The best Linux distro of 2011!

Tux, as originally drawn by Larry Ewing
Image via Wikipedia

Today I found a nice post about the best up-to-date Linux distros of 2011. Though I have been using Pinguy OS for about a year now, I am always on the prowl for what’s out there! Pinguy OS is a blend of Debian, Ubuntu, and Mint, which are 3 of the distros discussed below.

I have an attraction to installing Arch Linux as it is essentially the most customizable Linux of the bunch, but honestly it scares me! lol. I’m not that proficient to be able to manually install all aspects of the OS via the command line! I’m fine with a GUI interface to start, and then Googling to fix any little glitches that come up.

I’m pretty sure that most of my readers are not Linux users, but even if you aren’t, I recommend reading the article over at TuxRadar. You may be surprised as to what you are missing in your Windows or OSX box!

Fedora, Mint, Arch, Ubuntu, Debian and OpenSUSE go head-to-head – we’ve dropped the six most popular Linux distributions of the day into a cage fight for your affections. Read on to discover which distro comes up top for installation ease, customisation, performance, security and more. Which flavour of Linux gets the gold medal? You might very well be surprised, so read on for all the juicy details…

In the beginning, Linus created the kernel. The kernel worked (sort of) and was good. Then, in an ever-spiralling Babelesque explosion of code, the world got umpty-ump different Linux distributions, some of which seem to differ from each other only in the colour of their desktop screens.

Choosing a distro can be confusing, time consuming and too much hard work, which is why many Linux users don’t stray far from updating the one they know best.

via The best Linux distro of 2011! | TuxRadar Linux.

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My Linux Experience and 2011 Goals

Splash Screen auf "KDE"
Image by Udo Herzog via Flickr

I have been immersed in the Linux environment for a few months now, forcing myself to find a Linux solution for many of my computer related problems. I have been running various Distros for years, but this is the first time that I have not just played with it, but made it my main OS on my personal computer.

There are always problems when switching from one OS to another. I went through this when I left Windows for good in 2003 and bought my first Mac. One of many good things Linux has to offer is that there are 1000’s of applications available for free in some form or another. I run PinguyOS, a derivative of Ubuntu, that is a derivative of Debian,  so I benefit from all the development done and passed down from Debian, Mint, and Ubuntu. That’s a Win-Win-Win!

Installing applications is so extremely easy, and there are multiple ways of installing things(Apt-get in Terminal, Synaptic Package Manager, Ubuntu Software Centre, or even manually compilling and installing for the brave at heart…). I have been sharing a few of my experiences on Twitter, but rarely do I blog about them. I have been enjoying my  Linux journey  so far, and hope to share the good and bad with you this year.

A few of my goals this year around Linux are…

  1. Learn how backup via a network drive. Can’t you just damn well “see it”??
  2. Learn GIMP for my photo editing. Open it EVERY time I play with images.
  3. Figure out how to successfully and repeatedly rip and burn um, backup DVDs.
  4. Find a decent iTunes replacement…Almost there!
  5. Decide if I want to start learning a programming language and what ones are used most in Linux…I really want to…

Here are my most recent tweets about Linux….

http://twitter.com/#!/larrinski/status/22099200636362752

http://twitter.com/#!/larrinski/status/21976532171890688

http://twitter.com/#!/larrinski/status/20351466501836801
(finally getting my sound working after f*cking it up!)

http://twitter.com/#!/larrinski/status/19444546588901376

http://twitter.com/#!/larrinski/status/15786846395047936

http://twitter.com/#!/larrinski/status/15785704277676033

Leave comments about your Linux switching experience! What Distro are you using? What challenges did you face? I’d love to hear about it.

Linux on my Macbook

I have said in the past, that once Linux gets easier to use, and is more widespread and supported, I will probably make the switch. Well, I have Ubuntu on my Macbook as a dual boot with OSX 10.5. It is getting close to being great “out of the box”, even though it never came in a box! Right now there are some hibernation issues on the Macbooks, but the wireless is working now with a little Terminal hack, sound works, the keyboard is recognized, etc…

One day I would love to be free of a locked in operating system. Having said that, if you have a ‘PC’, then switch now! noweeopensourceUbuntu, Fedora Core, Debian are 3 great ones to start on. OSX is based on Unix(in fact it is a certified version of Unix), and is pretty slick, stable and easy to use, but I can see a time when Windows and OSX will be too slow out of the gate to keep up with the technology advances. How long did it take Microsoft to release a new version of Windows? 7 years? Apple to release 10.5? 2 years? Linux updates? 6 months!!!Linux has a huge developer community, and they are the real nerds… Part time hobby for now for me…Tux is damn cute too…
If you have ever wondered about what Linux is, then here are the 10 best Linux commercials to get you started…

I realized years ago that history in high school is no more than one side of the story, usually written by the ones that won the battle(maybe not all the time). I always questioned the story, and wondered what ‘really’ happened. Here are the top 5 lies told to you in history class!

The 5 Most Ridiculous Lies You Were Taught In History Class | Cracked.com: “”