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I get what I want in Linux

It wasn’t that long ago that I was extolling the virtues of Ubuntu, but alas, things have changed.  You probably don’t wanna hear me whine about how Unity messed things up. (even though I STILL don’t like it!)

Believe me, I’ve done that over and over again in the past.

Just in case, you forgot, I still remember what you did last summer  fall.  It is the reason I stubbornly held on to my love Ubuntu 10.10 which was in my opinion the quintessential experience for me.

Sometimes you got to hold on!!!

Yet, I finally listened to that voice that said that Linux Mint was the way to go.  That way I could actually have my cake and eat it too.  Although too much cake would make my stomach hurt:).

I knew what I wanted and I have it now!!! Ha ha ha in your face!!!

None of the lenses in Ubuntu 12.04 and beyond helped me to see any clearer, but the storm has passed and I am happy with Linux Mint 13.

Initially I was frustrated at the loss of Gnome 2 since I liked it the way we were but I managed to get what I wanted in Mate.

In fact, the name Mate couldn’t be more appropriate because I have found a new friend a platonic one of course and I say she’s just a friend, and she’s all that too.

Now I am born again, and ready to continue exploring the wonderful world of Linux.  Step by step, day by day.


I told Xfce to leave


XFCE (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


A while back I installed XFCE desktop environment onto my laptop.  I had heard that it was very light-weight so I felt it was a good idea to run on my ancient laptop.  It is very light by the way.


After using it for about a week I came to realize that I really didn’t like it very much.   So I installed other desktop environments,  one being Cinnamon.  That was cool too, but one that caught my fancy was actually Gnome 3 Classic which means that it resembles Gnome 2.


Month’s passed by, and I decided I wanted to remove Xfce from my laptop, and so, I did.  I didn’t know how to do so at first, so I looked it up online and found this.


The information there was helpful and I am not even running Ubuntu, but a child of that project called Linux Mint, so it worked just as well.


Talk about helpful!!


Not that I have anything against Xfce, and I definitely don’t have the negative feelings about it that I do with Unity but it had to go.  Yes, I admit I am being pressed but you know what?  Too bad.


Would I have this same level of functionality with Windows or Mac?


Heaven’s no!!!!


I mean with Mac, I can’t even change the radio buttons from the left to the right for crying out loud.  Much less something of this nature, whereas in Linux I have the power to do what Iwant, not what uTell me to do.

















Just getting started with Precise Pangolin

On Thursday, April 26, 2012, Ubuntu 12.04 was released and boy was I excited about it! I just couldn’t wait to see it in person.  It was installed on my brother’s PC, as I had decided to let him be the “test dummy”.  He had purchased a brand new PC only a few days prior so I thought it would be an interesting exercise.  It turned out to be a very educational one, both for him and me.  You see, he didn’t know very much about Ubuntu or Linux for that matter, so I would use this opportunity to guide him step-by-step in its installation.

OK, to be honest, we tried to burn the .iso file to a DVD, but were were doing it incorrectly.  When we tried to install it, it just didn’t work.  To his credit, he is the one that had the bright idea of just burning it to a CD.  Let’s give him a round of applause for that: *clap, clap* Oh, that’s all………. really?  Oh well.

All this happened because I was concerned about using the “Unity interface” so I wanted to see how it worked on his PC, and then I would decide if I was ready to put it on my laptop. LOL!

At the same time, I figured the time had come to check out this new way of doing things since I couldn’t stay away from it forever.  I wanted to give it a chance and see if I liked it. Because it’s an LTS (Long Term Support) release, I felt quite confident that it would be rather precise in its way of doing things.  I learned that this time, both the server as well as the desktop would be supported for five years.  Five years!  That sounds like Canonical was very sure about this release being an absolute hit.

I know that I have been giving 12.04 praise, but there is one thing I didn’t like.  While it may sound petty, it was really, really annoying to me to the point that I obsessed over it until I got it the way I wanted it.  You care to know what it was? Well, I did not like the positioning on the left of the maximize, minimize, and close radio buttons.  It made me sick, so sick I wanted to “falcon punch” the person(s) who thought of doing it in the first place.  As a result, I found out how to do it and that will be the subject of another post.

Ha Ha Ha!  You thought I was going to spill the beans ahead of time, didn’t you?  Not a chance!!!

On another note: It really was a learning curve as I spent hours getting used to doing things in Unity.  Of course, now that I think about it, it took me some time to get used to Gnome 2, and it seems like so long ago when I first got started with Linux.  Those truly were the days!  Now, here we go again.  Hmm… that COULD be a song.

I will say that with some practice, anyone working with this operating system will do just fine.  The “dash menu system” is quite intuitive and doesn’t take long to get the hang of.  More of the new features in Precise are here.

Oh, and I will be talking more about Precise Pangolin real soon.  So look out for it!!!

Linux Mint 12 is awesome!

I really looked forward to this release as I was eagerly anticipating what direction Linux Mint was going to go especially once Ubuntu went ahead with its implementation of the Unity interface. I figured it was only a matter of time before the Mint team would decide to do something different from the past.

That decision would become even more important due to the growing fan base that Linux Mint has built up over time. A fan base that has actually in some peoples opinions eclipsed that of Ubuntu. Linux Mint has  had had about two and a half times  the page hits of Ubuntu and that has been true for the last three months.

I personally started using Linux Mint not long after I came across Ubuntu back in 2010. What impressed me about it the most was that it already included codecs which would allow me to play DVD’s and MP3’s etc.  Right out of the box this was something it had over Ubuntu(even though its not like it was hard to get these things set up there). I also liked the color scheme it is very nice indeed.!

I love the fact that it includes various media players that are absent from an installation of Ubuntu with you adding them.

Recently a new version of Linux Mint has been made available, it is nicknamed Lisa and it comes with several changes. One of those changes would be the departure from the traditional Gnome 2 interfaces. In fact there would be several available such as Cinnamon, Gnome 3 and Mate. I really liked Gnome 2 so I would like to stay at least as close to it as I can get at least until I can get used to 3.  In the meantime Cinnamon seems to have the most promise. For a comparison look below.

Cinnamon is #1

Review image

#2 is the default Gnome 3 (Complete with the Mint Gnome Shell Extensions)

#3 Last and not least is Mate

As you can see there are several choices which each can be manipulated for more control and lets you pick what you want, when you want. So by all means have fun and enjoy to wonder that is Linux Mint 12 also known as (Lisa)

Have a minty day!

For more information check out this site. and HERE as well.



Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) aint half bad after all

Hello, there. I just checked out Ubuntu 11.10 otherwise known as Oneiric Ocelot and in case you don’t know what an Ocelot is well take a look at this:

And oneiric means dreamy….just a few hours ago I took a look at this updated distro of Ubuntu, and I was absolutely amazed at the progress that has been made with the Unity interface. I love the way things have matured since I absolutely wasn’t fond of 11.04. I did say however that I would stay posted and I am so happy I did!!

Below is a picture of Ubuntu 11.04’s Dash and how it displays your most frequently used programs.

One of the the changes I have noticed is the way the Ubuntu Software Center has been revamped..but don’t just take my word for it have a look for yourself.

Dreamy Ubuntu 11.10, the Oneiric Ocelot, slinks into view

Isn’t that lovely?

Te Ubuntu Software Center continues to be improved.  One of the things that has gotten better  is the new “Top Rated” view on the main page that makes use of the social rating features introduced in the last update. This time around it’s also much faster.

Some of the other improvements are to the feature known as dash and search these make it easier to find what you are looking for quickly. The best news is that the Dash’s search features have been divided into sections to make it a bit easier to find what you need. It’s worth bringing to your attention that Ubuntu is now referring to these content subdivisions not as “Places,” the term GNOME uses, but as “Lenses”. This will no doubt take some getting use to, but may very well prove to be worth it at some time in the future.

  • Something else about the Dash feature is that you can narrow down your search to a specific category after all whats the point of looking for something where you know it is not? That is such a waste of time.

Oh and before I forget if you were used to using Evolution before things have changed. Since the default program here is Thunderbird. I must admit that I haven’t used Thunderbird just yet but I do like Evolution and one things that is offers that Thunderbird does not is its included calendar feature.

More information can be found at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/OneiricOcelot/ReleaseNotes?action=show&redirect=OneiricOcelot%2FTechnicalOverview#New_Features

From what I have seen already Oneiric Ocelot is definately a serious leap in the right direction (pun entirely intended)

Special thanks to http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk and http://www.ubuntu.com

I will not be upgrading from Ubuntu 10.10 to 11.04

When I first heard about work being done on a new version of Ubuntu, I got very excited.  After all, things seemed to get better and better since I got started in the 9.10 Lucid Lynx days.  Yet, after reading different comments from people using 11.04, in addition to checking it out for myself, I decided that this would be one I am going to let pass. But why? you may wonder?  Well, there is one BIG reason that I will go into now.

The desktop interface has changed from Gnome 2 to Unity and while those coming from a windows background will possible be fond of  this new set up (especially if this is their 1st exposure to Linux) since they  are not used to the “Gnome” way of doing things. I on the other hand since my first exposure to Ubuntu back in early 2010, had already become accustomed to  the way I  interacted with my desktop. So I was quite apprehensive to the change as a result.

It has been said that this new release was as the result of a goal set by Mark  Shuttleworth and the parent company of Ubuntu (Canonical) for the purpose of attracting new users  particularly from the Windows world towards open source operating systems. This makes a lot of sense given that while Linux  is an operating system that has existed since 1991, it has not had nearly the widespread adoption of Windows or Even Mac based systems.

Now of course, I am fine with this concept as I love the idea of getting people to do.  To be able to use something beside Windows, even if it is just for the sake of having more options available to them.

At the same time by making this controversial change there seems to  be quite a few of us dedicated Gnome 2 users that feel left out. And that’s not good since we make up a large number of the existing fanbase. So its been pretty much  been such an issue that some have abandoned Ubuntu totally and ran to other distros  that still use the Gnome 2 standard.

While others like me simply continue using older  versions of Ubuntu such as 10.10 or even earlier. Ryan Paul of Ars Technica had this to say regarding this: “There is a lot to like in Ubuntu  11.04, but also a lot of room for improvement.” Jesse Smith of Distrowatch said “I’m of the opinion there are good  features in this release, but 11.04 definitely suffered from being rushed out  the door while it was still beta quality. Ubuntu aims to be novice-friendly, but  this release is buggy and I think they missed the mark this time around. I’m  limiting my recommendation of 11.04 to people who want to play with an early  release of Unity.”[116][117]

Ivor O’Connor said, quoted in Linux Journal “Ubuntu seems to  be run by kiddies more interested in blinding you with eye-candy than allowing  you to be productive.”

Jim Lynch also quoted in the same magazine had this to say “I find Unity to  be suffocating and unnecessary. For me it adds little value and seems to be in  the way most of the time; so I would definitely not use Ubuntu 11.04 as one of  my regular distros. I tried to like it but I just couldn’t,” said Jim Lynch.

I happen to agree with this, and I am more optimistic of 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot  as by then the unity interface will have had more time to mature to be more  polished than it is right now.  Even if it takes until the next LTS Pummeling Porcupine, or Presumptous Platypus to get there.

Lol! boy was I wrong, for the next release of Ubuntu will be Precise Pangolin.  It will be an LTS version or Long Term Release.  I feel as though the Unity desktop has matured a lot, so I will be checking it out. At the same time I may very well end up installing the Cinnamon desktop on top.

This article was updated from another article I did   http://computersight.com/operating-systems/linux/why-i-wont-be-upgrading-to-ubuntu-11-04-natty-narwhal/#ixzz1W4nnMVya