no trouble abusing others as long as he or she can seek their stated goal -- take control of an organization.
I would like to thank our kind readers for the encouragement and
the appreciation. This time, we turn to issues more related to
hardware. First we will see how to enable removable drives in our Slack
installation, with especial attention to floppies; and then we will
examine how to setup new hardware, using our scanner as an example,
since its setup was tricky.
Multimedia has now become an essential part of every computer, including those within the enterprise. While aRts was, for along time, hailed as the answer for multimedia within KDE, it fell out of favor as it became obvious that it was hopelessly inefficient. Associate Editor Eduardo SÃ¡nchez sits down with Scott Wheeler of the KDE Project to find out where the KDE multimedia department is headed in general, and concerning a replacement for aRts, more specifically.
In the third installment of the Stealth Desktop series, Eduardo SÃ¡nchez builds upon the previous steps of Part I
and Part II
. Continuing where those parts left off, he introduces the subjects of user, font and printer management in Slackware.
I think that Tim Butler’s article, “Why GNOME’s Got it Right,” raises some serious points worthy of
consideration by every KDE user and advocate. However, I would like to
add the following points that should also be considered.
I hope that
of the Stealth Desktop series was a good start for our
series about using Slackware as a desktop. I would like to thank
our kind readers for the feedback, encouragement and
The issue of GNU/Linux as a desktop operating system is hot these days. You can hear here and there about someone switching their proprietary desktops, or considering doing such a thing, to GNU/Linux. Most of these stories refer to some desktop-oriented or mainstream distribution, such as Mandrake, Red Hat/Fedora, or SUSE. However, there is one distribution you would seldom hear about and yet, it is uniquely qualified for heavy-duty desktop usage. I would like to
show you how you could use this GNU/Linux distribution for desktop fun
Update [July 9, 2004]: thanks for all the feedback. Some minor
corrections added. --Eduardo
As many of our readers already know, I use GNU/Linux as my sole
desktop operating system on a daily basis. I use it not only at home,
but also at work, in a very demanding and performance-driven
enviroment that sometimes moves at breakneck speed. And as usual,
GNU/Linux delivers. The old, tired FUD sayings such as "Linux is
not ready for everyday desktop use," "Linux is OK for servers,
but [Windows/Mac OS X] are for desktops", and "Mac OS X is the only UNIX desktop
worthy of consideration" are not operational here. For my favorite
operating system, desktop usage is business as usual, and I'm glad it
This is a critical review of the installation, setup and actual
performance of the Mandrake distribution of the
GNU/Linux operating system, version 9.1
, and comes as a second part of OfB.biz
's Mandrake review.
(You can see part I
.) The review will cover these areas: (1) Installation
and install-related setup; (2) Post-installation system
administration; and (3) System performance. The review will end
with a general evaluation and will assign grades on relevant