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Linux: Contributing

I like open-source, and Linux specifically, for two big reasons: customizability and community. What could be more customizable than being able to look at and add to a program’s code? And as that customization (which hopefully ends up on Github or Bitbucket or some community-accessible equivalent) happens on a large scale, the community grows.

Note that I’m a law student, not a computer engineer. I can’t really write anything…I guess what I would consider important. I’ll never make a kernel commit, for instance. All I can really do is write (mediocre) bash scripts, and maybe minor Java or C or C++ additions to an existing codebase. But I have found that open-source code is generally well-designed, properly commented, and logically named. So modifying existing codebases isn’t as difficult as I thought, especially when what you have in mind mirrors something already in the code. And at least from my admittedly minimal experience, developers tend to be pretty forgiving of stupid first-timer errors and oddball requests.

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Linux: Tiling Window Managers

I’ve spent the last couple months trying out and tinkering with various tiling window managers. And I’ve learned some important things.

Tiling window managers are a type of window manager. However, instead of forcing you to ¬†open windows at one location and one size and moving and resizing them yourself, like more common floating WMs, tiling ones move and resize them for you. No window can be behind another. Linux’s multiple desktops make this feature especially handy. When I open a new window, my window manager automatically moves and resizes the existing windows on my screen to make room for my new window. No dragging, no clicking, and no empty space. It makes the screen of my very small netbook seem perfectly adequate for heavy-duty use.

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