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Update to how I got started in Linux

 

It’s amazing how much things change, even in a very short period of time. For instance, I go from only using Windows, to being exposed to Linux, and then to Mac. To be more specific, Windows XP, Ubuntu 9.10, and Snow Leopard.

Looking at 2010 while I wasn’t exactly seventeen it was nonetheless a “very good year”, for it was nnnnwhen I got started with Linux. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I first put in that live CD. Who knew the fantastic voyage that awaited me.

I most certainly did not!

Some time the following summer perhaps on a Sunday or maybe not, I wrote this post. In fact, it was one of the first I would put on WordPress. I decided to revisit it nearly three years later simply because I hadn’t gotten around to doing so before.

I just so happen to read that post above after all this time and some things jumped out to me.

At the outset I stated that things change, sometimes quite a bit and that applies in this case as the Barnes and Noble in Georgetown, that I went to that wonderful evening is no more. In fact, it’s been a while since it was open. One of several in the DC area. Now, I look at the huge building that housed that wonderful bookstore and it now contains a Nike store instead. Frankly, it makes me feel very sad. Especially since I have such wonderful memories of hanging out there with my mom and sis, where we would spend countless hours reading books.

Oh, the places I can’t go!!!

Thankfully there are other options and I used one of them when I purchased Linux Format Magazine June 2013 edition. If features a review of fifty distros of Linux and has been quite interesting thus far. It even comes with a bonus DVD featuring one hundred games. I absolutely love it, for it means I can pop in the live DVD into my Mac or Windows box and play all the Linux games I want.

Now to take things back a bit, I recall a time when I would dedicate a single day to use of Linux. Now, I use it over 90% of the time, despite having several other PC platforms to choose from.

Yes, that includes Mac OS X Which coincidentally I am running LibreOffice on and making use of my 30” cinema display so here’s lookin’ at you…kid.

Its funny that when I got started with Linux, I only knew about Ubuntu. Now I am aware of the hundreds of flavors that are available. In fact, if I wanted to I could create my own.

Hmm….Venubuntu, Anthony OS, or perhaps Venable OS…..the list goes on and on and on.

Speaking of flavors, since 2010 I have tasted a bunch of them. OpenSuse, Puppy Linux, Linux Mint, Ubuntu up until 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, and Pinguy OS, to name a few. I do like the fact that I now have more powerful computers that allow me to compare them simultaneously in Virtualbox.

That’s a real plus!

Oh, and anybody that tells you that you have to be an expert or some kind of computer geek to use Linux. I’m gonna have to kick some flavor in ya ear, because nothing could be farther from the truth, especially with Ubuntu and others making some moves so that people from Mac or Windows are more comfortable. One of those moves being the Unity desktop, which is not my cup of tea. At the same time others like it and thats fine.

It is indeed their perogative after all.

the wonderful thing is that if you do not like the desktop or basically the way your screen looks like before you load up whatever programs you are about to use then you can change it quite easily unlike on Windows 8, or Mac OS with them you get what they choose to give you, don’t like it tough.

For me, I prefer the good, old-fashioned Gnome 2 interface, but alas……it’s days are over I’m afraid. True, we do have the Mate and Cinnamon projects and I like them both, but the truth is…I can’t go a day without my sunshine.  My sunshine just happens to be Mate.

How ironic!

Oh, and I still dual-boot, which means to run more than one operating system on the same hard drive. It can also mean to have one operating system on one hard drive and then another on different hard drive in the same computer. This is what I intend to do with my Mac Pro. Currently on one of my laptops I have Windows 7 that I barely use, and then Linux Mint 13, which I use pretty much all the time. On my Lenovo x201 that I recently purchased, I decided to just put Linux Mint 13 on it and that will remain until Linux Mint 17 is released.

Whew!! This has been a lot of fun but I must stop now. At least I kept my promise to update you guys. Thanks for your support and please by all means tell your friends and family about this blog.

 

 

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How I got started with Linux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This story begins at the beginning of 2010.  I was broke at the time so I was trying to find a free operating system. I needed something I could run on my PC’s at home. I had searched on the Internet, but found nothing useful for a long time. But one day  I was at Barnes and Noble and I saw a magazine for Linux. (While I had heard of linux before I never thought of it as something I would ever be able to use.) When I asked people who I knew were computer professionals, I was told it was for people that were experts, and difficult to use. I never heard anything positive about it. I am so amazed that I hadn’t came across it sooner.

When I read the magazine I became exposed to Ubuntu 9.10.  Karmic Koala. It sounded so good, as if it was exactly what I was looking for. As a result, I got very excited took it home, and to my surprise had such an easy time installing it to my PC that I decided to run it along with Windows XP as a dual boot system. All I did was put the live CD in the drive and the instructions were step by step you would have to be pretty slow to not get how to set things up.

Since then I have been very satisfied with Ubuntu in general and I have been able to check out later versions of it such as 10.04 (Maverick Meerkat) and 10.10 Lucid Lynx. I am looking forward to 11.04 Natty Narwhal for how it integrates multi-touch even more than 10.04.  This experience just goes to show once again how I  manage to find the coolest stuff by accident.

I will keep you posted on how I learn and grow with the different distros available so keep posted.

Read more: http://computersight.com/operating-systems/windows/how-i-got-started-with-linux/#ixzz1aPlfhqoa