VSIDO Officially Released

Release the Kraken!

The exact words used today by the creator of VSIDO, Terry Ganus aka VastOne, to let the world know that the final testing, and developing, phase was through and the first official release of VSIDO Linux was available to all! You can get it now from the VSIDO download site without reading any further if you just can’t wait! I’ll list the link at the bottom of the article again for those of you who’d like a little more information first. The VSIDO Community is a great and friendly place as well, and you’d be missing out without at least paying it a visit to see what this is all about!

After many months in development, and then many more months of testing, VSIDO is ready for all. VSIDO is a Linux distribution based on the very solid foundation of Debian. The initial release of Debian was on August 16th 1993. The 20 year anniversary of the Debian Project is this year, and what better time to try a new distribution based on it.

I have written here about VSIDO more than once in the past few months. I officially became a “tester” for this distribution on November 10th 2012. I have to admit that at first I was puzzled by the fact that what I had installed was a “testing version” of VSIDO. I say that because since the date mentioned read more

Introducing VSIDO

red_VSIDOHey everyone! The last couple of months have been happily spent testing a very nice, nay, a GREAT Debian based all-in-one distro with all you need, minus the ‘bloat’ of most of the other distros currently available.

Ease of use, coupled with all the productivity and out of the gate things a typical Linux user needs make this the best, “hands down”, Linux distro I’ve ever had the pleasure to use.  Now that it is ‘in the wild’ I’m going to post the link where you can download this beauty and get it running on your own machine.  In most cases, (well, to be honest, every case I know of) you can be installed, up, and productive, in less than twenty minutes flat.  That’s pretty hard to beat in todays world of software bloat.  Don’t just listen to me, try it out for yourself!  You can download it from here

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Bumblebee HowTo, or Bumblebee doesn’t work with Liquorix

Sounds like the bee’s are having some trouble with their candy huh?  The Liquorix Kernel in GNU/Linux is what it means…

Bumblebee, Liquorix, and the Debian Sid Kernel on 64bit architecture.
Had trouble with Optimus?  Have a hybrid graphics card?  This HowTo will get you up, and running, using the Debian Sid Kernel.

The whole point of this little HowTo is to inform people that Bumblebee is not working on the current Liquorix Kernels.  As I’ll probably mention numerous times, as of this writing the Liquorix Kernel is at least version 3.7.0-1.dmz.2-liquorix-amd64.  I had no success getting it (Bumblebee) to work with Liquorix.  Debian Sid Kernel to the rescue.

To be really specific about my laptop, I’m running a nice little distro called VSIDO which is based on Debian Sid.  This HowTo should apply to anyone using Debian in a “Testing/Experimental” environment.  To learn more about VSIDO, and when it will be released to the “General Public” you can go to the VSIDO Forums website.

The title will hopefully make your search from Google (or wherever you got here from) end a lot quicker!  My search took a lot longer than yours, believe it.  So here’s how you do it;  I WROTE THIS read more

Desktop Environments in VSIDO

 

Xfce4currentFor the past few days, I’ve been playing with alternative DE’s for my Debian distro currently running on my laptop. The technical jargon for the distro I’m currently running is “Debian GNU/Linux 7.0-VSIDO. This translates to Debian Sid. The minimal install I started with came by default with Xfce4.10 or Openbox as the desktop environment. And all was good! In the spirit of honest reporting, I never really gave a OB chance. In my defense, I started out using Xfce4 and just never really looked back. I have a good friend Bruce, in the Linux community who swears by Openbox. I just haven’t given it a close enough look to include any pro’s or con’s here in this post.  Perhaps in the next few weeks, I can persuade Bruce to write a post touting it’s (Openbox) horn, so-to-speak!

Before going to the ‘pure’ Debian side of things, I’d been happily using Ubuntu as anyone read more

Debian VSIDO

Say good-bye to Ubuntu.  It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, just that it had so many packages installed by default and it was easy to get lost looking for a particular app.  I had been using the 12.04 LTS 64bit version (code-name Precise Pangolin) and really, that is about the only complaint I had.  Don’t get me wrong, Mark Shuttleworth, and Canonical, have done a great job creating an OS that “anyone” could install, and run with ease.

In the ease of use category, in my opinion it far outdoes Windows or the Mac.  In the end, I just wanted more control over the OS and what went into it.  After talking at length with a few Linux guru’s over at the #!CrunchBang Linux site, I decided to make the leap to “Sid”!  More on that later…

Debian VSIDO, allows you to start off with just a minimal Linux install based on Debian.  From there, the sky’s the limit!  You can pick and choose the packages that you want installed.  Nothing is forced on you.  This version is what is considered a “rolling development version” that will read more