I’ve been using strictly Linux (specifically, Ubuntu) since 2010, when I bought my first new laptop. I have it installed on my new desktop, and at work. I documented a lot of this journey to help people who may want to try doing this, but are perhaps unsure how or why to do it.
A while back I bought a laptop, my first laptop, through a company called Linux Certified. As it was both my first time owning a newer laptop (rather than secondhand or hand-me-down) and the first time I was really attempting to use Linux in earnest, it was an exciting time. The posts journal my reactions over the first month.
Tricks & Howtos
Sometimes when using Linux you want to do something for which there is not yet an established method. Sometimes, the thing you want to do has already been figured out in pieces, but you just have to do some research to put those pieces together.
These posts chronicle the methods of some hackery I’ve discovered through experimentation, synthesizing other smaller solutions.
- Conky, Avant, Cheese, and Streamer
- Randomize Backgrounds
- Quake-style Terminal Window
- Using Virtualbox with an Existing Windows Partition (strangely, this is presently the most popular post on this entire blog. Go figure!)
- Synaesthesia, aka “Piano Hero” and how to tie it into JackD and MIDI devices
- Euro-gaming in Linux
Some meta-discussion about Linux in general.
- Linux & Biking
- Making the Switch: Reasons why you should, or shouldn’t, switch to Linux, and how to do it
Reviews of specific applications on Linux
Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10)
Karmic Koala was actually a pretty significant paradigm shift — similar to the level of change found in version 11.04, when Unity became the standard desktop environment. Karmic introduced the cloud computing Ubuntu One environment, standardized some of the communication tools, and introduced more social media integration. It was an exciting and very significant release.
Like with the Laptop miniseries, I chronicled my reactions and discoveries through my exploration of the new version.