Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I'm hooked on Moblin and Puppy

Well, I've been using Puppy 4.1.2 on my Gateway, and Moblin on my AAO for a while now. Puppy on the Gateway has brought life back to a computer that should have been trashed. Not much else to say about it really. Moblin deserves a site of it's own for nearly everything about it. Moblin has the fastest boot time I've ever seen. 12 seconds flat. I like Ubuntu more, but I'd like to see Ubuntu do that. Ubuntu 9.04 is a lot faster booting, but nothing close to Moblin. So far, I haven't found much to complain about Moblin. The only problem so far is no flash downloads. At least I haven't been able to find any or make any work.
Nearly everything about Moblin is fast. Internet seems faster, programs launch faster, and the boot times make not having flash worth it. I'm thinking about trying it on my Acer Aspire 4720Z whenever I can fix it and when Moblin is no longer in Beta testing anymore. Oh, if anyone has a spare keyboard and/or battery that will work in it, e-mail me at my new e-mail, andy@thevintageattic.net. Anyway, I'm still learning commands for Puppy and Moblin so more later.Link

Thursday, April 9, 2009

It's been a while...

Well, it's been a while since I've posted anything here, so I figured I talk about whats new. Recently, I tried Ubuntu 9.04 Beta. Wow. Seems to me Ubuntu is getting better and better. I tried the 64 bit version, for those who care, with very few problems. The only issues I had were the Pidgin icon on the top bar kept disappearing, and I had some trouble installing codecs. Besides that, I liked it. Unfortunately, right after reinstalling 8.10, the keyboard on my Acer Aspire 4720Z quit working. I guess I need to add that to the list of parts I need for it now.

I also created a website since I last posted. It's The Vintage Attic. It's my first try at a web site, so I hope it lives up to everyones standards. It is mainly geared towards vintage tube radios and parts, but since I have unlimited bandwidth and space, I'll be hosting a couple different Linux OS that I try. Since I'm down to my trusty Gateway, it my take a while to upload everything, but feel free to check out the downloads section there.

I actually started the site because of my fascination with vintage tube radios. I'm starting to amass and restore a small collection of them. If you have or know of anyone that's going to throw away an old radio, please let me know. I probably will want it. I can't afford much, but I could pay for shipping.

Also, I got accepted to Tennessee Technology Center for Computer Networking and Repair. Unfortunately, with the economy the way it is, and me being jobless at the moment, I couldn't afford to take Linux classes elswhere, so I guess I'll be learning about windows again. Ugh. Oh, well. At least I have the opportunity to go to school for anything computer related.