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So...my big Mother's Day present was a laptop. I so was not expecting it and vacillated between squee!shiny! and guilt. Which, I guess is appropriate for Mother's Day. *wry grin* Anyway, I'm really excited about it. So far it's set up with Windows, which feels like I've missed an opportunity to do Linux. I might erase everything (my old files from the netbook are on an external drive)and set up a partition, if I can figure it out.

Sometimes I even get the crazy idea to just set it up as a Linux box. So far what's keeping me from it is remembering what a PITA it was to install programs on Ubuntu when I had it, and wondering if the programs I want even have Linux versions. That, and, well, the fact that I don't know what the hell I'm doing. But it would be an incentive to learn, right?

Work is interesting. Mostly I like it, though I still am often boggled by coworkers. Sometimes I don't understand people and I feel like an alien watching them and trying to understand their behaviors and motivations. That said, this past Friday night I went out with some mama friends and laughed and shared and just generally had an awesome time. Saturday Ellie and I went to a family gathering, and I had a really good and intense conversation with my stepmom, who's going through some stuff right now. So I feel like I want to spend more time with family and old friends and less time with the people who don't really get me.

At the same time, I want to give the people who don't get me a little slack in terms of, well, not getting me. I am a bit of an acquired taste.

I'm reading a book about writing poetry, which I think counts for something, even though I haven't been writing yet. I'm trusting that the writing will come (and I am planning on doing the exercises, just for fun. I might even post some.) Mostly my creative outlet has been making little stuffed animals out of felt or embroidering. I love working with my hands in that way; it's so satisfying.

So...that's what's going on with me. What's new with you?

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Date: 2012-05-15 11:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shoaling_souls
Installing linux has gotten easier over the years. And I haven't had too much trouble installing stuff on ubuntu. there are so many programs in the respository that it's rare that i'm wanting for a program to install. But it probably does depend on what programs you want to install. Though you should know that Wine has gotten better over the years, so if you tried to use wine before with something and it wouldn't work, it might work now. I've used Debian as well. Part of me wants to try arch, just for fun.

Still, your new laptop doesn't have any files on it yet, and it probably came with a disk to let you reinstall windows, so now is the perfect time to install linux! It's risk free because if you don't like it you can use the disk to reinstall windows and you won't have lost any files or settings or configurations in the process. If you want to set up dual booting, then find a program that lets you partition your disk, split the disk in half, set aside 3 gig or so for swap. (usually with partitioning you make a backup of all your files on the disk, but you don't have any files yet and you have a windows install cd so it's okay to skip that part). And if you need help, that's what your friends list is for. :)

What programs do you want? Would alternative programs that do roughly the same thing do or do you need to use a specific software?

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Date: 2012-05-17 02:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ranunculus
I think we are vaguely connected through Darkemeralds.

I just got a new laptop, something about coffee not agreeing with the old one. I've been a Linux user for many years even though I know nothing about programming (yes, it got "interesting" some times!)
Anyway I just loaded Mageia on my Sony. I like Mageia, it has the K desktop as it's more or less native desktop although it also supports Gnome. Even the version I loaded,v2, a beta program, is more stable than the last Umbutu version I loaded. Mageia v2 (Cauldron) the stable version is supposed to be out next week. Mageia was, once, long ago Mandrake, and is a community program.

For the first time since I have been loading Linux, some 10 years or so I had NO problems. Ok, yes, I had one. The clock didn't set right until I clicked on it and told it to reset itself. Mageia comes with Libre Office 3 (used to be Open Office but was taken over by a community group after Sun got bought out - they have fixed a lot of the technical debt and the program is GREAT).

When I installed, the program asked me if I wanted to dual boot with Windows or not. It gave the option of taking preset partitions or doing it myself, so it is pretty safe in that sense.

Linux has come a --long-- way in the last two or three years, I think you might find that things that were a pain in the behind to do 3 or 4 years ago are no longer problems. But then I'm biased, I HATE Windows.

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Date: 2012-05-17 02:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shoaling_souls
Chrome works in linux and it's an aptitude, so installing it is really easy. (sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable) Ubuntu's version of openoffice is called LibreOffice. as far as i can tell it's the same thing, it just has a different name. There are other word alternatives, like Abiword, and if you just need to read a word document but don't want to use it for writing something, there's "antiword" which converts word documents into text format.

i use mplayer for video and audacious for music (but sometimes I use mplayer for music too.) Installing audacious will install whatever codecs you need for mp3 and wma files. Ubuntu comes with Rhythmbox, which I find confusing to use because it looks a lot like itunes, which I also find confusing to use. But if you're used to an interface like itunes, then rhythmbox might work well for you.

I didn't know what spotify was so I looked it up. According to the wikipedia article, the linux version of spotify is specifically a debian/ubuntu version which is good news because it means installing it is easy. The file will end in .deb and so you install it with gdebi: sudo gdebi filename.deb. type 'y' when it asks if you want to install it. If there are any dependences, gdebi will resolve them for you. And then you'll be all set. Wikipedia says that there are some other, unofficial, programs for interacting with spotify, like despotify and jotify, which you could try if you end up not liking spotify's linux version. Neither of those are in aptitude, but if they have a .deb version then installing would be easy.

(And if they don't, you can try configure make make install which will work except you have to resolve dependencies by yourself)

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Date: 2012-05-17 02:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ranunculus
Check out Mageia.

It was VERY highly rated by an English Linux magazine we subscribed to for a while, and that was version 1.


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