365 Days of Linux

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#1 RodgerB  Icon User is offline

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365 Days of Linux

Post icon  Posted 09 March 2008 - 02:57 PM

I have been thinking about running a little project that involves installing Linux on all my computers and using it for a year. I will need to use it for everyday activities such as school, programming, etc. The rules for the challenge are:

1. I must not have any operating system other than Linux installed.
2. VM's and emulation software is permitted
3. Using work/school computers are permitted (for obvious reasons).
4. If I recieve kernel panic, and am inable to boot or otherwise fix my system within Linux, game over.

This will be very challenging for me as I am a bit of a windows person myself, I develop in Microsoft languages and software, so this would really be a tough challenge for me. I was going to make it so I could not use anything but open-source software, but I found that would eventually lead to 365 days of insanity.

What do you think? Think it would make for an interesting blog B) ? Want to join in on the fun? Discuss. :)

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#2 MarkoDaGeek  Icon User is offline

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Re: 365 Days of Linux

Posted 09 March 2008 - 03:06 PM

It does sound like a challenge, especially being a windows person. Good luck with that.
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Re: 365 Days of Linux

Posted 09 March 2008 - 03:10 PM

Sounds like a interesting challenge. What distro are you going to be using.
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Re: 365 Days of Linux

Posted 09 March 2008 - 03:22 PM

I was thinking either Kubuntu or Ubuntu Gutzy. :P
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Re: 365 Days of Linux

Posted 09 March 2008 - 03:23 PM

I like the Gnome environment better than KDE. I suggest looking at them both before you make yourself miserable.

IMO - Ubuntu - Gutsy
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#6 GWatt  Icon User is offline

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Re: 365 Days of Linux

Posted 09 March 2008 - 03:41 PM

I prefer KDE, and so does Linus Torvalds.
http://www.desktopli...8745257437.html

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so I would go with kubuntu.

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Re: 365 Days of Linux

Posted 09 March 2008 - 04:05 PM

I'm a Windows person too, and I've been thinking about trying Linux.

I might try this challenge too, see how it goes :P
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Re: 365 Days of Linux

Posted 09 March 2008 - 04:11 PM

Yay I am the result of a forum being renamed! :w00t: lol
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Re: 365 Days of Linux

Posted 09 March 2008 - 04:43 PM

Linus Torvalds also does not use a cell phone.
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Re: 365 Days of Linux

Posted 09 March 2008 - 04:56 PM

Linus Torvalds also frequently changes his mind and insults people.

I admire a lot of his work, but I think his opinions about Gnome are a bit silly. Sometimes simplicity is a good thing. KDE is a constant orgy of options and checkboxes shoved in your face, and KDE 4 only makes it worse. :unsure:

But that's my opinion. Try both, and use whichever one you like more.

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Re: 365 Days of Linux

Posted 09 March 2008 - 04:59 PM

This would be a nice challenge, doing shell programming in Linux using C if you're good with that, I am still working with shell and its kind of challenging.
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Re: 365 Days of Linux

Posted 09 March 2008 - 05:07 PM

Hmmm, I might have to think about joining this challenge. Ill let you know if I decide to join you Rodger :)
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Re: 365 Days of Linux

Posted 09 March 2008 - 07:16 PM

I use Linux almost all the time anyway. My distro of choice being Gentoo. ^_^

Personally, I would recommend Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon". Not Kubuntu. Not Edubuntu. Vanilla Ubuntu. I feel that GNOME is less likely to cause horrible confusion and anger in someone who's new to Linux. I started with Red Hat 9 and Mandrake 9.1. I also started with KDE, but tried GNOME after about a week, and I haven't looked back.
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Re: 365 Days of Linux

Posted 09 March 2008 - 07:19 PM

Hrm... how many days since 1997? Did I pass the challenge? There was a few years between 1999 & 2002 where I used Windows to work on some Mirc Scripts. Other than that it's only been work, friends, & close family whose computer ran the Windows Operating System.
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Re: 365 Days of Linux

Posted 09 March 2008 - 08:14 PM

Well, I've already got everyone beat! lol

Actually, technically not as I still have XP on my computer. Just hasn't ben run in years.

Linux would be a lot better if we didn't have an argument about which DE to use every tome someone uttered the word "Linux". I have both Gnome and KDE installed. I recommend you do the same.

A fun twist on this would be that you're not allowed to restart (or otherwise turn off) your computer...
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