viernes, 21 de mayo de 2021

11 YEARS! 11 Lessons I Got from Linux

 Today, this humble blog is celebrating its 11th anniversary.


 That also means that I have been using Linux for more than eleven years!

All this time in company of Tux has taught me many lessons. These are eleven of of them:

1- One can survive quite a long time on Linux without being a CLI expert.

2- With Linux, there is always more than a way to do the job. If you don't find it, you just need to keep searching.

3- With great power comes great responsibility!

4- Communities vary. So their ways.

5- Security is at the user's hands. You cannot resign that responsibility.

6- There are lots of ways to contribute with your favorite distro / free software project. All of us can contribute in some way.

7- Linux gets better and better each year.

8- Distros come and go. However, their contributions stay.

9- Experimentation with one's system teaches a lot.

10- Some people simply won't understand the value of free software even if they are using it on a daily basis.

11- Using a computer can truly become a pleasant experience. You do not have to pay lots of money for that.

Those are eleven of the many lessons the friendly penguin has taught me.

Happy anniversary, Linuxmigrante!!

martes, 27 de abril de 2021

Time for a Little Update on this Blog

 It has been a long time since I last posted something here!

All this Covid-19 situation and my shift to online work have taken a toll on my available time.  This year has been especially time consuming!

Still, I have to report that my Linux computers are all working seamlessly.  I have applied all updates.  In fact, I am applying 50 MB of updates right now as I type these words.

This reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend last weekend.  She told me that she (a Windows 10 user) always has problems when Windows 10 updates.  Her solution has been delaying them for as long as she can, but with that system you cannot stop them unless you pay more.  Sooner or later they will come and hit her box, unleashing all sorts of problems.


What does she do?  Well, apparently she takes the PC to a technician every 6 months to do a resetting or something so that she can keep using the computer.

Wow!  I am glad I am not caught in that situation.  I especially do not have the time for such a fun activity!

Cheers!

jueves, 25 de febrero de 2021

And then a Bionic Beaver Saved the Day

 Thanks to an unfortunate accident, I had to go laptop hunting.  I bought a Dell Inspiron 14 3000.  I saw that Dell had them preinstalled with Linux, but the store from which I got mine only had Windows laptops (what a surprise!)

After jumping all the fire hoops to disable restricted boot (hey, this machine's UEFI even comes with an option to prevent booting from USB! Fortunately it was off), I tried my favorite Linux USBs and got to a blinking cursor when the graphic session was supposed to start.  I even tested the latest editions.  MX Patito Feo informed me that it could not connect to the x.org server.  None of my other distros worked, either.

Now what?

Well, Dell machines sometimes come preinstalled with Ubuntu, so I made an Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa) USB and booted the laptop.

It got to the desktop, OK, but not as I expected.  The screen display was something that looked, depending on what you had open, as a vitral or as a total caleidoscope.

Maybe the Ubuntu edition was too new?  I tried 16.04.  The screen was perfect and so was the wireless.  Great! I installed it... but then, I realized that the sound was not working.  I had the sound dummy output as the only option.  

I tried several workarounds to no avail.  I then tried Ubuntu 14.04.  Same story.  

Ubuntu booted and Dell machines come with Ubuntu. What else could I do?

I realized that  had not tried Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) because, for some unknown reason, I had skipped it.

I made a USB with that image and booted the laptop.  Everything worked... except the sound.  The same dummy output was there.

Tired of trying, I installed it just because.  It took much longer than the other editions I had installed.

When I got to the desktop, I made a sound test.  IT WORKED!

I've no idea how, but Bionic Beaver got everything working.  My Dell laptop now runs Ubuntu, that saved the day.

viernes, 5 de febrero de 2021

RIP MiniNo... RIP PicarOS! Thanks for Everything!

Today Mechatotoro gave a very sad announcement:  GalPon Minino and PicarOS Diego, two distros I truly love (and I consider PicarOS the BEST children-oriented distro by far) have ceased their development.

I can only thank the developers.  Thank you very much for all your hard work and for those amazing distros.  I wish you the best and I really hope somebody could take over the projects.  You will be remembered. 


jueves, 31 de diciembre de 2020

This Is the Way 2020 Ends...

2020 changed many areas in our lives.  Suddenly, I saw myself using software I had never bothered to use before: Openshot, Kdenlive, Tupí, and Inkscape, among others.  Also, I bought licenses of several online apps.  I even started using some social networks in spite of my total lack of interest in them.

As many others, I lost money and became alien to my work, which took a much greater chunk of my time than before.  I stopped doing exercise and had no time to read or to write, my favorite activities. Sickness also attacked my family.  Every day seemed like taken out from a dark and weird dimension.

Still, I found out that I could navigate this new weird and unstable reality. As Mechatotoro said, I can also claim that I have survived this year.

I hear many people being happy and hopeful about 2021.  Still, there is no guarantee that the year about to start may be better than this one. What will 2021 bring? Nobody knows.

At least I can say "this is the way 2020 ends..."   I am grateful I made it.

lunes, 12 de octubre de 2020

Sharing Your Work Online: Licenses

 

One of these days, I was talking with a colleague about sharing one's work online.

Many people don't know the importance of licenses when it comes to sharing one's work in the cyberspace.

Thus, I told her about Creative Commons and the possibility to use one of those licenses for her work.

Why is that important?  I guess most of us want others to our rights as creators of content.  Sharing something does not mean that another person may simply appropriate it.  That happened to me once with an animated image I made long time ago!  I felt shocked because, even if I shared it freely, I thought that at least if people liked it, they would mention my name.

Thus, licensing your shared work helps you in that area.  The different types of Creative Commons licenses provide the flexibility for you to decide how you want your work to be shared and will tell other people that you are serious about your creations. 

So, if you are serious about your creations and want to share them somehow, checking out the licensing options you can use is a good start.

miércoles, 16 de septiembre de 2020

There is Nothing like a Good Penguin!

 This year has brought a lot of changes to the world.  Many have lost their life or their jobs, and others have seen their pay reduced.

 While I am of course affected by the current situations, I count myself among the lucky ones.  I still have my job (although it has changed radically from the way I used to do it last year).

 I fully work online now.  I never thought this was going to happen, but here I am, working online every day and using software I never thought I would ever use.

 Then, I hear my colleagues.  Computer crashes, software misbehaving, malware, and the list goes on...

  A couple of days ago, I heard two Windows users complaining that MS Teams did not work properly on their computers.  Then, another told me she had nothing to work with a PDF file...

  Today I worked with a PDF file and my problem was deciding what to use.  At the end, I used LibreOffice.

  There is nothing like a good penguin to help with one's job!