Archive for February, 2009

New Website and New Forum

Posted: February 24, 2009 in Generally Speaking..

I just developed a new website called the New Linux User Companion.

As the title suggests, it is a companion site to my website: The New Linux User.net

On the New Linux User Companion, I have a forum for guests to be able to publish useful information to help newbs.  Check it out, make a post, help a newb!

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Sabayon Linux 4 LiteMCE

Posted: February 20, 2009 in Generally Speaking..

Ha, okay I unintentionally lied about which distro I was reviewing next.  I have temporarily mislaid the Linux Mint Fluxbox in all the confusion of transferring to the new computer and rearranging furniture and whatnot.

One of the distros I was downloading in an attempt to use a wireless connection with for a friend’s computer is Sabayon Linux.  Sorry for the misunderstanding and here is my review.

Today I am reviewing Sabayon Linux 4, the Lite version.  I booted it up and noticed that while it did take some time to fully load, there was a very nice splash screen that stayed throughout so it wasn’t all that bad.  It certainly didn’t take as long to boot as Fedora.  Once it got fully loaded, what I noticed first was wow, this is a crazy beautiful distro.  Classy and dark, the red and black gradient theme is hot!  (Reminded me of Tony Stewart’s new colors lol)  This particular version came with KDE desktop installed, which of course is Windows-like in appearance and has several options for more eye-candy within its Desktop Settings option. 

What stood out were the icons on the desktop for Portato, KDE Help and Update Installer, all right there waiting to be clicked.  What in the world is Portato?  Turns out it’s a front end GUI for Portage, a software package manager.  It seemed complex for about 3 seconds and then after that, it was an “oh, okay, got it” moment. 

The usual KDE packages were there and what I noticed while fiddling around with settings and such was that the KDE environment was extremely stable on Sabayon Linux.  Many distros I found to have the problem where KDE has had many stability issues.  I do not know if this is due to the fact that Sabayon is, at its core, based on Gentoo Linux, which I am unfamiliar with except that it is one of the oldest running Linux distros and that it is one of the most extensible.  I got a pretty Windows-y feel from Sabayon at times, asking me repeatedly if I wanted to quit, was I sure I wanted to quit, etc. 

Overall, there wasn’t anything about Sabayon that I actively disliked or that was a deal-breaker.  It was a very nice distro that looks fabulous.

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Frostwire

Posted: February 18, 2009 in Helpful Techie Things

Earlier, when I logged on to Frostwire for the first time since installing Linux Mint on my new laptop, I got the usual message that Frostwire was updating.  Not a big surprise there.  They either can’t get things right or they just like to update a lot.  Either way, fine with me since they have the handy-dandy deb files right on the website so I can do a one-click install..and awaaaaay we go…

Of course, I wasn’t paying a whole lot of attention..as I said Frostwire updates..a lot!  So, I can’t tell you what is in this new release..and I could care less.

What I did notice that is new in this release is that the quit function FINALLY works!!  kudos to Frostwire for finally fixing this issue.  I was getting annoyed having to force quit every time I wanted to exit Frostwire.  I clicked on it to quit and about wet myself when it actually quit.  So, thank you Frostwire.  After 2 updates, third time is charm.

(And love the application by the way)

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Simplify, simplify: How Microsoft can release just one version of Windows 7

The reason that Microsuck fails to do the fairly obvious and simplify down to one edition is quite simple in itself.

The paragraph in this article about the solution to the multiple versions of Microsuck Windblows being to offer just one version, with the options to jazz it up as needed begs the question; Why does there need to be more than one version of Windows 7? 

The answer to this should be fairly obvious..if they actually implemented a version of Windblows that you could decide how much Windblows you want on your system, well then that would be called……LINUX!

(Download Debian Gnu/Linux if you don’t believe it)

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