Linux and Open Source

Published: 27 July 2007 | 5 comments

A couple years back (well…about 6+ years ago) I heard about Linux and found it hard to believe that it was possible for someone (anyone) to give away an operating system for free. I figured that since it was free and I had a spare computer, why not give it a try. I had nothing to lose. And so began my journey into Linux and Open Source.

At the time I tried Red Hat and Mandrake Linux, now Mandriva. Both were decent but it didn’t grab me as much and due to a few things not working I ended up not using either for long. Fast forward to about 3 years ago when a friend reintroduced me to Linux, this time in the form of Ubuntu. It was pretty simple to use and everything worked right away. Needless to say my interest in Linux and the world of Open Source hasn’t died down since.

Over the past few months my interest in Linux and Open Source has spiked even more and I’ve been frequently visiting a few sites for all the latest news. I have even added a few to my feed reader wherever possible. Below is a list of some of my go to sites:

If you’re like me and enjoy Linux and Open Source then I hope you will find those links interesting and useful. Also feel free to share your favourite sites.




gravatar Matt — 28 July 2007

Thanks for sharing those links. I’ve been a huge fan of Open Source for sometime now as well. However, I haven’t made the plunge to be an all-time Linux user. I do have Ubuntu installed in a dual-boot configuration but I rarely use it since Windows XP does most things I need right now. I’ll have to add those links to my feed reader and hope it inspires me to use Linux more often.

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 28 July 2007

You’re welcome Matt. I’m still dual booting with Windows and do use it from time to time, but for most of my regular day to day activities at home (email, web browsing, coding), I use Linux. :)

gravatar Nathan Smith — 28 July 2007

My initial impression of Ubuntu was tainted, I think mainly because Parallels on OS X is better suited to running Windows. One of these days, I hope to do a clean install of Ubuntu on a dedicated box.

gravatar Ben — 30 July 2007

I’m like Matt. Well, sort of. I’m in the process of piecing together a new computer, and hope to run Ubuntu mainly, but will probably end up dual booting, and will probably end up spending most of my time on XP. I hope not to, and I have one friend who runs Ubuntu as his only OS, so maybe he’ll give me some encouragement. I’m just going to miss games / graphic design / Flash*. (My friend said Flash doesn’t work too well with Ubuntu?)

* Just kidding on the Flash part, we all know Flash sucks. ;)

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 7 August 2007

Nathan: I’d love to hear how you find it when you get to do a clean install on a dedicated box.

Ben: You could also probably start playing around with Ubuntu via their Live CD, that way you don’t have to actually install anything just yet. Another option that I’ve seen a co-worker do is to install Ubuntu virtually using VMWare (you can also try VirtualBox). So he’s running Windows but can load up Ubuntu right from the comfort of his Windows environment and still get to play games and do you graphics/flash work.

The Flash player is getting much better on Linux and infact they are up to version 9 just like Windows/Mac. There are a few little kinks but they are working on it and I’m sure it will be exactly like the experience on Windows/Mac. For the most part though it works perfectly.

Oh and Flash ain’t so bad when used responsibly. ;)

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