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posted in July 2007

My Custom Linux Distribution Chooser

7/30/2007
A couple of columns back I talked about how many people are daunted by the sheer number of Linux distributions out there. I argued that the total number of distributions that you need to consider are actually fairly small, and that it probably wouldn't be too tough to create a road map or chooser. Here's my first attempt at doing exactly that.

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What's Linux Gonna Cost You?

7/23/2007
If there's one thing about Linux that everyone, even detractors, must admit is a good thing, it's the price tag. Linux is free -- free to download, free to run on as many PCs as you like, free to modify as needed and redistribute under similar conditions. This doesn't mean it's not going to cost you anything, though.

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Linux For Writers

7/23/2007
Mitch Wagner's post about writer's tools for the Mac got me thinking about whether or not similar things exist for Linux. Like Mitch, I'm also an aspiring fiction writer (emphasis on the "aspiring") and after some digging I found entire distributions devoted to writers and writing.

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Are There Really Too Many Linux Distros?

7/18/2007
How are Linux distributions like digital cameras? It sounds like a joke on the order of, "What's the difference between a compulsive gambler and a revolving door?" (Answer: The revolving door knows when to stop.) But the more I've thought about it, the more I've realized that Linux distros are as varied as digital cameras, and for some of the same reasons.

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There's A Linux Distro For Every User -- And Vice Versa

7/16/2007
One common question I get asked about Linux, typically by people who are not themselves users of the operating system, is "What kinds of people use Linux?" The conventional wisdom among non-techies is that Linux is strictly for pros or the tech-geek set. But from what I've gathered, today's Linux users actually break down into four categories.

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An iPhone For Hackers: The OpenMoko 'LPhone'

7/12/2007
You would have to be deaf (or at least real busy with wax and cotton balls) to ignore the screaming about the iPhone that's been filling the air for the past few weeks. It's a slick piece of hardware, sure, but the amount of vendor lock-in that you have to accept to use it has alienated many people. Meanwhile, another company has been quietly gearing up to offer a completely different kind of phone -- one that's a

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Dell's Open Source PC Gambit

7/5/2007
You've probably heard by now that Dell's started selling desktop systems preloaded with Ubuntu Linux -- a big step forward for Linux as a whole, since Dell's PCs are, for many people (and organizations), something of a default choice. But there are a few things about the way Dell assembles their open-source PCs that caught my eye -- reminders that their business, for the most part, is and will continue to be driven by Windows sales.

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Google's Desktop Search For Linux Is A Boon For Data Packrats

7/3/2007
You know what the worst thing is about having incredibly cheap storage technology? You find endless excuses to be a digital packrat. I didn't need to have an excuse before; I've just saved everything anyway, compulsively. What I've always needed is some way to plow through it all -- a magnet for the needles in my haystack -- and now Google has once again come to the rescue with a version of their Desktop Search product for Linux.

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