Linux Mint

Linux Mint

So I’ve always been a fan of Ubuntu, yea yea I know what your saying already, but Ubuntu is for people that don’t know anything about Linux. We’ll your right and thats party why I like it because its designed in that manner, It installs super fast, I can have a Ubuntu server up and running AND hosting a web page in under 10 min, and its stable.

I have a few Ubuntu servers I manage that have upwards of 150+ days of uptime and they are still running great. Ok now I hear all the Linux guys out there complaining that Ubuntu systems are so hard to Troubleshoot and Diagnose. Right again, but who cares, remember I can have a Ubuntu system up and running in under 10 min if its a simple Web or Database server, so if I determine I’m going to have more then 10 minutes of troubleshooting time to fix my issue, I reinstall the system and restore backups. My linux boxes do daily backups, if your running a more mission critical Database server you may want to run Hourly backups, in my case its only a simple internal Wiki.

MintDesktop

Okay, enough server talk, lets talk desktops, I’m usually a Mac guy but I have an extra box at work thats my own personal Linux box, I talked my Manager into letting me bring it in because the Linux network diagnostic tools are wonderful, It used to be a Ubuntu system but when the Primary hard disk failed I opted to give Linux Mint a shot.

Initial impressions were wonderful the Installation process was very straight forward and I’m confident any computer user would be able to figure it out, with the exception being the partition management, but then again partition management on any Unix system is fairly hard to wrap your head around for anyone coming from a windows environment. This is largely due to the fact that Unix does away with each disk getting its own filesystem (kinda). On a unix system there is the root filesystem which is mounted on a disk but you can then mount others disks into directories on that filesystem, so while each disk still gets its own filesystem its all transparent to the end user.

A common way to set up your system is to install the os to a small but quick disk then mount a big beefy disk to the /home folder of the partition this allows the system files to load very fast and at the same time allows you to separate tee users home folders. another advantage to this setup is if you ever have a problem with the system you can wipe the main disk reinstall the system then simply remount the disk with the home files back to the new /home folder, instant restore of users files.

This is actually the setup I was running under ubuntu until the primary hard disk failed, then I ditched it and installed the new system to a single disk, eventually I’ll go get a second disk for it an copy the home files over to the new disk and mount it over the systems /home folder.

MintPackage

Package management is super easy in mint, when you see the little green check mark on the lock in the task bar go away you know your system needs an update, click it enter your password and the system automatically downloads and installs all relevant updates. And since Mint is based off Ubuntu any applications designed for Ubuntu should also run on Mint with little or no extra configuration.

if you have an extra machine laying around give Linux Mint a shot Im glad I did you just may decide you like linux =)

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Boxee to get its own box?

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Thats right according to a blog post by the boxee developers during CES they were approached by several device makers with the intrest of embeding boxee in there devices. For now your only option is to set up a Mac or Linix computer to your TV, and install Boxee on that system. While you can also install it on the AppleTV its not fully supported yet (Netflix is non funtional along with a few other bugs, again still alpha software!).

I have to admit the concept of buying a dedicated box (as long as it has the avaliable HD space) is rather exciting. I for one already have boxee installed on my AppleTV and will be installing it on my iMac (just for the nifty interface for Netflix).

Anyway if your as excited about a dedicated boxee device as I am you can read more about it over on the boxee blog, they are actually looking for input on this idea and have a quick survey set up over there to gaterh information on this concept.

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Mozilla Firefox 3 Release Candidate 2 Out

Mozilla has released RC3 of Firefox 3, head on over to the Moxilla page to download it and give it a shot but remember this is made available for testing purposes only and you should still rely on existing stable releases of Firefox 2

whats new in Firefox 3?

Firefox 3 is based on the Gecko 1.9 Web rendering platform, which has been under development for the past 34 months. Building on the previous release, Gecko 1.9 has more than 14,000 updates including some major re-architecting to provide improved performance, stability, rendering correctness, and code simplification and sustainability. Firefox 3 has been built on top of this new platform resulting in a more secure, easier to use, more personal product with a lot more under the hood to offer website and Firefox add-on developers.

  • More Secure
  • Easier to Use
  • More Personal
  • Improved Platform for Developers
  • Improved Performace

Be sure to check the Mozilla Firefox 3 Release Candidate 2 Release Notes for further information

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HP releases its first Linux-powered laptop

Hewlett-Packard announced its first Linux based desktop to be offered
in the US, The HP 2133 Mini-Note PC which will be running Novell SUSE
Linux Enterprise Desktop 10. This system priced at $499 which seams a bit high considering the system has no Optical drive and only sports a 8.9 inch display and 512MB of ram.

I don’t understand this pricing scheme. as I can purchase a Vista machine with DVD/Burner 2 Gigs of ram and 15 inch display.

I’d still like to see a desktop produced by one of the large computing
companies offer Ubuntu as its the most user friendly Linux distribution
I’ve yet to see.

while the pricing scheme needs a bit of work I’m really happy to see that PC manufactures are willing to dive into the Linux desktop market. I’m also hoping the systems come pre-installed with OpenOffice, Firefox and a few other open source goodies.

Whats your opinion on Linux as a everyday system straight from the manufacture?

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My new favorite browser has got to be flock, I usually have the meda bar up top up displaying a live feed of HDR images from flickr.

To make things better, I’ve just discovered PocketFlock, we are not allowed to install applications at work so I have a full sweet of applications I’ve downloaded from portableapps.com, including firefox stashed in the My Documents folder on my work computer. I strongly dislike IE and refuse to use it even at work, (now if only I could get them to let me switch my work machine to Linux)

PocketFlock also requires no instillation to function and gives me all the features of the standard version of flock.

I strongly believe this is the direction ALL software manufactures should be heading can you imagine how much easier it would be to do a bare bones restore on a crashed system if all applications did not require to be installed? This is one of my absolute favorite things about OSX NO REGISTRY. want to back up your appications? just drag the /Applications directory over to your backup medium. need to restore it? Drag it back! So simple!

So Please by all means go get your hands on PocketFlock now and check out this wonderful browser! This very post was written via the “Blog this” right click menu from within pocket flock.

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