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Saturday, November 21, 2009

8.10 to 9.10 - To Upgrade Or Not

I don't usually follow along with know, jumping on the ol' bandwagon along with everyone else. That's one of the reasons I use Linux instead of Windows but I've used Windows long enough to know that you don't just upgrade because there is a new release available. Sure, the new stuff always has the coolest widgets and that sort of stuff but, after the new wears off, does it work?

Case in point - Vista. Nuff said.

So, what about Ubuntu? I'm on 8.10 now but 9.10 is out. Should I upgrade? Should I wait? Well, I've done both. You see, I use Ubuntu on my desktop but I also have a Windows laptop so I used Wubi to install 9.10 on the laptop as a means of playing with 9.10 without actually upgrading. So far, 9.10 is fresher and has some cool features but not enough to make me want to upgrade right away. In the Windows world, including programs that operate on Windows, it is best to wait until the first service packs are released before you upgrade. The same hold true for any software - including Linux. There have already been some big fixes in the first few weeks of the software which is great but I don't see a reason for me to be amongst the public who is finding all the bugs. I will wait for a few more weeks before upgrading...hopefully all the bugs will be gone by then.

Long Live Linux.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Open Source Cell Phones - Android

If you've not heard of Google's Android platform then it's time you get on board and find out what it is. Think of the iPhone. Think of the software that runs the iPhone. Think about trying to get that software on other brands of phones without heavy restrictions from AT&T or Apple. Keep thinking about how cool that would be. That's Android. It's Open Source - like Linux. There are even apps to download for Android - similar to the iPhone Apps store. Click here to learn more about Android and the phones that presently carry it.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Simple Backup Program For Linux

Need to make backups on a regular basis? Try Simple Backup. Look for it in the repositories or go to the command line and type "sudo apt-get install sbackup". Very easy to configure. Very easy to maintain.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Linux Mint - A Windows Croxx Over

There are many variations of Linux which gives you the freedom to choose the one you like. Think of it as Windows with options. There's Ubuntu, Red Hat, Debian, etc...and now Linux Mint. I must say, Linux Mint is very nice! I downloaded a copy the past weekend and found it to be very easy to use and is 100% ready to go out of the box. No configurations, no downloading extra codecs to get DVD movies to play. MP3's work just fine. Bam! Done!

Hey, give it a try. It is free and it is very robust. I'm sticking with Ubuntu for now but Linux Mint is on my radar screen. Here's Mint's home page.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Still Here

It's been a while but I'm still here. My new side computer business is keeping me busy!