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Fri, 30 Oct 2015

I just installed Groovy http://www.groovy-lang.org #groovylang #java

Modern Programming Made Easy - A Simple Guide to Programming by @adamldavis https://leanpub.com/ModernProgrammingMadeEasy #java #groovylang

.@Leanpub is extremely refreshing - the concept, the web site and the books http://leanpub.com

Book: Ambitious Ember Applications - An Ember.js Tutorial https://leanpub.com/emberjs_applications by @ryakh #EmberJS @leanpub

Building Web Apps With Ember.js, a book from @oreilly http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920030782.do

EmberWatch http://emberwatch.com #EmberJS

Ember.js, as it's called, 'a framework for creating ambitious web applications' http://emberjs.com

7 reasons to use Ember.js from @codeschool http://blog.codeschool.io/2015/10/26/7-reasons-to-use-ember-js

Meteor.js is a full JavaScript app platform https://www.meteor.com not that I haven't mentioned this already

Wed, 28 Oct 2015

First chapter of The Go Programming Language: http://www.gopl.io/

An Introduction to Programming in Go, the free book: https://www.golang-book.com #golang

ZDNet: Why I dumped my iPhone 6 and went Android http://www.zdnet.com/article/why-i-dumped-my-iphone-and-went-android

ZDNet: Record number of Android users switch to iPhone http://www.zdnet.com/article/5-reasons-a-record-number-of-android-owners-have-switched-to-iphones

I want GNOME to be better than Xfce, but it's not

I answered a Linux question on Quora.

In the interest of running my own writing on my own site, here is what I said.

The question:

I want to revitialise my old Windows 7 laptop with Linux. I want to use this as an excercise in learning about Linux too. The laptop is a Samsung RV 510. What distributions could I consider?

My answer:

Try whatever strikes your fancy, as they say. Back when I was getting started with Linux (around 2007), every distribution I tried taught me something. Puppy, Debian, Ubuntu (and Xubuntu), Fedora, CentOS (I ran versions 2 through 5 at the time), Damn Small Linux, Knoppix, Slackware, Wolvix (a favorite Slackware derivative of mine) and Zenwalk all showed me something different and taught me something I carry with me today. I never did much with Mint or anything with Arch (though it has the best wiki in Linux), Gentoo or OpenSuse, but I do recommend them, too.

I also spent a lot of time with OpenBSD, which I ran as my main system for six months (installed from a floppy because I couldn't get the CD-ROM to work on my trash-bin laptop at the time) and less but very productive time with FreeBSD and DragonflyBSD.

I even ran Solaris on a Sun Sparcstation I bought over eBay.

I don't distro-hop nowadays. On my last laptop (2010-2012, RIP), I started with Fedora because I find that new hardware works better with its newer bits. When I "broke" that system, I moved to Debian and stuck with that until the laptop died.

On my current laptop (since 2012), I started with Fedora 18 and have been sticking with it ever since (now on F22) with Xfce. I love Fedora, but I still consider Debian my "home" distro, even though I appreciate the new everything that Fedora constantly brings to the table.

Since I use Linux as my daily OS and don't distro hop, I go for what's practical and what works for me. That's Fedora with Xfce right now but could just as easily be Debian or Xubuntu.

Linux distributions are more alike than they are different. That's the "secret" that you might learn (or at least I did) when you try a lot of them.

Whenever you try Linux on "new" (either really new, or new to you) hardware, you're going to need to be flexible. One distribution might work better than another, and another might need more work on your part. Your desire to do that work also matters, and I can tell you that I've stuck with Fedora for so long on my current laptop because it has worked so well for so long. There are always issues, and my laptop is at the point in its life where Debian Stable treats it quite well, so I might go for the "stability" that it offers (which is really more "not changing," than "works better," so if it works, great; if not, not so much).

tl;dr: Try it before you buy it. And since it's all free, you've got nothing to lose and everything to learn.

Now and then: I'm adding this after the original post to clarify how I went from distro-hopper to what I am now, which is a person who rides the same distro as long as possible.

What changed was that I started relying on my Linux-running computer to safeguard my real data. And it needed to work every day, every month, etc. So I go with the "big" distros, and I make them work.

Sunrise is a calendar app on pretty much all platforms - blog: http://blog.sunrise.am get started: https://calendar.sunrise.am

Tue, 27 Oct 2015

Jeff Atwood: The state of JavaScript on Android in 2015 is ... poor https://meta.discourse.org/t/the-state-of-javascript-on-android-in-2015-is-poor/33889

Mon, 26 Oct 2015

Decided to run GNOME 3 today. While everything is working, it's not smoother or better than Xfce.

Fri, 23 Oct 2015

I'm getting all of these great links from Green Ruby News http://greenruby.orguni

.@mattermosthq is like @slackHQ except it's open source #golang #reactJS http://www.mattermost.org

MadEye is a collaborative web editor backed by your filesystem https://madeye.io/

Mon, 19 Oct 2015

The original tilde.club is full. Here are more.

What is tilde.club? FAQ: http://tilde.club/~faq Medium explanation: https://medium.com/message/tilde-club-i-had-a-couple-drinks-and-woke-up-with-1-000-nerds-a8904f0a2ebf

I like the new Disqus Admin interface https://disqus.com/admin/moderate

Sat, 10 Oct 2015

OldComputers.com on the ADM-3A terminal http://www.old-computers.com/history/detail.asp?n=32&t=3

Arch Linux Wiki on font configuration https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Font_configuration

How to change Fedora’s font rendering to get an Ubuntu-like result http://peter.kingofcoders.com/?p=177

Reddit: Trying Fedora 23 for the first time. Why do fonts suck so bad?

Wed, 07 Oct 2015

We have 100 Mb/s Internet and phone. The billing screw-ups are soul-killing.

We've had Time Warner Cable for a month. The service is great. The customer service is broken.

The Perl 6 Advent Calendar https://perl6advent.wordpress.com/

Tue, 06 Oct 2015

The Perl 6 web page http://perl6.org/ - also Perl 5 https://www.perl.org/

Larry Wall unveils Perl 6 http://www.pigdog.org/auto/software_jihad/link/3138.html

Sat, 03 Oct 2015

Electron: Build a desktop app with web technology http://electron.atom.io/

Thu, 01 Oct 2015

Level up on Meteor.js http://www.jssolutionsdev.com/blog/meteor-learning-resources/