1024-bit salute

Posted: January 17, 2006 in Uncategorized

As of last night, my 6-year-old Dell laptop, which I’ve been coaxing along the past year through impending failure, booted its last. From the shattered casing to the chronic overheating causing drive failures, it was time to call it. So, I gave it a proper geek sendoff: I completely disassembled it, saved the HD and the very solid LCD display still sporting one of my all-time favorite stickers, and threw the remaining heap of metal and fragmented plastic away.

In its place, I’m trying a different tack, inspired by my recently-finished read, Cryptonomicon: Linux on a wireless laptop. So far I’m lukewarm on the performance, and my wireless adapter is completely unrecognized, but this is only the first distro. I’m thinking Mandriva next, since I haven’t checked in with the Mandrake world since v8.

But I absolutely love the idea of running a portable yet development-friendly OS.

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Comments
  1. tokori says:

    R.I.P.
    2000-2006
    Reuben’s Dell

    • Reuben says:

      It’s in a better place now; where the viruses defragment your harddrive, core temps are never above 30 degrees C, and the music and porn flow free on dedicated OC3s.
      Jesus saves. But God has an offsite backup.

  2. Anonymous says:

    R.I.P.

    2000-2006

    Reuben’s Dell

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s in a better place now; where the viruses defragment your harddrive, core temps are never above 30 degrees C, and the music and porn flow free on dedicated OC3s.

      Jesus saves. But God has an offsite backup.

  3. chloralone says:

    Of course Ubuntu’s been suggested to you already 100 times, but its what I swear by, err when I’m not using OS X, that is.

    • Reuben says:

      Funny enough, you’re the only person I’ve heard of using it. But then, I tend to be the most *NIX-oriented of my crowd (not really saying much there). I’ll have to give it a look.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Funny enough, you’re the only person I’ve heard of using it. But then, I tend to be the most *NIX-oriented of my crowd (not really saying much there). I’ll have to give it a look.

  5. I did not like Ubuntu. It was too windows like. For example the way it tries to hide root from you. Naw old school RH (ok now FCore) works fine for me.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I did not like Ubuntu. It was too windows like. For example the way it tries to hide root from you. Naw old school RH (ok now FCore) works fine for me.

  7. I liked Ubuntu for it’s ease of use. I have a HP laptop running wireless. Besides it is Debian based.
    Let the distro wars begin……..runs and ducks

    • Reuben says:

      As far as ease of use goes, I’ve actually been relatively pleased with the desktop implimentation of Fedora. It didn’t have my wireless drivers included, but that was easily fixed, and with a couple yum libraries added, picking up apps is cake.
      To me, Linux, Debian, I just want the damned thing to do what I need it to with little time investment when it comes to desktop/laptop implimentation.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I liked Ubuntu for it’s ease of use. I have a HP laptop running wireless. Besides it is Debian based.
    Let the distro wars begin……..runs and ducks

    • Anonymous says:

      As far as ease of use goes, I’ve actually been relatively pleased with the desktop implimentation of Fedora. It didn’t have my wireless drivers included, but that was easily fixed, and with a couple yum libraries added, picking up apps is cake.

      To me, Linux, Debian, I just want the damned thing to do what I need it to with little time investment when it comes to desktop/laptop implimentation.

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