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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.

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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 One Music Store: Already a drop-in iTunes replacement

Posted 09-07-2010 at 07:04 PM by Kenny_Strawn

I just recently tried browsing the Ubuntu One Music Store to see just what was available, and found hundreds of popular titles and artists (at least in the Maverick Meerkat).

The software center is also getting a similar facelift: You can now opt to purchase proprietary software via the Software Center (although the software that's there for a fee is branded as such and quarantined dead-away from the FOSS in the store), something the major software makers will really like.

I don't know about you, but I think Ubuntu will easily become a free drop-in replacement for Windows or OS X sooner than I originally thought. Any opinions on this? PLEASE comment here to tell me how you think of this.
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    As an update: The long list of albums that the U1 music store has includes, among other things, Beyoncé's I Am... Sasha Fierce and Miley Cyrus's The Time Of Our Lives (which includes the huge hit "Party in the USA").
    Posted 09-08-2010 at 05:23 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
    Updated 09-08-2010 at 05:24 PM by Kenny_Strawn
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    Update: I also found Miley Cyrus's Can't Be Tamed album on the Ubuntu One Music Store as well.
    Posted 09-09-2010 at 08:46 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
    Updated 09-10-2010 at 12:02 AM by Kenny_Strawn
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    Can't use my iPhone, iPad or iPod under it, still not a replacement for me...

    By the way, is there a band called 'The Hives' on the Music Store? Don't have a Ubuntu Box ATM. That's my favorite band. As someone close to my age, perhaps you'd like them too...

    Posted 09-18-2010 at 05:40 AM by lupusarcanus lupusarcanus is offline
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    Yeah... Supposedly 10.04+ can easily sync an iPod Touch/iPhone with ease, just install ipheth-utils:

    sudo apt-get install ipheth-dkms ipheth-utils
    And then you'll be able to use it in Rhythmbox just fine.
    Posted 09-19-2010 at 02:52 AM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline


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