D-I-V-O-R-C-E (find out what it means to me!)
boys and girls, we are going to file for divorce. That's
right. We're going to begin the proceedings to divorce ourselves
from Microsoft Windows. We are going to see what it would take to
switch completely over to the Ubuntu Hardy Heron operating
system. Ubuntu is a "flavor," as they say, of Linux which is a
"flavor" of Unix (but don't tell UC Berkley that or they will want vast
sums of money from you). Which is why Linus Torvalds wrote Linux
and named it after himself:* he wanted a Unix-compatible
operating system that didn't cost very much (like nothing, for
instance), so he made his own from scratch. Well, it grew like
topsy and so did Mr. Torvalds and now Linux is very nearly a viable
replacement for Windows as a universal operating system. How
nearly viable? That's precisely the point of today's project, to
find that out.
Uncle Ralph bought a separate machine (a Dell
Inspiron 530) to experiment on. This was because we need to leave
the existing Windows XP machine intact until we can do everything under
Linux that we do under Windows and because dual boot systems (wherein
you can boot in either Linux or Widows) are a supreme pain in the
puhtootie. Also, it's time for a new machine. Our XP
machine is five or six years old at this point and not a real screamer
anymore. Not by today's standards. Our Linux box is nothing
special in today's market: Intel Dual-Core 2.4GHz processor; 2GB of
RAM; 250GB hard drive; and we're just using the video, sound and
Ethernet that came on the motherboard; but it's a screamer compared to
what Uncle Ralph is used to and it was CHEAP.
. . .
trivia: Many people with a propensity for propriety pronounce
Linux "LINE-ux." They think this proper because it is named after
a guy called
Linus which they pronounce "LINE-us" like the kid in the Peanuts
cartoons. Well, if you drag out YouTube and find a video
recording of Mr.
Torvalds giving a talk or an interview somewhere, he calls himself
and his operating system "LINN-ux." It's probably got something
with him being Finnish or something. Or maybe his parents never
Peanuts cartoon. Anyway . . .