VSIDO at three

All grown up and matured.  No drama, no muss, no fuss!  Not really so much to write about, as it is still the goto distro on my laptop.  Three years, and one distro.  Been a lot of fun, and a lot of stability.  I have toyed with some different ‘window managers’ during this period, but in the end always arrive back to the default VSIDO WM, Fluxbox.  Quite an elegant Linux distro!  The community is a lot larger now than it was back then, but still the best Linux forum/community, I’ve ever been a part of.  Some really smart, talented people!  You should probably go download and install it now.  Download VSIDO

I’ll say more when it starts getting colder outside…

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DistroWatch Credibility Debacle

As I sit here writing this tonight, I am totally amazed at the genuine stupidity of DistroWatch dot com. Some in the Linux world would have you believe that the writers at DW are all just an article/post away from a Pulitzer prize. Their statistics, when it comes to the “most popular” Linux distro available, based on a “Hits per day” method to gauge popularity, is about as accurate as any internet poll you’ll come across.

Many new to Linux hear of DW and truly believe it is Linux gospel. It is NOT! To bandy about a headline, “Community developments: The systemd project forks the Linux kernel”, that is such a hot button issue for Linux users today is totally irresponsible and, for me, conclusively proves they have zero credibility.

For those who come to their defense, claiming “Oh it was just an ‘April Fools’ joke, we are still in March! To post such an article with no disclaimer, no acknowledgement that it is comic relief, is not just poor editorial oversight, but truly poor judgement. For those in the land of make believe, pixie dust, and Yosemite Sam, (Ivan Gotyaovoitch?) look no further for what is “NOT” happening in the world of Linux than DW. DistroWatch must be fervent followers of PT Barnum, who is credited with coining the phrase, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity”.

After thoroughly searching for a read more

VSIDO 3 Codename: savant-hakerdefo

VSIDO 3 Now Available

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That’s right, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better!  Version 3 released this week, unveiling a slightly new direction for VSIDO.  Now a Fluxbox only distro, a smaller LiveUSB image coming in at 412mb just in case you rather have the LiveCD version.  For those that are unaware, using a LiveUSB can speed up an install by at least a factor of 10 and is as easy to make as a LiveCD.

The total install once completed averages around 1.6Gb’s of space.  Memory resources are also at an all time low.

This build, like it’s predecessors in the past has all the apps and tools at your disposal to be up and productive in less than 4 minutes.  That read more

The New World Of Linux

linuxvswindowsOver 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

KDE 4.11.3 on VSIDO

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 read more