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[ In reference to "A Short Tutorial on XMLHttpRequest()" in LG#123 ]

Luis Navarro [navarro_luis_a at yahoo.com.ar]

Fri, 5 Dec 2008 07:56:46 -0800 (PST)

Excelent tutorial! Thanks verry much! It is all we need to understand AJAX in a few minutes.


[ In reference to "Book Review: CUPS Administrative Guide" in LG#157 ]

Neil Youngman [ny at youngman.org.uk]

Fri, 5 Dec 2008 10:25:16 +0000

One for pedants corner here.

I noticed the use if the verb "administrating" in the article, where to me the natural verb is "administering" and I started to wonder where this variant came from. I have seen this before in many technical articles and I would like to know whether all USians use administrate instead of administer, or whether it is specific to the administration of computers?


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[ In reference to "Keymap Blues in Ubuntu's Text Console" in LG#157 ]

Kapil Hari Paranjape [kapil at imsc.res.in]

Sat, 6 Dec 2008 09:07:31 +0530


The article on Ubuntu and Keymap blues is (IMHO) too heavy on opinion and too sparse in solutions. Here are some more detailed comments:

1. The author drops openSUSE because of KDE 4.1 and feels that
   openSUSE's support for Gnome is poor. So on to Ubuntu, only
   to worry about the console keymap. This is surely odd as
   one can use a terminal inside Gnome and configure its
   keymap using X or gconf or whatever.
   By the way the author talks about text-mode keymap when what is
   meant is the vt-console keymap.
2. The author could have consolidated the complaints about
   console-tools in one place and then gone on to explain how kbd is
   better and can be configured. Instead we have few hints on how to
   (for example) configure kdb to use the Dvorak keyboard (a problem
   stated at the beginning) and lot of complaints about differences
   between console-tools and kbd keymappings for function keys.
3. A sample keymap which is "sized down" and does fit the author's
   needs would have been a good attachment to the article.
4. The author ends with "However, to make them consistent, you need
   consensus." I would add that "To obtain consensus, you need a good
   consistent solution to all the woes of the Linux console." Is the
   author willing to propose such a solution?

A bit annoyed-ly,

Kapil. --

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