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Spaces in F77

Fred and Dave Taylor are both right (see the December 2012 issue's Letters section). The F77 standard—ANSI X3.9-1978 ISO 1539-1980 (E)—says 1–6 characters using a–z and 0–9, but it also says that “Blanks are used to improve readability, but unless otherwise noted have no significance.” In other words, it is generally legal F77 to use spaces in names and keywords to decrease readability! Try p r int * , 6 6 (yes, with spaces liberally interspersed)!


Notebook Installation Articles

One topic that would be very helpful if it were discussed in an article is the installation procedure in modern notebooks. The new UEFI stuff and Windows 8 are making it very difficult to install a dual-boot on a notebook with Windows pre-installed. There are no clear or detailed solutions on the Web, so a good article explaining this would help us a lot.

Thanks, and keep up the good work!


Great suggestion Toshiro, thanks! We'll see what we can do.—Ed.

Digital Version

I liked the print version but was forced to change. The NOOK 7" display was too small, and I didn't want to spend an outrageous amount of money for a 10" tablet. But, I found a cheap Android tablet from China on eBay, and it works great. I have changed all of my magazine subscriptions to digital. The only disadvantage is not being able to tear out the pages of interesting articles. Now I am waiting for an issue on how to hack it and convert it to a Linux distro of my liking.

Jon GrosJean

Great to hear Jon. I find the PDF version a bit too small on my 7" tablet too. I might have to look for an inexpensive 10" model for the same reason. Thanks for the idea!—Ed.

About Fortran Variables

In the Letters section of the December 2012 issue, Dave Taylor and reader Fred comment on FORTRAN and F77 variable names. Although what they write may have been correct for FORTRAN 77 or F77, the present Fortran standard (Fortran 2003) is much more flexible. The name of an entity may consist of between 1 and 31 alphanumeric characters (letters, underscores and numerals) of which the first must be a letter. For example, time_of_flight is a valid name. This is just one of the many enhancements that make the present Fortran standard a modern language. As a final comment, since the 95 standard, the official name is with a capital (F) followed by lowercase letters (ortran).

Nuno Pinhao

Dave Taylor replies: Indeed. I'll have to brush up my Algol-68 too, at this rate.


I find it discouraging to have several great options for Linux in public school classrooms only to have it dashed by both sides of the aisles. I have long advocated for Linux to come into play in the States and help build repair facilities to facilitate incomes. More and more, I am finding it increasingly stressful in Maine to watch as we spend millions repairing Windows and Macintosh systems along with iPad tablets. It is truthfully frustrating to advocate systems I've been using for the past six years—Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, VectorLinux and countless others—only to have them waived off as “not being user-friendly”. I'm not a coder. I'm a poet and a writer. So, if I can use these systems, a school can use these systems as well. They can assign different run users, different groups and different networking settings. I've also been witnessing the ignorance of my own party it develops a draconian philosophy of removing computers completely.

It's the brush off that is the most stressful, however—to advocate, voice it and e-mail the governor of my state and be given blank responses. There is truthfully nothing that gets done as far as bringing Linux to the classroom. People look at the budgets, I look at the budgets, and we see a magic line of slashing budgets.

I say, instead of the magic line of slashing budgets, advocate for Linux companies to come to the State or area where you live. People say Linux is to hard to use or to use systems from the Windows 98-era. That is not how it works. What we are doing with Apple and Microsoft is hamstringing and confining parents, teachers and our state budgets to a massive monopoly. The game board is rigged, and ever since NVIDIA became a silent partner to Microsoft, the rules have been changing continually for users on a budget. I want people to realize that they can speak up, that they can bring the change, and that they can bring jobs using Linux.

Joseph Ziehmer

Joseph, as someone who has worked in education for almost 20 years now, I feel your pain. Thankfully, in my last position, I was able to use LTSP and Linux thin clients to save significant money while providing a user-friendly experience for our students. Sadly, that's the exception rather than the rule. I think as a community we need to continue touting the benefits while at the same time avoiding “trash talking” the opposition. I've found the negative campaign method seems to make people defensive and less likely to try Linux at all. Good luck, and keep fighting the good fight.—Ed.

Wunderlist and Wunderlist 2

I was looking at implementing it, but I see that Wunderlist2 does not have a native application for Linux, so that goes in the round can. It's funny that they can do it for iOS and Android, both of which descend from either BSD or Linux, but they cannot do a new one for Linux. Oh yes, they have a Windows app too. If the Web app is so good, how come they need native apps for the other platforms?

Chuck Hast

This seems to be how things go for me. I recently wrote about Wunderlist and its native Linux client, and then they release version 2 with no Linux client. My only hope is that the Linux version eventually will come out. As it is now, I have significant egg on my face.—Ed.

Backup Software Fully Cross-Platform

Regarding Doc Searls' article “Heavy Backup Weather” in the October 2012 issue, I've been using CrashPlan (www.crashplan.com) for the past three years, both for on and offsite backups. Aside from its Java requirement, it's been great.

Gerry Normandin

Doc Searls replies: Sounds good. I'll give it a try.

Shawn Powers replies: I completely agree! I don't even mind the Java-based front end, but I certainly wish the dæmon itself was running something other than Java. It's one of those programs that works so well, I tolerate Java.

Advanced Articles

This is in response to Doug's letter in the January 2013 issue's Letters section titled “More-Advanced Articles”.

First, I echo Doug's praise. Linux Journal keeps me up to date.

Second, perhaps instead of trying to balance your articles between beginner or novice-level articles and more-advanced articles in one magazine, you could have a second magazine. “Advanced Linux Journal”sounds good to me. I would pay for a subscription to a second magazine.


It's definitely something to consider. If the demand is high enough, perhaps it could happen someday!—Ed.

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