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Mission: Linux Migration

One fine day, I was reading a very interesting blog post: Choosing a Free Linux Distribution for a server. In doing so, I opened three tabs in my browser: openSuse, CentOS, Fedora. Three linux distributions to download and experiment with (have fun with to the max until uni resumes) ! 😀



I started to download openSuse – I had always wanted to download it and give it a try – at Softel Triolet, I was trying to download it at work (sucking the bandwidth when the manager is not here :D). but unfortunately, couldn’t download it 😦

Whilst downloading from FlashGet, the iso file was being stored in my FAT32 partition (fat32 so that Ubuntu can read it, maybe). The problem there was a write to file error: please use SCANDISK utility! I googled the solution which was: to convert the partition to NTFS to support more than 4 GB download. and Partition Magic Pro 8 did the work!

openSuse Installation was quick and I am very happy with it!

The installer offers a choice between KDE and Gnome Desktop.

openSUSE rocks!

I am happy to blog from openSuse 11! Yupi, that’s freedom. I want to get rid of Windows as soon as possible:

Now the cool stuff that I want the OS to provide me with:

1. Flash plugin for firefox

2. HP laserjet p1006 driver and good configuration

3. Disc Burning Utility

4. My laptop features – hotkey, bluetooth, standby etc

5. My software:

Alternative for

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Flash
  • QuarkXpress/ Adobe InDesign
  • Blender/ Maya
  • Google Desktop ( I like it a lot)
  • Microsoft Visio, Project
  • Windows Media Player/ powerDVD

6. NetBeans

7. Tortois CVS

8. Adobe PDF pro

Elo openSuse, bye bye Windows, slowy but surely, the Microsoft Empire will melt down, especially in times of Hot waves of Recession!

A warning sign (Disclaimer): I don’t want this migration to automatically tag me as: anti-Microsoft Geek. My reason for doing so can be found here on my all time favourite blog coding horror.

4 responses

  1. Don’t write off Microsoft yet… there’s still 7…. 😉

    For the above apps you’ve mentioned that’s the reason why I don’t switch to Linux as my main OS.

    5 January, 2009 at 10:01 pm

  2. Hi carrotmadman6! welcome to my blog.


    I badly need to be able to run Packet Tracer 5.1 for my CCNA on openSUSE. It is an excellent tool for network design/simulation for Cisco Networking Academy and personally I like it a lot.

    I read a First Look at Windows 7’s pre-beta PDC release. Honestly I was tempted to download it from rapidshare.

    Enfin, watch out my Migration progress reports about how I manage to use all the apps and utilities I used to on Windows and now satisfactorily on a Linux Distribution with KDE 4.1.3.

    The aim is: to have fun! and be less dependent on pirated software – eihhhhhhhhhhhh am also a cyber law student at the uni 😀

    6 January, 2009 at 10:04 am

  3. NikhiL

    hey guys, m not taking person so part, but franchment, windows encore ena so valeurs. well, being a student learning microsoft courses, i can say that windows have lots of capabilities!!! i agree that it has to improve a lot on its security aspect, but windows is still the best !!

    10 January, 2009 at 10:57 pm

  4. I agree Windows despite having many flaws (service packs, security releases, vista failure) claims still to be the most user friendly operating system. It hides techincalities from the end-user.

    On the other hand, this is not totally the case with Linux (IMHO). Linux allows u to toy with your machine (sudo su). you can have fun with your pc. Linux even talked creole with me 😀 I still want to know how this happened.

    I do not deny that me also, as a student, I wanna learn microsoft courses. at the same time, i wanna harness the capabilities of OPEN SOURCE. the power of coding and getting codes via a community. say for eg. wordpress is a powerful opensource software which powers most of the blogs today. This is the reason (amongst many) I keep a keen interest in Linux and open source.

    11 January, 2009 at 7:56 am

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