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Wish I had a stack of these stickers :>)

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ORLANDO399 Report This Comment
Date: December 07, 2010 12:07PM

Half of the people that i know hasn't even heard of linux...so take that(*finger4*)
quasi Report This Comment
Date: December 07, 2010 01:11PM

Your grammar isn't helping their cause, 'lando.
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: December 07, 2010 01:31PM

try it lando, you'll never go back.
jgoins Report This Comment
Date: December 08, 2010 07:46AM

How much free software is avaliable for linux?
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: December 08, 2010 08:52AM

more than you can count. grinning
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Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: December 08, 2010 12:17PM

In the section of available free software for the version I'm currently runnin, Ubuntu 10.04, there are 32,392 different free software packages available in a section known as "synaptic packages manager" JG. Of that figure I have 1888 installed in my "hot rod i7" machine I'm writin this from. This is more than any of the other 4 machines here at the casa have loaded/installed. Each separate machine has its own function and reason for being, so each has different software requirements/needs, though all the others have much less software installed.

These numbers are somewhat misleading though as these are software packages and not all are actual programs per se, though some indeed are. Sometimes in installing a new program it will also need to install other "software packages" to satisfy various "software dependencies" for all its individual software package components to work. However, when you select a new software title to install it just pops up with a list of the other packages that will also be required (if necessary) and asks if you want to download/install those as well, which you simply click a button to affirm, then click on an "apply all changes" button and it's off to the races as it will then download and install all the new software for you without any further need for you to do anything else

Other than a very few minor differences outside the difference between the program names between Ubuntu and MS-XP,Vista or 7, it's very similar to run ... and of course NO MORE NEED TO RUN, NOR CONTINUALLY UPDATE THAT DAMNED ANTI-VIRUS CRAP EVER AGAIN monty
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BTW, to any and all that would like to try out Ubuntu without even having to actually install it at all (a capability NO windows operating system offers!), just go to [releases.ubuntu.com] (and yes there's a .686 version for anyone wanting to run the 64 bit version too) tell it to DL the live/install CD, burn off a copy to a blank CD (it's just under 700MB, so yeah, it will fit on a blank CD, no need to even use a blank DVD disc), pop the CD you just burned into your CD or DVD drive and reboot your machine. When it comes back on you'll need to go into the BIOS settings, tell it to boot from the CD or DVD drive you are using, hit F10, then hit enter after prompted to do so and let 'er eat. It takes several minutes for it to boot from the CD but it will come up to a desktop screen where you'll be able to use all the base OS programs, get on the web with Fire Fox etc., just as if you had actually installed it. BTW, for some screwy reason it usually will give a pop up message on the desktop sayin it can't run Ubuntu, but not to worry, just hit enter, wait another minute or 2 and it will come back to a blank desktop and be ready to use.I wish they'd fix this bug since it problee scares off a lot of people from tryin to use Ubuntu, but with it bein free, how much bitchin can I reasonably do anyway, right?

This way you can take a look around at the loaded software, see what other software is available, surf, etc. and see if it's something you would be interested in installing.

If, after you check it out, you decide it's not for you, eject the CD, reboot again, go back into the BIOS once more and tell it to boot from your hard drive that has Windows on it, hit F10, then enter and your machine will be just the same as it was before, no harm, no foul
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Also: if you want to install Ubuntu and still run keep your existing Winblows BS, you can do this also. It requires one change during the install process, but other than that, there's nothing else to do but a typical install, which BTW is MUCH faster and friendlier than Windows install/reinstall. It takes between 20mins. and and hour to install Ubuntu and once you do you'll more than likely already have more overall machine capabilities with the base operating system than what your MS BS gave you before and as an added bonus, so long as you're connected to the net with an ethernet cable from a DSL,Cable or satellite co. there's no configuration necessary for your internet. As soon as you're runnin it as a Live CD or once Ubuntu is installed, if you have an internet signal comin in from your ethernet cable, you're instantly online with nothing else to do but Njoy the ride grinning
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If you are on dial-up, sorry (quasi), but settin that kinda connection up IS a major PITA as I hear it and if your internet comes in through a wireless card you have to insure the card itself is linux compatible and works outta the box for ya. There's a complete online listing of compatible wireless cards, so if that's what you would be using that has to be figured in beforehand as well to get ya on the web with either the live CD or once it's installed.

Anyone with any further questions can hit me at mrkim7 ;5040@yahoo.com. (<-and be sure to remove the damned colon in the addy!) I don't check that one as often as I should, but if you send me a PM here and lemmekno I have email, I'll go take a look and see if I can help ya winking
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ORLANDO399 Report This Comment
Date: December 08, 2010 06:25PM

Can ya go onto any porn sites or does it block ya from it?
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: December 08, 2010 07:27PM

Seriously dude, it is a drop in replacement for XP, Vista or 7, but .... it runs cirles around 'em speedwise, comes with Open Office, Fire Fox, Rhythmbox music player, Movie Player video player and lots more already installed so it's ready to go as soon as you fire it up. Oh, and when you install a replacement CD or DVD drive, change to a different monitor, add a mic or headphones, etc. you can toss the installation discs that come with 'em, you won't need 'em .... unlike MS crap where you have to load drivers for every damned piece of new hardware you add and then have to reboot to make it complete the installation, whatta PITA!

I've still yet to have a single person who converted switch back to MS afterwards winking
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pro_junior Report This Comment
Date: December 08, 2010 10:58PM

I used to run red hat linux but I switched back to MS...
had too many problems getting shit like printers and monitors to work properly and could find little help on the intertrons...but that was about 6-7 years ago...

btw Kim, I read your entire post...
pro_junior Report This Comment
Date: December 08, 2010 11:01PM

thinking back, it was suse, not red hat..
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: December 08, 2010 11:31PM

i have plugged in 5 different printers, 3 mice, 4 different keyboards, 3 different monitors, and speakers, and never had a problem, they all work first time with no installs of any kind needed. maybe you should give a newer version a try. thumbs
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Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: December 09, 2010 11:58AM

My 1st linux OS (about 8 yrs ago) was Lindows, which MS sued over their naming of and was eventually rebadged as Linspire. That one had major compatibility issues with lotsa hardware and admittedly had it not been for the persistence and help of a good friend, I would have abandoned it and gone back to XP. To say it was simple or easy to use would be an outright lie as it was bat-shit buggy as installed.

Then about 4-1/2 years ago this same friend did an installation of Ubuntu 6.06 (the 1st long term service version they released) for my B'day and the improvements were incredible right outta the box over Linspire.

Since then I've seen improvements in almost every new version, with new ones coming out every 6 months. Admittedly, there are usually bugs they always have to iron out after a new release, like with any new OS release, and I never switch versions after a new release comes out for several months afterwards.

I won't pretend Ubuntu is perfect, nor that I've never had any problems, as that would be a lie, but for the most part the problems I've had were self induced. With all the freedom it gives you in customizability, and personalization, it also gives you enough rope to hang yourself with at the same time.

Mark Shuttleworth (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Shuttleworth) is credited with having provided the financial and technical impetus for Ububtus inception and I have to say I applaud the overall ideology behind Ubuntu as a whole as I find it altruistic and forthright in a human sense as its reason for having come into existence at all is really quite admirable. Anyone interested can read more about its overall history etc. here [en.wikipedia.org]

Current best estimates for global use of Ubuntu range between 12-15 million users and it's the fastest growing segment of the operating system adoption market world-wide, though at even 15 mil, that's just a drop in the bucket of the overall world wide computer user market.

The support forums and number of power users continues to grow and as such the overall support today is much improved to what it was when I began using it. Ubuntu continues to chip away steadily at MS's user base and is on target to eventually eclipse Macs user base, but that's not the case today.


Having done several dual-boot systems for people I have come to truly HATE the PITA process a Windows installation is by comparison. The install alone for XP, even with a decently specced machine hardware wise machine is 2 hrs (min) overall and if an installer isn't familiar with the quirky pitfalls of it can easily bork an install and take waaaaaay longer! Then, after the install, until you load the software for at least the MoBo, video card, and sometimes even the monitor you're using, you're still a ways from gettin a fully functional system workin.

Conversely, I can do an install of Ubuntu on a machine in usually 20-40 minutes and if will be functional right outta the box. No need to load any of the hardware discs, just boot up n go, which is an infinitely more rewarding/less frustrating experience all in all.

Since problee 98+% of Windows users buy their machines with the OS already loaded they never go through the installation process as it's all been done before they ever even plug in the machine. If however, they ever have to do a reinstall later, they will surely see the issues I've mentioned, which is usually a good opportunity for lotsa head scratchin and utilization of nearly all the curse words in ones vocabulary before you get through it for someone unfamiliar with the process.

The only piece of hardware I have that isn't compatible with my system is a Panasonic laser printer/scanner/fax and though I periodically look for drivers, there just aren't any available. HP seems to be the brand printer most in favor by lotsa Ubuntu users and they're well supported and will work outta the box with at most just a simple semi-automated configuration process the 1st time they're used.

For anyone wanting dead-nuts reliability and a built in over riding capability to keep you safe from most of your own errors, I'll recommend a Mac. My personal thoughts are you'll sacrifice tons of customizability, be severely limited in hardware options/upgrades and pay through the nose for it as a base system and even more so if you choose to upgrade the hardware, which is incredibly overpriced compared to mainstream PC hardware! But, you'll also get back a lot of value in its overall simplicity and dependability and be reasonably safe from viral infections, though not completely insulated from them. BTW, current Mac OSes are linux based.

I tried a Mac about a year ago, liked a lot of the simplicity of operation but abhorred its safeguards as it was almost un-customizable, which as a linux user and used to such freedom, frustrated the shit outta me! I truly despised its lack of compatibility with my (open source based) music and video files and since I'd intended it as a replacement for my entertainment system, found it lacking, most especially when I tried to add in some new (better) hardware, which it straight up wouldn't run on unless I invested in Mac specific stuff, which I refused to do, so I shit-canned it for these reasons.

MS systems seem to offer more customizability, much more hardware compatibility and choices, most especially to someone wanting to build/rebuild their own machine, be mostly protected from operator errors, less expensive than a Mac but you'll also wind up runnin the most virus targeted OS on the market, with the inherent costs to the (average)user being forced to purchase and then continually update the AV software in efforts to keep your system safe and even then, at times that still will not be enough to always keep you safe as virus updates seldom come out ahead of viral threats in when they hit a system.

In my business I used to watch my Mom (a long time Windows user) go through on average a week a year fighting viral problems and every time its root was something attached in an email from a trusted sender that was at issue as they in turn sent out (unknown to themselves) infected emails that wreaked havoc on our business machine, even with her diligent efforts to keep it safe. The sheer number of emails we get from US and international sources is 100-300 per day, so the odds of viral problems goes way up in such a case, unlike that of a typical home user.

Ubuntu offers simplicity, reliability, compatibility with most all hardware, lotsa cool tricks/bells and whistles, almost infinite customization, and no real virus problems, nor have I found a need for any AV programs, though there are free ones available if you want to run 'em. It updates like MacWindows periodically and just as easily, overall costs less to purchase ($0) and maintain than the other 2, with the biggest pitfall being its freedom of customization which can lead to totally borkin the system. But ... a reinstall afterwards still has ya back up n runnin easily enough, so even idiots like myself, who manage to break their toys can fix 'em too.

The worst impact of a viral infection I've yet to have encountered after switchin my work computer to Ubuntu is that it will lock up the machine and force a hard reboot. What's really crazy is that after such a reboot I can go back and reopen the same offending email and the viral impact is somehow no longer there. I dunno how or why this works, but honestly, I haven't invested the time to find out either as I really just don't care, so long as it DOES work.

My living room entertainment system (the Antec Skeleton I posted a pic of recently) now runs on Ubuntu 10.04, plays any and very audio/video file in existence seemlessly, allows me to surf on my 50" plasma (which is really trippy lookin!) virus threat free. I also threw together an old machine, loaded 300gigs of music files and use it for just a music player in my shop as opposed to listenin to the radio and all the damned commercials. If I'd have had to invest $100 or more for just an OS to run either of these machines on, likely neither of 'em would have been built.

Anyway, these are my thoughts and observations and as always, YMMV cool smiley

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jgoins Report This Comment
Date: December 10, 2010 06:38AM

I ran ubuntu from the cd to try it out and I was very disappointed. It seemed much slower than Vista is on my machine and the learning cruve seems very high. I will play with it some more before I make up my mind though but thus far I am dissatisfied.
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: December 10, 2010 07:17AM

It will run slower from the CD than once loaded. The learning curve is greatly decreased if you just have someone there who's familiar with it to give you some help gettin around the block for the 1st time or 2. For the most part the biggest differences are just the differences between the program names.

A lot of the people I've loaded it for have brought me machines they've rendered unusable by surfin recklessly without any AV protection or having not kept up with the updates for the AV programs. Oftentimes they'll never even boot up anymore, and they figure their machine is trashed. It's always interesting to watch their reaction when I pop in the CD & it fires right up again.

It ain't for everybody, but in my own head-to head tests it runs circles around Vista. Like I said though, YMMV winking
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quasi Report This Comment
Date: December 10, 2010 07:36AM

I think Kim has found the love of his life.
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: December 10, 2010 08:07AM

Huh? I've thought that on more than one occasion in the past .... and been proven wrong every single time so far so (*facepalm*)

I've always found it humorous how at one point in my life I felt like I couldn't have lived without some chic and then a few years down the road wind up feelin like I wouldn't even bother to piss on 'em if they were on fire grinning
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quasi Report This Comment
Date: December 10, 2010 10:50AM

But your OS is forever because it can always be upgraded.smiling
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Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: December 10, 2010 11:34AM

A most valid and astute observation quasi smileys
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With chics it's usually easier to just switch to a different version rock on

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jgoins Report This Comment
Date: December 11, 2010 07:21AM

Not if she is a wife. Wifey 1.0 is hard to upgrade from and costly. Each successive version is more difficult to upgrade and each previous version continues to cost you in most places. Especially if you add in child 1.0 or 1.1. Wife 2.0 with child 2.0 is very difficult. It is better to upgrade from wifey 1.0 to wifey 2.0 stable version instead of the beta version. Even with a stable version installed you still have to deal with grandchildren 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.1.1, 2.1.2.......Damn I lost count.
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: December 11, 2010 08:59AM

I didn say anything about it bein cheaper to switch 'em out. Then again, how can you put a price on sanity? It's worth every penny it takes to live in a no-bitchin allowed zone grinning
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These days, we can get together and play at her house or mine, have a good time and then go to our respective homes till we wanna get together and play some more rock on

All things considered, it's cheaper to rent what you need from feemales on an as-needed basis smileys
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jgoins Report This Comment
Date: December 12, 2010 04:55AM

You might be right but I do enjoy having my chief cook and bottle washer living in. We haven't even had an argument on over 10 years.
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: December 12, 2010 10:47AM

I hear ya dude, and while I like the wakin up next to a soft cuddly, good smellin bedmate and all, it dudn seem to work out personally as a long term lifestyle deal. Seems I'm just as hard to get along with as most feemales are, leading to an eventual eruption of some sort that brings the whole house of cards down around our ears.

I'm glad to hear it works well in your case JG, and all my best to you and yours smileys
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jgoins Report This Comment
Date: December 13, 2010 08:15AM

Well it does help if she is raised by her parents to be the kind of wife June Cleaver was on Leave it to Beaver, then for her to marry a wife beater for her first husband for 8 years. Then when I get her I break her of waiting on me hand and foot and show her not all men are hitters. Now 4 kids and 8 grandkids later we are a semi perfect couple which is the best you can hope for. Just look for a girl raised by strict parents and you can have it too.
ORLANDO399 Report This Comment
Date: December 13, 2010 10:47AM

I think they were all taken off the market by the late 80's jgoins.All that's left is the me me me me bitchesdisappointed smiley
jgoins Report This Comment
Date: December 14, 2010 06:37AM

You sound like my son now. I told him to just stop looking it he will find someone and he did finally. I believe there is a soul mate out there for everyone, I found mine and I hope you find yours soon, she is out there just don't close your heart or become jaded and it will happen.
x Report This Comment
Date: December 14, 2010 02:49PM

Maybe all the good ones just dont care for guys that spend massive time on pictures sites telling how good their operating system is and how they want anti windows stickers.

come to think of it... I'd bet the bad ones wouldnt either.

No wonder you guys cant get laid.
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: December 14, 2010 06:36PM

Awwww, poor winblows fan boy, so sorry I pissed in your Post Toaties x handjob

BTW, your old lady told me I could get some anytime since you were too busy makin "too cool for school" replies here to keep her happy anyway (*facepalm*)

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jgoins Report This Comment
Date: December 15, 2010 07:53AM

I really like you Mr. Kim and I tend to agree with you on many things but possibility one of your beliefs is what keeps you from finding a woman compatible with you. Your agnosticism prevents you from looking at women who are religious. I find that more women believe then don't so it does limit your possibilities. Women tend to shy away from people who are too ridged in their beliefs. If I am being too harsh here I apologize, like I said I do like you but this is my observation. Like I said before I do hope you find someone because the single life is very lonely.
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: December 15, 2010 09:08AM

yeah it's lonely running linux, drinking
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