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For me it's watching the IPTV broadcast from my Telephone/Internet/Cable company without any extra hardware. I just started VLC, connect to the right port and instant TV on my PC. I was even able to tune into channels that my cable box wasn't set to recieve.
Also I quite enjoy being able to use MPD and the at daemon as an alarm clock without having to leave a user logged in to X.
Last edited by Archangel-13; 10-21-2005 at 10:22 PM.
I had a Windows computer which belonged to a friend. It wouldn't boot. It wouldn't even boot from the Windows XP CD. I booted the machine with Knoppix, saved everything important to a CD. I erased the drive, and reinstalled Windows. It worked.
I bought a $25 pc from a computer recycling store which has 3GB hard drive, 96MB RAM and I gave it a new life by installing Debian Sarge with KDE 3.4 Some times I even use it as a thin client at my house by using my P4 as a server. Its working great. And also made my flat mate happy. We are not fighting for pc any more...Go Linux.
Distribution: Damn Small Linux, Simply Mepis, Kanotix, Zen, Knoppix, Linux Console, and still experimenting
Thus far, I have done several cool things, but lately the coolest is running Damn Small Linux 2.0 Embedded inside my Win XP machine. I downloaded it fairly quickly as I have broadband and extracted it to a folder on my desktop. all I have to do is open the folder and click on the Windows Bat file and 'presto'; Damn small Linux boots right up inside Windows and runs at a speed that is almost hard to believe. Thus I am cooly operating DSL on DSL. There is also the very cool feature of nothing being able to self destruct or get 'ate' by outside sources. I work with Damn small Linux and run the one and only Windows 'specific' application I need on Win XP. Soon , I will be able to use a different Linux feature to reverse the procedure. When, I am finished, I just logg off,, Damn Small Linux disappears and with it goes all traces of my surfing activities other than what I deliberately 'saved'. That, amigos y amigas, is COOL.
Distribution: Ubuntu, Fedora, PCLinux, MEPIS, still miss Libranet
I don't know if it's the coolest thing I've done ever, but it's the coolest thing I've done lately with Linux.
My buddy needed to make some room on his CF card in his digital camera (Canon, exact model escapes me right now). He didn't have his notebook with him, but I had mine from work. It only had WinXP on it (at the time), so I wasn't too optimistic that it would work to get his pics without the driver...windows never fails to disappoint in this regard. I rebooted on a Mepis Live CD and used Digikam to download his pics to a thumb drive. Very slick.
Used perl, python, and image magick to manipulate my digital pictures so that they are renamed, moved, rotated, thumbnailed, copyright stamped, and dumped out to a general HTML table of my design. Now I just point my script at a directory full of images and let it create the customized-for-me raw HTML output.
connecting without problems to a printer on our network that didnt work at all from delivery for windows users on the network, then they sent it back and got another one, it still didnt work, i connected fine to it. i was the only one running linux, i am not anymore, i had the lovly printer for my self almost a month, now they got it working, but it was kind of cool that the "nerd" had it working with the "shitty" Distro.
I have installed linux on PC104 board and will mount that on our robot that would compete in the Southeastcon 2006.
I hope we can get rid of all the cross compiling that we have to do now but hey it does run a hello world program thus far.
But the coolest thing i have done is chucked windows at home and at work use vmware for coreldraw, I have erased windows from my hdd's exept for one since my grpx card dont work in linux x800xt, i have learned linux , changed my kernel to match some programs, hacked up the system to change all the logos and install a bunch of window managers. I am still new to linux but it works great. Basicly the coolest thing i have done with linux is installing it.