2013 - I've built a Raspberry
Pi and it's fun to use but the graphics are not great so I can't
see what I'm doing in the Shell. It did rekindle my interest in
Linux however and I bought a cheap office computer from Tiger
Direct, but the OEM Win 7 included was slow as molasses in January,
so I installed Debian Linux on it (the Raspberry Pi had taught
me that Debian in a good thing)
There have been enormous changes since my
early Linux days in 2005. Downloading and installing software
packages is a breeze and today (March 19, 2013) I installed and
FTP (Filezilla) program and a WYSWYG webpage editor (KompoZer)
and edited a webpage, no problem.
I'll get back to the Raspberry Pi and tackle
the graphics interface by and by but, meanwhile, I'm learning
some Linux happily on the Debian 6.06 install.
RASPBERRY PI BARBIE
- Ubuntu doesn't fly on my P133, Pentium One. Bought an inexpensive
Intel Pentium III 600 processor with 128MB RAM as a spare and
upped the memory to 256MB. I use it as as oasis away from the
temptations of Windows and I haven't figured out how to get Ubuntu
to talk to my net D-Link yet.
I like Puppy because it is simpler to use. I will use its Live
Cd on my main machine.
DSL (Damn Small Linux) is neat as well http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/
Beginning to find my feet with Linux. Have become addicted
to Nethack. Learned to write a script file and an 'alias'
command. Have found *some* of the files I installed with
RPM after figuring out how to 'mount' the CD ROM drive.
Figured out how to get Linux to read from the files in the Win98
partition (with the help of Expert's
Exchange). Upgraded to Red Hat 6.00 and Gnome is now operational.
Now that I have a GUI it's time to settle down to the command
prompt and learn some basic navigation and functionality commands
- with flags
("Like an army with banners")