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ARGH.

Posted on: Monday, 16 June 2008

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve tried to download the Xubuntu alternate ISO. I’ve tried downloading through Firefox’s download manager, a different download manager, and through Transmission (the bittorrent client that  came with Hardy Heron), and for some reason, I can’t get one with the right hash. :(

See, we’re trying to breathe life into an older computer with one of the earlier Intel processors. We want to donate it to someone in the community who needs it more (my dad’s thinking one of the local schools). I suggested that we try Xubuntu – it made sense, considering the age of the machine; also, I wanted to see Xubuntu in action for myself. Giving the beneficiary a GNU/Linux system would keep them safe from malware while they worked AND introduce them to the wonderful world of FOSS.

Trouble is, I can’t get a good copy of the raw CD image. :(

Our neighbor, Kuya Russel, is our go-to guy for tech support, and he told me he’d had an installer CD handy. But it turned out to contain Wubi stuff. I don’t want to just tack the new OS onto the outdated system; I want the latter replaced completely.

Here’s hoping for a successful download by tomorrow afternoon.

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As cheesy as “Hello world!” gets, I think that considering the spirit of this blog, I won’t change the title of my first entry. It just brings me back to grade school, when we were learning to do… ANYTHING on the computer for the first time. :)

So, the first blog post. I’ve been wanting to do a sci/tech blog since school let out in February. Back then, I had just finished my thesis; I’d set up a youth-oriented prototype website on Free and Open-Source Software in the Philippines and then conducted a brief study on the site’s audience/consumers. People were telling me that I should keep the site updated, but in the rush of preparing for graduation, moving out of the dorm, etc., I put it off. And off, and off, and off.

Recently, I realized that I actually liked learning and writing about these things more than I thought. I didn’t want to just blog about FOSS; I wanted to blog about everything I saw in the world of sci/tech. More than politics, more than show business, more than fashion, I really like monitoring this field, and it would be really nice to make a living doing just that. If only a local publishing company picked up something like Discover or Popular Mechanics.

But in the meantime, here we are.

Ah. The other day, I finally upgraded my Ubuntu system to Hardy Heron. I didn’t do that right away, when the release first came out, because I read somewhere that we should give the developers three more months to work out the first slew of bugs.

Hardy was released at the start of last month; obviously I failed that little marshmallow test. :p I had a little trouble with my administrative applications (if you’re interested, you can look at the support thread), but otherwise, the upgrade process was pretty smooth.

I’ve been an Ubuntu user for just a little over a year now, and I’m pretty much ready to jump ship on proprietary software. Yes, even though I still don’t have much of a grasp of the command line. Oh, but if only The Sims 3 weren’t coming out next year. :p