New Linux User Questionnaire

Before installing either Xubuntu or Linux Lite on a brand new Linux user’s computer, I always use this questionnaire to customize their machine with the proper applications, themes, panel(s) set-up, icon sets, etc to make their first experience as awesome as possible:

1. What do you want to use your computer for?
2. Are you “technically challenged” and just want to keep it simple, or would you like to explore your “inner geek?”
3. How old is your computer and what Operating System did it ship to you with (example: Windows XP or Vista, OSX, etc)? How big is the Hard Disk Drive and how much RAM?
4. Do you like “eye candy” and pretty special effects on your desktop, or do you prefer a faster, basic desktop with fewer bells and whistles?
5. Please list your favorite and most-used computer applications (programs). Try to categorize them if you can, under headings such as Web Browsing, E-Mail, Music Editing, CD-burning,
Office/Word Processing, Photo Editing, etc.
6. Would you like the latest “bleeding edge” stuff or do you prefer older, proven, rock-stable programs?
7. What’s your favorite color?
8. How will you connect to the Internet (if applicable)? Dial-up, wifi, Cable
9. Will you tell all your friends how awesome Linux is (and how nice Robin is for getting it up and running for you)? Don’t answer this one yet…

 

Bad Characters Within The Linux Community

Put better than I could have:

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Bad characters are everywhere; including the Linux Community (And, they have been doing lots of damage to it for quite some time).

These bad characters would make those looking in feel as though everyone within the Linux community is unkind and highly egotistical (Now, in spite of the Linux community being filled with nefarious people, it still has a high percentage of people that are loving, kind and understanding — the type of people who welcome new Linux users with their arms wide open in the proverbial sense and possess a deep desire to see the Linux community grow).

So, without further ado, it is time to discuss some of the things that the bad characters within the Linux community are in the habit of doing.


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Peppermint Loss

Very sad news of the Peppermint Linux project’s Lead Developer. Mark Greaves has passed away, no details available yet. Peppermint Linux was a particularly awesome OS, based on Linux Mint but ultralight and largely cloud focused. Even a 22 year old 32-bit Dell desktop ran great on Peppermint when I was a distro-hopper.

But Mark Greaves contributed far more than just Peppermint Linux. He was a huge contributor to desktop Linux in general and will be greatly missed.

Debian 10 | Review from an openSUSE User — CubicleNate’s Techpad

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I have used Debian for years on and off… probably more off than on… but when I had some odd hardware to install Linux, Debian is always the go to distribution. In my mind, Debian is known for old packages and a crusty installer. For many applications, old packages are fine and a crusty installer […]

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Thunderbolt 3 vs. USB-C: What’s the Difference?

super speed!

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by IAN PAUL

Thunderbolt 3 ports on a MacBook Pro.Barry Paterson/Shutterstock

Newer laptops often come loaded with a port that accepts a reversible plug and supports very fast transfer speeds. Do you know what it is? If you guessed the Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.1 port, you’re right, and therein lies the problem.

Both data transfer protocols use the same connector, but their potential uses vary. It can be challenging to understand the differences between the two ports and whether your laptop is packing one or the other.

Once you understand the difference, however, it’s easy to figure out which port is which and how to use them.

What Is Thunderbolt 3?
Thunderbolt 3 is a proprietary (for now) data and video transfer protocol developed by Intel. To use it, PC makers need to obtain certification from Intel. Not every company wants to do that.

That’s too bad because Thunderbolt 3 is incredibly fast. It’s much…

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