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 das Gros der engeren und weiteren Familie Geburtstage feiert, zudem fällt meist Ostern in dieses

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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 elementary app store and core repositories, no additional repositories. To cut things short: It was

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Recently, and once again, I have stumbled across someone (more or less) claiming the Year Of The Linux Desktop (wonder whether the acronym YOTLD already made it through) might be in 2019. And I wonder…

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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 Desktop-Linux-Nutzer habe ich immer noch keine Lösung gefunden, die Outlook oder neueren Mail-Clients (ganz gleich

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Using containers for development and testing environments is pretty much state of the art these days. This way, developers and operations guys alike are able to gain speed by reducing the time wasted on handling various infrastructural aspects just to be able to work at all. Consequently, a load of applications and runtime environments are already available to run inside containers – but not all. SAP MaxDB is on our

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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 too annoying and I got other things to do most of my days. However, few

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 even though I am unsure whether he would like being placed in this category), „The

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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

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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