Linux


My Beginnings with Linux

It’s been years since I had my first exposure to Linux. Dating back to 2010, when I was in college, I had been inspired to try out Ubuntu 10.04 on my 2007 Macbook. I’ll be completely honest, the experience was not the greatest. Right out of the gate I ran into issues not creating a bootable CD properly, not partitioning my Macbook properly, and if I recall not being able to get online after I finally did get everything installed. I was in the truest sense of the word, a Linux Noobie. For many years I triple booted with Mac, Windows and Linux.

The biggest crutch Linux had for me revolved around gaming. I’ve always been an avid gamer and at times done so competitively. For a few years, I was playing Call of Duty Black Ops 2 competitively, and quite frankly the only way to play that was on Windows. As fate would have it, my competitive gaming exploits have since moved onto the Wii U, thus freeing myself up to completely ditch Windows. With the release of Steam on Linux, I still get to enjoy a subset of PC games on my Linux rig, debunking the myth that you can’t play games on Linux.

Linux Today

That has all since changed. I have been running Linux 100% of the time now since mid 2013. All of my computers and devices, except 1, run some flavor of Linux ranging from Fedora, Ubuntu, Elementary OS, Arch, Antergos, Ubuntu Touch, or Android. I do maintain a single second hand Mac Mini to perform a specific singular function involving iTunes, which I have been passively looking to migrate over to Linux. Perhaps I will write more on that in a blog post someday.

My Linux Projects

I love side projects. I have had many of them over the years, and currently have 2 main ones that I am actively working on. The project that encompassed a good portion of 2015 and into early 2016 was setting up my media center and by extension my media server. This project did involve some level of scripting work, but it was primarily a project that required a lot of research and configuration to set up in a way I was satisfied with.

The other project that I am actively working on is my native Linux desktop application for personal finance which is simply called “Budget” at the moment, however renaming it to “Piggy Bank” is intended for the beta release. Unfortunately, I have not had as much time in recent months to spend on this project as I would have liked, so development is occurring at a snails pace with minor sporadic updates.

Northfield Linux User Group

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In addition to my various development projects. I also organize the local Linux User Group, NORLUG. The group was long since dead when I moved to town, but I decided to revive it. I’ve had varying degree’s of success on this front. We use to hold monthly meetings however we have since ceased doing so. Currently our main event is a weekly social coding sessions called Coffee House Coders. It’s made up of a handful local professionals, and quite a few students attending the local colleges. This has been steadily growing over the years and continues to be a lot of fun.

My Commitment to Linux

The philosophies of Open Source software and Free Software align pretty well with my own. I put a lot of focus into making sure the bulk of the software I use is created by people with solid ethical standards. I’ll be the first to admit that I do not succeed in using ethical software 100% of the time, but I make a conscious effort on a daily basis to not contribute financially, mind share, etc, to their progress. Furthermore, I actively work with other people in my social circles, and my local community to help them make ethical choices when considering purchasing new hardware or performing upgrades on existing. I have successfully converted several individuals through my work in the community, and my day job to using various flavors of Linux.

 

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Ubuntu Mate on the Raspberry Pi 3

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System76 Galago UltraPro

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Arch Experience on the Raspberry Pi (1st Gen)

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