Archive for March, 2008

Okay Bloggers I understand I might have committed a cliff-hanging no-no…I left it a bit too long!! lol…it wasn’t intentional, to be sure…I merely meant to divvy up the blog posts in order to not have one gargantuan post (because I can digress like nobody’s business) and I went and did something I wondered briefly if I might do…forget to post the rest!
Okay, so for the rest of the Windows to Linux saga!
First of all….I have the memory capacity of a fruitfly..I can’t remember commands for the command terminal to save my life…so I must say..the Help feature in the Gnome desktop is an absolute LIFE SAVER!
At first it was hard for me to figure out how to download programs (or packages as they are referred to in GNU/Linux land) but I finally realized that the “stuff” that packages are made of tend to already be listed or lurking somewhere, so that mostly it’s just a matter of selecting the package and installing it…Aptitude and Synaptic Package Handler are great for doing this…
Now, on a farrrrrrrr less technical bent LOL…some of the things I really enjoy about my Gnome desktop…
First, at the bottom of the screen is one of those application bars that one just can’t get away from no matter what OS you…or so I thought…you should have seen the look on my face when i clicked on the edge of the bar and the whole thing rolled up into nothing! that was awwwwwesome!!!!!
I love the “drawer” feature..just what it sounds like..a little icon of a drawer and you can put whatever applications (programs) you want in it and they are nice and neatly tucked away but in plain sight at the same time!!
Oh!! Did I mention I have like 5 web browsers???? LOL
And since I am still figuring my way around the applications (programs) menu, how about instead I make my own? that’s right i can do that too!!!!
Awww darn it, I just had an application freeze…that’s okay, force quit shuts it down RIGHT NOW, not in 10 minutes, but NOW! lol
How about visual bliss? Want to change the desktop? Right click on it..a whole list of desktop backgrounds comes up..pick your pleasure!..want one of your own? just click add wallpaper, it will open the file for you!…or how about no desktop..maybe you just want a certain color…no problem, just pick the one you want..out of Thousands!!!
Yeah, I am lovin this already, and I am still a hopeless newb!!!!


Okay Bloggers…
Didn’t want the “endless blog” so I thought I would leave a little cliffhanger for the last blog…
Every now and then a sequel is better anyway, right? Well, that’s the theory anyway…oh well I guess it worked for Shrek and from the previews I just might work with the Incredible Hulk too..(btw, I think Edward Norton is a great choice…going toward a more original Bill Bixby feel)
I digress….a lot.
At any rate, where was I?
Ah, yes……I installed Debian Linux on my machine..which is a simple little Intel Celeron with just a mere 256 RAM.
Which is no longer quite so simple!…Before I accepted the nature of my box’s lack of ability to play “with the big dogs”….Now, with computer IS a big dog…and it runs damn fast!!!
I have even already made critical newbie mistakes that have totally crashed Linux but it’s okay I just pop the disk back in and reboot and it’s all good once more!! (of course I have my important data on disks)

Every time I do something stupid, I just learn more and there are great forums out there for help for even the greenest Linux newb, like me! I have especially found that Ubuntu Linux has an extremely well thought out, well organized forum that so far has been of the most assistance while still keeping it “newbie real” although of course for Debian specific issues I go to their help forum…for right now, just learning my way around has been a crazy rollercoaster ride of “what’s this button do?” and “aw hell” and “wow!! my windows could never have done that!!!” all the way to “that is toooootally bad@ss!!!”So, what then do I have to say about my Linux experience thus far??

Hello Bloggers…
Usually I go on and on about racing but I have had some major computer troubles and woes in the last two weeks that have caused me to miss a couple of races..Notice how Tony Stewart was wrecked and whatnot else while I was otherwise occupied…it’s all Microsoft’s fault..
My Windows decided to just..die.
Not a pretty death either, but a flaming, writhing on the ground-screaming in agony kind of death that would make Dr. Kevorkians of us all… I had been contemplating for a while how much I thought Windows blows..(aka Windblows) so I had gotten a copy of GNU/Linux…but like every other wanna be techie out there I had some MAJOR misgivings about actually running it. Well, that came to an abrupt end…along with Windblows<—-which nearly took my hard drive with it!
So, since I wasn’t the original purchaser of my computer (I got it from the fine folks at Aarons) I couldn’t get another copy…
That is just one of the many Unfortunate Things about Windblows….one copy per computer that, just to be fascist, you have to download a verification key just to get updates to their lousy, bug-ridden, constantly freezing and crashing software.
And while I am thinking about it, I couldn’t even change the owner information on my computer…the whole time I had Windblows, my account was registered to Aarons!!! Yes, I know there is a fix..too bad it didn’t work, much like Windblows.
Needless to say, after a lot (A LOT) of researching and endless reading for newbs..I decided to go with Debian Linux…I would have went with Ubuntu but I didn’t have what it takes in the RAM department.
So now I have Debian GNU/Linux………………………………………
and that is the whole reason that Microsux made me miss two races!!!!