Saturday, September 3, 2011


It’s been a while since I played around in Linux, preferring the mindless simplicity that Windows offered me—most of the time. Yeah, I know Windows and simplicity should not be married in a sentence, but you have to grudgingly admit that there aren’t many hoops that you have to jump through for Windows—again, most of the time. Most users prefer that Next-->Next-->Finish routine and like to have things work out of the box natively. That’s the nature of the beast.

I love workspaces! PRODUCTIVITY!

Lately, some of my geekier friends had been talking about various things they’ve been doing in Linux that have piqued my interest, but usually I’d end up taking a peek at what they’re doing, leaving it at that and puttering along with good ol’ Windows. Then, I faced a problem with opening Open Office documents in Word at work, and a friend suggested that I boot Linux on my work computer from a flash drive. Brilliant solution and so simple.

It really allows me freedom at work that I wouldn’t normally have. Our ISD crew has us locked down tight. It was only about a week or two ago that I was able to get them to finally update from IE6 on our computers after having to compile a good case about why they should update (with something other than whining that it’s IE6; it’s the small victories).

So, I’ve been tooling around with various distros on my laptop, and I’m starting to realize that I enjoy working in Linux more than I do Windows, even when I do have to open the terminal and get all technical. I’ve found that I’m a Ubuntu woman, and part of this may be bias because I’ve worked with Ubuntu more than other distros in years past. I think it’s very user friendly for users like me.

What kind of user am I? I would say that I’m a seasoned beginner/intermediate user. I understand most of the terminology and how to go about applying it. The things I don’t understand I end up Googling to get clearer explanations. However, some things still a bit complex to me, and I have to do more research to really grasp certain elements.

I’ve moved from booting Ubuntu from a flash drive to dual booting on my personal computer, and I’m thinking that I’d like to completely migrate one day. Many of the programs that I use have Linux versions of their software, and the ones who don’t have been workable due to using Wine. And even if I don’t get everything that I’m used to working with in Ubuntu, I’d be happy with working with it about 80% of the time. Hopefully, this is a viable dream. 


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2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Tiara has read 6 books toward her goal of 52 books.

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The Elfstones Of Shannara
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Gardens of the Moon
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really liked it
Review to come.
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The Girl from the Well
liked it
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Thirteen Reasons Why
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
liked it
Spoiler free review to come.
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The Phantom of the Opera
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