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3 May 2005 (updated 3 May 2005 at 09:05 UTC) »
creative scores

I am going to think about a portal to distribute GPLed sheet music. My aim is to allow people to fork music (written in MusiXTeX , Lilypond, denemo, MusicXML, or Finale) and to give many versions of the same original piece. My goal is to allow recent music to be directly pushed in the public domain or so, instead of waiting 50 years after the death of the original composer. For example, if Joe write FooBar for piano and clarinet, someone else can modify it by patching it and making it longer, shorter, or for differents instruments. One can make an orchestra version, etc.. The main problem will be to find a good version tracking system, easy to use in M$ windows for musicians almost working with Finale.

about init(2)

I partially looked the sources of sysvinit. it's more complicated that i could imagine. consequently, i think i will implement my own mini-init to manage Parallel launches and Fire&forget launches in each runlevel. I think i can be fun and that i will learn nice things by doing that.

about init

AFAIK, System V's init runs sequetially from 00foo to 99bar in each runlevel (1,2,3,4,5,6 in linux). And it is long. I wonder if it could be (yes it could) possible to extend init to handle 2 more types of daemons : xxFFbar (fire and forget) and xxPPfoo (Parallel in sequence xx). thus on SMP, unices could start faster by making such a fork.. I'm going to look init's sources next Week-End.. See you later.

Ubuntu vs Windows(tm)

My laptop works now with ubuntu hoary. Believe me, Ubuntu is easier to install, to configure (network interfaces, etc..) and to use than Windows XP. e.g: i am currently doing a drag'n'drop between a windows shared folder to an ftp server with nautilus, without to have to configure samba or whatever software. Doing thee equivalent with windlws means : downlad/install winscp3 and leechftp then connect to the ftpserver and then drag the files.. but .. hey ! it crashes under windows WP ! Really, windowsers, try Ubuntu, and see. You'll never get back !


Ah ! at last i received my new laptop ! my previous was half-dead since it had no keyboard (i had to plug a regular keyboard) and had 3 minutes of battery... Well, yet another install party began this morning. I tested Mandriva Discovery (given with the laptop) and debian Ubuntu. That's really cool : people in the distros world have made good efforts to make installation process smarter and easier than Microsoft's OS installation. My new laptop is a HP/compaq nx9105 with eth10/100, wlan 802-11g, and a 56k modem; plus irDa, and USB etc.. etc... but no more floppy. Everything works under linux 2.6.8 with options 'nolapic' and 'noapic' given to the kernel. I had to install ndiswrapper to support my wifi chip, then the nvidia 2D/3D accellerator drivers for my videocard. Gnome 2.8 (given in ubuntu) is really impressive and sober. Good work linuxmen !

19 Apr 2005 (updated 26 Apr 2005 at 08:25 UTC) »
can't remember

I'm looking for someone in this place who patched mod_virgule years ago and made an ornithology website with mod_virgule. Actually, i met a french ornithologist and i have to make a website for him. I would like to include in his links page an 'href' to your site. Please, if you recognise yourself, mail me. Thx a lot ! -- NOW : OK I FOUND YOU ! :)

4 Apr 2005 (updated 4 Apr 2005 at 12:53 UTC) »
taxinomy and graphs

Last year, i wondered how i could store widgets together in order to have a quick access to them thru a fuzzy query. Here is a little text that describe the power of graphs to help managing content, such as sounds, or words (graphs of synonyms) or everything you want. I think i will use it for my artificial minded bot to generate correct analog sentences of written french. Comments are welcome on my e-mail.

2 Apr 2005 (updated 2 Apr 2005 at 19:11 UTC) »
about KDE

I'm a heavy user of the WindowMaker wm, and i like it because it is the only wm that handles X classes instead of application window. But since yesterday, i installed KDE 3.2 and began to... like it! Hey, KDE begins to be a good UI : DnD works correctly, Contextual menus are smart, and well.. everything is easier than Windo$ XP ! That's all folks..

Looking for an algorithm to compute a distance between two trees (graphs), i found a very cool search engine based on the bibTeX bibliography format to retrieve scientifical articles. Here is the url: CiteSeer.ist.psu.edu . It contains a huge amount of links to free downloadable articles.

She called me

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