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Been too long

Posted 08-10-2015 at 11:57 PM by zaivala

It has been so long I forgot I even *had* a blog here.

Welcome to another installment of "I don't know what I'm doing, and this is not how you do it anyhow."

That machine only ran Ubuntu for so long before I started beating my head (which had not yet absorbed enough) against walls and getting little help. Then a friend bought me a 64-bit Win7 Pro disk. I was running Lighthouse64 and Puppy on it from time to time.

A few months ago, I was given the opportunity to move, but circumstances meant I could not just pull up stakes and go. So I was needing to maintain two living spaces, which meant I needed two computers. At exactly that time, a friend was given an extra computer -- a Dell Inspiron 518 00, Intel Core Duo quad core (yeah, I don't know how duo and quad get along, but I didn't name the chip). I installed that at the new place, and it was running Windows 7 HP 32-bit. Not all that well, had some issues with it, and wished I had a new installation disk.

Then the Windows 10 upgrade came out. I took it. And 3 days later, discovered just how many security holes I had, even though I opted out of everything I could find to opt out of (which also means most of the goodies in Win10 did not work, as they rely on those holes). I rolled back to Win 7 HP... and within 6 hours of doing that, someone compromised my Gmail account. My assumption was that the hacker got my information from Microsoft (thank you, Win10) but I can't prove it.

So I looked over all my varied experience with Linux. I had a successful install on a laptop with LinuxMint, but didn't want LXDE and wasn't comfortable with either MATE or Cinnamon... read some opinions, leading me to believe that I should give KDE another go (I quit back when it became slower than Molasses, which would be a good name for a Windows desktop). Found a download for LM 17.1 KDE and took it. First time I tried to load it from disc, it just hung on the logo. I spent some time attempting to try Slackware's latest, and managed to get it all installed, but somehow, being an idiot, I managed to get it to identify my modem as my network and I couldn't log in (because a network requires a login AND password, not just a password, and giving information to the modem it can't use means no cookie). However, the reorganization of my drives done during Slackware installation probably cleared the roadblock, and I tried the LinuxMint disk again and it just flew right through it.

It only took me a couple days to figure out the major issues (the printer was fun, but mostly because I wasn't fully reading the instructions Brother gave me to follow). No sound issues, no video issues, and my Kodi installation went smoothly as well. Might have a thing or two to figure out, but all niggling little things I can't even firmly put my finger on.

I should state that I haven't found KDE to be as advanced and wonderful as the opinions I read seemed to think it was (or I'm not advanced enough to understand or take advantage of its wonderfulness). My favorite desktop implementation to date is still the MacPup with Enlightenment E17.

At this point, I wouldn't go back to Windows if I had a good reason. Can't be as good as the reason I left it for.

I also have an ASUS Eee PC 1015PW in gold, lovely little machine, just right size for me. It came with Win7 on it but lagged like crazy. I had LinuxMint 13 LXDE on it for a while, it ran well but just didn't feel right. I currently am running EasyPeasy 1.3, which apparently never completed its update to 2.0. I love the way it runs, just like (but better than) the original Eee PC OS (which was something ASUS cobbled together out of Gentoo code). However, as it is based on Lucid, I wonder how long it will be useful. I'm interested in hearing about other netbook OSes which might be less dated.

Moss
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