We hope everyone has survived the holidays. Now, it's time to start paying on the credit card bills that you might have ran up buying all those holiday gifts. With the holidays behind us, it's time to look forward to Spring and all the things that go along with it: Valentine's Day, Easter, baseball, warmer temperatures, putting in a garden ... well, at least in the Northern Hemisphere when it comes to the latter two.
Spring is typically viewed as an annual time of renewal. But then, isn't change the one constant we can all count upon? Nothing remains the same. Ever. Things evolve, and PCLinuxOS is also always evolving to bring us all a modern, stable operating system. Version 3.12.x of the Linux kernel is currently undergoing testing, and Texstar is working on updating the Xorg server to version 1.12.4 (supposed to be the latest version that still supports the fglrx-legacy video driver).
What's so ironic is that, as human beings, we're most resistant to change. Yet, the one thing we can count on most is that things will change. We tend to line our nests and surround ourselves with things that make us feel comfortable -- then get royally irritated when change finds its way into our comfortable little corner of the world.
If you were around when PCLinuxOS made the change from KDE 3.5.10 to KDE 4.2.x, you might remember the fervor that exploded over the change. Never mind that the change was inevitable. Never mind that KDE 3.5.10 was being discontinued, in favor of the newer 4.x releases. It didn't have to make sense. The old and familiar was being tossed aside, in favor of the newer version. Along with that newer version came new ways of doing things. Some of the old ways didn't work with the new version. Plus, there were new ways to learn to do common tasks.
With that change a few years behind us, it's sometimes difficult to even remember what KDE 3.5.10 was actually like (aside from booting into an old Live CD from that era). As reluctant as some were to make the change, the change did eventually happen, even if some users were reluctant to embrace that change. Even the most stalwart holdout has moved on.
See? The only thing that we can count on remaining constant is that nothing will remain constant. Things will change. They always do.
Until next month, I bid you peace, happiness, serenity and prosperity.