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Linux screensaver for Windows

December 21st, 2005

IBM’s developerWorks has another thorough article about LiveCDs. This time it involves modifying LiveCDs and turning them into screensavers for Windows.

There is sufficient free and open source software available nowadays to enable Linux to install and run as a Windows screensaver. This article shows you how to construct an appropriate CD or DVD, and in doing so, demonstrates that the “free” and “non-free” sides of the software Grand Canyon are not so far apart after all.

Categories: Desktop, How To
  1. Jeroen Rijckaert
    December 28th, 2005 at 05:23 | #1

    Too bad people can’t just click-download-burn-reboot-start it the Windows Way.

    If you’re making things for Windows People, you have to make sure its not too complicated. They don’t want to edit text files, build programs (“BUILD it, wtf?! i just want to install and run it!”)

    Free and non-free are still miles apart. Not like north and south pole, more like Venus and Mars. And thats Good. I hope Linux will never look and work the same way as non-free (Windows) operating systems. But on the other side, Windows is copying more and more features from Linux/Unix. Thats also good.

  2. Jeroen Rijckaert
    December 28th, 2005 at 05:24 | #2

    Sorry for my crappy English, I just woke up.

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