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Things I can do before Windows Boots

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 8:38 am on Monday, June 28, 2010

I guess I’m one of the lucky ones that gets to use Linux at work. The kicker is, I need Windows to do part of my work so I have two machines. After a recent power outage, I needed to boot both machines this morning. So, I thought I’d document what I did before Windows booted.

  1. Turned both machines on
  2. Cleaned 3 coffee mugs and came back
  3. Talked to my boss about the power outage
  4. Logged into my Linux machine
  5. Started all the software I thought I might need for the day (Pidgin, Thunderbird, Firefox, Eclipse, Tilda and screen)
  6. Checked my e-mail
  7. Approved some comments on this blog
  8. Wrote this blog post.

On that note, my Windows machine is about booted and I can load up the Word documents that were inconveniently sent to me in .docx format. What a Monday Morning.

Interesting Finds

Filed under: The Linux Blog News — TheLinuxBlog.com at 12:11 pm on Friday, October 3, 2008

This week I’ve been particularly slacking on this blog. However I did get to talk to the guys over at Linux Cranks. Throughout the week I found some interesting stuff on the web. Most of its Linux or tech related so if you’re interested … (Read on …)

Whats your take on proprietary software?

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software — TheLinuxBlog.com at 11:57 am on Monday, August 4, 2008

Using proprietary software to some Linux users is considered a sin, right up there with not reading the manual. Not everyone that runs Linux feels this way. I for one don’t mind using a commercial / propriety product if the product serves the purpose well, and perhaps better than an open source implementation.

Take VMWare server for example. Although it does have its problems, it works very well for virtualization. Its pretty stable, has a good interface, works well and most of all is free. I have no problem installing and using this as long as it works.  I’ve been using it for a while, its what I’m used to and I have no problems with it. The moment VMWare Server stops working, I’ll try to find another alternative. Be it open source or not.

I don’t get why some people are so into the open source movement. Not tainting a system to me has no clear advantages. If I were to not install any proprietary software I would hardly be able to use my Linux box. Think about it, no Java (ok, I’d have the IcedTea runtime and GCJ), but no supported Java for Tomcat / Eclipse, I’d have no Flash, hardly any video codecs and no 3D accelerated graphics. My virtualization, may or may not work depending on what day of the week it was or if I had supported hardware. There is probably a whole lot more that I am missing that I don’t even know about.

So, I’m just interested to know what is every one else’s take on using proprietary software? Am I alone in being “fine” with installing closed source / proprietary software? Is my computer going to go to robot hell and sing with Bender for eternity? Please let me know your thoughts.

Eclipse – Around the World

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software — TheLinuxBlog.com at 2:46 pm on Friday, June 6, 2008

Ganymede is coming! I’ve been using Eclipse for a little while now and would like to pass on some information about the Ganymede release.
In the past I have became accustomed to commercial IDE’s, what is bad about this is when a new release comes out often I’d have to either upgrade or be stuck with an old version. Eclipse gives me a standard development environment that works on multiple computer platforms. Through plug-ins often the exact same, or better functionality is added. What is great about Eclipse Ganymede is that it lets you get a preview of what the next generation of the IDE will look like. Eclipse Ganymede is not for every one, after all it is for testers and early adopters. Personally I like to download the Ganymede release every once in a while and test it out. After all some of the big players in the development industry sponsor or contribute to a number of projects that are based on eclipse and its nice to see what they are up to. Check out Ganymede Eclipse for yourself!