Linux Mint


I had a hard disk crash few months back and my 120GB HDD of my laptop retired. I was planning to get an upgraded HDD for 500GB and install the visa basic which came with the laptop. Then a thought came thru Govind to try Linux Mint. I felt why not after all those years trying several linux distros, I felt really nothing was out of box and always I had to spend countless nights trying to figure things out through friends and forums. I really feel that this one has better desktop approach than most of the distros I tried few years back. Though I did not like the fancy KDE gimmicks, felt that gnome upgrade was quite simple and easy. It had answers to all my requirements for day today computer usage and was surprised to see few interesting apps that I could use to make my life easier, which in windows I would have to scoot for freewares or think abt trials/cracks.

What prompted me to write this entry is after reading this article felt that people should try this one if there is a spare pc or run into misfortune of system crashes. Its really a worthy try. I am currently not thinking of running into windows unless I require some proprietary work related s/w to be installed. Happy computing!


Everyone thinks am a FOOL :|


Well the FOOL part is really true.. ok this is how I come to *everybody* conclusion. I try to check with 3 ppl with varied perspectives and if 3 of them tell same thing abt an issue i consider their opinion as everybody’s opinion. And those 3 ppl were always frm different age groups and different localities and ofcourse as mentioned earlier, perspectives.

So here is wat happened with one of those ppl:

X1: Hey hi.. can u help me in formatting my resume? I have the interview in 2 days

Me: Sure .. send it

X1 sends a doc and waits

Me: Edits the doc, and adds some stuff, make some pointers and mail it back

X1: I cant open the file u mailed me now. It tells “windows cannot find an application to open your file”

Me, remember now that I use openffice. Told him same thing, he gets pissed and goes offline. I open his doc save in .doc format and mail him. He sends a msg telling me tat why am not having/using MS office and jus using some *crap*. To him I looked foolish for not following the trend.


Other 2 incidents were pretty too rude :-S so no bloggin abt them.. Finally me being branded as foolish geek without using windows and people still have the opinion, atleast over here in India that without having Microsoft windows in ur computer, u can’t do any computer related job.

Opensource needn’t be popular, free software needn’t be popular, but the piracy stuff atleast needs some popularity over here. Many of my frends, and ppl around have windows xp or 2000 cd and never did anyone pay for it, unless it comes with laptop. Why so much confusion and illegality, when u hav something more safe and better which comes with very less hassile and u hav ppl around the world helping u.. I still dont understand.


And I run gnu software in my laptop for the past 2 weeks, and literally no issues with anything, except tat I am yet to configure my wifi thing here. I also intend to not format this stuff for atleast an yr. And here is a sample screenshot..

In Love with Xterms?


As the test script was still executing and it would take 2 hrs to complete, I was just thinking, what made me sit and watch this scary script .. and I found the answer.. Its the neat solaris xterm and nothing else. I was n love with it, and the way it works perfectly out of box 😀

My love to xterms date back to 2004 where I was trying to fix and figure what this tool was. And finally one day I knew all the options for it, and I just love it. Xterms rock big time! That love to xterms made me think abt installing Arch linux n laptop, which is actually packed and kept inside waiting for its keyboard change. May be after the keyboard change there could be OS change too.


Arch Linux


Planning to install this stuff n my laptop, once I get the keyboard fixed n it..

why this distro?

Not becas we hav same name, but looks like it might help me learn something 🙂

I am planning for this probably this weekend if possible.. My desktop might end up something like this 😛


Cleared one Exam

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LPI 117-101 is cleared.. 🙂 still got 102,201,202…

But the ID was typed wrongly in prometric center.. cald them up, mailed LPI guys.. got reply it can be fixed.. but i don see my exam stil reflecting… fingers.. no no complete head s crossed.. exam costed 6k+ and most of my time (which i would rather spend watching movies and playing games..!)

Should wait and see..! 😉

SCO Delisted.. frm Nasdaq

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   |——-| 0332pe_nasdaq

Finally it happened on 27th dec 2007.. SCO was out of the listing.. since the cpy becam bankrupt.. after filing several law suites and lost, in the process of loosing most of them to IBM and Novell, Redhat etc….

Ok, lets look back ..

SCO’s Timeline over here

Complete controversy list s here

Most of the suites were filed stating IPR and stuff..  

Vista partitioning?

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We get a default tool with vista but, irony is that its not user friendly as many MS pdts claim themselves.. ok lets chk whether it works..

I have one primary and one more logical drive. I am able to shrink only the logical, while am not able to do any nonsense with the primary even though i hav loads of GBs left. 😦

This pushed me to chk for the diskpart tool which told me the same thing in the command line.. nothing works .. Kind of bugd now.  Thought abt formatting and re-installing the xp prof and get a linux distro goin, but tat too is not possible since I have organised my data perfectly here so re-organising them is simply a pain in … :-X

Already I disable all those flashy stuff so tat i can save some memory, other than tweaking registry which am very weak since it gives some junk results most of the time i tried.

Refrained from formatting, since After getting this laptop, jus was thinking let me see how long am able to run along with vista home basic edition.

I don like this, except for the ease of operation and I can easily tell my parents something, instead of showing them a xfce stuff. No intention to play with partitions since I have really gud data oraganised properly (atleast to me) .. 😦

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