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Early Linux days

Posted 04-03-2010 at 03:24 AM by bdeye

Earliest Linux was DSL on a 128 Meg pen drive - only used 60 something Mb.

Amazing! An OS so small but - what to do with it? Also a general question from people who didn't know or care what an OS was.

Later much later - I'm the type who doesn't like not knowing how things work. Hate seeing an application without being able to use it for anything useful. Early suspicions were that Linux was like betamax - good but missed the boat to the huge MS corp.

Misty curtains of time - so much better than a spinning CD or eggtimer image...

I royally screwed my main Windows PC by trying out Ubuntu 904 as a dual boot system - so Mr Dell sat - after all the arse of reinstalling Windows and recovering everything but not all - sacrosanct from the Penguin (silly - lacks dog fuck) But...but...I'm in the happy position of having laptops for work which get old and slow (honest Boss - I need the latest stuff for our company credibility...)

So Linux Mint sits on an old IBM thinkpad with all the glory of Compiz - which I like btw - I don't find the command line sexy - just a means to an end like paying in cheques and bills online. If I have to type I like to keep it for my book writing hobby and email stuff.

Got a new work laptop - pink metallic - white keyboard - I am accuse of gay tendencies. Easy that one - make a grab for some bloke's arse, he runs faster than if you were armed with a shotgun and big knife...

Bastards! The new pinko has a SIS Magic 3 graphics card - what a lot of wank as they have no Linux equivalent drivers without hunting down some obscure Korean guy whose last web post was 2007 -8. So the joys of pinko's 250 Gb Hard Drive and 4Gb of Ram but no fancy Compiz are still eclipsed by Mr IBM - the salty old sea dog who has been operated on (by me) with a 160Gb Hard Drive (vs 40Gb old one) and 2 Gb Ram (vs 512Mb old) - looks like a clunker but does Linux Mint like a dream.

Mr Dell has cautiously been re recruited but only with VirtualBox with a Kubuntu, an Ubuntu Lucid beta and a shrunken nLiteOS Win XP. As Mr Dell has 3Gb of Ram and a terabyte or so of space it seemed like the way forward

Mr IBM is still playing "I don't want to go and play outside" because it likes living near Mr Dell and the house network and steadfastly refuxes to whirl its 3D or wobble its windows when taken out of range - twatt - I did ask but- and thanks - but guru magic didn't help and I got bored with the problem and shelved it for a more relaxed time. Blog 1 April 2010
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