Open Source Softare has to be better

The thing about open source by Bijan Sabet

I think we need to aim even higher with open source movement. It’s not just about an open source version of Photoshop or Windows or MS Office. It has to be bigger and more ambitious than free and open. It has to be better.

I’m a proponent and critic of man Open Source Projects. Some projects like PHP, Perl, Apache, Linux, MySQL, are very successful and provide very capable solutions to enterprises and small businesses. Other projects like GIMP and OpenOffice are a disappointment. They are poor alternatives for the products they are meant to replace. They are the…

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User CPAN installation broken

Here is a workaround for a common problem. You do not have root access the *NIX server to configure perl but want to install perl libraries. Normally the user can use CPAN with local libraries (PERL5LIB). But sometimes CPAN gets confused and you get an error like this: Your configuration suggests "/root/.cpan" as your CPAN.pm…

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Adding style to perl code

Perl has always been my favourite command line and web programming language. There is nothing Perl can’t do. The Perl language combined with the large quantities of modules on CPAN (developed by some of the best programmers on the planet) make it the kitchen sink of programming languages. I like to make my code as…

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