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2014-02-12 06:07:14 AM  
After 16 years of running primarily Windows, I made the plunge yesterday and switched to Mint, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies...
 
2014-02-12 07:26:46 AM  

aspAddict: After 16 years of running primarily Windows, I made the plunge yesterday and switched to Mint, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies...


How are you finding it?
 
2014-02-12 08:11:38 AM  
Linux, it's not just for Barbie anymore

Klaus, or Malibu?
 
2014-02-12 08:20:49 AM  
Will probably make the jump to Linux once Windows 7 starts to become obsolete.  Tried Linux about 3 years ago, liked it, but didn't have the time to devote to learning all of the intricacies.
 
2014-02-12 08:21:56 AM  
That list failed after 1, as the crock pot was the only surprising place.  Also, subby should feel bad for it being a slideshow,
 
2014-02-12 08:34:29 AM  
Is it shocking that scientific research machines are written in Linux?
 
2014-02-12 08:43:51 AM  
Anyone who knows anything about Linux will find this the most unsurprising article ever..
 
2014-02-12 08:48:26 AM  
Got I hate the way linux people talk. "what flavor?", "what distro". It's as bad as corporate speak.
 
2014-02-12 08:59:22 AM  

abhorrent1: Got I hate the way linux people talk. "what flavor?", "what distro". It's as bad as corporate speak.


Why? The verbiage or the subject?
 
2014-02-12 09:13:38 AM  
Meanwhile.....

therevolve.com
 
2014-02-12 09:18:16 AM  
"Next thing you'll tell me they'll start making watches that run Linux."

No, I don't need to because Samsung already told you.
 
2014-02-12 09:39:35 AM  
 
2014-02-12 09:42:20 AM  
I'm not surprised the cow milking machine runs Linux, given the circle jerky nature of the open source
community.

/Kidding
//OR AM I?
///Runs Linux Mint Debian edition at home.
 
2014-02-12 09:50:39 AM  

jonny_q: abhorrent1: Got I hate the way linux people talk. "what flavor?", "what distro". It's as bad as corporate speak.

Why? The verbiage or the subject?


Just the verbage. I don't know why but it makes me crazy.
Kind of like when people, instead of just posting "Firefox 8 is out" They post something like "Firefox 8.02596437 production is live!" It just seems like their trying too hard. What's wrong with just asking "what version do you use?"
 
2014-02-12 09:57:14 AM  

abhorrent1: jonny_q: abhorrent1: Got I hate the way linux people talk. "what flavor?", "what distro". It's as bad as corporate speak.

Why? The verbiage or the subject?

Just the verbage. I don't know why but it makes me crazy.
Kind of like when people, instead of just posting "Firefox 8 is out" They post something like "Firefox 8.02596437 production is live!" It just seems like their trying too hard. What's wrong with just asking "what version do you use?"


Okay, fine. "I use the Linux".
 
2014-02-12 09:59:29 AM  

abhorrent1: jonny_q: abhorrent1: Got I hate the way linux people talk. "what flavor?", "what distro". It's as bad as corporate speak.

Why? The verbiage or the subject?

Just the verbage. I don't know why but it makes me crazy.
Kind of like when people, instead of just posting "Firefox 8 is out" They post something like "Firefox 8.02596437 production is live!" It just seems like their trying too hard. What's wrong with just asking "what version do you use?"


Because you wouldn't get the answer you'd want. If you asked someone on Linux what version they were on, you'd get an answer like 2.6.34 or 3.14. They're referring to their Linux Kernel version. Alternatively, since software is all versioned you may occasionally get an answer like 8.0 or 12.0 or Hoary Hedgehog.

Linux comes in distributions aka flavors, that's why people ask that. You are either on Debian or Mint or Ubuntu or Redhat or Suse... and that gives people a better idea which "version" of Linux you're running than a version number. They aren't trying too hard, you're being forcibly ignorant or obtuse.
 
2014-02-12 10:16:02 AM  

Quantumbunny: abhorrent1: jonny_q: abhorrent1: Got I hate the way linux people talk. "what flavor?", "what distro". It's as bad as corporate speak.

Why? The verbiage or the subject?

Just the verbage. I don't know why but it makes me crazy.
Kind of like when people, instead of just posting "Firefox 8 is out" They post something like "Firefox 8.02596437 production is live!" It just seems like their trying too hard. What's wrong with just asking "what version do you use?"

Because you wouldn't get the answer you'd want. If you asked someone on Linux what version they were on, you'd get an answer like 2.6.34 or 3.14. They're referring to their Linux Kernel version. Alternatively, since software is all versioned you may occasionally get an answer like 8.0 or 12.0 or Hoary Hedgehog.

Linux comes in distributions aka flavors, that's why people ask that. You are either on Debian or Mint or Ubuntu or Redhat or Suse... and that gives people a better idea which "version" of Linux you're running than a version number. They aren't trying too hard, you're being forcibly ignorant or obtuse.


I bet he doesn't biatch when people ask "what version of Windows are you running?

The answer can be important: Windows XP, familiar but losing support by its maker soon, or Windows 8.0/8.1, new but unfamiliar and somewhat reviled in the public eye.

Why would I give a shiat about which version of Linux my smart phone is running (3.4 for the record)?  Because my phone has a Bluetooth 4.0 compatible radio in it, but full support for BT 4.0 was not available until Linux 3.5, therefore any BT Low Energy devices like my FitBit fitness tracker won't work with it.
 
2014-02-12 10:30:23 AM  
Let me know when they accessorize a slow cooker with a touch screen and a DSL modem.
 
2014-02-12 10:40:26 AM  

The One True TheDavid: Let me know when they accessorize a slow cooker with a touch screen and a DSL modem.


I don't get your comment, are you being deliberately obtuse? The Crock-Pot cited in The Fine Slide Show has WiFi and your smartphone provides the touchscreen.
 
2014-02-12 11:18:30 AM  
I've always found it interesting that many of the times we discover Linux (or Windows or whatever) is running on something is because something has crashed.  Not exactly a testament to the stability of whatever the OS is.
 
2014-02-12 12:44:43 PM  

abhorrent1: Got I hate the way linux people talk. "what flavor?", "what distro". It's as bad as corporate speak.


"I have truck. Love truck."

Not as informative as, "I own a Ford F150 crew-cab 4x4". (Which I don't.)
 
2014-02-12 01:23:53 PM  
My BlueRay player runs on Linux. It says so in the manual.
 
2014-02-12 02:25:03 PM  

DammitIForgotMyLogin: How are you finding it?


Through search engines, mainly. ;)

Seriously though, it's not too shabby. My laptop is about 9-10 years old and Windows was starting to bog down to the point of seriously pissing me off.

The initial Mint install went fine, but it would lock up after 10 minutes. I figured out what a swap partition is for and why you need one, and it was a little better after that. The default desktop was still pretty sluggish, but again - that's because of my aging hardware.

Then I read an article about LXDE (a lightweight X-11 desktop environment) and installed that. It doesn't necessarily FLY now, but it IS a lot more responsive. I think it's even faster than when the computer was newly loaded with XP.

A lot of the pre-loaded apps work great. LibreOffice looks a little clunky, but works fine. Network printing was something I always struggled with, but that's no longer an issue. I estimate that 90% of the stuff I do is online now anyway, so I really don't need all the apps I used to use.

Finding and installing software packages is surprisingly easy. Just open the software manager, poke around for what interests you, then click install.

Multi monitor support was a bit sketchy at first in the LXDE environment, but I sorted that out somehow.

At this point, I'd be hard-pressed to find a reason to go back into my XP installation, but it's still there if I need it - although I can access the files easily enough from Mint, so why would I need to boot XP?

Windows was kind of like that long term relationship you've been in, where you're not as excited about it as you were initially, but it's familiar and you just don't know how to leave. I mean, sure - she's slower, lazier, has packed on a few pounds...but at least you know what to expect, even if it IS a cold dinner and constant nagging about your friends and gaming habits.

Mint is like the hot co-worker who has always been there but kept her distance until one day - for unknown reasons - you finally notice her and go out to lunch with her, only to find out that she's into yoga, doesn't have any bills, knows how to work on her own car, and will gladly play video games with you until 2AM.

You find yourself coming home later and later, and finally you stop altogether and hope that XP will just take the hint that it's over and get herself together for the next installer.
 
2014-02-12 03:43:14 PM  
Also, Android.
 
2014-02-12 03:51:44 PM  
Years ago I think I heard about FreeBSD being installed on a Mr.Coffee. Unfortunately I can't seem to find the story now.
 
2014-02-12 04:04:59 PM  

AbiNormal: Years ago I think I heard about FreeBSD being installed on a Mr.Coffee. Unfortunately I can't seem to find the story now.


It's been done more than once, I'm sure.  All inspired by these "standards"

RFC-2324 "Hypertext Coffee Pot Control Protocol"
RFC-2325 "Definitions of Managed Objects for Drip-Type Heated Beverage Hardware Devices "

But hopefully not implemented using

RFC-1149 "IP over Avian Carriers"
 
2014-02-12 04:19:35 PM  

SansNeural: AbiNormal: Years ago I think I heard about FreeBSD being installed on a Mr.Coffee. Unfortunately I can't seem to find the story now.

It's been done more than once, I'm sure.  All inspired by these "standards"

RFC-2324 "Hypertext Coffee Pot Control Protocol"
RFC-2325 "Definitions of Managed Objects for Drip-Type Heated Beverage Hardware Devices "

But hopefully not implemented using

RFC-1149 "IP over Avian Carriers"


That would be silly when they already created  RFC-2549 "IP over Avian Carriers with Quality of Service"
 
2014-02-12 06:02:16 PM  
golf clap.
 
b3x
2014-02-12 09:02:32 PM  
Kids nowadays ... they will never know the joy of creating 3 dozen floppies to do an install.

//rawrite
 
2014-02-12 10:57:18 PM  
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26158016

Linux-running "smart" rifle scopes.
 
2014-02-13 12:04:30 PM  

aspAddict: After 16 years of running primarily Windows, I made the plunge yesterday and switched to Mint, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies...


Cinnamon or MATE?

Debian flavor is pretty damn tasty. If you haven't discovered it yet,  http://www.playonlinux.com/en/
 
2014-02-13 01:46:59 PM  

abhorrent1: Got I hate the way linux people talk. "what flavor?", "what distro". It's as bad as corporate speak.


*nix people... Get it right.  I've been saying 'what flavor?' since my AIX/HPUX/IRIX/SunOS days.  linux is just a flavor for people who think there is more to life than sitting around tweaking compilers and editing flat files.
 
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