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Switched OS Yet Again to Linux Mint Debian Edition

You just got to love Linux!

There are so many Linux distros out there for people to try and use based on the individual’s computing habits and needs.

So, a reader suggested I try using Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE), because I wasn’t quite satisfied with PCLinuxOS. It takes a while before discovering what distro fits you.

PCLinuxOS was working for me until I discovered that it was too restrictive in installing software. For instance, if there was a software you wanted to install, you would have to search for it in the PCLinuxOS repositories. If it wasn’t there, you would have to make a request in the PCLinuxOS support forum. You could not just download the software and install it yourself.

In a way, this restrictiveness is ok because it protects the system. But it sorts of reminds me of Windows which frowns upon software that it doesn’t recognize as suitable for its system. Moreover, if you wanted to use the software immediately and it wasn’t in the PCLinuxOS repositories, you would have to wait until the developers deemed it as suitable for their system.

Another glitch I found in PCLinuxOS, was that its Bluetooth wasn’t working properly. My netbook has an internal bluetooth. But PCLinuxOS couldn’t find connecting devices. LMDE can and does connect to devices, particularly my cellphone.

And here’s another curious discovery. With Ubuntu and PCLinuxOS. my netbook would give off this whirring sound every time I use either of the two distros. With LMDE there is no whirring sound. Strange but true.

Perhaps Ubuntu and PCLinuxOS are too top heavy even for Linux standards, requiring a lot of power. LMDE, however, is light, loads quickly and doesn’t require too much power.

LMDE also makes it easy to install updates as it notifies you of the latest ones available. But the best thing I like about LMDE is the Cinnamon desktop, which I find really cool.

The only glitch I came across was I could not at first download updates or software using Synaptic or its Software Center. I was getting the error message, “Could not resolve debian.linuxmint.com,” which meant that the system was not able to connect with the repositories. A search in forums let me know that I had to change my servers to Open DNS servers. I did and everything worked fine. I believe this should be addressed by the developers or this might tear the hair off newbies.

In any case, I will continue to check out new distros as they come along. But, so far, LMDE is the OS I’m riding with. I appreciate your comments.

To get a glimpse of LMDE’s features, here’s an excellent video I found in YouTube: http://youtu.be/DFGo0BFlnrY”

Anti-piracy Cops Wanted to Visit Me

Last Friday I received a letter from the Philippine National Police, straight from its headquarters, in behalf of the Pilipinas Anti-Piracy Team, of which it is a member.

In effect, the letter warned me about using unlicensed software and the consequences of such, and to "conduct all necessary software license checks in order to determine if the allegation (that I’m using unlicensed software) holds true or not."

A few minutes later I received a phone call from the local PNP advising me that a random visit may come and for me to ready all my licenses. I told the person that I had no problem with that because my OS is Linux. The person said a quick, "sorry," and promptly hang up.

Sounds more like harrassment, doesn’t it? I don’t know how many business owners got similar letters, but I have an inkling that this operation was instigated more by Microsoft than anyone else. They’re the ones who are gung-ho about piracy.

I’m not advocating piracy, of course, but the anti-piracy authorities should go after the peddlers and not the alleged users. I used to have a licensed Windows XP and other MS products, but I couldn’t find my CD’s nor the licenses that came with it (I moved house twice last year).

Suppose I was still using Microsoft and the anti-piracy cops paid a visit to my office. It would have been a hassle just to prove I had the license. If I couldn’t prove it, or if the cops seriously doubted me, what would happen? Would they require me to delete all my copies?

Even if proving I had a license was quick, I wouldn’t want some cop poring over my business files and other private documents in the guise of checking on licensed software.

So, I have another reason to be glad that I switched to Linux/Ubuntu. It may be free but I OWN the software and can do anything with it. If you think you own Microsoft products when you buy them, you’re deluding yourself. You merely own the license. Microsoft can still dictate what you can or can’t do with its software, and add on or not add on to its product.

If someone can tell you what products you should only use and therefore buy, this certainly limits your options doesn’t it? And it certainly makes only a few richer.

It makes you think: Who then is able to fund these anti-piracy operations and who benefits most?

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex Released

The creators of the most popular Linux distro, Ubuntu, have just released version 8.10 named Intrepid Ibex. The previous version is known as Hardy Heron.

Ever since I boldly changed my laptop’s OS from Windows to Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron, I discovered the wonderful amazing world of Linux and open-source software. Changing my OS was, least to say, a profound experience. No more slow boot-ups, malware, fear of viruses and all those frustrating situations that accompany Windows (I had XP).

Now, the much-anticipated latest release of Ubuntu is here!

If you still have Hardy Heron, here’s a quick tutorial on how to flawlessly upgrade:
http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/howto-upgrading-to-ubuntu-810/

If you still are not using Ubuntu, now’s the best time to do so. I believe you can still try it alongside Windows if you’re a bit wary. Just go to the Ubuntu site for more info. In any case, whether you’re trying or changing, the distro is free and will always be.

Changed from Windows to Linux and Enjoying It

I finally took the plunge into Linux, particularly the Ubuntu distro.

Blame it on Microsoft. My laptop was running on Windows XP and was getting sluggish. Programs took forever to load, I kept on having Internet connection issues and I had to always check for ‘badware’ even when I had the latest and updated anti-virus and anti-malware software.

It came to a point when my friends and ISP techies strongly urged me to reformat my hard drive and re-install the XP. I agreed. The only problem was I misplaced my install CD. I searched far and wide (actually near and narrow since I live in an apartment) and just couldn’t find it.

So I was in a dilemma: continue with my sluggish OS or buy a new one, neither of which was appealing. I thought, "why buy another CD when the same thing was bound to happen again." And I certainly didn’t want to upgrade to Vista; too much bad feedback.

Then I read in my local paper’s tech column about Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. I liked what I read. Then I researched on comments, reviews and what-nots on Linux, particularly Ubuntu. I liked what I was reading. Best of all I liked the word, "free." Yet, I liked "free" in the context of excellence. Apparently open-source software aren’t run-of-the-mill.

I checked out the software bundled in Ubuntu such as OpenOffice, Gimp, Tomboy Notes and, of course, the already popular Mozilla Firefox. I deemed them not just alternatives to Microsoft and Adobe. They were superior apps that were head-to-head rivals!

So I went to the Ubuntu site, downloaded the distro, burned into a CD, backed up my important files and installed the Hardy Heron outright. I didn’t bother partitioning my drive so I could have the option of booting either Windows or Ubuntu. I was just tired of making Bill Gates rich.

It was a cinch. It installed easily and smoothly. Upon first seeing the Ubuntu interface, it felt like an epiphany. It was profound, and I’m not kidding!

That was about 4 months ago. I’ve never regretted it.

I took the plunge and I’m enjoying every minute of the adventure.