I’ve passed under the Linux Arch!

29 08 2009

Last time, I wrote about how I was working on installing Linux on my computer. The main question with any Linux install though is, what distro do I use? I’ve used many different distros before, such as the popular Ubuntu, Slackware, and more recently, Mint and Fedora. I even tried to tackle (somewhat succeeded) Linux From Scratch. Each distro has its strengths, but for some reason, I was never happy with any of them. One didn’t give me enough control over my system and did everything for me, while others *cough* LFS *cough* provided me with next to no help, leaving me in over my head.

My new distro of choice

My new distro of choice

Well, that’s when I discovered the wonderful Arch Linux. I don’t plan on looking back.

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Back to school!

26 08 2009

Dear Readers,

I’m sure you’ve noticed that I haven’t maintained my previous post frequency. My apologies, but this is because school has started, so I have now have classes and homework. Boo, right?

6a00d8341cc30c53ef01157160d6e6970c-450wiWhile my posts will most likely occur less frequently, I am in no way ending my blog.

I moved into a new apartment and have had to re-setup my computer and office. While hooking my computer up, “Isn’t it a little hypocritical that I promote Linux, but don’t have it installed on my computer?” Well, the answer is yes, so these past few days, I’ve been hooking up my computer for Linux.

I’m trying to find a new distro other than Ubuntu, since I find it somewhat cliche, even though it’s very good. I ran into some hardware recognition problems with Fedora and now I’m currently using Mint, but I don’t really like the look of it.

I expect that I’ll spend some time browsing distrowatch.com to find a cool new distribution to use; I’ll let you know what I find!

I’m taking compilers, cryptography, and differential equations this semseter, so I expect to post the intersting things I find out in these classes. Stay tuned!





I’d use Linux, but it doesn’t have the applications I want…

13 08 2009

The biggest complaint I hear about Linux is that people can’t find applications that they need to be productive. Well, if you know where to look, you can find a replacement for nearly every Windows application out there.

To make your transition to Linux easier, I’m going to point out the Linux equivalent of some key Windows applications. Then I’ll show you some places to look on your own if you can’t find what you want.

Linux has all the applications you could want!

Linux has all the applications you could want!

Even better, all these programs will be free!

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