The best Linux distro of 2011!

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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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Are Computer repairs just as bad as car repairs?

Today my trusty old 1st generation Macbook Air died. At least I think it died. I don’t know for sure…

Because…

I’m not a computer repair guy…

Every time one of my computers dies, I get a feeling like I do when I go to take my broken down car in for repair. How much will it cost? What is wrong with it? Will the mechanic know what the hell they are doing, or are they just guessing like me? Did I mention, how much will it cost? And can I afford a new Mac? Um, no. Continue reading “Are Computer repairs just as bad as car repairs?”

The Great Linux World Map!

I saw this map today and thought I would share. A map of the world of Linux! Very creative…

Here it is, the Great Linux World Map, the Atlas of the Theater of the World, Dedoimedo style. The smaller image below links to a full-sized 2752x1536px 1.19MB PNG map. Click to enlarge. I’ve purposefully made the map in 16:9 aspect ratio, so you can use it as a wallpaper, if you fancy so. Enjoy!

via The Great Linux World Map.

Mark Shuttleworth: Our Goal Is 200 Million Ubuntu Users In 4 Years

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As some of you know that follow my blog, I use Linux on my Macbook Pro instead of Apple’s OSX. I started getting more serious with trying out Linux because of the marketing and exposure of Ubuntu. I currently use PinguyOS, which is a derivative of Ubuntu. Continue reading “Mark Shuttleworth: Our Goal Is 200 Million Ubuntu Users In 4 Years”

Should there be Mandatory Computer Training?

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Ahh, computers. They are the way of the world these days.

I came across an alarming thing the other day that got me thinking that people should get some government funded computer training to teach them the basics. What was this alarming thing?

My mom couldn’t get to our wedding website. No big deal, right? I told her that the address was fine on the invitation, but that I would check it out on her computer on Mother’s Day. I went over, and asked her to show me what she had done. She opened up IE6(OMG!!), and her home page was set to Google. Continue reading “Should there be Mandatory Computer Training?”

Why Printer Drivers will be the Death of me…

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We are trying to get out our wedding invitations! Trying… We are so late in getting them out it may be that we send them out as an E-Invite or pretty HTML e-mail…

But, it would be nice to send out more traditional ones, so, because we don’t have a big wedding budget, we decided to go to the local crafts store, Michaels, and get a couple of boxes of invitations. The first set were only $10 a box. What a deal! Right? Continue reading “Why Printer Drivers will be the Death of me…”

Google Reader Archives and Some Saved Jems!

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The other day I read an article about Google Reader and how to use it as a viable Instapaper replacement. Truth is, Google Reader has been my RSS and news aggregator for years. Now that I have added the ‘Note in Reader’ Bookmarklet into Firefox to take saved notes, I am moving a lot of my Twitter favourites back into Google Reader. I also installed Reeder on my iPhone. I’m excited! Continue reading “Google Reader Archives and Some Saved Jems!”