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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 10.10, Android Make It On PCWorld's Top 100 List For 2010

Posted 11-20-2010 at 08:48 PM by Kenny_Strawn
Updated 11-21-2010 at 01:06 AM by Kenny_Strawn (Fixed spelling typo)

I just recently got a new PCWorld magazine (my mother has a subscription) in the mail. In it was the annual Top 100 list. Here's what I found:

I looked all through the list, and finally found Ubuntu 10.10 at the end of it. That's pretty impressive, but why #100? I would expect more from PCW in all respects. However, the fact that Ubuntu made it at all says that Ubuntu (and Linux in general) is enough to make me excited.

Ubuntu in all respects is extremely easy to use, sporting very useful features like an installer that makes partitioning your hard drive as easy as sliding your disk space back or forth, and also is easy enough that anyone can use it.

That said, it also has its quirks like Linux in general does -- for example, it doesn't support *all* the hardware out there out-of-the-box without configuration of generic drivers (the ATI TV Wonder is a classic example) and the terminal takes some getting used to. But overall, no, no headaches.

But what about Android? It was #1! Finally, an open source project that the crooks at PCW praise. Sure, Android has the backing of Google, a multimillion-dollar mega-company that is popular and powerful enough to push any Linux distro to the top, but it's Linux -- AFAIR FOSS -- and also the PCW Best Product of 2010. Yay.

Android is also much more popular than Ubuntu, having so many apps to choose from and being preinstalled on so many devices. You can run it on almost anything now -- even Intel processors. That said, it also has quirks as well:

For example, it is possibly patent-crippled. In particular, Oracle is trying to sue Google -- for patents on code they didn't own in the first place! This is one of the things I hate about Oracle: They always use their money and power to try and exploit anything they possibly can -- and then lie about it, claiming that it was theirs in the first place.

Then, I found news that Micro$haft is now trying to charge PC manufacturers royalty fees for installing Android on their computers. What?! Royalty fees?! Micro$uck, that's by far the most disgustingly Satanic thing you could possibly do. For the love of God, Micro$uck: You're better off bullying demon computer manufacturers in hell.

Overall, however, it is really amazing to see those PCW crooks actually putting FOSS on their Top 100 Lists for a change. It is a very positive thing that makes me smile.
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