Over the last decade, and especially just in the last two years, Linux has emerged and grown from an OS only a true geek or nerd would use, to a very viable alternative OS for the everyday computer user. As a matter of fact, in most regards to the ‘average’ user, they are much better suited to using Linux than any of MS’s counterparts in the OS dept. In my opinion, the same holds true for Mac though perhaps to a smaller degree. After all, the Mac is now utilizing the Mach MicroKernel and/or the FreeBSD Kernel depending on your sources! Their prohibitive prices however, still make them out of reach for the regular masses. Makes you wonder how long before MS wakes up and smells the inevitable scent of Linux dominance in the air. Their lack of acuity in not realizing this before the Mac and Google crowd is indicative of their refusal to consider that they could possibly ever be wrong about anything. Consider MS Windows 8. A miserable marketing failure, as well as becoming read more
OK, so I’ll lay some of the blame for this post off on SFaulken. He is a former dev/maintainer on the Cloverleaf Linux project, and a contributor to KlyDE as well. (I think I got all that right) Anyhow, he is a “big” proponent of KDE and has been telling me how great it is. After my recent exploration of openSUSE, which came with KDE by default, I was definitely impressed with the new KDE 4 Plasma Desktop.
I had not used KDE since around 2002. At the time, it was still a fledgling, bug filled, desktop environment that was difficult to use. I think KDE came out around ’97 or ’98, so to be fair I didn’t give it much more than a cursory look. I went back to it a couple of times over the years, but never for more than a day or two at best. read more
For the last couple of weeks, I have been test driving another Linux distro for fun. And, it has been fun! You don’t realize how nice you have something until you throw it up against something else! The same holds true for Operating Systems.
For the last couple of weeks I’ve been driving openSUSE 13.1’s equivalent of SID basically. It is their same concept as Debian’s with the unstable SID branch. I do not have a bad word to say about it. The ISO I used was the KDE live read more