Der vierte Monat des Jahres ist ins Land gegangen, mit dem für die Jahreszeit üblichen durchwachsenen Wetter, viel Sonne, viel Wind, wenig Regen, vereinzeltem Schnee an einem Samstag im forstbotanischen Garten zu Tharandt und teils ausgeprägter Kälte an der Grenze zwischen den Wochen. April und früher Mai, das sind die Monate, in denen seit jeher … Read more Baumwipfel

elementary 5: Clean, lightweight GNU/Linux

As I pointed out elsewhere, I spent a couple of weeks participating in the elementaryOS 5 Linux Community Challenge. Started by a writer at, the idea was plain and simple: Go with elementaryOS Juno for two weeks, and use it mostly out of the box. No tweaks, no configuration, and software exclusively from the … Read more elementary 5: Clean, lightweight GNU/Linux

LiMux: Geheimes Rollback, Politik und technische Schwächen

LiMux macht wieder einmal negative Presse – und momentan sieht es so aus, als ob das ehemalige Open-Source-Vorzeigeprojekt der öffentlichen Hand final beerdigt werden würde. So sehr das einerseits stört: An manchen Stellen kann ich das sogar verstehen. Offene, nutzbare Mail- oder Groupware-Clients und Linux sind kein schönes Thema, und selbst nach 20+ Jahren als … Read more LiMux: Geheimes Rollback, Politik und technische Schwächen

antergos: simple, straightforward Linux desktop

Installed antergos Linux on my everyday working laptop yesterday after quite a while running ubuntuGNOME. After upgrading 14.10 to 15.04, some things on my installation became somewhat messy (in example system losing connectivity when switching between WiFi and LAN); I was pondering a clean re-installation after all but so far hesitated as these problems weren’t … Read more antergos: simple, straightforward Linux desktop

In the beginning there was the … command line?

Re-occuring read on my pile of (electronic) books, yet as far as I can tell I never so far wrote about it: In the beginning there was the command line. Neal Stephenson, most likely known at least to some as author of novels such as “Snow Crash” (which might be considered a later cyberpunk classic … Read more In the beginning there was the … command line?

KDE, Kubuntu, and a bit of rant.

So much for that. Again. A while ago and in quite a verbose way I announced my move to KDE 4.x, specifically in the Kubuntu 13.04 distribution which I adopted in early alpha, as most of the time. Finally. After fancying with this particular desktop environment for quite a while. Well guess I’ll better keep quiet about things like that by now, sitting in front of an XFCE machine again as I write this, not ending up with a desktop that is “lightweight” or “un-bloated” but, well, with a desktop that seems to just have a better balance between features and usability, at the moment. Not sure. Some more thoughts on that to follow, read on…

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SAP MaxDB with Python

By now it should be known we’re notorious users of SAP MaxDB in a “non-SAP environment”, and, for that matter, we have done rather well throughout the last seven years. By now, we gained quite some experience running, administering, working with that RDBMS in our environment, and we manage to get our production work done on top of it without thinking about it all too much which seems a good thing. However, there are several nuissances about that platform, both talking about political SAP product and licensing decisions and about overall technical issues, lack of support for most of the neat tools, toys and frameworks included.

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