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Saturday, March 19, 2011

It's a Unix system... I know this




I was watching Jurassic Park a few nights ago, (well I wasn't really watching it, someone was streaming it on livestream, and I was busy working on a class project) and aside from all the screaming, shooting, wheels screeching, and roaring, one line always bothered me. For those of you who haven't laid eyes upon this movie (what the hell is wrong with you??) its about an island of dinosaurs. I'm not going to get into detailed plot descriptions, because I don't review movies. Nevertheless, by the end of the movie, all hell is breaking loose, and this one self proclaimed "hacker" girl, is put on the spot to safe the entire cast of characters from being mercilessly devoured by door opening dinosaurs. She must "hack" into the computer and lock all the doors in the park, effectively sealing them into a closed in room. Anyway she hops on the computer, and much to her delight...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFUlAQZB9Ng

So yea, when I was a younger man, I had no idea what the hell a Unix System was..nor did I care. Dinosaurs where about to eat people. But as I grew up and my interest in computers grew, I had to wonder, what was Unix? I started watching TechTv (remember that?) and a man named Leo Laporte had a show called Screen Savers, in which he'd talk about technology and Os and related things, and he'd always mention something called Linux. Back then I had no idea that these two systems were related, and I began wondering just how many operating systems were out there? Was using Windows just a tip of the ice berg? I always hate that feeling I'm not getting to see everything. Like I hate playing demo's of games, cause I know there's more to it. So I had that same feeling when I discovered so many other Operating systems.. I wasn't seeing the entire picture with Windows. I've harbored that feeling for quite some time, but now as I'm getting into Computer programming, I'm finally going to download my own copy of Linux and see how it goes. So for those out there wondering whats so special about the Linux / Unix system? While I don't think everyone is going to orgasm over these features, they are cool to have.

Open Source Code: Probably the biggest draw to Linux is the ability it gives its users to go in and change the source code. Now you do this at your own risk of course, but atleast you have the option. It lets everyone's system be customizable, and you can really do some neat stuff with it.

Free & Legal: As much as I love & hate pirating, my moral compass and stand proudly as I download this.

Control!: If something goes awry with the source code, you have the ability to fix it yourself! This may seem like a chore to some, but with Microsoft you'd have to call or have your computer serviced. With Linux your source code is available to modify as you see fit! In fact its a plus if you doand fill out a bug report cause you'd be giving back to the other users in the linux community!

Desktops: Another big draw to Linux is the ability to customize your desktops. I don't mean change the wallpaper and turn your mouse pointer into a rocket ship, I mean truely changing the way it moves and operates. You can even change your file directories, and the way your folders work.. Truly its all customizable.




There's a whole bunch more differences that I won't get into, but I'll let you all know how this ends up. Rather I like it or not. After Linux, maybe I'll try running Unix on my imac... If any of you out there run Linux or any alternative OS chime in and let me know what you think. Do you like it? They're pitfalls, advantages, tips, tricks, etc..

35 comments:

  1. Welcome to the ranks! =D

    I think the best thing to remember about Linux is don't give up the first time something doesn't work. You might need a lot of patience at the beginning of the journey but the more you get into it, you realise that everything is an opportunity to learn something new, and in the end your system will be so perfect you'll be in love. I've only been running Linux four years or so but I have come to fall in love with this operating system.

    Good luck! Let us know how it goes! ^_^

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  2. And that bitch in Jurassic Park knows nothing about Unix XD

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  3. I def like me some Linux, been using mostly Ubuntu. The major draw back is the lack of support sometimes. Even though its great that you can take care of programming issues yourself, sometimes the issues can be too overwhelming (especially when you just need the computer to work). I'm happy your getting into Linux, I would recommend either setting up your computer to dual boot Linux and Windows, or put Linux on a secondary computer.

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  4. Very nice blog, I especially like the top image. Follow me please?

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  5. "....we're so glad you could attempt.. come inside, come inside!"

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  6. Big linux fan, it just takes a lot of getting used to. Especially a pcfag like me. But once you get the hang of it, it truly is the best out there.

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  7. Im too lazy to bother customizing.

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  8. Wicked blog, really interesting. Followed :)

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  9. I was using Unix for 1-2months and I didn't like it very much

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  10. Not attracted to Linux. Great stuff btw. followd

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  11. I've always thought of looking into it, but I would be so lost..

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  12. I've only seen two people use Linux and they both liked it from what I saw.

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  13. I was actually surprised that they used a *real* OS as a reference in Jurassic Park. You now, today we have CSI kind of TV IT references that are nothing mire than flash GUI's or simply animated CGI in a media player that is supposed to be a government PC working its magic.

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  14. Absolutely love Ubuntu. Also use BackTrack for a bit of the darker side of Linux.

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  15. wow that looks pretty sweet, been thinking about using unix for a while!

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  16. one of my friend tells me to get linux, but im not really into all that customizing.

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  17. i totally respect UNIX as one bad ass and one of the most secure systems around,..waiting for more
    following &$upporting

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  18. linux is the answer anyway Jurassic park well that's classic movie +followed

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  19. I've been tinkering with Ubuntu for a few weeks. Bit of a learning curve, but fun. Followed.

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  20. one of my really good mate was using linux and looked amazing, when he was on it. It's so different, I couldn't even check his music out. but linux is nerds' paradise

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  21. I typically use Windows, but I have Linux Fedora on a thumbdrive. Fedora is made by Red Hat, who provide a custom Linux research OS for the physics and astronomy labs at my school. Another bonus of Linux is that it is great for data research. Anyways, I practiced with Fedora on my laptop to keep myself familiarized, and still use it every once in a while for data processing.

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  22. Gotta love linux all the way

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  23. Interesting though, that the most popular (And in my opinion best) versions of Linux have a gui as close to the mac or windows interface as possible.

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  24. I've been meaning to mess around with linux. Sounds like it would be a lot of fun to play with. Followed.

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  25. Haha good catch, didn't notice that

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  26. I'm one of those people who had never seen it. THe cgi was such crap that I couldn't stand it.

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  27. I've never been really interested in Unix system until I joined a Lab where all the computers are Unix based so I had to dive in. Now I can't use something else ^^

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  28. Hi I have been using Linux for quite a while now. Different distros for different purposes. I noticed that a lot of users here are in to Ubuntu which is a really great operating system. I began with that distro once when I was starting; but now I prefer to deal with the "real tools" for big men.

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