Adventures In Computing

October 9, 2010

Web Browsers: Which One To Use?

Filed under: Chrome, Chromium, Firefox, Kubuntu, Linux, LinuxMint, Opera Browser, Ubuntu, Ubuntu 64bit, Windows — Normand Bissonnette @ 11:01 am

Tomorrow the new iteration of Ubuntu will be released. I can’t wait to try it. I have written about my failure at upgrading and then installing. The last few weeks I have been running Linux Mint Debian Edition and I sort of like it, but I have modified it so it is pretty much the same as my Ubuntu was before I tanked it.

One thing that I must decide when I am done installing it is should I use Firefox or Chromium? I have been toying with both the last month and a half. I had switched to Chromium back in March because of the speed but when Firefox started releasing The betas for version 4.0 I started using it again. I have been a supporter of Firefox since firefox 0.8 and when Chrome/Chromium came out I tried them out for a few days everytime a new version came out but I kept returning to Firefox. The last time I tried Chromium I used it for 5 months and as I said the last six weeks I have been using both but Firefox is been used 60% of the time and Chromium 40%.

On Sunday 10.10.10 I will be installing both on my Ubuntu box and none on my Kubuntu box because I want to try Rekonq. If I install Either Chromium or Firefox I will tend to use one of them instead of Rekonq, force of habit.

I have to mention that when I tried out Windows 7 I did try the beta of Internet Explorer 9 Beta for about three minutes, it was fast but I couldn’t get myself to give it a chance to impress me. I knew that I would be back using a linux distro in the near future and there was no chance in hell that I would be using IE9 in the long run.

I might give Epiphany another look also, a few years ago I was switching from it and Firefox. I might as well try Opera again I’ll tell you what I think.

If you have a few minutes please leave in the comments section what you are using and why. You’ll might mention a feature that I and other user don’t know about. You might influence us to switch from one to another.

April 20, 2008

eeePC Video With Compiz-Fusion

Last time when I left you I still had to figure out how to get my video working on the eeePC when with either the Metisse or Compiz-Fusion activated in the Mandriva 2008.1 operating system.  I am glad to say that after a bid of searching I figure it out thanks to the Compiz-Fusion forum and google.  I should really say that I got it working with Compiz-Fusion not Metisse yet.  After using it for a little while I turned of the 3D effects because it was slowing down the eeePC.  I’ll only use it to impress friends, family and people that I`ll try to convert to GNU/Linux from Windows.

I’ll never go back to Windows in its present form.  Next Month will mark two full years with a GNU/Linux operating system as my personal choice.  I’ve tried a few distribution, starting with openSUSE and at the moment using Ubuntu and Kubuntu and Mandriva.  I’ve tried Fedora, Elive, GoblniX, openGEU, linux mint and Foresight.  I even tried the Xandros on my eeePC.  I have tried a few BSD Unix distributions.  All these “alternative” operating systems are a lot more secure than Windows.  They are cheaper than Windows.  Almost every applications in Linux are free, well the ones I use are.  No anti virus to install.  Computers that are older than five years are still usable. With that said I can safely say that their is no way that I’ll return to Windows in its present form.

The main reason that a lot of people hate Windows Vista so much is that it is different from Windows XP and a lot of computer users do not want to learn how to do things differently.  They want to use the path with the least resistance.  This is also the major reason that GNU/Linux is still a marginal operating system.   It is great that eeePC comes with Linux.  Dell comes with Ubuntu pre-install.  I think that if Windows does come out with Windows 7 next year it will get a lot of people switching to Linux. 

The time is now to switch to a GNU/Linux operating system.  If you are on the fence trying to decide just go for it, and stick with it for a few months and you will be glad you did.  It does not matter which one you choose they are all fine distributions.  With the money you save by not buying software you can buy a Video Console for all your gaming needs.  This is the only shortfall Linux has in my opinion.  It is getting better but it is not there yet.

November 27, 2007

A Formatting We Will Go…

Filed under: Gnome, GNU/Linux, Gutsy Gibbon, Linux, LinuxMint, Ubuntu — Normand Bissonnette @ 10:39 pm

Last week was a hectic week for my laptop. A very stressful week also. On Tuesday I had an appointment for an oil change and brake check up for my car. After this appointment I stopped at the cemetery where my father was buried. That night I had disturbing dreams of when my father was in the hospital and I couldn’t sleep anymore. So what did I do? I did something that I had been thinking about doing that last few weeks. I installed LinuxMint on kramer, the laptop.

By the time I had to go to work I had everything set up the way I liked it. I would put it through its pace that evening after work. After a few hours of “playing” with my new install and setting the layout as I liked it, I realised that It was exactly the same as Ubuntu once I had tweaked it. Why change Operating System when I was using the perfect one for my usage? So I flushed LinuxMint and installed Ubuntu once again.

I don’t know what I did but my laptop was sluggish and when I played video, the video was jerking and I tried a few things to repair it but to no avail. Friday evening I again re installed Gutsy Gibbon and now everything is up to par.

If you are switching to Linux for the first time I huge you to try out LinuxMint because it has everything you need installed. I you want a bit more control in what you are running go for Ubuntu.

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