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Posts Tagged ‘Open Source’

[Free At Last] Going Open Source

Posted by Lex Fear on April 28, 2007

So I finally found the nerve to uninstall MS Office 2000, which I have faithfully relied upon for 5 years for my letters, spreadsheets and database needs. I’ve never really had the money to keep current with MS Office versions, and never really had the need either, but Office has now moved on a bit, it was crunch time.

Lately I’ve been on a sharp Unix learning curve, for work, which inspired me to install Linux on my ‘puter duel booted with Windows XP. Later I decided to revamp an old laptop with Linux and it’s worked quite well. It was during this I discovered the beauty that is Open Source (free). I also came across OpenOffice.org.

I have now decided to become an Open Source Evangelist and broadcast the deep joy in my heart that it has brought. For almost every copy of proprietary software out there, there is an open source alternative, so I’ve decided to list a few that I have been using for a couple of months now. I can say, with the exception of being on a Vista operating system, I am probably using 60% Open Source software. I encourage you to join the revolution:

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[Hiatus] Busy Elsewhere

Posted by Lex Fear on April 16, 2007

I haven’t been blogging for a while.

The truth is I’ve been trying out different versions of Linux on an old Compaq Presario.

Specs:
64mb Ram (feel the speed!)
4.1gb hdd
266mhz P2 with MMX
Whopping 800×600 screen resolution!

So I’ve tried Damn Small Linux, Damn Small Linux-Not, Vector Linux and now Xubuntu– all which have worked (Xubuntu being slightly sluggish). I also tried a couple of Puppy Linux versions and Debian but I couldn’t get the GUI to boot despite googling forums.

The main problem I have on all of these flavours is to get my old Netgear MA521 wireless card to work. There are 2 ways of doing it, with Netgears driver and with the source files from Realtek, but so far I’ve failed on both, there are different problems with each OS I use.

(If anyone has any suggestions- either a Linux OS or Netgear solution, please email me or leave comments- thanks!)

Still it’s fun to learn. If you have an old computer, I highly recommend injecting some new life with a low ram Linux alternative. There are little or no copyright laws to worry about, and lots of free support forums with people willing to answer your newbie questions.

This blog shall be on hiatus until I can get the damn Netgear card to work, then I shall signify my victory by blogging a post from my new (old) Linux laptop.

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