Linux Choices

How-To Choose the Right Distribution of Linux

Which distribution is the RIGHT distribution?  Is there such a thing?  When you start your journey with Linux you might here something like this: – Ubuntu is the best distribution for the desktop – Linux Mint is the best distribution for a home user and the desktop – Debian is the best way to go because of its stability and solid base – Mandriva isn’t as good as Mageia – Mageia isn’t as good as Mandriva – Red Hat is … Continue Reading →


openbox and conky

Conky Always on Top Fix in Openbox

I hit a snag recently when installing Openbox on the newest Alpha2 for Unity Linux.  I initiated Conky in my autostart.sh and it was always on top…of everything on my desktop.  That’s not a good thing when you’re trying to browse the web with your Conky layout on top of your browser.  After thinking about some of the settings, I thought maybe that own_window setting might be good to play around with in conky settings…however, after a few tries, that … Continue Reading →


Firefox

Mozilla Firefox, From Darling to Enemy in One Release

What is wrong with everyone in Linux land bagging on Mozilla Firefox and their 5.0 release? Complaints pretty much have one thing in common:  They claim there isn’t enough ‘new and shiny’ things inside FF5 to warrant a major version.  This is illogical thinking because major version means NOTHING when it comes to usability of software.  I’ve noticed that I can browse and use FF5 just as easily as I could FF4 and FF3 before it…I still type in URL’s … Continue Reading →


Some Random Helpful Hints

I’ve been slowly collecting a few commands that are useful to me for various things while using Linux.  I figured that I would share some of these handy commands.  In no particular order, they are: To copy, preserving permissions AND structure AND recursively, from a remote system to your local system: Please note that the code above assumes that you are using key based authentication and not password.  For password based authentication, it would look more like this: To remove … Continue Reading →


Radio Tray – A Radio Player That Fits In System Tray

Radio Tray is a very simple application that plays your favourite radio stations and it does so from the system tray, meaning any station you want to listen to is only two clicks away. Naturally you’ll need to add your favorite streams to this program before it will actually be useful. Most websites offering streaming will give you access to a “.pls” file. Copy the link to this file and you can add it to Radio Tray. It supports most … Continue Reading →


Back to the Basics with Debian

Sometimes, you just have so many problems with the distribution you’re running that you have to wipe it out with a clean slate. I did that this past week and am now using Debian. With using Debian there comes a feeling of being back to the very basic of Linux distros…much in the same way when you use Arch…it just feels plain, unencumbered, and basic and there is a feeling you get when build something from nothing…you start with a … Continue Reading →