Give thanks for open source software developers

They make the world go round.

Open source developers and plugin devs are the people that make small technical businesses possible. They’re the folks who spend their time working hard to make obscure pieces of software that most of us will never see into something that is beautiful and usable. Without the major CMSes, many startups would have no way to get a company up and running rapidly.

Today, I will thank three of them by name.

Joost de Valk and his team make Clicky By Yoast, a spectacular plugin for WordPress that absolutely kills on analytics. He’s a major WordPress core developer as well; I am deeply grateful for his work. His analytics have contributed time and again to how I run my site. Thanks, Joost!

Jonathan Riddell is the lead dev for
Kubuntu, the fork of Ubuntu that uses KDE for a native desktop environment. I owe much of my daily happiness to this person; Kubuntu is easy to use, stupid simple to configure, and requires little to no knowledge of Linux for a n00b, while being configurable enough to entertain someone like me. All I’ve done is write a plasmoid or two; Jonathan, I seriously raise my glass to you. Thank you for your hard work and devotion to this project.

The Sarahs: Sarah Mei and Sarah Allen are the two women who started RailsBridge. OSS is notoriously short of women developers, and these women have not only pushed major Ruby work, they’ve also single [double?] handedly increased the number of women at OSS conferences. Thanks for being inspirational as well as technical, ladies.

Now
go eat some of that tasty Thanksgiving turkey!

AVD Manager in Eclipse on Ubuntu won’t start device due to double slash error

I have a weird error that happens to me every time I rebuild my machine; when I open Eclipse and attempt to start up AVD Manager, I get an error when I hit “start” for the Android 4.1 virtual device. That error contains this line: “android-sdk-linux//tools/” and has to do with not finding the adb tool. That’s rather obvious; there’s a double slash in the path that the AVD Manager is using to try to find the script.

The fix, oddly enough, is due to a lack of the ia32-libs package on a 64-bit Kubuntu build. Install it to include support for your 64-bit system.

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs