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I discovered programming aged 11 with my school's BBC micro, and a book titled "Write your own space action games". (Their ideas of "space action" games were very different to mine. My ideas didn't include a bunch of * signs controlled via a text based menu)

I got hooked on VB for a while (mainly because I discovered I could replace the * signs with .bmp files) until someone pointed out the wonderful world of objects and Java. I also went thought a c++ phase.

I've now been a professional developer for 5 years.

My current language of choice is C#. I spend my free time playing with XNA and microcontrollers.
31 Dec 2008 CodeProject MVP 2009


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GeneralLinux - Trying out KDE Pin
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GeneralRe: Linux - Trying out KDE Pin
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GeneralAn update from Linux-land Pin
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GeneralLinux - How long will it last. Pin
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[I'm collecting my Linux related posts here. See here[^] for the original post & discussion.]

With all the talk of Linux recently, I've been feeling the urge to try it out. A friend recently offloaded an old computer on me, so I dug out the 80gb hard drive, wiped off the dust coating, and set about on my Linux adventure.

I partitioned it into 2 equal bits. 1 half I formatted NTFS and copied all my docs and general stuff onto. The other half I installed Ubuntu 8.04 on. I then removed my original hard drive to make it harder for me to give up and go back to windows.

So hows it gone so far? Installation was straight forward. partitioning and formatting was done automatically via the "use all available space" option. All hardware was detected no probs. I did have to allow an 'non-free' driver from Nvidia for my graphics card to get it above 800x600. It prompted me to do whole bunch of auto updates after the first boot (which didn't even require a reboot! - Ubuntu 1, Windows 0).

Internet just worked, FF3 was installed by default. Installed my standard bunch of FF addons, all seemed to work fine. Was nice to get instant access to all my Google bookmarks. I've already been using OpenOffice for the last 2 years or so as my primary word/spreadsheet app, so that was nice and familiar, and I know my way around GIMP, so that's fine. Installed a Linux version of KeyPass no problem to get to my password database.

I still don't quite get the Linux file system. When installing KeyPass (from a pre compiled Ubuntu package) there was no prompt for installation location, and it just appeared on the "start" menu. Easy, but Where did it put the files? Where are the usual "custom" installation options I've come to expect for windows installations.

The Linux stance on firewalls seems rather confused. Some people are saying Ubuntu doesn't come with one. Others are saying, it doesn't need one (apparently because all incoming packets are just ignored by default, so unless you start opening up stuff, then you don't need a firewall). And others are saying Linux has something called "iptables" which is your basic firewall blocking rules and stuff. I don't have a virus checker on it yet either.

No real problems so far. There's a lot I haven't tried yet though. CD/DVD burning will be a critical issue. DVD watching/MP3 playing as well will be important. My USB stick needs to work (as well as my USB mp3 player, PSP, camera and memory stick reader).

So... Now taking bets. How long will I stick with Linux this time? My record is around 3 weeks. (I gave up last time due to difficulty getting my CD writer to work - It was an unbranded laptop one though. My current one is a better supported Sony model).


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