jueves, 6 de julio de 2017

Pardus 17 Released Today: The Big Turkish Cat Awakens!

Today I learned that Pardus Debian has just released its version 17.  That's quite a jump in the numbering scheme because the previous release was Pardus Community 3.0.  I guess now they switched into a year-matching number. 

I am quite happy about the release because this distro appeared as "dormant" on Distrowatch.  With that, I had realized a couple of weeks ago that most of my preferred distros are either discontinued or dormant. Others are in an unknown status, although I prefer to call it "slow development process".

Anyway, even if Pardus Community 3.0 seemed unpolished and clunky, I downloaded Pardus 17 right away and made a bootable USB stick.  The menu came in Turkish and the booting process was pretty slow.  In fact, I thought I would get a show-stopper error but Pardus managed to get to the desktop after a while.


As you may see, the DE is XFCE and everything is in Turkish, hehe.  In spite of the language barrier, I noticed Synaptic as the package manager and also located the installer, which is Debian Installer. Fortunately, Debian Installer asks you about the language you want to use for the installation.

It is too late now for me to run the installer, so that'll have to wait.  Maybe I'll do it tomorrow, if I can clear some of my work first.  At least tomorrow I'll test this new Pardus on my ThinkPenguin Adelie, which is quite picky with Linux distros.  Maybe the kernel 4.9.30 of this release will be compatible with my moody laptop.

jueves, 29 de junio de 2017

Jetpack 2: Released!!

Five days ago, on June 24, the game Jetpack 2 was finally released.

I've been waited for this game for a long time: 17 years at least.  I still remember reading "Wait for Jetpack 2 in 2000" when leaving Jetpack, the original game, which I was hooked into.

The game is a great improvement to the original Jetpack, which ran on DOS.
Start screen of the game Jetpack



Start screen of Jetpack 2
While the current release is for Windows, it is playable on Linux thanks to Wine.  Still, the developer says he is looking into porting it to other platforms.

This is what Jetpack 2 looks like

Well, at least I will be able to play the game while I wait for the Linux version, hehe!

jueves, 1 de junio de 2017

Ubuntu's Logo Spotted in The Big Bang Theory ... And What I've Been Up to Lately

This is a quick account of my recent activities:

1.  I saw Ubuntu's logo in an episode of the show The Big Bang Theory.

That was on episode 17 of the 10th season.  Actor Kevin Sussman, who gives life to the character Stuart Bloom, is wearing a grey Ubuntu T-Shirt.




2.  I upgraded from Yakkety Yak to Zeisty Zappus.

The only time I attempted to upgrade an Ubuntu version was on my Chromebook, and it did not work.  Thus, I had my concerns when I did it on my ThinkPenguin Adelie laptop, which is the machine I take to work.  My fears proved unfounded, though: everything went perfectly!  Wow!

3.  I experimented with Debian on my Lenovo tablet.

I had tried GNURoot before and it went pretty well, but everything felt more like a proof of concept. Thus, I tried Debian noroot this time.  I still cannot get VLC to work, but Libreoffice does run smoothly, and that was one of my priorities.  I'll keep testing.

lunes, 22 de mayo de 2017

6 Years Already?

Time flies!  It's been 6 years blogging about my experiences with Linux!

I've learned a lot, although I still haven't mastered the CLI (and probably never will).

I've also seen some of my favorite distros disappear, but they have been replaced by others equally great or even greater.

I've seen some other successful migrants among many who don't stay beside the penguin.

I've seen as well how Linux gets better and better, and how that other OS has started to copy it.

However, the greatest things I've experienced since I came to Linux Land are:

Freedom and peace of mind!  While many are utterly worried and Wannacry, I am happy with my systems.  :D

CHEERS!!!

sábado, 29 de abril de 2017

My View on the Article "Is the Open Source Software Movement a Technological Religion?"

I read the article "Is the Open Source Software Movement a Technological Religion?," in which Gil Yehuda compares the movement to religion.

Although he has some interesting points, I think actually closed source or proprietary software advocates are the ones who seem much more to be into a religion.

Why?  To put it simply:

1.  Their leaders hide the truth (the code, flaws, etc.) from them and they simply accept it.

2.  They attack open source based on claims that have been given to them and that in many cases are not accurate.

3.  They do not have the will to investigate their products / leaders and take them as religious people take dogmas.

4.  They lack the scientific need to investigate and learn.  How many times they reject open source based solely on the claim that they "do not want to learn anything new"?

5.  They prefer to put up with the flaws of their software because "that's how things are".

6.  They are are not allowed to actually get into the depths of the software they use nor have the opportunity to change it.

7.  They let a specific corporation use them to its will and they happily keep giving this company as much money it asks from them, regardless of the product they receive.

Again, closed source advocates are more a religion in my perspective.  At least I have the freedom to choose and I will not go to software hell if I decide not to keep supporting a specific open source tool.

martes, 25 de abril de 2017

PicarOS Diego 2017 Is Out?

What a surprise!  I learned that there was a release of PicarOS 2017 this month!

If you don't know PicarOS and you like GNU/Linux and have children, you're missing a jewel.  This is a GalPon MiniNO version made especially for children and with education in mind.  In my opinion, it is the most complete Linux distro for kids, and it is extremely attractive for them. Children love it!

The best part is that it is a fully featured system. I like to use it myself, and anytime I do, people get interested in this beautiful distro.  Too bad it receives so little attention from the media.

In terms of new features, I noticed that now it comes with the option of a 32-bit kernel, PAE, or a 64-bit one.  Nice!
The window buttons tell you you are running Compiz


To be honest, I did not see any extreme changes in PicarOS 2017, except that the minino-compiz feature seems to be missing in the menus.  Still, you can launch it manually.


I have to keep testing it to see what else is new.  Thanks, PicarOS developers!!



sábado, 15 de abril de 2017

When My New Laptop Lost its Home...

I bought a new laptop from a Linux vendor some time ago.  The machine is a beast and it comes with a SSD for the root system and a HD for the home system. One day, I noticed that I could not enter my session. 

After some checking, I realized that the machine was not reading the HD.  The BIOS did not show the entry for that drive.  Weird.

Now, what do you do with a computer like that?  Can you use it for working?

Of course!  I could log into a session from the root system and work from there.  Also, I could use my the clone of my system that I carry on a live USB pendrive.  Thus, the problem, although weird, did not stop me from working.

Later on Mechatotoro took my laptop to a repair shop and, as I thought, it all was caused by a hardware issue: the HD had somehow gone loose. Once it was put back into place, everything was normal again.

What did I learn from that experience?  That Linux is simply great!  While another OS would tell you that you cannot use the computer, with Linux I could keep working although the home system was unreachable.