The best Linux distro of 2011!

Tux, as originally drawn by Larry Ewing
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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.


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

Mark Shuttleworth on stage, while speaking at ...
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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”

Ubuntu 11.04 Install Tutorial Just Released. Good Luck Paul…

Installing Ubuntu 11.04
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I am posting this for my friend Paul, as he really wants to install Ubuntu, but is having a few problems. For those that want to get rid of Windows once and for all, just follow the tutorial below.
Good luck! Continue reading “Ubuntu 11.04 Install Tutorial Just Released. Good Luck Paul…”

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal is out in the wild! Check it out!

Ubuntu 11.04 alpha 3
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Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal has just been released. Over at, they have a couple of great tutorials on the new features, and how to do an upgrade from 10.10 to 11.04. Here are a couple of short snippets. Go check it out!

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 11.04, code-named “Natty Narwhal”. 11.04 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality,easy-to-use Linux distribution. This tutorial will explain How to upgrade from ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) to ubuntu 11.04 (Natty)

via How to upgrade from ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) to ubuntu 11.04 (Natty) | Ubuntu Geek.

For PC users, Ubuntu 11.04 supports laptops, desktops and netbooks with a unified look and feel based on a new desktop shell called “Unity”. This version supersedes Ubuntu Netbook Edition for all PC netbooks.

New Features

Unity is now the default Ubuntu desktop session. The Unity launcher has many new features, including drag and drop re-ordering of launcher icons, full keyboard navigation support, launcher activation through keyboard shortcuts, right-click context menu quick-list and switching between running applications.

The Ubuntu One control panel now allows selective syncing, and the launcher icon now displays sync progress. File syncing speed has been improved as well. The Ubuntu Software Center now allows users to “rate & review” installed applications, share reviews via integration with social networking services added into Gwibber, and has other usability improvements.

via What is new in Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) Desktop | Ubuntu Geek.

For those of you that are asking, what the hell is Ubuntu? Here is where to start…
I run PinguyOS based on 10.10, so an update should be coming shortly…I will let you know when it does.

When you can’t decide what you like, choose Linux!

Tux, as originally drawn by Larry Ewing
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I have used Linux off and on for 4 or 5 years. I finally did the big switch from OS X last year. I have many reasons why I have been attracted to it.  Open Source, free, comes with tons of applications that are also free. But, the biggest thing that I must have in an operating system is customization… Continue reading “When you can’t decide what you like, choose Linux!”

My Linux Experience and 2011 Goals

Splash Screen auf "KDE"
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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….!/larrinski/status/22099200636362752!/larrinski/status/21976532171890688!/larrinski/status/20351466501836801
(finally getting my sound working after f*cking it up!)!/larrinski/status/19444546588901376!/larrinski/status/15786846395047936!/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.

Using Remember the Milk in Linux

Tux, the Linux penguin
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I love Remember the Milk as you may be aware! I use it all the time. At work, home, on my iPhone. Everywhere. I have written a few posts about my GTD journey and ultimate decision to use Remember the Milk as my GTD solution. I have also been transitioning my personal computer to Linux the last few months. I decided on an Ubuntu based OS called PinguyOS. So, I got quite excited to read the following article on how to integrate Remember the Milk into Linux! Here is an excerpt from the post. Coming from the Mac and using Quicksilver, I love that PinguyOS has Gnome Do running out of the box. I absolutely love the Gnome Do RTM plug in! I am installing and playing with it as you read this…

There are great ways to integrate the services of RememberTheMilk with Linux, here we’ll see some:


Remember the milk can export the events in ical format, it’s possible to take an ical address just for a list of task or all of them and set in lighting a new net calendar, just select the ics format and give the url you have copyed from the RTM site, and you’ll see the tasks with due dates integrated in your calendar.

Check also the official guide.


Remember The Milk plugin for Gnome Do indexes the tasks which are stored in your Remember The Milk account. It also allows you to perform basic actions like creating or deleting a task, as well as some advanced operations related to task lists, tags and locations. It requires an available Remember The Milk account and needs to be authorized to access the data.

Read the rest of the article here.

Don’t forget to leave your comments about your GTD solutions and your thoughts about my blog!