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I decided to post a little introduction to myself here: Ask me who I was last March, and I would have had WinBloze 7 Beta on my main computer and would have been part of Micro$uck's test project for WinBloze 7 and would have been excited about it. However, that changed as soon as my network adapter changed and the new one worked with Linux. As soon as I tested the new adapter with Mint (I'd say about a year ago, in July 2009) I began to really value Linux for what it is.

However, I knew about Linux long before that. I started with gOS 2, which was my first distro. I had tried it back in about February 2008. I first learned about Linux back in mid-2007, from an article in PCMag that spanned several pages. I had quite a hard time back then, and Ubuntu Hardy was no different than gOS.

So then what took me so long from knowing about Linux to finally becoming an active user? My house was nothing but Wi-Fi. My mother set a secure wireless network up back then, and I couldn't connect to it because my adapter (Linksys WUSB54GSC) wasn't recognized by Linux. I had the patience to continue.

Then, in June 2008, my family got hit by the economic collapse here in the USA: The mortgage on my old house doubled and my family had to leave because of the rate increase. So, we were stuck in a hotel room until my family and I could end up in a new house. That Christmas, I wanted a netbook, and got my wish (the one I'm typing on, an Acer Aspire One AOA110-1545). It came with Linux preinstalled, and I liked it all around.

From then to June 2009, I still had WinBloze on my desktop, as Linux still didn't work with my wireless network adapter. Then, in June 2009 as I said, I got a new wireless network adapter, and in July decided to test it with Linux Mint 7. It worked, even from the Live CD! Now,

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Ubuntu 11.04's Unity: What's new

Posted 01-21-2011 at 06:21 PM by Kenny_Strawn (Kenny the one-teen comittee to stamp out Proprietary $uckware)

Since Unity has been introduced in Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition, there have been many changes in it just since 10.10's release. The switch from Mutter to Compiz is one example: Compiz, unlike Mutter, has more animations and other effects that allow some incredible things like autohiding of the Unity Launcher, Launcher transparency, and familiar things like the world-famous desktop cube enabled by other Compiz plugins that can run alongside Unity (also a Compiz plugin).

The switch...
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3DTV isn't really 3D if it isn't holographic

Posted 01-10-2011 at 10:06 PM by Kenny_Strawn (Kenny the one-teen comittee to stamp out Proprietary $uckware)

While I agree that TV is coming a long way in regards to how it is viewed, how clear the picture it is, and how many channels, it certainly hasn't come far enough in regards to 3D. How? Let me explain:

To view today's current 3D programming, you need glasses. You can still use 3D glasses on regular TVs! That means there's currently nothing a 3DTV can do that any current TV can't. Hell, I have even viewed standard-definition 3D DVDs on a 15-year-old set! It's really the glasses that...
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Ubuntu 11.04: The OS to beat

Posted 01-08-2011 at 03:50 PM by Kenny_Strawn (Kenny the one-teen comittee to stamp out Proprietary $uckware)

So far, what I've heard about Ubuntu 11.04 is absolutely *incredible* and will probably make proprietary software bite the dust. How? Let me explain:

First of all, we come to Unity, the desktop environment that is *extremely* simple to use and therefore will attract more users. In particular, having a UI that's n00b-proof is *really* incredible. Its Launcher, Dash, Panel, indicator-appmenu, and appindicator are all incredibly easy to use and navigate. However, Unity 3 still needs...
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First ISO image of Android 2.2 for Generic x86 appears

Posted 01-01-2011 at 10:02 PM by Kenny_Strawn (Kenny the one-teen comittee to stamp out Proprietary $uckware)

http://code.google.com/p/android-x86...1.iso&can=2&q=

And it came out just in time for the new year. Thanks guys!

You can now run an up-to-date Android from any PC and test it for yourself. You can also run any of the Android apps you know and love on the build.
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The perfect Linux distro: One with a GUI packed into the initrd

Posted 01-01-2011 at 01:17 PM by Kenny_Strawn (Kenny the one-teen comittee to stamp out Proprietary $uckware)

Here's a brilliant idea: What if one of us created a Linux distro with a GUI (and all its dependencies) packed into the initrd and hard-coded into the "init" shell script in its top level as such that it runs at the kernel level? There goes the argument by Windoze geeks that Linux is like DOS.

First, we would have to use a version of the command used to make the initrd that has hook support. That means we would need to base it off of Arch and then define a hook to pass to...
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