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.

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March 19, 2010

sudo? Please don’t.

Filed under: Linux — Padma @ 8:13 pm
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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
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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…)

February 7, 2010

PCLinuxOS 2010 is coming!

Filed under: Linux,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 2:57 pm
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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
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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
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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’ ?”

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April 1, 2009

What’s Happening to PCLinuxOS?

Filed under: Linux,Open Source,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 3:45 pm
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The last few months have been … interesting.   Beginning about ten months  ago, Texstar “disappeared”.  He turned over the development of PCLOS 2008/2009 to the Ripper Gang, and didn’t say anything to the community.  A couple months ago, with 2009 almost ready to hit the streets, he popped back up, and delayed the release until he pronounced himself satisfied.

What happened?

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March 11, 2009

PCLinuxOS 2009 Is Out!

Filed under: Linux,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 4:10 pm
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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 16, 2009

PCLinuxOS 2009: My Experience

Filed under: Linux,Open Source,PCLinuxOS — Padma @ 4:46 pm
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Okay, technically, the 2009 iso isn’t out yet.  But the repositories have been unfrozen, and the “Big Update” was pushed to all the mirrors.  I updated a couple of weeks ago.  So how is it going?

To begin with, my first try at updating was a no-go.  It was all my fault, I admit.  I had been multi-booting, playing with other distros while I waited for 2009.  I knew I had screwed up my grub.  I had tweaked it enough to let me boot PCLOS.   I knew I had to go in and fix it before I did the update and reboot.  I knew I had to….

<sigh>

To make a long story short, I ended up reformatting my root partition, and reinstalling PCLOS-2008 MiniMe.  But from there, I re-did the Big Update, and everything was beautiful.

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February 11, 2009

The “Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome”

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

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