What “Linux” To Choose

If you are a Windows user who is sick of M$ and paying for what inevitably ends up being bug filled, security problematic software, (or Mac users for that matter) you should definitely read this. I wrote it for you. I used to be you! If you love computing, are on your computer all the time, or just someone looking for more control and freedom over “YOUR” PC, you should definitely come away from this a lot less hesitant about making the move to Linux! I wish there had been something this succinct when I was making the switch.

It was 2008, I was using Linux.(I have been since 1991 or ’92 off and on, though at that time, more ‘off’ than ‘on’) Over the last 8 to 10 years, I had been a wanderer on the Linux landscape. I was just off a career that spanned almost 30 years of working with nothing but computers, mostly MS servers. Toss in a couple of AS400’s, Apples, even an OS/2 Warp server. It wasn’t until going to work for UPS that I had my first taste of Unix. When I started at UPS there were still several systems that relied on their Unix servers. My job with UPS required a lot of database experience and being able to import usable data into the UPS shipping systems format. Fun stuff. In other words, I had my hands in a ton of different hardware, OS’s and yes, desktops too. (anybody remember 10Base-T and the fun of trying to find which one had the bad ‘terminator’ plugged into it?) This ended in Mar 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