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Re: [News] The Universe on Your Linux Desktop

__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Sunday 07 May 2006 21:55 \__

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> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> __/ [ nick ] on Sunday 07 May 2006 02:02 \__
>>> Mark Kent wrote:
>>>> I like kstars, particularly the links to databases as Nick mentioned
>>>> above, it's definitely for the serious telescope gazer.  It's got a
>>>> good night-mode, too.  Stella is the best for planetarium-type displays,
>>>> though, I think?
>>> I agree - I think Stellarium is a better planetarium program. This is
>>> the first app I open when I want to get a quick glance at the current
>>> night sky. I use KStars when I haul out my telescope(s) for more serious
>>> observing. Stellarium, by design, provides a 'realistic' depiction of
>>> the night sky for the visual observer. KStars provides a 'star chart'
>>> type depiction of the night sky along with additional functionality
>>> useful to amateur astronomers. They are both great programs and I use
>>> each one in turn depending on my needs. Despite EF's rantings, choice is
>>> a _good_ thing.
>> Who  would  ever  argue against choice?
> Actually, you'd be amazed to see the number of people who've been
> through these parts making exactly that argument.  Even some folks who
> would be, in general, very pro open-source.  Personally, I find that
> choice is, overall, a very good thing indeed.  Being faced with a
> mountain of choices can be somewhat overwhelming at first, but once the
> first steps have been taken, the advantage of having several ways over
> that mountain soon become clear.
>> Sure, the  mix-and-match  approach
>> tends  to overload the brain. Take the folks in news.software.readers, for
>> example.  Do you really think they remember all keyboard accelerators in a
>> dozen  or so newsreaders and never get confused/disorientated? Yes,  being
>> too  whory  when  it comes to software leads to  inefficiencies,  but  the
>> ability  to easily 'dance' from one application to another (assuming  data
>> is  portable,  e.g.  thorough  importers and exporters  relying  on  stand
>> formats),  is  a  positive  think. Sometimes, application  X  can  achieve
>> something  that  Y cannot, and vice versa. Most you double the expense  by
>> acquiring  a  licence for both X and Y? Of course not. That's  where  Free
>> Open  Source Software comes into play. You have many flexible  application
>> rather  than  one  bloated toy that promises the world to you,  but  often
>> fails.
> Have you made some change to your newsreader settings?  I've not seen
> even justification using non-proportionate fonts since, well, the 1980s
> :-)

It's  a  Perl  script.  Owing to several  suggestions  (due  to  complains
rather), I disabled hyphenation recently. The Perl script is based on some
LaTeX modules.

I  haven't  modified  KNode at source level. There are  very  few  desktop
applications  that I bother to alter. The exception is Web-based software,
which  faces  an  audience  and  needs to appear  unique  once  it  become

>> And forget about wishlist bug report being accounted for, or having
>> your engineers tailor an extension for you...
> Just wait.  And wait.  And wait...

Better  wait  than  be ignored by an arrogant software vendors  that  will
never  accommodate  your  needs  or release the source  code  for  you  to
bastardise.  See the recent thread on extending Office for the blind.  The
OP  did not even get an answer to his letters, wherein he requested a  few
simple hooks.

Best wishes,


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