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Sat Sep 13, 2008 at 02:28 AM PDT

The Water's Fine

by fareast

There really is no reason to be tied down by a proprietary system any longer. Everything you need to do is available in a Linux distribution of your choice. All you need to do is get the iso file, burn it to CD-R, set your BIOS to boot from CD and all the paid "upgrades", patch Tuesdays, spyware and other malware will immediately be a thing of the past.

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Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 03:31 AM PDT

Security DIY

by fareast

    With all the concern shown in recent days about privacy and security, it's no surprise that more and more folks are hopping on to the Open Source bandwagon. If you are waiting for UltraMegaCorp or some politician to come the rescue on this, then good luck with that.
    If, however, you wish to take matters into your own hands, then you may find something of worth here. Open Source operating systems are secure, stable, easy to set up and configure, and no longer reliant on command line inputs (similar to the Dos shell of old).
    Within thirty minutes you can ensure that your system is controlled by you and you alone; a system that won't phone home without your knowledge, one that does not rely on 'Patch Tuesdays', and a system that is hidden inside a proprietary black box that may or may not have exploits, backdoors, and other nasties.
    This is no longer rocket science. If you are handy enough to click a few buttons and fill out a few information boxes, you will have a system where all your data is yours to do with as you please, to be upgraded when you choose (or not), and be supported by a community that is always available and easily reached, 24/7/365.

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Fri Jun 20, 2008 at 02:48 AM PDT

Back Up

by fareast

    Concerned about privacy? Ever wonder how secure your system is? Tired of paying for the never ending "upgrades" that provide little to no functionality, or are even a downgrade? If these are routine concerns you are having, then there are a number of free and open source solutions for your problems. If, however, none of this applies to you in your quest to 'elect more and better Democrats', then go no further.

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Sat Mar 15, 2008 at 02:35 PM PDT

Ready To Make Nice

by fareast

    There's no better time to make sure you are safe and secure in your online life than now; while the proprietary vendors say that you are extra super safe, why take their words for it? Just a quick read or two and you can put your fears to rest. If you are worried about this being overly technical, miles above your head (you're one of those people whose VHS clocks were always flashing), then there is Wubi; and starting with Hardy Heron, it will be fully supported. If you are happy with what you've got, then this diary probably has little of interest to you; since I began writing these early last year I've been hanging around on the Freenode IRC channels helping others out, so if you have any questions, then please feel free to ask away.

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Wed Oct 03, 2007 at 08:50 AM PDT

My Neighbor Kubuntu

by fareast

Greetings all! Sorry to have been absent for so long, but was starting up a Linux diary (blog) in another space. I started writing about Open Source software, primarily Linux and *BSD (with a smattering of rant thrown in) back in early April this year, nearly six months since I made the switch to Open Source systems. It's been an eventful year, and if you have any stories you'd like to share, or just anything tech-related you want to talk about, then pull up a chair, and have at it, whether it's Open Source or not.

This diary was cross-posted at my new blog home--located here. I'll try to post here over the next few weeks, with the release of all the major Open Source operating systems fast on our heels, though if any slip through the cracks, you can always find me there. If you follow me past the fold, you can take a look at a first impression of Kubuntu 7.10 beta (Gutsy Gibbon), and what you can expect from the final version. Cheers!

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Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 08:57 AM PDT

Open Source: Don't Dis The Gibbon!

by fareast

       Don't ever Dis The Gibbon! After a long wait, Ubuntu (Kubuntu) Gutsy Gibbon has made it into beta. It looks like a dual boot will be in order: Mandriva for Work, and Ubuntu for play; KDE on one, and GNOME on the other, both with the absolutely amazing Compiz-Fusion desktop effects. I had planned to review Mandriva 2008 final today (supposed to be released on 9/27), but until it does arrive, will have to satisfy my curiousity on the state of the Gibbon, Ubuntu's latest and greatest release: Gutsy Gibbon 7.10. There are a ton of new features, but keep in mind that it is still a beta release, with the final on 10/18.

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Thu Sep 27, 2007 at 07:51 AM PDT

Open Source: Greatest Hits

by fareast

       This is like Greatest Hits week, visiting all the of the old favorites from the past year; today is the turn for LinuxMint, an Ubuntu (Feisty) based distro that is very easy to set up and a wonder to use, even on older hardware. A preview is below, and more after the flip:

       

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Wed Sep 26, 2007 at 09:11 AM PDT

Open Source: PC-BSD 1.4

by fareast

       This is a release I've been waiting for quite a while; it's a nifty front-end installer for FreeBSD 6.2 (the latest and greatest version of FreeBSD) that takes all the hassle out of installing a Unix-like system, with the added benefit of being completely dummy-proof in adding apps with a series of push-button installers (pbi's) that package all the dependencies/support files in a single package, much like the installers for Windows programs (exe?) or Mac OS X (dmg) do--no chance of getting caught in a Linux dependency hell (though increasingly rare, it does happen).

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Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 06:05 AM PDT

Open Source: It's Over. Linux Has Won.

by fareast

       Time to hang up my Open Source spurs. The battle is over, and Linux has won. Back when I started this series (early April of this year), things very much hung in the balance; Microsoft was stacking the MSOOXML ISO votes, The SCO trial was yet to be decided, and it was unclear whether the suddenly new and improved ease of set up and use in Linux distributions would be noticed, or even take hold around the world.

       Since that time, a number of things have happened, none of them favorable to the convicted monopolist Microsoft, and all of them sweet, sweet music in the ears of Open Source users. The final nail in the coffin was pounded in a couple of days ago, and coming from the most unlikely of sources. But first a quote, and then more after the break:  

Linux is hot again. In fact, there's never been a better time for Microsoft Windows users to give Linux a whirl.

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Sun Sep 23, 2007 at 06:50 AM PDT

Open Source: Mandriva 2008

by fareast

        This is the second look at the seven major Linux Free and Open Source Software operating systems; yesterday was OpenSuse 10.3 RC1 (release candidate one, a bit more on that further down); I will subsequently try out Fedora 8, Ubuntu 7.10, Gentoo, Slackware, and Debian--regardless of whether they have a recent release (Rawhide equivalent for two of the final three, Slackware just came out with 12.0 around three weeks ago). But first a taste of what you can see if you try any of these systems:

       

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       The crazy season is upon us, when a ton of Free and Open Source Software operating systems are being released to an increasingly larger crowd of enthusiasts, and I'd like to take a moment to take at look at what's on offer. But first a look at one of the chief reasons that more folks are going nutso about Linux/*BSD:

       
       

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Fri Sep 21, 2007 at 09:28 AM PDT

Open Source: Anticipation

by fareast

       There's never been a better time to jump into the Open Source Software pool. In the next several weeks, we'll witness the true coming of age of Linux, *BSD, and other Open Source operating systems. But first a word from Snoopy and company:

       

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