Dave Duncan

"Eat Well, Stay Fit, Die Anyway"

sudo apt-get boring_linux_blog_post

I find that the first time I do something, I do it haphazardly and I tend to cut corners (without knowing I’m cutting corners). By the time I get a second chance at it, I’ve learned a lot of lessons and can do it that much better. Well, I’m really happy with how my second install of Ubuntu Linux has been going, and that’s saying a lot because I was pretty happy the first time around too.

Things are much smoother, and I actually know what’s going on when I update packages and install things. I can see how Linux works now, and it’s pretty exciting. I guess this is why real Linux nerds are so outspoken and adamant.

All that being said, Linux isn’t for everyone. I’m lucky to have a few friends who can guide me through the really complicated bits (of which there are a few), and online documentation is user-generated, so it’s rarely well-written, simple or concise. The whole thing is an exercise in patience, but it’s free and there are no ethical, legal or moral implications with not spending money for software. That’s become a key point for me.

I believe I’ve found the perfect tools to manage my music and my iPod (Amarok), photo manipulation (GIMP), FTP, Web design and Torrent management.  Next up?  Remote access and finance management software.  At some point I might install some third party file management software to tag and organize my photos and writing, but that sounds like a lot of work up front.

In summary, despite having an upgrade to the operating system go sour on me, I’m still pretty sold on the whole Linux experience.  When I finally get around to buying a new computer (hopefully a laptop with lots of hard drive space), I’ll probably install Ubuntu as well as Windows Vista and see which one I find less frustrating.

Don’t worry, I’ll tell you all about it.

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  1. Joel July 10th, 2007 3:59 pm

    Remember that time when Dlle noticed no one commented when you blogged about Linux?

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