23 Oct 2014

We would like to thank the Zorin OS team

I'm currently working as the only IT staff member at a small neighbourhood council that is dedicated to helping our neighbours as much as we can by providing various services such as reconditioning schools, parks, and in my case computers.

Now recent we received a huge batch of laptops (Lenovo Thinkpad T60) as donations. We use these laptops so they can provide online and local training to youth workers so they can learn work skills and etiquette that will be essential for them to advance their careers professionally. The issue we are currently facing with these laptops is that the hardware is rather low end and that they were originally designed to work with Windows XP, which unfortunately recently stopped being supported.

Thanks to Zorin OS I was able to breath a new life into these laptops while providing a very similar environment to the end users so that they can feel right at home and continue their work without suffering from freezes or crashes and with greater performance and security to boot.

On behalf of the neighbourhood council, we would like to thank the Zorin OS team for their commitment on an extraordinary software that we hope will be going strong for years to come.

This is a guest post by Cesar Escoto, which took part in the joint Zorin OS contest.

14 Oct 2014

Linux notes from DarkDuck blog is now 4 years old!

It was 4 years ago when the first post was published in English on this blog, Linux notes from DarkDuck.

Do you remember that time? I think there are not that many of you who do. How may of my readers joined the Linux community after I started the blog? Are there any who was influenced by me on this road? I hope at least couple of you are...

Congratulations to everyone!

And, of course, stay tuned for more interesting stuff to come...

7 Oct 2014

Users don't want Ubuntu 14.10

Linux notes from DarkDuck announced a poll few weeks ago. The poll contained two questions:
  1. Are you waiting for Ubuntu 14.10 release?
  2. Are you planning to update/upgrade/install Ubuntu 14.10 on your computer?
It is time now to announce the results of the poll.

25 Sep 2014

The hair loss cure for new Linux users

If you've spent countless hours making an open source operating system run perfectly on your machine, how about sharing it? You will save new users from the same hair loss or mental breakdown that you experienced. Distroshare.com is a new site that makes it easy to share and download installable distributions for specific hardware or purposes. This has the potential to increase the number of people using Linux and other open source OSes.

If you have been using Linux for a while now, it is pretty clear to you why Linux hasn't taken off on the desktop. Installing Linux distributions on standard PCs and laptops has become much easier in recent years; however, often there are multiple issues related to the software, hardware configuration, or drivers that need to be fixed before the system is as functional as Windows. A new user would have no idea how to find and install a solution for their issue, which would lead to the end of their Linux experience unless they had help.

23 Sep 2014

Order your personal copy of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu 14.10

It is not the first time I announce something similar, so my old readers know what I mean...

With the coming release of next version of Ubuntu 14.10 just a month away, many of you already looking for downloading of your own ISO image of the system. Yes, that's the next version, codenamed Utopic Unicorn.

But many of you are not so lucky, and will need to wait longer, because you can not or do not want to create their own CDs with operating system images.
We can help!

You can pre-order your own copy of Ubuntu 14.10 (or Xubuntu, or Lubuntu, or Kubuntu) right now. It means that a DVD with your favourite OS will be burnt to you as early as possible, and dispatched on the 23rd of October 2014, or soon after. Dispatched to anywhere in the world.

How you can get the DVD? Go to http://buylinuxcds.co.uk site, purchase the Ubuntu DVD from there, and in the PayPal comments state that you want version 14.10. If you want K-, L- or Xubuntu, state it also in the same comment. That's easy.

To help you even further, here is a mini-shop which you can use straight away. It supports PayPal checkout, similar to Buy Linux CDs site. And you even don't need a PayPal account to pay - you can do this with your credit a debit card!

UK (2.00 GBP):
Ubuntu 14.10 pre-order (UK)

USA (6.00 USD):
Ubuntu 14.10 pre-order (USA)

Other countries (4.00 GBP):
Ubuntu 14.10 pre-order (Other countries)

And yet another alternative: you can purchase the same disks via eBay.

18 Sep 2014

A Linux love story with real love and romance

My first encounter with Linux occurred about ten years ago when I used to enjoy reading software magazines. I was about 14 at that time. Loving to put in practice everything I was learning from those magazines, I downloaded my first Linux distribution: Ubuntu! I really can't remember which version, but if I look in some old boxes I'm sure I will find the CD I used to install it.

I loved it but my parents that needed to use very often the only PC in the house got quickly tired of the dual boot start page and they asked me to get rid of it. That is how my first experience with the Linux world came to an end. It was quite painful but I never forget the good moments.

9 Sep 2014

Ubuntu 14.10 expectations

There is no doubt Ubuntu and its siblings Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu is one of the most popular Linux distributions. It became synonym to Linux to many, though Ubuntu is not only a Linux distribution.

New versions of Ubuntu family come out every six months, April and October each year. Every forth of them, released in April on even year, is a "long-term support" version. It means users get updates for their LTS systems longer than for non-LTS. The current version of Ubuntu 14.04 is LTS. It is so stable that many Ubuntu derivatives like Linux Mint and Zorin decided to remain on 14.04 base and not upgrade it until the next LTS version.

However, it is not so obvious that Ubuntu 14.10 will be worse than 14.04. It will come out on the 23rd of October. That is why I decided to make a little poll for my readers. There are two questions:
1. Are you waiting for Ubuntu 14.10 release?
2. Are you planning to update/upgrade/install Ubuntu 14.10 on your computer?

The poll is now open, and I will announce its results early October.