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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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Announcement: ATTENTION ALL BLOG COMMENTERS: Malicious commands

Posted 08-23-2010 at 04:53 PM by Kenny_Strawn (Kenny the one-teen comittee to stamp out Proprietary $uckware)

I have noticed that most LQ members get amused when they talk about shell commands that inflict damage on Linux systems. In my blog, however, THIS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!!! It violates item #4 of my Blog Code of Conduct and I have a strict zero-tolerance policy for such malicious content as the Code of Conduct already states.

Now, for the education of commenters, here are some examples of commands NEVER TO TYPE, even if another member lies and says it's okay.

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Linux Generation = YouTube Generation

Posted 08-21-2010 at 11:55 PM by Kenny_Strawn (Kenny the one-teen comittee to stamp out Proprietary $uckware)
Updated 08-22-2010 at 01:33 AM by Kenny_Strawn

So I was in the Shops at Mission Viejo today ready to pick up my mother (she has a job at Macy's there) this evening. Okay. My father and sister were trying to kill time by looking in the mall and I had no choice but to go with them. Fine.

We are strolling around the mall, and my father was looking at the various stuff in the mall <yawn>. I liked most of the places that we stopped at, except for one:

As we came to the escalators to go downstairs and were at a...
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What a nice 18th birthday present: FinalFreeze for an Ubuntu release

Posted 08-19-2010 at 10:42 PM by Kenny_Strawn (Kenny the one-teen comittee to stamp out Proprietary $uckware)

According to this page, the FinalFreeze/KernelFreeze/NonLanguagePackTranslationDeadline for the Natty Narwhal (Ubuntu 11.04) will be on April 14, 2011 (A.K.A. my 18th birthday).

What's odd is that this release schedule actually came out ***BEFORE*** the GNOME 2.33.x/3.0 release schedule. This usually doesn't happen. But that's beside the topic: Steshenko, now you know how old I am.
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Possible brainstorming for Ubuntu 11.04

Posted 08-19-2010 at 03:16 PM by Kenny_Strawn (Kenny the one-teen comittee to stamp out Proprietary $uckware)
Updated 08-19-2010 at 03:27 PM by Kenny_Strawn

Please note that the Natty Narwhal may have GNOME Shell, not GNOME Panel, so the Cloud menu may need to be ported to GNOME Shell. This is my contribution here.
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The Toolkit Wars 2.0: GTK+ 3.0 vs. Qt 4 vs. Clutter

Posted 08-18-2010 at 01:30 AM by Kenny_Strawn (Kenny the one-teen comittee to stamp out Proprietary $uckware)

Now that GTK+ 2.90 (a.k.a. 3.0 Beta) is out, we now have three head-to-head toolkits, all with advanced graphics, to deal with. How do these toolkits stack up? That's up to your comments.

To start it with my opinion: I would put Clutter at the top, followed by Qt and lastly GTK+. The reason for this is that Cairo (being the drawing API in GTK+) is 2D instead of 3D, and we all know that's really old fashioned. Qt in contrast actually allows for 3D acceleration while Clutter is built...
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