Brother mfc5890 on Linux Gentoo 64bit

Actually we bought a new MFC-5890  printer for the office, we have a quite homogeneous environment with mainly Linux systems, a some with Gentoo, a some with Ubuntu, a few OSX systems and two Windows. We have been quite satisfied with the fact that Brother release packages for ubuntu, but we laso had to face the fact that there wasn’t a quick way to install it on Gentoo. So I spent some time to edit the Brother package to install on Gentoo 64bit and create a .tgz to permit to other Gentoo users to install the printer drivers in a quick way. You can download the package from here: http://www.axant.it/static/files/Brother.tgz Simply unpack it in /usr/local (the paths are not relative […]

Python 3.0

Python 3.0 changes have been defined “arbitrary and academic“, for no real use for real programmers. Before starting to talk about python changes, I would think about the meaning of “real programmers” in the sentence before. How would we define a “real programmer”? Are hackers “real programmers”? Are professors of language theory “real programmers”? Are experts in algorithm theory “real programmers”? Are people who do coding for a living “real programmers”? Probably people inside the first definition didn’t mind a lot about how Python 2.x did things and could live with it. They will just be angry because suddenly they tools and scripts will stop working. But those people can also go on with Python 2.x as they don’t tend […]

Alternatives 2.0

You may know that ruby and rails hype is fading and there are lots of interesting platform that have the same good points of rails like the rapid development even if they are almost unknown. Some, like the perl catalyst, are faster, other like the new python turbogears provide everything rails gives you and overall in a cleaner, more rational shape. Obviously you hardly heard about them or how good they are since there isn’t enough people blogging and gloating about how good they are or how many kool points your achieve by using them. Well I’ll start some small post about it with some obviously biased comparisons, just to raise curiosity and foster discussion, let’s start with the template […]