3.31.2007

The Penguin Rules!

Wohoo! I finally got my Linux system up and running! This is my first blog-post from Tux... Before that, a bit about my Linux ventures so far:

It all started three years back. Inspired by Srikanth, ex-Loyolite, working in Infosys, I set out to get my hands on a Red hat distro. But then Mishel(my tech-buddy) told me he already had a Mandrake 9.1 CD set. Installing Mandrake was a breeze. Got the system up and spent some days configuring it and doing...er... stuff on it. But heck, I couldn't get my modem (in the dialup days) to work in Mandrake. After a few months I got bored of it.

Then I got my hands on SuSE linux 9.1. This one was great. Very stable and rather quick... I fell in love with its features and looks. Even then I couldnt spend much time on it since I still couldn't get the stupid modem to work under it.

When Knoppix 4 arrived, it was a huge sucess. Equipped with the latest KDE 3.4, it was all eye-candy plus a HUGE lot of applications in just one live CD. It ran grudgingly on my (by then)legacy PC after a few tweaks. Ubuntu came, but it failed to please me (maybe because I hate GNOME).

Then came the big SuSE 10. It was just AWESOME - 5 CDs of goodies and offered the perfect blend of stability, eye-candy and a HUGE stock of apps. I got it installed (after trying to do so - FIVE times, as my lowly 128MB SDRAM was adamant). It was slow, obviously.

And now, after all the hype about Ubuntu being good (courtesy Mishel ;o) ) I wanted to get my hands on its KDE cousin (I still abstain from using GNOME - so there's one loyal KDE-fan!) I ordered two Kubuntu CD (for 32 and 64 bit systems) from shipit, but I got one of my friends' Kubuntu CD and installed it. There were a couple of problems with mounting and stuff, and Windoze put its foot down and refused to boot. I panicked and ran a repair. Also, this hard-disk of mine was cluttered up, even having the old SuSE 10 distro and its swap(which was a big boon, as Kubuntu uses swaps on the HDD during live boot and this was the only way to boot live on my ancient box - one of the irritating things is it can install to HD only after booting live). So I repartitioned the whole HD and proceeded to install Kubuntu after getting Windoze up. However I forgot that there was no swap for it now and it, as expected, hung while loading KDM. I booted my old Mandrake CD and created a swap, allowed the installation to proceed for a few seconds. Then booted Windoze and deleted Mandrakes root partition and set up partitions in such a way that there was just 10GB of free unpartitioned space left. Then it was back to Kubuntu installation and giving "Use largest continuous free space" during partition-selection (as custom partitioning causes the installer to crash - reason: gparted is rather memory-intensive) I got the whole thing installed and running in half and hour. The remaining things were configuring mounting of my Windoze partitions and doing a PPPOE configuration for setting up my ADSL modem to connect to the internet. All that said and done, look at the beauty:




Whew, nice start to the summer vacations(yeah, school closed yesterday).

PS: Linux is user-friendly, just that it aint idiot friendly.
PPS: Getting M$-Windoze is like buying a toy car. Getting Linux is like buying a buildable, fully-customizable model.
PPPS: (my favourite)Computers are like air-conditioners - they don't work properly if you open Windows... use LINUX!

3.15.2007

Summer update

Well, its been a long time since I blogged anything... a few things have changed, as you can see. First of all, the old logo (or rather 'profile pic') of dear ol' Calvin smiling away has gone and in the place is what has been one of my favourite logos for sometime now. Then the stupid old template has made its exit for good (of which I have already spoken)

Summer has begun, and in a big way. Two more suns have been transferred to kerala from Godknowswhere and are working at their full potential. A single minute of walking or even standing outside the house leaves any bushman sweating his bum off. The sea nearby tries its best to get hings worse than ever by making the blessed atmosphere more sultry than ever. The hot afternons return to plague me during exam time. One fat book, a pillow and some nice breeze (all of within easy reach) are all it takes to drop me into the hands of omnipresent sleep. After a few minutes of sitting upright with the book on my lap, feeling uncomfortable, I snuggle down a bit to bring my neck against the pillow... a few minutes - pillow is under the head... then the magic of sleep, with a fat "Organic Chemistry" monster on my tummy. (I made up my mind to really study Chemistry somehow now...hehe)

Such is life...

Oh, and the Fotopic guys (bastards) suspended both my accounts(one is the railway pics site and other one is non-train pics :). I immediately removed the latter account and requested them to reinstate the former one(Gosh i cant afford to lose that!)... no reply. After a few morte similar mails, I had enough of them. Rohit told me that it was of no use pleading to them. So I made yet another account, transferred my existing gallery to it and deleted the old account. So there! (you might as well check the latest album out... featuring some of my artwork!) I started a gallery in Flickr for my general phtography... chk it out too

On the tech side, I got my hand on Kubuntu (6.06) and plan to format my Os-partitions and install Linux and windoze again... after the exams :(

All these plans dawn on my when I'm studying for something and don't have the time to carry them out... damn!

3.06.2007

See new, feel new

I changed the template... again.

This is the fourth time, I think. Now all the gaudy, obscenely over-graphical colours are gone... and in their place lies a simple, clean, pleasant looking, decent blog.

Live with this for the time being.

PS: Comments are welcome.
PPS: If that wasn't obvious...
PPPS: I was considering moving to wordpress, (reason? 'just like that') and had even created my account, but then abandoned it.
PPPPS: So there.
PPPPPS: I am irritating, yes I know.
PPPPPPS: Last one, honest.
PPPPPPPS: HA! I lied