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My first thought on seeing xkcd‘s take on the tar command was “Is he creating an archive or extracting one? And is it gzipped?” 😉

The second thought was “Wow! All those years of compiling from source have payed off!”

(for the record, “tar -xzvf <filename.tgz>” will extract a gzipped tarball, but because of the first two thoughts, took slightly longer than 10 seconds to recall)

Thanks, Ubuntu!

I decided, in an attempt to save myself a ton of work, to attempt an over-install of Ubuntu. I figured that worst-case, I’d have some ownership or permissions issues, but all my data would still be there. This is something I’ve done with every version of Windows since 3.1 as well as multiple Linux distros, and had ZERO problems with. The only trick is to make sure you don’t have the installer format the partition first. Apparently, the Ubuntu installer thinks this means your data is not important and to erase it anyway before installing. At least before this attempt, I could mount the partition and copy files by hand. Now, it’s all gone. And with it, so is Ubuntu from my PC. Never again! I’m sticking with Slackware from now on…

Goodbye, Ubuntu

When Ubuntu 11.04 came out, I immediately switched back to the “classic” gnome desktop because, well, I hated Unity. When I just upgraded to 11.10, they took that option away from me. The “classic” view that you can install is not nearly the same experience, so I attempted to manually downgrade to gnome2 to get me desktop back. Long story short, I’ve hosed my desktop and just don’t have the energy to fix it. If I did, I’d spend the time setting up my distro of choice, Slackware, on my netbook. Instead, I’m looking for new new plug-n-play distro that’s not going to take my preferences away simply because I want to upgrade the core distro. I’m looking at Debian Mint, but am open to other suggestions that are not Ubuntu-based.

What happened to the week?!?!

I’d like to apologize to everyone. Last time I looked at the calender, it was Monday. Now it’s Saturday. Wow. I didn’t mean to go all week without posting any updates, but time just got away from me and I didn’t realize I hadn’t posted anything here. On a positive note, I’ve finally been getting into a pretty good ryhtm over on Linux Security and Minimum Linux. I was also planning on submitting a segment for Security Monkey‘s podcast, but time got away from me and I missed his deadline. Maybe I’ll prepare something anyhow so that I have it ready for next time.

Oh, since I’ve already mentioned my blogs over on Linux World Net, I thought I’d mention a couple of more things. First, Naked Linux, a Kubuntu blog, still needs a writer. Also, Ohio LinuxFest 2006 will be held on Saturday, September 30, and I plan on covering it for Linux News as well as my other blogs. If any readers (from any of the blogs) has plans to attend, let me know! It’d be great to meet some of you.

Linux Security blog

This is my first announcement I hinted at yesterday: After doing a couple guest posts for the Linux Security blog over on Linux World Net, I’ve decided to make that arrangement more permanent. Jon has graciously accepted my offer to become the permanent author in addition to my duties as author of Minimum Linux. It should be lots of fun! 🙂

Look for my next announcement tomorrow 🙂

My new blog

OK. The time has come for me to announce the launch of my new blog, Minimum Linux – The Power of Skinny. The blog is part of the just-launched Linux World Net blog network. I’m very excited about the new blog and hope everyone else is too!

“Minimum Linux” is a play on the magazine title “Maximum Linux,” while the term “The Power of Skinny” refers to the power of Linux on older machines with limited resources. Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for that subtitle. The person who runs the network, Jon, threw it out while we were working on the details of the blog, and we both decided to run with it.

The new blog brings me into the ranks as a pro blogger. Here’s hoping that today’s launch is a huge success! 😉

You may also notice the redesign here as well. I got bored with “Minima Black” and found a theme out there called “Folio” that I liked just a little better. Any thoughts?

One by one, the penguins are stealing my sanity.

Hello all… Sorry for the missed day with no post. My goal is a post per day. Hopefully, today will rectify that. (And yes, I realize that I’ve recycled this entry’s title from an earlier blog. Or is nobody paying attention?)

Over on Slashdot, there is a discussion about the sabatoge of Linux on the desktop. Now, I’m probably a bigger proponent of Linux than many, but as a computer geek, I know there’s the issue of the right tool for the job. I think that in the task of a general user’s desktop, Windows is probably where it’s at. Anything else, and you’ll get the “But why doesn’t XXXX work on it? It works on my friend’s PC.” The only way around this is to make their first experiences, and their day-to-day experiences, be with something else. Unfortunately, Windows still rules the business desktop, so that’s not likely to happen. And that’s fine with me, because I’m a Linux advocate, not a Linux zealot.