Very Cool! (oh yeah.. and Hello!)
Very cool! I get a blog! I MUST be in the right place.
So, I'm here because I think I might be ready to ditch my dependence on Micro$oft. And, because I'm recently unemployed and have too much free time on my hands so I've been thinking philosophically lately. (I always do that around Christmas time anyhow). This definately won't be a political blog (violates the terms anyhow, yes?) but it all starts with my realization that I'm a "Libertarian". (A not too sucessful (so far) political party in the U.S., but more than that it's a philosophy that I think compels me to use and support free software).
We'll see. Being a newbie & all I started a log in Notepad to chronicle my latest attempt to switch. As I go about trying to understand all of this (I'm a techie at heart so I NEED to think that I understand it all!), I found the FSF, PolishLinux, and Nuxified.. in that order. So.. now I can switch to a free blog! Cool.
Like my previous attempts to quit smoking, my attempt to switch to Linux 6 or so years ago ended badly. Since then I not only smoke more, but am even more Windows dependant. Since I'm trying again to quit smoking, I think it appropriate to switch my OS. Let's just get ALL of the frustrations worked out while I'm out of a job. So this should be interesting and/or a laugh to some of you out there. But, here goes. The story so far...
Okay. So I think I'm a Libertarian. And, extrapolating that to my PC.. I think that means that I need to use an open operating system. Libertarians, you see, need their liberties. But the last time I thought I needed to cut my ties with Windows & install Red Hat Linux, I was totally confused so this time I'm going to do some homework.
This then, will hopefully be a chronicle of the process. For better or for worse.
9:35 AM 12/11/2006
So I'm confused already. The FSF (http://www.fsf.org/) is where I started all of this. Already I realize that liberty actually means freedom to choose. (http://www.fsf.org/licensing/essays/free-sw.html) However, that also means you must have choices! And, there are certainly choices!! Too many for a person caught up in "taking the easy route"! Hmm. Well, on reflection I suppose Windows is the penalty one pays for the alledged "easy route". Very interesting. They say that the "easiest" of them all is a Mac. I'm starting to see a pattern here.
Anyway.. So many decisions. GNU/Linux? BSD? And then... what "flavor" of which one? Well, it appears that once the "core" is decided upon, the flavors are just "extras" that can be changed?
Ok. On the quest to determine which core to use, I guess.
One thing for sure. I'm glad I made the switch to Firefox as my browser. Not only is it available on the free systems, I'm sure using the tabbed windows feature (my favorite anyway) to compare all of the choices!!
9:57 AM 12/11/2006
Wow. How far do I take this?? Seems as though there are motherboards that support a free BIOS. Well, since the junk I have isn't listed... nope. Not goin' THAT far.
That brings this thing up to speed.