Ramblings of a Professional Computer Geek

October 13, 2010

10 Reasons Not To Use Linux?

I was browsing Linux news sites, and ran into this:
10 Reasons Not to Use Linux (Reflexion).

I started to write a comment, but it grew to the point I decided to just post it here, instead.

(more…)

Advertisements

March 19, 2010

sudo? Please don’t.

Filed under: Linux — Padma @ 8:13 pm
Tags: , , , ,

I made a comment in a post the other day to the effect that I found the current use of “sudo” in personal computers to be an abomination.  I’m going to explain what I meant by that. (more…)

March 9, 2010

PCLinuxOS2010 Beta1 – First Impressions

Filed under: Linux,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 11:32 pm
Tags: , , ,

I wasn’t going to install a beta release on my laptop. Then I got to thinking: a beta release from texstar is as good as a final release from some other sources. 😉 (more…)

March 3, 2010

My New Linux Laptop

Filed under: Linux,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 9:09 pm
Tags: , , ,

A couple of weeks ago, my wife bought an Asus netbook.  It came with Win 7 Starter Edition.  Okay, I gave up long ago trying to convert her to Linux.  She’s not going to leave her comfort zone.  And that’s all right.  She’d rather beat her head against some of the idiocies of Windows than switch.  Whatever makes her happy.

What made ME happy was when she said I could have her old laptop once I backed up all her documents, music, etc. that she had on it.  (more…)

February 7, 2010

PCLinuxOS 2010 is coming!

Filed under: Linux,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 2:57 pm
Tags: , , , , , , ,

According to texstar, PCLOS 2010 will be released shortly after KDE4.4 is finalized.  It should include:

kernel 2.6.32.4, udev, hal, initscripts, plymouth bootsplash, speedboot, xorg, compiz 3D, nvidia/fglrx drivers, ext 4 default file system, KDE 4.4.

Because of the complexity and and heavy user intervention necessary to do a straight upgrade, this release will require a clean install, like 2007 did three years ago.  There will be no ‘Big Update’.

Since KDE 4.4 is scheduled to be released the week of 8 February, that means we could see PCLOS 2010 by the end of the month!  Of course, the official line is always “it will be ready when it’s ready”, so if they run into some significant show-stoppers, it could be delayed.  But Tex and the Gang have been running with the new stuff for several weeks, now, so I’m crossing my fingers that the showstoppers have already been scrubbed out. 😉

UPDATE (4 March 2010): Tex indicated on the forums that a public release might be seen by this weekend!

January 19, 2010

Miguel de Icaza, Microsoft MVP

Filed under: Linux,Windows — Padma @ 11:05 am
Tags: , , , , , ,

Microsoft has named Miguel de Icaza as a Microsoft Most Valued Professional.

That sums it all up in a single statement.  Need I say anything more?

August 18, 2009

Why All The ‘How To Install…’ Articles?

Filed under: Linux,Open Source — Padma @ 9:23 am
Tags: , , , ,

As I’ve perused the various Linux news sites and blogs, one thing I notice is all the “How to Install <program X> in Ubuntu” – type articles.  Each time I see one, my first thought is, “don’t people know how to use Synaptic?  Or ‘Add/Remove Programs’ ?”

(more…)

March 11, 2009

PCLinuxOS 2009 Is Out!

Filed under: Linux,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 4:10 pm
Tags: , , ,

PCLinux2009.1 hit the mirrors today.  (The .1 because there was a wifi bug that Tex fixed last night.) There has not yet been an official announcement.

Update: The announcement has been made!

The Ripper Gang is pleased to announce the final public ISO release of PCLinuxOS 2009.1.

This release features kernel 2.6.26.8.tex3, KDE 3.5.10, Open Office 3.0, Firefox 3.0.7, Thunderbird 2.0.0.14, Ktorrent, Frostwire, Amarok, Flash, Java JRE, Compiz-Fusion 3D and much more. We decided to use kde3-5-10 as our default desktop as the we could not achieve a similar functionality from kde4. We will however offer kde4 as an alternative desktop environment available from the repo once we stabilize it.

February 11, 2009

The “Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome”

Filed under: Linux,Open Source,Windows — Padma @ 11:53 am
Tags: , , , , , ,

I ran across an article this morning, Linux Versus the Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome.  I thought it made some very good points.

The problem is that people who have lived, worked, and played in a homogeneous Microsoft computing paradigm are lost and confused when they encounter a different paradigm. These people have only seen the flawed Microsoft ideology for how computing systems should work and so have a difficult time with more elegant systems based on Unix. They see the Linux system with its’ own paradigm and ideology and try to force it into the only paradigm they know, which is Microsoft’s. This will always cause the user problems.

(more…)

January 28, 2009

Get Ready For PCLOS 2009

Much to the delight of the many users, the Ripper Gang has announced that the repositories will soon be unfrozen, and the updates for 2009 will be available.  The announcement can be seen here.  The “Big Update” is expected to take place the first weekend in February.  The new iso should be out sometime after that.

This update is a big one.  Expect to wait a couple of hours to download everything.  And, because this update includes a new kernel, it requires a reboot.  (Just about the only time you have to reboot a Linux system is when you update the kernel.)

I’ve been playing with 2009 TR5 on my laptop.  It  has been a joy to use, and I’m looking forward to running it on my main desktop.

Next Page »

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.