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

No Thanks, I have Linux!

As most in the computer field are aware, (unless you live under a snow drift in the Arctic) Microsoft has released the latest version of their OS, Windows 8.  I will state right now, for the record, that I have not tried it and, as a matter of fact, never even saw it in action, save a YouTube video I watched touting it’s features.  I’ve only recently switched to Linux full-time, though I did dual-boot using Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit for a couple of years.  (and before that I dual-booted using WinXP and Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron, which was my first outing using the Ubuntu distro back in April 2008)  During that stint, the dual-boot was a waste of drive space considering I almost never booted into the MS OS.  Sometime around April or May of this year that all changed with the arrival of a laptop I had purchased in Feb. that I had installed Ubuntu 10.10 on.

The laptop came with a 256 GB SSD drive that, like I said, I installed Ubuntu on.  (I went with 10.10 read more

Linux!

Just a quick post to let everyone that visits my site know that if you’ve got a Linux related question the following two sites are phenomenal founts of information!  Ask a question and you’ll likely get several different resolutions to pick from!  The first is the distribution I have been using for several years now, Ubuntu Forums, and another very good and informative site, #!CrunchBang Linux Forums.  If you can’t get your Linux problem or question answered at one of the above, then you should probably consider it unsolvable!  Really!!!

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