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Messing With Linux

Messing With Linux

Have I mentioned lately how my job is so great?  It is so great.  Please don’t ever stop being awesome, job.  Same goes for the people I work with.

This week I’ve been trying out different flavors of Linux in order that I might write a review of them for a print issue.  At first I was thinking of installing them all on laptops we have lying around, but then while researching another story (about how to live without an optical drive) I discovered the beauty of booting and installing from USB thumb drives.  So now I’ve been trying to put all 5 distros on different keys to see if I can run them like that.

As I type this, I am running Ubuntu.  No wonder people are all excited about this thing.  Damn, it’s pretty awesome.  Also, I am more than thrilled that I can take this USB key and stick it in another computer and have the same OS and programs and settings because it’s all stored on the drive.  Score!

Still having some issues with the others: Mandriva, PCLinuxOS, Mint and Fedora.  Stupid complicated systems!  Make it easy!


  1. Jackie M. Jackie M. on 28.01.2009 at 19:58 [link] (Reply)

    This may not be the dorkiest post ever, but it’s dorky enough that I had to stop and think about it.

  2. Adam Israel Adam Israel on 28.01.2009 at 21:17 [link] (Reply)

    Have you tried Gentoo or SuSE yet?

    I had the least issues with Ubuntu, even in their early days. Their use of Debian at the core was a really solid decision.

    The Fedora community, the last time I mingled with them, was passionate but somewhat neglected by Red Hat, which is unfortunate.

    1. tempest tempest on 29.01.2009 at 12:03 [link] (Reply)

      Nope, haven’t tried either of those. Not sure I will, unless it’s assigned to me. I’m on the fence about Fedora.

  3. Veronica Veronica on 30.01.2009 at 18:13 [link] (Reply)

    Hadn’t tried the USB boot yet, but the old boot from a CD trick still works too.

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I'm a writer, most often committing acts of genre (fantasy, science fiction, and other stretches of the imagination). You can find my short stories in many and various magazines and anthologies and podcasts. In addition to being a writer I also engage in activism and fandom -- often both at once.