Posts tagged 2019
11. First-Time House Cleaning with Linux

Linux wants your experience to be seamless, and so they have included security and safety steps for new users, but the Linux Mint developers went a step further and bundled them together in a friendly graphical interface that appears the first time Linux starts up

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10. Installing Linux Mint

Linux Mint, more than other version of Linux, makes installing very easy. There are only a few prompts, a few long pauses while it loads software, and then you are presented with a logon screen. It really is that simple

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9. How to Get Linux Mint

The last time I downloaded Linux Mint, I used the link for the University of Waterloo Computer Science Club – it just sounded cool, memories of listening to ABBA on the radio in junior high – but it took a whopping ten minutes. I have a fast network, so this was probably because they were using the server for science stuff on their end. The bottom line is that if it drags on…

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8. A Minty Sweet Linux for Windows Withdrawals

Over the years, and especially these past few months, I have installed over a dozen versions of “recommended” versions for new users. I figured that most of my readers were Windows users, or had work experience with Windows, so I also looked for versions of Linux that looked as much like a Microsoft desktop. The conclusion was that only one version of Linux was ideal for our use, a minty sweet version…

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7. Why Linux?

While today still only 3.37% of desktops use Linux, it has recently grown exponentially. It is also the dominant server OS at 35%, and is installed as the primary communications/internet server in the world, at 95% adoption. That said, that +3% of desktops still represents over 30 million users world-wide, which consequently is only 1/3 of Apple OS use.

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6. What is FOSS?

The huge advantage of FOSS is this non-restrictive license – you no longer need to purchase it at Best Buy or pay a monthly fee to a software company. The primary reason people developed the FOSS model was to find ways around the restrictions imposed by companies such as Microsoft, Apple, and Adobe. Not only did this offer real alternatives, but it also resulted in creative, exciting, and innovative options that push the boundaries of what is possible in software development.

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5. Why You Can’t Run Windows on a Donated or Gifted Computer

Now all the computers I received also had an authorized Windows license code on a sticker on the side of the box. For the laptop, I had to search a bit and I found it under the battery compartment, which is not uncommon for laptops. Was I authorized to just re-install Windows these machines and then use the license codes to authenticate? I checked with Microsoft and technically, no, I was not. The license belongs to the original customers. As a matter of fact, they could still be using it on a different machine that they installed that drive into.

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4. Gigster Tech – Assembling Computers From Donated Parts

For our purposes, I am going to assume that you have at least a partial computer already, one that has likely been partially “cannibalized” before you acquired it and so it is missing a few parts. Those parts are likely to be the memory, the hard drives and/or possibly the video board – these are typically the more expensive modular parts of the computer and most readily re-useable in other systems. If that is your situation, let’s grab a screwdriver, remove the cover on this computer case, and see what needs to be replaced.

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3. Finding a Free Computer (follow up)

After my second round of asking, I ended up with more computers than I needed, and also a bunch of parts that I didn’t need either. Interestingly, finding things that worked well together was a bit harder – lots of older parts simply don’t work well together. As I said, I will be disposing of these at our local recycling center, so these won’t end up in the local landfill. Unfortunately, there was a lot of stuff that was no longer functional at all.

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1. Considering Free and Low-cost Alternative Computing Solutions for Entrepreneurs

If I’m going to recommend non-commercial, free alternative computing solutions to others that I help out, why not do this myself? Sounds fair enough, but I am now heavily involved in managing the Colégas Group and we have standardized primarily on a commercial (& expensive) environment. How will I be able to work such system into this environment and my daily workflow. Is this even possible?

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