jueves, 21 de septiembre de 2017

Maybe I should Go Back to Windows...

I noticed that lately I haven't been blogging as I used to back in 2010, when my Linux adventure started.

I've witnessed incredible changes.  Windows has actually started trying to imitate Linux, and Linux has been trying to imitate Windows.

MS Office is trying hard to keep its user base while LibreOffice is increasing its number of users... and the later is also trying to imitate MS Office (Yuk! The hideous ribbon!)

I've literally seen lots of cases in which the great Windows 10 has failed miserably (to run, to enable video/sound, to connect to the Web), along with MS Office being unable to open documents made with other versions of MS Office (and then humble LibreOffice comes to the rescue).

I've seen other people using Ubuntu in a professional environment without any hassle...

All that has been very interesting.

Still, something troubles me.

All these years using Linux (my initial distro is well dead now, along with many other I liked the most) have shown me something about myself.

As a Linux user, I totally suck.

Let me say it again.  I suck.

And I suck big time!

Seven years using Linux and I still don't have a clue using the CLI!

I remember the days when I started.  I knew nothing.  All my Power User Super Windows Guru Knowledge was utterly useless.  I had to learn from scratch.  And each day, I kept repeating to myself: "Don't worry.  You'll pick up the pace pretty soon.  Next year you'll be a Linux power user" (because a Linux guru was and still is way out of my league).

A year went by and I did not become a power user.

"Maybe next year,"  I thought.

One more year passed.  I told myself the same:  "Surely next year!"

No dice.  Is that what the Linux year really means?

How come I am a perpetual newbie??

And on top of that, the penguin is running so well these days that I on the verge of forgetting the few tricks I managed to learn!  What a shame!!

I feel so bored!  My desktop computer has been running for months without being turned off and the only changes I see are the different DEs I log into not to die of boredom.

Meanwhile.  I hear that Windows users are getting all the fun.

Since I suck as a Linux user, maybe I should go back to Windows after all.

I'll think about it.

viernes, 4 de agosto de 2017

Nothing New...

I've been literally swamped.

I downloaded Pardus Community 4.0, but I haven't tried it yet.  Hopefully, I'll get the time to do it soon.

My systems keep working without issues.  Thus, I've kept reading the news about Linux. Interestingly enough, Net Marketshare reported that Linux hit another milestone last year.  Good!

On the other hand, Windows 10 keeps doing what it does.  I took my USB pendrive to the office of a journal because I wanted to submit an article for publication but their Windows 10 computer decided to render me pendrive totally useless.  Way to go!

Also, they replaced my office's computer with a brand new Windows 10 one.  I asked for permission to boot Linux from my pendrive and the IT guy had a horrible time taming UEFI to let me do it.  Is this really progress?

At least now I can use the new computer without giving Microsoft rights over my privacy.

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


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.