Why Linux?As Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, wrote on an email:
> Other than the fact Linux has a cool name, could someone explain why I > should use Linux over BSD? No. That's it. The cool name, that is. We worked very hard on creating a name that would appeal to the majority of people, and it certainly paid off: thousands of people are using linux just to be able to say "OS/2? Hah. I've got Linux. What a cool name". 386BSD made the mistake of putting a lot of numbers and weird abbreviations into the name, and is scaring away a lot of people just because it sounds too technical.
Let's start somewhere....What do I use in my desktop? Linux, currently (22/Feb/2008) kernel version 2.6.21. icewm is my window manager, nice, light, fast, has keyboard shortcuts so I can open an xterm by pressing Ctrl-Alt-x, rather than clicking on some mouse button.
Below are some screen-shots of my desktop; click on the image to get a bigger resolution version. The background image is a photo shot by me of VT/CST station in Bombay/Mumbai; you can see it here.
My key-bindings file for icewm is here.
HelpHere I will make available things I try and might be of help with your Linux machine. Let's see if I have the energy to do it :-) The following is just a tentative list.
- Bluetooth: communicating your mobile with your laptop (just writing it today)
- Reading win.dat attachments.
Which distribution?Personally I like Debian the most; the amount of packages available is just incredible. I have Debian testing on my laptop. However I started with Slackware and I have/had machines with Fedora and SuSE (before it was acquired by Novell).
SoftwareHere is a list of software I use regularly.
|Browsing: iceweasel/icecat, the Free version of firefox.|
|Email: icedove, the Free version of thunderbird, or Mutt (and remember: "BUGS: None. Mutts have fleas, not bugs.", from the manual page of mutt).|
|Text formatting: LaTeX|
|Windown manager: icewm as mentioned above.|
|Image display and manipulation: ImageMagick and gimp respectively.|
|PDF files: I read them with xpdf, a PDF viewer for X, nicer and better than acroread (IMHO).|
|Network access to other machines: OpenSSH|
|apache, the http server|
|As proxy for speeding up web browsing I use squid|
|Kerberos for security.|
Some infoThe image in the background is by Joe Moe, website.